No matter how much of a smooth talker you may be, chances are your raw recordings will need a little bit of editing. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a professional to do this: Most basic audio editing software will do the job perfectly well.
As with video editing software, the program you use will vary depending on your computer. Using a Mac? All Apple computers come preloaded with Garageband software, which performs all the necessary features. Otherwise, many beginner podcasters on Mac and Windows computers alike achieve great results with Audacity, a free audio editing software.
If you want to learn how to make a podcast sound professional, there are a few audio editing tricks you’ll need to master:
- Trimming files down to remove awkward silences and pauses
- Adjusting volume levels for consistency
- Merging recordings together to weave together a finished product from several takes
- Using transitions to move between different scenes and segments
Once you’ve nailed these podcast basics, it could be time to consider graduating to a more advanced, paid software like Adobe Audition or Apple Logic Pro X.