How do I get started editing a podcast?

Once you’ve managed to get your podcast audio recorded and saved to your hard drive, you will likely need to make edits and export the finalized version before you upload it to be listened to by your beloved audience.

Depending on the exact nature of your podcast, editing may be a relatively simple process, or it could be a bit more extensive. The editing process itself has a number of useful functions which may include:

  • Adding music
  • Adding intros/outros to a recorded interview
  • Shortening to fit within time constraints
  • Cutting or censoring responses that you do not want to make it to mass distribution
  • Breaking a longer interview into separate parts to be released at different times
  • Adding sound effects or other audio clips
  • Making edits to correct audio quality

While there are several quality editing programs available to use to edit your podcasts, we suggest GarageBand or Audacity. Both programs are free and easy to learn to use.

Audacity has an excellent online tutorial that you can access in it’s entirety here. Check out this step by step guide from their archives to get started editing your pre-recorded work. Once there, check the contents for a number of other helpful tutorials that can get you on your way.

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