Once you've got your podcast recording equipment, next it's time to get voice recording software on your computer so you can record, and edit your podcasts.
There's lots of different types of software you can use, depending on whether you use a Mac or a PC, including:
- Audacity (Download for Mac or Download for Windows)
- GarageBand (pre-installed with Macs)
- Reaper (Download for Windows)
- Adobe Audition
- Reason (Windows + Mac)
- Logic Pro (Mac)
- Pro Tools (Windows + Mac)
Step 1. Download Audacity
You can download Audacity from the links above depending on whether you own a Mac or PC. For this how-to we'll be using a Mac.
Step 2. Select your Input.
The input is where the sound will be coming from (ie. your microphone.) Click the dropdown titled 'Built-In Input' to choose your input
- If you have an external microphone or mixing board that's plugged in to your computer through a 3.5mm/ AUX jack, select 'Built-in Input'
- If your computer has a built-in mic and you'd like to use that, select 'Built-in Microphone'
- If you have a microphone or mixing board that's plugged in via USB, you should see another option that says 'USB' or the make/ model of your equipment.
Step 3. Start recording
Hit the Record button to start recording a track. If you followed Step 2 correctly you should see your voice being recorded in a wave form on-the-fly.
When you're finished recording, press the Space Bar on your keyboard, or use the Pause button or Stop button next to the Record button. To listen back, press the Play button.
If your recording is displaying a straight flat line, you may need to adjust your input volume, or check your inputs from Step 2.
You can adjust your Microphone Volume, or Playback Volume at the top of the screen, or the Gain for each individual track or even Mute a track on the left of the screen.
Step 4. Recording Multiple Tracks and Basic Editing
When you hit Stop or Space Bar between recordings, you'll notice your next recording will appear on another track.
To drag Track 2 to start after Track 1 press the Time Shift button then drag Track 2 to where you want it to start.
Remember to Save your work before you do any editing, so you have the raw files handy if you ever need to go back to them in the future.
Before you begin, it's a good practise to make a duplicate of your raw audio file to edit on. That way if your edit doesn't go to plan you still have a copy of the original recordings. This practise will save you a lot of time in re-recording alone.
You may find things don't sound quite right if you cut out audio, so we recommend the following quick tricks:
- Zooming in to your track so you can see in more detail
- Use the Undo and Redo when you make mistakes
- Select where you want the audio to start playing before you edit by using the Selection Tool
Also, have patience! Editing is a process of trial and error, and you will get faster at it the more often you do it.
Click Format > MP3 Files to save as an MP3 file. Audacity may require you to download additional software to do so - follow the prompts to install, then close Audacity, reopen your project and follow Step 6 again.