There are quite a few different audio editing programs that will work to edit podcasts, but we’re just going to focus on the best podcast recording and editing programs.
That just means they’re either easier to use or focus more on spoken audio editing versus music production.
Most software for podcast editing works on both macOS and Windows, but there are a couple that are Apple only because they created the software.
Podcast Recording Software For macOS
GarageBand is a free DAW (digital audio workstation) if you have a Mac. This is a great choice for first-time and even experienced podcasters.
You can easily create separate tracks for music, intros and outros, ad spots, and more. Then you can fade them in and out as needed, move them around, adjust levels, you name it.
For each track, you can enable various plug-ins like compression, noise gates, EQ, and more. For many people, this will do more than enough.
Logic Pro is a full-featured music production and audio editing program.
The main reason I recommend it for podcasters is because the interface matches GarageBand and it’s very easy to upgrade. Even your GarageBand files will open seamlessly in Logic.
You also will have to enable Advanced Tools (it’s just a simple checkbox in the settings) to get the full suite of features. This lets you upgrade without getting overwhelmed.
The link to the Logic Remote App for iPhone or iPad is really cool as well.
The cost for Logic Pro is a one-time purchase of $200.
Podcast Recording Software For Windows & macOS
Adobe Audition started out as Cool Edit Pro but was acquired by Adobe back in 2003. It is part of the Creative Cloud suite, so if you already have a subscription to the full suite, you have access. You can also get it for $20/month separately.
It is designed for podcast production and editing and has advanced tools just for that. There are a number of noise-reduction capabilities, advanced compression and EQ, and a ton more.
One feature I love is batch processing, where you can apply various effects to one file, save it, then apply those same effects to a “batch” of other files. This saves a ton of time.
Audacity is a free cross-platform audio editor. It’s commonly used for podcasting and has powerful features. One of the downsides is that it can be confusing to use when first getting started, but once you get the hang of it, it’s great.
Some of the useful Audacity features include Sync-Lock, Truncate Silence, Silence Finder, and Silence. But there are a ton more including saveable EQ, fading, import and export options, and editing and saving chains of effects.
It is regularly updated and should work all the latest versions of macOS and Windows.
Hindenburg has several different audio editing programs, with Journalist being their entry-level offering for $95.
It is designed for radio broadcasters and podcasters with a higher production value. If you have a bunch of different clips or interviews that you need to piece together, this might be a great choice.
There is automated levels, loudness, EQ, and a unique clipboard feature for staying organized. It also integrates with certain podcast hosting providers.
Take a look at this 2-minute intro video:
There is also Hindenburg Pro that has a built in Skype call recorder, among other upgrades.
Other Audio Editing Software
While the recording and editing software options above are where I would start, there are many more options that will work.
Certain Mackie and Behringer mixers come with tracktion, PreSonus audio interfaces come with StudioOne 3 Artist, Steinberg interfaces come with Cubase AI & LE, and I’m sure there are other similar combos.
If you have one of these, they will work just fine for podcast production, although there might be a higher learning curve.
What do you use? Am I missing your favorite?