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After 30 hours spent using and comparing audio editing software, we’ve found Audacity to be the best all-around option for beginners looking to create their own podcasts. The open-source Audacity runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, and it’s free, which eliminates one of the biggest stresses of trying out software.
Audacity’s user interface is bare-bones compared with that of its competition, including other free options like Apple’s GarageBand, but it provides all the tools, features, and support you need to quickly and easily create great-sounding audio productions. It offers, by far, the best value of all the audio software we tested.
While recording and editing in Audacity during our tests, we quickly realized that a powerful and feature-packed application lay beneath the software’s stripped-down interface. Controls for setting up external equipment such as a USB microphone or audio interface are located in the main window for easy access.
The main window also contains panels with everything you need to edit, monitor, and mix audio tracks. In addition, Audacity comes with a sophisticated suite of audio-processing effects to remove the noise, coughs, clicks, and other unwanted sounds that microphones can capture during recording. And although learning how to best apply those effects takes time,