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 comments
    John Pullum says February 17, 2018

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

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      Seph Correro says October 7, 2018

      John Pullum I get the joke

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      Lolito Mafanga says March 6, 2019

      smooth

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    Alex Sol - Extra Paycheck says February 17, 2018

    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.

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      Under the Capes says February 18, 2018

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

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      Alex Sol - Extra Paycheck says February 18, 2018

      I am happy to hear you liked this tip 🙂

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    Larry Reeder says February 17, 2018

    I’ve used Audacity for audio files and like it a lot. Thanks for including the envelope tool explanation – very helpful!

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    Ravi Sekhar Veenam says February 18, 2018

    As usual, it is clear and helpful..
    The background music adjustment is very nice…just rising and fading out feature adds the audio look like more of high standards..
    I think editing part is very important after recording the content…have to be careful when cutting and pasting parts of audio…I wonder Pat did any mistakes like this and posted without noticing in his total 1332 episodes posted till date…(AskPat 1002…SPI 305…and 1DBB 25)
    Am I correct Pat ?

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    Mr Bagshaw says February 24, 2018

    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!

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    SyscoLady Liberty says March 18, 2018

    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!!

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      Sheron Espute says July 24, 2018

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

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      leigh erin says August 24, 2018

      hi

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      Land For Sale In Lagos - Inspection Videos says December 23, 2018

      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.

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    Glenn Hirst says March 29, 2018

    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.

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    Emerald Bren says May 19, 2018

    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

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    Sony Classics says February 21, 2019

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

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    MUSICNINJA 22 says February 22, 2019

    good tutorial bruh tnx this means a lot to me,next bruh can you edit how to sing record with minus-one in good quality like a studio.

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    The elephant In the room says March 5, 2019

    How far does specific headphones. I was considering maybe starting a podcast with my friend and I have a gaming Logitech g430 Headset and am wondering if it matter what headphones you have

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    Screaming Dean says April 9, 2019

    What’s the best audio editing software for taking an MP3 audio file that’s four minutes long and making it faster thus say three minutes long?

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    Miguel Ramirez says April 17, 2019

    Tip for using Levelator: If you have Intro/Outro music, first edit and export only the vocal track without the Intro/Outro and put it through the Levelator. Then add the Intro/Outro music to the vocal track from the Levelator and export in your desired format. If you export with the Intro/Outro music and then put it through the Levelator it might distort the sound of the music. Hope this helps.

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    Rasath1 says May 7, 2019

    Pat, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this tutorial. It was very practical and fast forwarded my learning on Audacity. I was over here dreading learning a new software and so have been avoiding it! Thanks to you, I can level up my podcast with little effort!

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    John Houston says May 11, 2019

    “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?

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    Stephanie S. Tackett says May 13, 2019

    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.

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    Nicole Engelbrecht says June 8, 2019

    Thank you so much for doing this video. I have used the tools to start editing my first podcast episode and it probably would have taken twice as long to figure this stuff out myself. You have a new subscriber 🙂

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    Old Man Metal says June 15, 2019

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

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    Matt Gallagher says July 16, 2019

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

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    Preston Little says July 28, 2019

    Ran into an issue exporting with the MP3 audio not being coded and I need LAME but LAME is built into this Mac I’m using so I’m confused.

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