Due to the success of the previous article on podcasting with your Skype software, I thought I might elaborate a bit on some other tools that you might find helpful. Obviously for many single user audio podcasts, there is the need for doing interviews or simply recording audio either looped through cables or with special software. Then there is the need to edit this audio… which can be something of an art, if you do it right. In this article, I will share some of my other tools besides Skype for getting the job done.
More audio capturing options please – Skype is not what I use.
Windows – Enter Virtual Audio Cables. Despite not having used VAC in a LONG time, I have fond/geeky memories with this software tool. Definitely not as visually appealing as some Windows users might be used to, I would remind you that even on this platform, some of the best stuff out there is less than a GUI wonder. Simply put, it’s like taking a Harley Davidson to a motor scooter convention – you will own all with its fantastic power. I think it is great for recording multiple sources at once while encoding on the fly. Can’t be beat there. VAC is available on a trial and can be purchased for US $30.
OS X – Because I have not yet found anything quite like VAC for OS X, I would have to yield to a great application called Audio Hijack Pro. Once you get past the angry little amoeba with the machine gun, you will find that this is one of the better OS X solutions available today. Will allow you to recording from anything and cycle into one single stream of audio for your editing pleasure. You can purchase this great app for $32 US.
Linux – While there was once vsound for RealPlayer, today your best bet is either to use the “mix” option (you will likely have to add this from on your GNOME or KDE mixer’s preferences) or simply Use a cable to connect your computer’s line out to its line in, and use your audio editing app to record from Line In.
Editing your audio together.
Windows, OS X and Linux – I recommend Audacity over and over when people ask me. It’s easy to use, stable and totally cross platform. It makes adding, editing and removing audio a breeze while also working really well with a mic or line in solution as well.