Making a podcast can be intimidating. Not only do you have to nail the script, you also have to execute the recording and the editing! Seems like every non tech person’s worst nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. There are tools to do pretty much everything you want to do, and some of them are even available for free. So you can try podcasting, guilt free, from the comfort of your home.
Anchor is a podcast app that not only allows you to record and create your podcast, it also lets you publish on their platform. Their hosting is unlimited and 100% free so it’s perfect if you’re just looking to test the waters. You can edit right on your phone and check analytics from there as well. It’s basically a podcast studio in your pocket.
They pride themselves on automatically distributing to all hosting sites like Stitcher and Apple Podcasts so this is perfect for a beginner!
Like Anchor, Spreaker Studio lets you record and edit your podcasts on the go. Not just that, it also gives you the option of streaming live to your listeners. This is available on mobile and on the PC so you don’t have to familiarise yourself with two different softwares when you change devices. You can switch between both mobile and PC apps depending on where you are and what you need. They also have an app to listen to podcasts as well if that’s what you’re looking for.
While the other apps do both recording and editing, Audacity is a bare bones, editing only, application. The upside is that it works on pretty much any major OS and it is open source. While the UI isn’t necessarily something that would suit the modern aesthetic it is definitely perfect for those who want a simple app that they can use to edit their audio files on the PC.
If yours is an interview podcast and your guests are in a different location or if your co-host is in a different location, Zencastr is THE software for you. It’s user friendly UI makes things as easy as possible. All you need to do is send across an invite to someone and start recording once they accept. Your guest doesn’t have to make an account to use this which is the biggest plus. With backups (everyone loses things sometimes) and high quality recording this seems to be a very popular choice in the industry.
There are others, of course, but these are out top picks for anyone looking to get started on recording their first podcast. Once you’re done recording and publishing come on over and read about how you can get more followers to take notice of your hard work.