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How to Use Audacity for Podcasts

Audacity software is ideal for sound editing

Audacity is a free audio recording and editing program available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Although not specifically designed for podcasts, it is a popular choice for recording podcasts. It has a steep learning curve, but you don’t need to delve into its capabilities to record, edit, and export a great-sounding podcast.

Before you download and use Audacity, be sure to review their privacy policy to make sure you’re comfortable with its terms.

How to set up Audacity to record podcasts

Audacity is a pretty complicated piece of software, but you really don’t need a deep understanding of how it works under the hood to start using it. If you want to try recording a podcast with it, we’ll walk you through all the initial setup, the basic editing options you need to know, and also how to export to a format you can upload to your podcast host.

To get you started, here’s how to set up Audacity to record your podcast:

Select your audio host by clicking the box to the left of the microphone on the top toolbar. Windows users should select MRSand macOS users should use basic sound.

Click the menu to the right of the microphone icon to select your microphone or audio interface. Audacity uses the device you select in this menu to record your podcast.

Audacity microphone inputs

If you are recording two microphones and do not have an input mixing device, you can set the box next to the microphone input to 2 Recording (stereo) chains.

Click the box to the right of the speaker icon, then select your headphones. Audacity uses the device you select in this menu to play your audio files.

Audacity audio output settings

How to test your input in Audacity

Before you start recording your podcast, you need to test your input. This allows you to make sure that everything is set up correctly and that your podcast is actually being recorded.

Click on the level indicator located at the top center of the menu bar. He says Click to start monitoring.

Boldness Monitor Meter

Speak normally into your microphone.

A screenshot of monitor levels in Audacity with levels set too high.

adjust microphone volume meter so that the meter does not exceed approximately -12dB.

Fixed audio levels in Audacity

How to Record Your Podcast in Audacity

Once you’ve set up your inputs, outputs, and levels, recording in Audacity is easy. Just keep in mind that if you’re recording with a single microphone, you should select 1 recording channel (mono).

If you have an interface or mixer with multiple microphones connected, it automatically creates an audio channel for each microphone. If you have multiple people on your podcast, each person should have their own microphone and channel, so you can edit them individually and make sure everything sounds great together.

When you export your podcast later, each of these mono channels will be downmixed to stereo for the final product.

In any case, the actual registration process is very simple:

press red Registry button to start recording your podcast.

Record button in Audacity

black press stop when you have finished recording your podcast.

Stop button in Audacity

Hurry CTRL+G to save your project as soon as you finish recording. This way you won’t lose it if you accidentally close Audacity or if Audacity crashes during the editing process.

Edit your podcast in Audacity

Apart from recording, you can also edit your podcast using Audacity. While you can simply export and download your raw podcast as soon as you’re done recording, editing it can add a level of polish that makes it more enjoyable to listen to.

Some of Audacity’s editing tasks can adjust the levels of individual tracks in case a microphone is too close or someone is speaking too loudly, cut and move segments to rearrange the flow of your podcast, remove clipping if your initial setup was turned off and even remove background noise.

Some of these editing tasks are more complicated than others, and your podcast may not require much work if you have high-quality equipment and your settings are correct. Try listening to your podcast, or at least jumping in and listening to different segments, to get an idea of ​​how much editing work you really need.

Hurry CTRL+G regularly to save your Audacity project while you work on it. If Audacity crashes while editing your podcast and you haven’t saved it, you will lose your work.

Add podcast intro and ending music, clips, and sound effects in Audacity

Audacity also allows you to easily insert other audio clips such as intro music, ending music, sound effects, interview clips, etc.

Here’s how to add and move audio clips as intro music in Audacity:

With your audio podcast loaded into Audacity, click Case > To matter > Audioor press Ctrl+Shift+I.

Add intro music to a podcast in Audacity

Select your intro music, ending music, interview clip or whatever you want to add.

A screenshot of importing audio into Audacity.

Click it jet lag tool (arrows pointing left and right) on the top toolbar.

Audacity showing the time shift tool

Click and drag your main podcast audio track so that it starts at the end of the intro music.

A screenshot of moving an audio track in Audacity.

If you move it until you see a yellow vertical line, you have placed it directly after the intro music. If you want the intro to play at the beginning of the podcast, try swiping to the left a bit.

Repeat these same steps to add an ending to the end of your podcast or sound effects and music that plays during the podcast. Each sound file should have its own channel to make it easy to move them around.

If you insert an ending, use the time shift tool to move it to the end of your podcast. If you insert music or sound effects, use the time shift tool to move them where you want during the podcast.

At any time, you can click on the green Cheek to see if you have placed your audio tracks correctly. Click the slider icon in the toolbar, then click anywhere on your podcast track to start listening at a different point.

How to export your podcast in Audacity

Once you’ve finished editing your podcast, listen to it one last time to make sure you’re happy with the result, then save it to make sure you don’t lose your work if anything happens during the process. export. By exporting your podcast, you create an audio file that you can upload to your podcast host for others to listen to.

Here’s how to export your Podcast in Audacity:

Click on Case > Export > export how

Export a podcast in Audacity

Check with your podcast host to find out what type of file to export. Usually click Export to MP3 It works well.

Type a name for your podcast, then click Save.

Save and export a podcast in Audacity

Leave all default settings unless you have a specific reason to change them.

Enter the metadata if you wish, or just press OKAY to start the export process.

Add metadata in Audacity

If your podcast is long or your computer is slow, this process can take a long time. Leave your computer on and prevent it from going to sleep or hibernation during this process.

A screenshot of a podcast export.

Once you’ve finished exporting your podcast, you’re ready to upload it to your podcast host.

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