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Podcast Basics

This is a brief tutorial on creating an intro to a podcast using Audacity.

Podcast Basics: photo of man recording a podcast on a laptop

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If this tutorial looks helpful to you and you want to earn your SkillShops Podcast badge, you can enroll in the Podcast Basics SkillShop (link below -- open to all HSU students, staff, and faculty). The guide here is for people outside of HSU who want to follow along but cannot enroll in the SkillShop.

Sample Intro

The resources on this page will help you learn some techniques for creating an intro to a podcast using multiple audio clips. This example shows how to use Audacity, a free and open source audio editing program available on Mac, Windows and Linux computers. If you are using a Chromebook or tablet, you can access Audacity by using HSU's Virtual Lab or Remote Access, which will also be useful for almost all aspects of creating a podcast.

Note: if you are using Vlab or Remote Access to use Audacity, you will not be able to record directly to the program. You can record separately and import your recording as with other audio. Playback will be less responsive, so be patient when you press play -- you may need to wait a second or two.

Very important note: when you use Vlab or Remote Access, be sure to save your work often. You can retrieve your saved work from the same computer when you use Remote Access within the same day. Be sure to save a copy of your files to your Google Drive or other cloud account.

More Than One Way

There is more than one way to do pretty much anything when working an audio project. This overview shows a few techniques but doesn't cover all of them. You may want to use one or more of the techniques in a different way or use different editing software. The basics covered in this example will be applicable in other situations and with other software. The specifics may be different, so you may need to search for more tutorials on YouTube for your particular software or tool.


If you are comfortable with using media editors and want the super-quick version of this tutorial, skip to the end for the playthrough that is a demonstration of putting all of the steps together into a 5-minute video.

The Video

This video play list is a walk-through of all of techniques shared in this tutorial. You can watch all the videos here or watch them in parts along with the accompanying text on the following pages.

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