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A List of the Software I Use for Podcasting

I use a variety of software for recording, editing, and producing podcasts. Just like many real world disciplines where you have a different tool for a different type of job, so it goes for podcasting.

Here’s my list of software I use for podcasting – current as of October, 2017.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is the main app I use for editing all podcasts. I make use templates so I can have intro/outro music, EQ settings, and other show details already configured when I start to edit for clients or myself.

I also use Logic Pro X when I record my podcast like Daily(ish) or anything in person like this session at 7shifts here in Saskatoon:

Setting up at @7shifts for an interview.

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Adobe Audition

I keep dabbling in Audition because I know lots of other podcasters who swear by it. I generally use it to try to clean up really bad audio as it has some pretty powerful noise/clipping reduction filters.

RX 6

RX6

RX 6 (or whatever version is current) is the secret weapon in the fight against noise, hiss, reverb, and terrible microphones. RX is a series of effects you can plugin to Logic Pro or other editing apps – or just use as a standalone tool to cleanup an audio file.

It’s not cheap if you’re into podcasting at the hobby level, but if you make any money from podcasting/audio production, it’s worth every penny.

Auphonic Multitrack Processor

Auphonic

Once a podcast is edited, EQ’d, and otherwise massaged I export it and run it through Auphonic to get loudness normalization before sending it off to the internet or a client.

Audio Hijack

Audio Hijack

I think Audio Hijack is one of the coolest and most powerful apps on the Mac for an audio nerd. It can be used to route audio from anywhere to anywhere else – and make sure it gets recorded.

I primarily use it when recording live streams for the @U2 podcast on our Twitch channel so that I can get sound effects and intro music onto the video stream but also get the audio recorded for later in editing.

Loopback

Loopback

Create virtual audio devices to take the sound from applications and audio input devices, then send it to audio processing applications. Loopback gives you the power of a high-end studio mixing board, right inside your computer!

Loopback is to modern Mac audio routing what Soundflower was to a previous generation – only it looks much nicer. This, along with Audio Hijack, make almost anything possible with audio on a Mac.

mimoLive

mimo live

mimoLive is the app I use for sending a live video feed to Twitch (or YouTube/Facebook if we wanted to). I use a bare minimum of what mimoLive is actually capable of but it could be used for broadcasting live sporting events, concerts, or anything where you want to have a couple of cameras, overlay text, bring in callers from around the world, and all sorts of other multimedia fun.

Gameshow

Gameshow

Not strictly podcasting related, but I use Gameshow to stream any gaming I do on my personal Twitch channel – generally Minecraft with one of my kids. Gameshow works very similar to mimoLive in that it allows you to capture what’s on your computer screen and share it with the world. It’s focused a bit more on the gaming side with support for services like Streamlabs that Twitch streamers use to interact with their audience.

How About You?

These are the tools I use for podcasting – but I know there’s a ton more out there. What do you use? Which ones do you have questions about? Feel free to leave a comment below or tweet me a question on Twitter.

Getting the Right Volume Settings for Call Recorder for Skype

Ecamm’s Call Recorder for Skype is a popular way for podcasters to record interviews with guests over Skype and maintain separate audio/video tracks for both sides of the conversation. Normally if you tried to record a call on Skype, you’d end up with one audio track with both sides of the conversation which makes it more difficult to adjust levels afterwards – or even edit out parts of conversations/dog noises from your guest’s side of the conversation.

While Call Recorder works great at getting both sides of the conversation into separate, editable tracks it isn’t immediately obvious how you can control the audio level of your guest’s conversation so that your recording isn’t too loud or too quiet.

There’s actually a setting in Skype that you can adjust to make sure that everything sounds sweet – and it’s easier to show you in this 2 minute video than type it all out so watch it on YouTube or view it embedded below:

Use Facebook. But Not Only Facebook.

Outsourcing Your Online Presence to Facebook

Via JoeCieplinksi.com:

Look, I get that I’m the nut who doesn’t want to use Facebook. I’m not even saying don’t post your stuff to Facebook. But if Facebook is the only place you are posting something, know that you are shutting out people like me for no good reason. Go ahead and post to Facebook, but post it somewhere else, too. Especially if you’re running a business. It’s 2017. There are a million ways to get a web site set up inexpensively that you can easily update yourself. Setting up a Facebook page and letting your web site rot, or worse, not even having a web site of your own, is outsourcing your entire online presence. That’s truly insane. It’s a massive risk to your business, and frankly, stupid.

I couldn’t agree more. And despite my obvious bias as someone who builds websites in exchange for money I think it’s ridiculous for a business to rely solely on Facebook or Instagram as their method of communicating.

At the very least, set up a Twitter account for your business so that it can show up in search results and cross-post everything there that you post on Facebook.

One step up would be to register a free Tumblr site that can also cross-post to Facebook for you.

And of course, if you want some help getting a website set up and marketing advice on how to use Facebook, Twitter, and all the other services that come along – do get in touch with me.

Ecamm Live

Ecamm Live Mac App for Facebook Live Streaming

Ecamm, makers of other awesome apps like Call Recorder, have announced a new app that allows you to stream video from your Mac to Facebook called Ecamm Live:

Facebook integration means there’s no need to worry about stream keys or complicated set-up steps. The app takes care of it all.

Ecamm Live

At $29.95USD it’s among the least expensive options to stream out to Facebook Live from your Mac. And knowing Ecamm’s quality software, I’m sure it works as advertised. They’ve got a free trial on their website so you can give it a try before buying.