Once you’ve recorded your podcast, the next step is to use an audio editor to remove unnecessary content and fix poor sound quality. You may also want to add extra audio, whether it’s a song at the beginning or sound bites within the episode.
This part of the process can be time consuming. You’ll need to spend a few hours carefully listening to your recording and deciding what content will make it into the final episode.
Using an audio editor can be the difference between an amateur sounding podcast episode and one that sounds professional. Poor audio quality can turn off listeners and cause them to stop tuning in to your show. However, that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money on an audio editor. While some audio editors can be expensive, in this blog post we will be listing free audio editors that you can use to flex your creativity and edit your podcast to perfection:
Audacity is a great option for beginners. The editor can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. You can edit audio that has previously been recorded or that you are recording using a microphone through Audacity.
This open-source editing option is packed with features and while the interface looks complicated, beginners will definitely be able to learn it quickly with Audacity’s manuals and online tutorials. It’s also has a suite of audio-processing effects that will remove unwanted sound that the microphone may pick up.
There’s a variety of third-party plugins that can level up your audio editing further. Additionally, a wide range of audio formats are supported for importing and exporting.
GarageBand may already be pre-installed on your computer if you’re a Mac user. If you’re running Widows, unfortunately this won’t be an option for you, as Apple created GarageBand exclusively for Mac users.
This recording and editing application has long been a go-to for musicians and creators alike. However, since GarageBand was originally created for musicians, and not necessarily intended for podcast recording, you probably won’t need to use some of the features on its interface. One nice feature of this application is that it includes a complete library of sound effects to add to your show.
Overall, GarageBand is an easy-to-use and popular application amongst Mac owning podcasters.
ProTools comes in a few different versions and is used by sound engineers on some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. ProTools |First is the free version of the software, but has everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix audio. This version has about 23 mixing plugins to improve your audio. Another benefit of this software is that it offers a Cloud synching option which makes collaborating with others on audio editing a breeze.
We’ve listed a number of free audio edit or options suitable for podcasts, so you can start editing your podcast recordings and turn them into a high-quality show.
However, if you find audio editing to be tedious and time consuming, perhaps consider hiring a freelancer to edit your podcast’s audio. We have audio engineers that can edit your show quickly and cost effectively while ensuring a high-quality output, allowing you to have free rein to make your episodes as creative as you like without having to worry about doing the editing work yourself.