1. Audacity (Windows, MacOSX, Linux)
Audacity is one of the most recognizable names in the audio editing world. And it’s for good reason, too. The software is free, open source, and can run on multiple platforms.
While there’s a bit of a learning curve involved and it doesn’t look as pretty as many high-end options, Audacity is sure to get the job done. You can record and edit your entire show on this bad boy, and you’ll end up with audio some people will never think was edited on free software!
2. Ocenaudio (Windows, MacOSX, Linux)
Ocenaudio is another free, open-source, and multi-platform audio editing software. However, the difference lies in that Ocenaudio is geared towards users who aren’t all that technically inclined.
Admittedly, Audacity can be intimidating with the number of features jampacked into the software. For those averse to complex-looking interfaces, Ocenaudio may be a better choice for you. Another benefit to using Ocenaudio is that it promises to efficiently handle large files thanks to its advanced memory management system.
3. Garage Band (MacOSX)
If you’ve got a Mac, then there’s no need to download the cross-platform software Audacity or Ocenaudio. You can simply download Garage Band if it’s not already pre-installed on your Mac. This software has a ton of features included, and to top it off, the interface looks sleek and sexy (which is typical Mac).
Garage Band is designed to be newbie-friendly, so the whole system is pretty intuitive. If you’re not sure about some functions, there are tons of videos on YouTube that can help you out.
4. WavePad (Windows, MacOSX)
WavePad is a full-featured editor which runs on both Windows and Mac. If you want to check out how this program works, you can download the free version to try it out. Note, however, that the free version is for non-commercial use only.
So, if you’re planning to monetize your podcast, then you should upgrade to the premium version. Paying for premium will give you access to additional effects and even more awesome features!