You’re on the Air! 5 Great Apps for Podcasters

Podcasting is all of rage these days. Podcasts are professional and fun, and have become easier to create with the right apps. The Mac has always been a creative tool and with the apps in this roundup, it can become your own radio headquarters and production studio.

To make the process as easy as possible, we recommend taking a look at these five apps, which perform all kinds of tasks from recording audio and screencasts to adding live sound effects. So get ready and read on because, your’re on the air!

Sound Studio 4

Sound Studio 4 is a great tool for recording your podcast. It has a clean interface and a great feature set. Of course you could use Garageband to record your podcast, but Garageband has lots of other uses. Sound Studio is only for recording, so it’s a little more nicely focused.

Sound Studio 4 allows you to record your audio, apply effects, edit, and send out to various popular media formats. You can go in depth with editing such as tweaking EQ, adding crossfades, and more.

Price: $29.99
Developer: Felt Tip Inc.

Sound Studio 4

Sound Studio 4

Soundboard

Soundboard is a complementary tool for recording your podcast. It has a clean interface and a great feature set. Any professional podcast will have a variety of effects, jingles, and pre-recorded audio that needs to be mixed in. You can do this in post when you are editing, or you can use Soundboard to do it live.

Soundboard holds numerous audio files and allows you to play them live, while you are recording. It even has a ducking feature so the audio is lowered when you speak. Soundboard is easy to use and fun! So go ahead and load it up with your sound effects and jingles.

Price: $49.99
Developer: Ambrosia Software Inc.

Soundboard

Soundboard

Audio Hijack Pro

Many great podcasts have cool features such as guest call ins and playing sound files. You need a way to record all of the audio coming out of your Mac, Audio Hijack Pro is the tool for that.

Audio Hijack Pro works as the recorder and it can record audio from Skype, your microphone, and even from Soundboard. After it is recorded with this program, you can take it into Sound Studio 4 to edit your masterpiece.

Price: $32
Developer: Rogue Amoeba

Audio Hijack Pro

Audio Hijack Pro

Screenflow

One of the most popular trends lately is to mix your podcasts with screencasts. They really help take certain podcasts to the next level and incorporates a little teaching into the mix. There are many tools available on the Mac that can handle the task, my favorite is Screenflow.

With Screenflow, you can record your screen in full HD video, view picture in picture recording from a video camera, and utilize other cool editing features. It also has easy share options to services like YouTube HD and Vimeo. You can add annotations, callouts, zoom ins and outs, highlights, and so much more!

Price: $99
Developer: Telestream

Screenflow

Screenflow

MarsEdit

So you have created your podcast and now you need to get it out there. You could of course code a website yourself, but most will use a Internet blogging service. Many of these services have web interfaces that many find cumbersome. The best way to tackle it is with MarsEdit.

MarsEdit allows you to write blogs and upload your content to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and other similar, popular services. Mars Edit is straight forward and easy to use. It is also my favorite and has been for years!

Price: $39.95
Developer: Red Sweater Software

MarsEdit

MarsEdit

What Apps Do You Use For Podcasting?

Now that you’ve seen these five great tools for podcasters, leave a comment below and let us know which apps play a crucial role in your podcasting workflow. What do you use to record audio? What supporting apps help you in other areas? We want to know!


  • maeltj

    To record, Audio Hijack, to do the rest, Garageband.

    Now, looking for a nice soft to post to Posterous, tumblr, wordpress and to edit the RSS for audios.

  • http://www.gamingogre.com Bo

    I find Piezo is a good tool for recording as well.

  • http://alexarena.com Alex Arena

    I’m looking into starting a podcast and I’ve become a huge fan of CamTwist as of late.

  • http://www.mactexan.com Joe Kelley

    Audio mix, record and post edit with Logic Pro. Multi cam mix and record video with BoinxTV. Stream to UStream. Convert final audio mix to MP3 with Compressor.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jooak Josiah Oakley

      What a nice setup you have there!

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  • Tanner Victor

    Great roundup. I use ScreenFlow for my podcasts and its great. I also use it to do little demos and videos that i post on my site as extra content. it’s so easy to use even for someone who doesn’t know anything about video editing.
    I’m also looking at Wirecast from the same company, as I’m thinking about doing some live streaming.

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