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Recording and Editing Software

The following software is generally recommended for audio recording and editing:

  • Hindenburg Journalist Pro (Windows, Mac OSX) is a great, simple solution for podcasts. The Pro version usually costs USD 380 $, but the Library can provide you with free 6-month student licences. The Journalist (non-pro) version is cheaper (USD 95 $) but some features are missing.
  • Reaper (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux) is a professional (and more complex) solution. As students and researchers, you get a special, low price of USD 60 $ per licence.

Two additional Mac-only options are also recommended:

  • Logic Pro X (Mac OSX only) is a highly-rated professional software you can purchase for USD 200 $.
  • Garageband (Mac OSX only) is the free, trimmed-down version of Logic. If you have a Mac, it is a great first option.

Other options that are well-known, but not recommended:

  • Adobe Audition (Windows, Mac OSX) is only available as a subscription (USD 20 $ per month). 
  • Audacity (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux) is free and cross-platform. Sadly, it is also complex and counterintuitive.

Recording Online

Since you cannot always be on site, distance recording might be a better option.

Zencastr allows you to record both sides of your conversation on different computers that you can later edit and blend together with your favourite editing software. The free version allows up to 2 participants (expanded to unlimited during the COVID-19 crisis).

Most video conferencing systems also allow you to record an audio track of the meeting, which you can later edit. Usually that will be a single audio track which will not allow you to adapt each participant's audio track.

Editing Your Podcast with Hindenburg Journalist Pro

Hindenburg Systems has multiple great resources to learn how to edit your podcast.