Podcasts resist the onslaught of everything new . They change format, they refocus for different audiences, the programs to produce them evolve… but the original concept is still there and it doesn’t seem to want to go until another format replaces it. And it doesn’t seem that anyone has found something simpler yet.
And let’s face it, we’ve all imagined ourselves recording our own podcast. The good news is that right now that’s easier than ever, and if we’re not looking to be professionals, all we need is a Mac and its built-in microphones (and a room without too much noise) in order to have our own audio program. Let’s see some of the most used tools in OS X to make them today .
Garageband (version 6.0.5)
Apple’s official solution, Garageband, is not specifically made for producing podcasts in its current version (version 10). But if you’re lucky you’ll still be able to find version 6 of the application , which is capable of recording podcasts offering good editing options, in a folder inside the system’s application directory.
It is a free option, although the bad news is that Apple no longer gives official support for this version. Some people are using Garageband 10 to record, although they have to do it in song format and using the voice tracks.
Let’s move on to Apple’s other solution, often forgotten but much simpler and for those who don’t want to get too complicated with editing. QuickTime, which you can also find in the applications folder, lets you record audio using your Mac’s microphone or even an external one.
Don’t expect too many wonders to modify that audio (not to say that there aren’t any), but to record simple voice is one of the simplest solutions. QuickTime is part of the pre-installed OS X applications, so it’s completely free.
For many, the audio conferencing service to use when recording a podcast between several people who are not in the same room. It accepts groups of more than two people, the audio compression is decent and creating a basic user account is completely free.
We are going to the open source solution compatible with OS X and also with other platforms: Audacity is an editor where you won’t find the best interface, but where you will have at hand a good string of editing options that you will surely miss in solutions like Garageband 6. It can be downloaded completely free from its official website.
It’s not a podcast editor as such, but Soundflower will allow you to easily record the audio channel of a Skype conversation or any other videoconferencing program from which you can configure and select the specific audio output from which our voice and those of other podcasters talking on Skype are recorded at that time. Free and almost a must for anyone recording podcasts with other people living far away.
Audio Hijack is able to detect and record the audio sources coming from any application , in a visual and simple way for everyone. Here we enter the world of payment solutions: Audio Hijack costs 49 dollars.
From the same developers of Audio Hijack, the idea behind Loopback is to allow to redirect any audio source to applications that you want to “bridge”. This is the perfect tool if you want to play an audio file within a Skype conversation where a podcast is being recorded. The price of a full license is $99.
We ended up with the complete solution that Adobe has for recording podcasts (in addition to doing other audio editing work): Audition is part of the Creative Cloud , and as a professional tool that is priced at 24.19 euros per month. For those who want absolutely all options in a global program.