When I first decided I wanted to make a podcast I started looking all over
the Internet to find the kind of software I would need to make a podcasts.
I soon found that there are several blogs out there that recommended a lot of
software. Since I didn't want to spend much money on this podcasting
business I went for the free software. I downloaded them all and was very
disappointed. The ones that disappointed me the most were the programs
that claimed to be made for podcasting and would do it all. One of these "podcast
software makers" made a program that crashed my computer.
I did get real lucky and found WavePad by NCH Swift Sound in Australia.
WavePad is not the only piece of software you'll need because of it's limited
features but you will love it for the features it does have. I use WavePad
to record and edit the podcasts. You will notice right away that the
display on the recorded file is large bright and clear.
Pentium 300 or above with at least 16MB RAM (32MB for 2000/XP/2003).
A sound card.
In the next section I will go into detail when I explain how I use each of
the software programs, I have selected to use. Since I couldn't find any
one piece of software that had everything I adopted the plan of finding the best
I could find, for each task in the production of the podcasts. I paid a great deal of attention in trying to find the best software for
the given task. I also wanted to keep the cost of this project
down. As I learned about making podcasts, I found that this decision to use
more than one program was correct.
I then found that I needed a program that would mix several different files
into the finished podcasts. I found the perfect mixer program for me the
Acoustica MP3 Audio
Mixer. This program is free to try and costs $24.95 to buy it and if
you try it you will buy it. The system requirements for this program are
Pentium/90, Win95/98/NT/2K/ME/XP, 16 MB Ram, Soundcard, (Microphone is optional)
I have found the Acoustica mixing program to have features that would cost a
great deal more money in other programs. It's simple to operate, has nice
features and does everything I want a mixing program to do when making a podcast.
So now I have told you about all the programs I use except for the last one.
That's right I found I needed three programs to do everything I needed.
WavePad has a lot of features I used in the first few podcasts, other than just
recording an editing the sound. One of the problems that came up, was the
balancing out my voice and the voice of the person I was interviewing. I
had some people complain that they could hear me fine but at times they had to
turn the volume up when the other person was talking. I tried out the
filters and effects in WavePad and never could get them just right. So the
search was on for a program that could balance out the sounds, remove noise, and
allow me to give complete information to the mp3 file. I also wanted a
program that would allow me to do a good job of compressing the podcast to make
it easier for people to download and listen to the podcast.
This last search led me to a program that has been around the Internet for
years. You can download it free and they give you a long time to evaluate
the program but to get all the features I found I needed I had to buy the
program and then pay for a plug in. The final program I bought was
Gold Wave which is a Canadian company.
Gold wave is truly a professional audio program at bargain price of $55 US.
The additional plug in I bought, to get what I wanted, was the "Voice Over Plug
In. and it cost $16 US.
- Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Windows XP is required for version 5.
Windows NT/95/98 are not supported and will not work (please
- Recommended system requirements:
- 700MHz processor
- 256MB RAM
- 200MB hard drive space available
- Accelerated video card running at 16-bit or true 32-bit color
- DirectX compatible sound card driver
- DirectX 8 or
later is required.
I am sure that there are some people that will read this software page
and feel that I do not know what I am talking about. I can hear it now
"three programs to make a podcast," it turned out that for me to get the
features and quality I wanted in my podcasts this is what it took. I'm
also sure that a lot of people will ignore my recommendations and go back
and download some of the programs that I investigated before I found these
three. However, as you read through the rest of the steps in
making a podcast I think some of you will see why I chose these programs.
Remember I am just telling you how I do it.