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What Software Do I Need To Podcast: How To Choose The Right Programs/Apps

If this is your first time here, then welcome to the Best Tech Setup blog, here you will find all times of advice ranging from the practical, like “How to Build a Cool Tech Setup”, to the theoretical, like “What Is a Gaming Mouse?”.

If not, you probably got here via the links at the bottom of the “How To Podcast: The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting” article. Or thru the links at the bottom of “What Hardware Do I Need To Podcast: How To Choose The Right Gear”.

Provided you have been following along with the guide, you are interested in Podcasting, have already chosen the topic you want to cover, and have identified both a target audience, and your ideal listener.

You have also already figured out what hardware you need to start your journey, so all that’s left before you can Podcast your heart out, is to figure out what software you need.

Core Software Needed To Begin Podcasting

Now if you thought the last article was easy, then you will think that this one is a breeze. Once again, I’m not saying spending money is easy, because everyone’s situation is different and what is cheap to some, may be expensive for others.

I say this be a breeze because this too is something concrete that you don’t really have to figure out for yourself. Unlike the articles that came previously, the hard work has for the most part been done for you. Also software is infinitely easier to acquire than hardware.

This article is designed to get you up and running with the minimum amount of software needed to record, edit, and run your own Podcast. Will this be the only software you’ll ever need? Not necessarily, but it will be enough to get you started, and carry you thru.

EXPENSIVE software DOESN’T MAKE A BAD PODCAST GOOD, BUT IT CAN HELP A GOOD PODCAST BE GREAT.

Recording Software

You will need some sort of recording / editing software, period. You have to be able to take the ideas that are in your head, and make them available to others. A good audio recording software will also let you make edits to the resulting audio file, so that way you can clean up any issues that may have arisen during the recording process.

Paid

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Adobe Audition – $20/month Creative Cloud Membership

  • Comes with a suite of other useful products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Works on both Windows, and Mac
  • Easy to learn, lots of support material online

Free

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Audacity – Free

  • Is free
  • Works on both Windows, and Mac
  • Not as many features as Audition, and not as easy to use UI, but still functional and capable
  • Lots of support material online

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Garage Band – Free (Mac Only)

  • Mac only
  • Comes pre-installed and is free
  • Lots of support material online

Media Host

If you haven’t read my article about “What Is a Media Host, and Why Do I Need One” be sure to go read that ASAP. If you have, then you understand why this section is so important.

Paid

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Libsyn (Monthly Plans)

Libsyn is a tried and true, paid media host. They take all of your audio files, and allow them to be streamed all over the web. There are limits to how much you can upload in any given month depending on your plan.

I currently use the $20/month plan and that is about all the features my currently growing Podcast needs at the moment, but there are others depending on your needs.

Libsyn is the primary leader in this space for a reason. Check them out, if you have some available funds.

Free

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Soundcloud

Soundcloud is a free service that allows people to host their audio files. An easy way to think about Soundcloud is like, the YouTube of audio. Regular people can make an account, host their audio (Podcast or not), and other regular people can find it on the web and listen to it.

Its a pretty simple process, and if you are looking for something free and easy to use, you won’t go wrong with Soundcloud.

The Soundcloud account for the Best Tech Podcast features all of the episode and all of the interviews, and serves as a backup media host. Also, some listeners prefer Soundcloud as their audio directory of choice, so they have that option of listening to the podcast there.

If You Are Recording Guest Interviews

If you are recording your Podcast with someone else that is not in the same room as you, chances are you will need some sort of way to reach them over the internet. That’s where voice over IP (VOIP) software comes into play.

Skype

Chances are you have heard of Skype before. You place a call thru your computer, and someone else that has Skype installed will be able to chat with you. This option is very easy and very simple.

If one of your potential guests doesn’t have Skype, please ask them to make one, and send you their information. This is by far the easiest option for people based on brand familiarity alone.

Supporting Software

If you decide to record your guest interviews via Skype, you may want to look into software that can record directly from Skype so you won’t have to fumble around with Audacity, Garageband or Audition’s menus.

eCamm Call Recorder (Mac Only)

  • Easy to use
  • Paid
  • Lots of support on their website

Pamela (PC Only)

  • Easy to use
  • Paid
  • Lots of support on their website

Zencastr

Zencastr is interesting because it has its own VOIP network that it can host calls thru, and is completely free. You can pay for different packages that allow you increased perks, but you get up to 8 hours of record time per month for free.

You set up an account, create a show, then send the link out to your guest. They click the link, you two are connected, then you hit record and the call is on. It’s a very simple process and is actually what I use as a main recorder with Audition AND Audacity as back ups.

What Next?

Now that you have your software gear, (or at least a better idea on what you need to get started), you are all set to begin podcasting!

The next few articles will be support articles that detail things related to Podcasting, such as How To Find Guests, How To Make Money Podcasting, and more!

Additionally, you may be asking yourself, “Okay, I have the gear. How do I use it?” In this case, you want to read “The 7-step Podcasting Process: Podcasting Made Easy”.  You can click on the other link below to find out exactly what steps to take to create the Podcast of your dreams.

How To Find Guests For Your Podcast: Collaborating 101

How Do I Make Money Podcasting: Making Money Online 101

The 7-step Podcasting Process: Podcasting Made Easy


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