Podcast editing software is a necessity when it comes to producing a podcast that sounds good. There are countless options out there, but today we talk about four of the top options that will have you podcasting like a pro in hardly any time at all.
There is a learning curve with podcast editing software and the more features offered the higher the price. The good news is that there are free and affordable options out there along with subscription options for the higher-end professional versions. Most if not all, offer a free trial option too. It is hard to know which interface you prefer until you try them out.
Audacity is a free open source audio editor that works on a PC or a Mac and has been around since 2000. Many bloggers and podcasters have started out using this software. This software is great for basic podcast and audio editing. Although, the process may be able to be simplified with a paid option.
Still, with Audacity, you can remove annoying background noise, normalize audio, and adjust levels. You can also edit multiple tracks, cut out pauses and unwanted sounds, and add music, along with intros, outros, and ads. You can also use Audacity to record your audio. So it really could be used for all of your podcasting needs, and it is the tool used by many people. Especially, at the beginning of their podcast adventures.
It can also be used to record live audio, cut, splice, and edit. Along with converting sound files into different file formats. There are also numerous effects that can be added using audacity and there are a number of available plugins to make using it easier. We can’t say anything bad about this software. It’s free, functional, and well established.
Hindenburg Systems creates audio software for radio which consequently is very close to audio software created for podcasters. While many other professional audio editing software programs are created with music production in mind, this software is created for what we need it to do. That is making great sounding spoken audio productions.
I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of Hindenburg Journalist on 02/13/2017 when they had a World Radio Day special with the proceeds going to charity. Hopefully, next year I will be fortunate enough to get a special upgrade to Hindenburg Pro. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Either way, it is great software and worth the full price.
I’m still learning my way around the software, but I love what I’ve seen so far. You can get a free 30 day trial to check it out and they have a ton of guides and tutorials to get you started. Most people who try Hindenburg like it. It has full level features without making things overly complex.
One of the worst audio quality offenses of podcasters is having uneven sound levels. This is where one voice is too soft and one is too loud. This leaves the listener with always having to adjust the volume to hear both speakers without it being too loud. Hindenburg has an extremely effective auto-leveling function. The software will take the basic audio elements and place them at appropriate levels from start to finish. This alone makes the editing process much easier.
Another nice feature is the voice profiler. This is where the software applies EQ and compression to a voice and automatically optimizes the sound. If you have ever spent hours messing with EQ settings, then you will appreciate this function. The Pro version has a built in Skype recorder and has a built in one-click publish function. As time goes on it’s likely we’ll hear more about this great audio software option.
Adobe Audition is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation used by many professional and amateur audio engineers. Audition is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud plan where you can get an entire suite of Adobe apps for around $50 a month or one app for around $20 a month. There is also a free trial available.
Like most Adobe products, there is a learning curve. Although Adobe provides many helpful tutorials. One nice thing about the subscription based service is that you always get the latest version of the software. The new version has guided walk throughs for things like reducing background noise, mixing audio elements, and producing a simple podcast. So this should actually make things easier for podcasters that are new to this product.
With a bit of effort, it won’t take long to get basic podcast editing down with Audition. Then the sky’s the limit with this full service audio editing program. You can add music, segues, fades, use plugins, create templates, customize your work area, and experiment with all Audition has to offer from text-to-speech to effects.
Pro Tools by Avid is another full-production and sound recording DAW. They have three versions. You can get Pro Tools First for free when you register at the Avid website. You will also get access to nice beginning tutorials. If you would like to upgrade to the full version of Pro Tools there is a monthly subscription option for around $25 a month. The Pro Tools HD version is said to be the most powerful DAW in the audio industry and it is available for around $85 a month.
No matter which version you get, they all build on each other and the knowledge you pick up in the free version will help you when you upgrade to one of the paid versions. If you are interested in learning an industry standard DAW, you really can’t go wrong with Pro Tools. To start out, get the free Pro Tools version or get a free trial of the full Pro Tools version. Whether you want to mix music like the Foo Fighters or get a job in movie or game production Pro Tools is worth learning.
For a really great, in-depth discussion of the different DAW options on the market check out this DAW guide by our friends over at MIDILifestyle.
We are really just scratching the surface with the features and benefits of these podcast editing software choices, but the more you try them out the more you will find what suits your needs best. We also have a team of professional audio engineers that can handle your podcast editing needs.