Chapter 3. Building Your Podcast's Digital Workstation

In This Chapter

  • Trying out inexpensive software

  • Going for broke: Big-budget software

  • Creating an RSS feed

  • Finding a host for your podcast

After you have your recording equipment in place, plugged in, and running, it's time to take a look at audio-editing software packages. These are the applications that help you take that block of audio marble and chisel the podcast that is hidden within it.

As with digital photo editors, DVD-authoring software, and word processors, software for audio comes in all sizes and all costs, ranging from free to roughly an entire paycheck (or three). Like any software package, the lower the cost, the simpler the product and the easier it is to understand, navigate, and use for recording. However, as the software grows more complex (and expensive), the features that offer advantages for pro-level work become abundantly clear. In this chapter, we run down some of the audio recording/editing software that might be right for you.

For when you have your show recorded and cleaned up, we also explore options for you to share your masterpiece with the rest of the rest of the world. The real power of podcasting is the ability for listeners to subscribe to a "feed" and get your show automatically delivered to their computer rather than download it manually from your Web site. The piece that makes all this magic happens is the RSS feed. We introduce you to some software to help you manage your feed here and dig into ...

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