Podcasting has become a phenomenon over the past few years, with millions of people listening in on their favorite shows each and every day. All that attention might have you thinking about joining the ranks and starting a podcast of your own.
You should be warned, however: podcasting is not just hitting record, so get your dreams of overnight success out of the way. There’s a great deal of work and craft that goes into creating a great episode. It can take hours, or even days, of editing to get a final product right and ready to go.
Still interested? You’ll need to pick out the right podcast editing software, then. There’s a wide variety of audio editing software out there that you can use to make your idea come to life. I’ll walk you through five of the best options below.
1. Avid Pro Tools
When it comes to audio software, Pro Tools has been the industry standard for many, many years. It’s the program I myself use, and it’s the one you definitely want to consider if you’re serious about getting into the podcast world (and you are, aren’t you?).
Simply stated, Pro Tools will give you the maximum amount of control over the audio that you’ve recorded for your show. You can cut up your recordings with ease, add crossfades and add music with ease. You can easily cover up those many mistakes you probably made when recording.
Pro Tools also allows you to really get into your audio and adjust the finer details. It’s EQ abilities are second to none, meaning you’ll have absolute control over how your podcast sounds.
If you fancy yourself as something of a control freak, this is going to be the program for you. It may not be the most friendly to beginner podcasters, but if you think you have a future in the world of audio, it’s best to start getting acquainted with Pro Tools now. To help you decide, Avid has a free version of the software called Pro Tools First. It’s not as full-featured as the subscription-model version, but you’ll get an idea if the software is for you. That’s how I started out with the program.
2. Adobe Audition
The other big boy on the block when it comes to audio editing is this software from Adobe. Audition, like Pro Tools, has an overwhelming amount of options and features that come with it.
Maybe that will overwhelm you at first, but give the nice people at Adobe a little credit: there’s a reason all these features are there. As you begin to get more comfortable editing your podcast, you’ll realize the great utility that these special tools can provide to you.
You can always decide to ‘hide’ some of the more elaborate features and create a workspace within Audition that works for you. If you can’t see it, it’s almost like it isn’t there.
Adobe allows free trials for all of their programs, which means you can take the old girl for a test drive before committing to the possibly burdensome monthly cost.
Looking for the newest innovations in the world of podcasting? That’s why you’re here, right? You might want to take a look at Alitu, a new software that’s aiming to make the life of podcasters everywhere a little bit easier.
We all want to be productive and prolific, but the time-consuming nature of audio editing can slow down our schedules. Alitu aims to help you slice some of that time away by putting together an automated version of your podcast.
When you first sign up with Alitu, you upload your intros, outros, and any associated branding. Once those bookends are in place, you can simply import your new episode and the program will add these elements for you and send it straight to the web.
If you are a control freak type this type of automation might make you squirm. But if you’re struggling to fit in your podcasting between your day job and dinner, Alitu might just be a godsend.
Are you one of those people who can’t help but throw an ‘um’ or ‘uh’ in between every few words? We get it, it can be a hard habit to break (if not impossible for some, and also depending on how agile one’s brain is feeling that day).
But it’s also probably not something you want on full display on your podcast. Enter Descript, an innovative new podcast software that allows you to fix such problems with ease.
Descript has a very interesting interface. The program allows you to import your audio, and then translates that audio into a text file that sits above your timeline. You can edit your audio the same way you would edit in a word document, highlight and deleting certain words, or copy and pasting different portions.
This makes it easy to, for example, excise all of your ‘uh’s in one quick swoop.
5. Logic Pro
Some early podcasters make the mistake of trying to use GarageBand to record their podcasts. There’s nothing wrong with the program: it’s free and it does work, at the very least.
But it’s also more geared to music creation than podcasting (it’s right there in the name, silly).
If you feel comfortable with the GarageBand interface, however, you might want to look into Logic Pro. The interface matches that of GB but is much more geared towards other forms of audio creation.
There’s a number of great features in Logic Pro, and it’ll even allow you to import your old GarageBand files and edit them. If you’re ready to make the upgrade from novice to professional, this can be one of the easiest moves to make.
The Best Podcast Editing Software
A podcaster is only as good as the tools they have. If you’re serious about getting started in the wide world of audio, you’ll need to find which podcast editing software appeals to you.
The above options certainly wouldn’t hurt to try.
If you want to hear what a polished episode sounds like, check out a few of our episodes and listen in.