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How to Use Audacity for Podcasts

Audacity software is perfect for sound editing.

Audacity is a free audio recording and editing program available for Windows, Linux and macOS. It’s not designed specifically for podcasts, but it’s used a lot for recording podcasts. The learning curve is steep, but you don’t have to delve deeply into the features of recording, editing, and exporting great-sounding podcasts.

Before downloading and using Audacity, please read the Privacy Policy and make sure you agree to the terms.

How to set up Audacity to record podcasts

Audacity is quite complex software, but in order to use it, you don’t need in-depth knowledge of how it works inside. If you’d like to record a podcast, we’ll walk you through all the initial setup, basic editing options you need to know, and exporting it to a format that you can upload to your podcast hosting.

To get started, here’s how to set up Audacity to record podcasts.

Select the audio host by clicking the box to the left of the microphone in the top toolbar. Windows users must select: MMEmacOS users should use: core audio.

Select your audio interface or microphone by clicking the menu to the right of the microphone icon. Audacity will record podcasts using the device selected in this menu.

Bold mic input

If you are recording with two mics and don’t have an input mixer, you can set the box next to the mic input to: 2 (stereo) recording channel.

Click the box to the right of the speaker icon, then select Headphones. Audacity will play the audio file using the device selected in this menu.

Audacity Audio Output Settings

How to test input in Audacity

It’s a good idea to test your input before you start recording a podcast. This way you can make sure everything is set up correctly and that your podcast is actually being recorded.

Click the monitor indicator in the top center of the menu bar. it says Click here to start monitoring.

daring monitor meter

Speak normally into the microphone.

A monitor level screenshot of Audacity showing too high a level.

adjustment microphone volume Make sure the meter does not go above about -12dB.

Fixed audio levels in Audacity

How to Record a Podcast in Audacity

Once the inputs, outputs and levels are set, it’s easy to record in Audacity. This should be selected if you are recording using a single microphone. 1 (mono) recording channel.

If you have an interface or mixer with multiple microphones connected, an audio channel is automatically created for each microphone. If you have multiple people in your podcast, each person needs to have their own microphone and channel so you can edit them individually and everything sound great together.

Later, when exporting the podcast, each of these mono channels is mixed down to stereo in the final product.

Anyway, the actual recording process is very simple.

please click red record Press the button to start recording the podcast.

Record button in Audacity

press black stop When you are finished recording the podcast, press the button.

Stop button in Audacity

Press down Ctrl+S When you’re done recording, save your project. That way, if you accidentally close Audacity or crash Audacity while editing, you won’t lose it.

Editing podcasts in Audacity

In addition to recording, you can also edit podcasts with Audacity. When you’re done recording, you can easily export and upload your raw podcast, but edit it to refine it and make it even more enjoyable to listen to.

Editing what Audacity can do includes adjusting the level of individual tracks if the mic is too close or someone is speaking too loudly, cutting and moving segments to reorder the flow of the podcast, removing clipping when Use Original Settings is off, and more. Included. Background noise cancellation.

Some of these editing tasks are more complex than others, and your podcast may not require much work if you have high-quality equipment and the correct setup. Listen to the podcast, or at least browse the other parts to get a feel for how much editing is really needed.

Press down Ctrl+S Save your Audacity project regularly as you work. Audacity crashes while editing a podcast and you lose your work if you don’t save it.

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

Audacity also allows you to easily insert other audio clips such as intro music, outro music, sound effects, interview clips, and more.

To add and move sound clips like intro music in Audacity:

When the podcast audio is loaded into Audacity file > income > audioor press Ctrl+Shift+I.

Adding Intro Music to a Podcast in Audacity

Choose intro music, outro music, interview clips or anything else you want to add.

Screenshot of importing audio into Audacity.

press time shift tool (Left and Right Arrows) Top toolbar.

Audacity demonstrates the Timeshift tool.

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

Screenshot of moving audio tracks in Audacity.

Move it until you see the yellow vertical line, it will be right after the intro music. Swipe left slightly to play the intro at the beginning of the podcast.

Repeat the same steps to add an outro at the end of the podcast or sound effects and music to play during the podcast. Each sound file should have its own channel for easy movement.

If you include the outro, use the time shift tool to move it to the end of the podcast. If it includes sound effects or music, use the Time Shift tool to move to the desired location during the podcast.

You can click green at any time. game Make sure you have placed the audio track correctly by pressing the button. Click the cursor icon in the toolbar, then click anywhere on the podcast track to start playback at a different point.

How to export podcasts to Audacity

When you’re done editing your podcast, listen one last time and make sure you’re happy with the results, then save it so you don’t lose your work if something goes wrong during the export process. Exporting a podcast creates an audio file that you can upload to your podcast host for others to listen to.

To export a podcast to Audacity:

click file > send out > export to

Export podcasts to Audacity

Contact your podcast host to find out what file types to export. usually click Export to MP3 It works fine.

Enter a name for the podcast, then save to computer.

Saving and exporting podcasts from Audacity

Leave all settings at their defaults unless you have a specific reason to change them.

Enter metadata if desired, or Confirm Start the export process.

Add metadata to Audacity

This process can take a long time if your podcast is long or your computer is slow. Keep the computer turned on and do not enter sleep or hibernate mode during this process.

Podcast export screenshot.

Once the podcast export is complete, you can upload it to your podcast host.


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How to Use Audacity for Podcasts

Audacity software is great for sound editing

Audacity is a free audio recording and editing program that’s available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. While it isn’t designed specifically for podcasts, it’s a popular choice for recording podcasts. It does have a steep learning curve, but you don’t have to dig that deep into its capabilities to record, edit, and export a great sounding podcast.

Before you download and use Audacity, be sure to review its privacy policy to ensure you’re comfortable with its terms.
How to Set up Audacity for Recording Podcasts

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

To get 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 in the top toolbar. Windows users should select MME, and macOS users should use Core Audio.

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

If you’re recording two mics, and you don’t have an input mixing device, you can set the box next to the mic input to 2 (Stereo) recording channels.

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

How to Test Your Input in Audacity

Before you start recording your podcast, you should test your input. This allows you to make sure that everything is set up correctly and ensure that your podcast actually records.

Click the monitor meter located in the top center of the menu bar. It says Click to Start Monitoring.

Speak normally into your microphone.

Adjust the Microphone Volume meter so that the meter doesn’t go higher than about -12dB.

How to Record Your Podcast in Audacity

Once you’ve set up your inputs, outputs, and levels, recording in Audacity is easy. Just note that if you’re recording with a single mic, you should select 1 (Mono) Recording Channel.

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

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

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

Press the red Record button to start recording your podcast.

Press the black Stop button when you’re done recording your podcast.

Press Ctrl+S to save your project as soon as you’re done recording. That way you won’t lose it if you accidentally close Audacity, or if Audacity crashes during the editing process.

Editing Your Podcast in Audacity

In addition to recording, you can also edit your podcast using Audacity. While you can just export and upload your raw podcast as soon as you finish recording, editing it can add a level of polish that makes it more enjoyable to listen to.

Some of the editing tasks Audacity is capable of include adjusting the levels of individual tracks in case one mic was in too close or someone was just talking too loud, clipping and move segments to rearrange the flow of your podcast, removing clipping if your initial settings were off, and even removing background noise.

Some of these editing tasks are more complicated than others, and your podcast may not need a whole lot of work if you have high-quality equipment and got your settings correct. Try listening to your podcast, or at least skipping around and listening to different segments, to get a feel for how much editing work it really needs.

Press Ctrl+S regularly to save your Audacity project while working on it. If Audacity crashes while you are editing your podcast and you haven’t saved it, you’ll lose your work.
Add Podcast Intro and Outro Music, Clips, and Sound Effects in Audacity

Audacity also allows you to easily insert other audio clips like intro music, outro music, sound effects, interview clips, and more.

Here’s how to add and move sound clips like intro music in Audacity:

With your podcast audio loaded into Audacity, click File > Import > Audio, or press Ctrl+Shift+I.

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

Click the time shift tool (arrows pointing left and right) in the upper toolbar.

Click and drag your main podcast audio track so that it starts when your intro music ends.

If you move it until you see a yellow vertical line, you have positioned it directly after the intro music. If you want the intro to play over the beginning of the podcast, try sliding a little to the left.

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

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

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

How to Export Your Podcast in Audacity

Once you’re done editing your podcast, listen to it one last time to make sure you’re happy with the result, then save it just to make sure you don’t lose your work if something happens during the export process. By exporting your podcast, you create an audio file that you can upload to your podcast host and that other people can listen to.

Here’s how to export your Podcast in Audacity:

Click File > Export > Export as…

Consult with your podcast host to see what kind of file to export as. Typically clicking Export as MP3 works fine.

Type a name for your podcast, then click Save.

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

Enter metadata if you want, or just press OK to start the exporting process.

If your podcast is long, or you have a slow computer, this process may take a very long time. Leave your computer on and prevent it from sleeping or hibernating during this process.

When your podcast is done exporting, you’re ready to upload it to your podcast host.

#Audacity #Podcasts

How to Use Audacity for Podcasts

Audacity software is great for sound editing

Audacity is a free audio recording and editing program that’s available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. While it isn’t designed specifically for podcasts, it’s a popular choice for recording podcasts. It does have a steep learning curve, but you don’t have to dig that deep into its capabilities to record, edit, and export a great sounding podcast.

Before you download and use Audacity, be sure to review its privacy policy to ensure you’re comfortable with its terms.
How to Set up Audacity for Recording Podcasts

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

To get 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 in the top toolbar. Windows users should select MME, and macOS users should use Core Audio.

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

If you’re recording two mics, and you don’t have an input mixing device, you can set the box next to the mic input to 2 (Stereo) recording channels.

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

How to Test Your Input in Audacity

Before you start recording your podcast, you should test your input. This allows you to make sure that everything is set up correctly and ensure that your podcast actually records.

Click the monitor meter located in the top center of the menu bar. It says Click to Start Monitoring.

Speak normally into your microphone.

Adjust the Microphone Volume meter so that the meter doesn’t go higher than about -12dB.

How to Record Your Podcast in Audacity

Once you’ve set up your inputs, outputs, and levels, recording in Audacity is easy. Just note that if you’re recording with a single mic, you should select 1 (Mono) Recording Channel.

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

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

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

Press the red Record button to start recording your podcast.

Press the black Stop button when you’re done recording your podcast.

Press Ctrl+S to save your project as soon as you’re done recording. That way you won’t lose it if you accidentally close Audacity, or if Audacity crashes during the editing process.

Editing Your Podcast in Audacity

In addition to recording, you can also edit your podcast using Audacity. While you can just export and upload your raw podcast as soon as you finish recording, editing it can add a level of polish that makes it more enjoyable to listen to.

Some of the editing tasks Audacity is capable of include adjusting the levels of individual tracks in case one mic was in too close or someone was just talking too loud, clipping and move segments to rearrange the flow of your podcast, removing clipping if your initial settings were off, and even removing background noise.

Some of these editing tasks are more complicated than others, and your podcast may not need a whole lot of work if you have high-quality equipment and got your settings correct. Try listening to your podcast, or at least skipping around and listening to different segments, to get a feel for how much editing work it really needs.

Press Ctrl+S regularly to save your Audacity project while working on it. If Audacity crashes while you are editing your podcast and you haven’t saved it, you’ll lose your work.
Add Podcast Intro and Outro Music, Clips, and Sound Effects in Audacity

Audacity also allows you to easily insert other audio clips like intro music, outro music, sound effects, interview clips, and more.

Here’s how to add and move sound clips like intro music in Audacity:

With your podcast audio loaded into Audacity, click File > Import > Audio, or press Ctrl+Shift+I.

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

Click the time shift tool (arrows pointing left and right) in the upper toolbar.

Click and drag your main podcast audio track so that it starts when your intro music ends.

If you move it until you see a yellow vertical line, you have positioned it directly after the intro music. If you want the intro to play over the beginning of the podcast, try sliding a little to the left.

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

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

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

How to Export Your Podcast in Audacity

Once you’re done editing your podcast, listen to it one last time to make sure you’re happy with the result, then save it just to make sure you don’t lose your work if something happens during the export process. By exporting your podcast, you create an audio file that you can upload to your podcast host and that other people can listen to.

Here’s how to export your Podcast in Audacity:

Click File > Export > Export as…

Consult with your podcast host to see what kind of file to export as. Typically clicking Export as MP3 works fine.

Type a name for your podcast, then click Save.

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

Enter metadata if you want, or just press OK to start the exporting process.

If your podcast is long, or you have a slow computer, this process may take a very long time. Leave your computer on and prevent it from sleeping or hibernating during this process.

When your podcast is done exporting, you’re ready to upload it to your podcast host.

#Audacity #Podcasts


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