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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John Pullum - February 17, 2018 Reply

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

    Seph Correro - October 7, 2018 Reply

    John Pullum I get the joke

    Lolito Mafanga - March 6, 2019 Reply


Larry Reeder - February 17, 2018 Reply

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

Ravi Sekhar Veenam - February 18, 2018 Reply

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 ?

Mr Bagshaw - February 24, 2018 Reply

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!

SyscoLady Liberty - March 18, 2018 Reply

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 Reply

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

    leigh erin - August 24, 2018 Reply


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

    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.

Glenn Hirst - March 29, 2018 Reply

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.

Emerald Bren - May 19, 2018 Reply

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

Sony Classics - February 21, 2019 Reply

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

MUSICNINJA 22 - February 22, 2019 Reply

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.

The elephant In the room - March 5, 2019 Reply

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

Screaming Dean - April 9, 2019 Reply

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?

Miguel Ramirez - April 17, 2019 Reply

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.

Rasath1 - May 7, 2019 Reply

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!

John Houston - May 11, 2019 Reply

“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?

Stephanie S. Tackett - May 13, 2019 Reply

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.

Nicole Engelbrecht - June 8, 2019 Reply

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 🙂

Old Man Metal - June 15, 2019 Reply

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

Matt Gallagher - July 16, 2019 Reply

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

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