How to Record and Edit a Podcast in Audacity (Complete Tutorial)

In this video, I'll teach you how to record and edit a podcast in Audacity so that you can create a professional sounding podcast episode.

Audacity works for both MAC and PC users, and can be downloaded for free here:

For MAC users, if you want something more MAC-like in experience, try using Garageband. It's also free and is likely on your computer already. Here's a full tutorial for how to use Garageband that will help you:

In this tutorial, I walk you through all the simple steps you need to take in order to make this simple, especially moving forward after you get a few episodes under your podcasting belt.

Please note that this is a lesson pulled from my premium podcasting course, Power-up Podcasting ( ), so if you hear references to other videos or lessons in the course, that's why they are there.

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    27 Responses to How to Record and Edit a Podcast in Audacity (Complete Tutorial)

    1. John Pullum February 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

      I can’t believe you had the audacity to post a video like this. Wonderful … as always.

      • Seph Correro October 7, 2018 at 3:44 am #

        John Pullum I get the joke

      • Lolito Mafanga March 6, 2019 at 6:30 am #

        smooth

    2. Alex Sol - Extra Paycheck February 17, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

      Great tutorial Pat!
      I’d like to add a tip for editing a podcast in Audacity. In the top right corner there is a small green button and right next to it you can adjust the playback speed. When editing I usually speed up the playback to 1.70x-1.80x. This allows me to speed up the playback while editing and saves me lots of time. Also this function does not alter your final file in any way and the software exports the file at regular speed.

      • Under the Capes February 18, 2018 at 3:03 am #

        Oh man this is huge, editing always takes 2-3 times longer than the actual length of the episode. Thanks!

      • Alex Sol - Extra Paycheck February 18, 2018 at 5:28 am #

        I am happy to hear you liked this tip 🙂

    3. Mr Bagshaw February 24, 2018 at 4:21 am #

      My 10 year old son is going to be delighted when he finds his old man figured out how to add intro and outro music to his wresting podcast we just started, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Thanks Pat!

    4. SyscoLady Liberty March 18, 2018 at 1:50 am #

      Can’t thank you enough, I’ve watched this several times and finally got a little recording down! You are amazing! If you can teach this ol girl from the technically challenged generation, you deserve amazing!!

      • Sheron Espute July 24, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

        It was awesome. actually I was afraid of the tech part of it, but he made it soooo easy.

      • leigh erin August 24, 2018 at 8:05 am #

        hi

      • Land For Sale In Lagos - Inspection Videos December 23, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

        You and me girl. I get scared of anything technical. I actually bought a course on podcasting before watching this and I must say I learned some things I didn’t learn from the other course. And Pat has a way of making things easier to understand. Editing my own podcast still scares me but I guess we’ll eventually get used to it like they say. I wish I didn’t have to bother myself with this technical side of things.

    5. Glenn Hirst March 29, 2018 at 8:02 am #

      wow! thank you, you’ve​ made something that looks sooooo complicated seem sooooo simple, made my first podcast jingle yesterday and its gone down really well, thank you.

    6. Emerald Bren May 19, 2018 at 7:23 am #

      Ok I am inspired…… now I just need to get off my arse and get it done !!!
      Thank you so much for this video as has been commented below you have taken something which seems complicated and simplified it for us with a real world example just to get us all going….again many thanks

    7. Manassa La Coa August 23, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

      Thank you! You just solved 80% of frustrations with editing audio for my podcast

    8. Lisa K. Stephenson October 6, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      I am starting a podcast and let me just say, this is by far the BEST video I have watched. I am watching it over and over again..Thank you

    9. Cosmic Portal December 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Thank you! It was realy helpful! I’ll start practicing right now 🙂

    10. David Worley January 11, 2019 at 11:09 pm #

      Pat, you are such a gifted teacher and clear communicator. Thanks for posting this.

    11. Lauren Hill January 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

      Very helpful tutorial, thank you so much!

    12. Sony Classics February 21, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank you! Very informative. New to audacity and to podcasting. This was a great help.

    13. Monkey Scream April 4, 2019 at 12:18 am #

      Says this tutorial is mostly for windows users

      *Uses Mac*

    14. Real Travels April 28, 2019 at 5:28 am #

      Just subbed. Excellent basic learning tutorial, thanks for your work to give us this for free. 🙂

    15. John Houston May 11, 2019 at 7:42 pm #

      “QUESTION” I have my music tracks on 1 & 2. I’m recording lead vocal on Track 3. The music from tracks 1 & 2 goes to track 3 during recording. How do I fix that?

    16. Stephanie S. Tackett May 13, 2019 at 1:04 am #

      Thanks so much for this! We are new to recording although I used to be sound tech for a Vineyard church years ago. My husband will be recording for a radio show and your pointers are invaluable! Now to find a royalty free music clip and we’ll be all set.

    17. Old Man Metal June 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks a bunch for making this tutorial! It was a key part of the learning that went into my first podcast.

    18. Roger Arreola June 29, 2019 at 6:22 am #

      Great video bro!! If I ever meet you, I owe you some drinks!

    19. Matt Gallagher July 16, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

      This is the best tutorial on Audacity I’ve seen so far.

    20. Preston Little July 27, 2019 at 10:56 pm #

      You never mention the site you got your royalty free music from.. I would like to know where I can. Somebody help me out please and thanks!

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