There’s an audio recording and editing app I’ve been using on and off for a few years now that’s ideal for recording podcasts and radio shows. It’s totally free, reliable, and as solid as any audio app can be.
I’ve recommended Ocenaudio to many friends who were looking for a simple no-frills way to record their voice overs, podcasts, and professional radio shows.
The app is regularly updated, almost every month I reckon, and will serve most people’s needs – so long as you don’t need multi-track recording and know the difference between a destructive audio editor and a non-destructive one.
Ocenaudio is a destructive editor. That means, if you record something with it and start cutting and editing, you will be working with the original source file. So the trick is to record, Save, and then Save As with a new name (V2 for example). Thereby keeping a back-up of the original well out of harm’s way. However, the app does offer multiple undos if you want to take your edits back a few steps.
Users can highlight small sections – such as where breath noises may appear – and lower the volume using a volume slider that appears right where the edit is taking place, there’s a highlight and delete option of course, you can highlight all and normalise.
Ocenaudio works on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux), offers real time effects – meaning that during playback – as you alter EQ (for example) you will hear the changes as you move the EQ sliders.
It is VST compatible, includes many audio enhancement options – such as noise reduction – along with many effects podcasters will not need, such as reverb, echo, chorus and flanger etc. For the really adventurous (apply with caution) there are audio limiting and compression options along with dozens of other built-in effects. you can also convert a stereo file to mono (and visa-versa) using an option in the Edit menu.
The app records in the WAV format by default, offers numerous recording sample rates, channels (mono, stereo, multi) and Bit rate options (16, 24, 32), and exports to dozens of popular formats (MP3, OGG etc).
However, most of what it is capable of will be superfluous to the podcaster who merely needs to record their voice for export to a low-res mono MP3 file and edit files quickly.
While the Ocenaudio app is free, anyone using it really should make a donation to support the people who produce it as it is too good to be free. Give it a test drive and if you like it, make a donation.
If you need to bring your audio into a multi-track app for mixing in music or perform really seamless audio editing etc, then I recommend Reaper. At a one-off fee of $60 (free trial) it’s a lot cheaper than Adobe Audition and Pro Tools etc, and is – in my opinion – head and shoulders above the free open source Audacity app (which is a fine app, but…).
As always, if you have any advice you’d like to share with fellow podcasters then do let me know.