A microphone, a pair of headphones, and that's it to start a podcast? No, apparently, to record a good podcast, you need a little bit more than that. In this article, you will find out which apps will help you to create and edit a podcast.
Although nowadays, you don't have to record your podcast in a professional recording studio, you still need some apps and programs that can help you to record your dialogues, adjust the sound, edit the storyline, add audio effects, and make your podcast perfect to share it on popular podcast platforms.
For recording and editing
First things first. If you wish to start your own podcast, you obviously need recording software. Here the Audacity app might come in handy. It's the most popular audio software that lets you record and edit your podcast, add some filters, special sound effects, and cut the parts of the audio you don't need. The best part of it is that it's free and very user-friendly, specifically if you are a beginner in recording podcasts.
An alternative to Audacity can be Pro Tools, or GarageBand with similar functionalities.
Skype, ZOOM, or Teams
For recording dialogues and interviews
During the global pandemic, many interviews got rescheduled into an online format, so your podcast's guests don't have to come to the studio but get recorded via audio and video conferencing tools. To record dialogue with your show's guests, you can use Skype with no time limitations, ZOOM with limited call time (if you use the free version) though better quality, or even Microsoft Teams. After you record the talk, you can import the file into one of the selected audio editing programs.
Helpful with monetization
When talking about monetization of the podcast, have you ever heard of Patreon? It's a platform that lets your followers subscribe and pay a small monthly fee to access your content. It's a handy solution to get started and have a little help from friends and subscribers while you are looking for big sponsors. Your subscribers can sign up, automatically pay $3 per month, for example, and listen to your new episodes knowing that they contribute as well.
To attract new audience
Headliner, as its name suggests, helps you to create headlines and teasers for your podcasts with a graphical wave and a short part of the recording. You can use this app after you have recorded the episode, edit it, and want to get a short form for promotional needs. The app has a very intuitive design, so you won't have any problems with it, even if it's your first time.
All-in-one podcast creator
If you are looking for the easiest solution to start your podcast, try the Anchor app. It is the free software created by Spotify to ease the recording and distribution of the podcast. You can use it free of charge and record episodes with the help of built-in templates and advice. It's also configured to host and distribute your podcast to all major podcasting services, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc. Another useful advantage of the app is that it shows you analytics and lets you monetize your podcast wisely. It's a full-featured solution to start podcasting without the need to use other apps.