Essential Podcast Tools for Every Type of Podcaster

Podcasting is on its rise, and every day more businesses and entrepreneurs start producing their podcasts and use audio content to grow their audience and business. Many organizations and individuals invest in podcasting and see it as a strong marketing tool. Yet, to create a qualified podcast, it's necessary to pass through specific steps like managing technical issues, managing guests, recording and editing the content, and other essential operations. It is necessary to understand the fundamentals of podcasting and set it accordingly. Fortunately, there are several podcast tools for each step that will make your way smooth. There are several paid and free podcast tools and a wide variety for any purpose. Besides a good PC, qualified mics, an appropriate mixer, and good headphones, there are multiple podcast tools that will make your whole podcasting process easy.

Besides the basic podcast tools that every podcaster knows, multiple other handy tools can improve your workload. Let's check some of them.

1. Ardour

Ardour is a helpful podcast tool suitable for marketers with tight budgets. You can arrange a quality audio interface, plug in a keyboard or a microphone, and record an audio track. In case you already have an audio file, you can import it from your hard drive and edit with several options such as stretch, cut, align, copy-paste, zoom, drag, and drop. You can also mix the edited audio with fader, mute, solo, isolate, automate, and more. Ardour is available for Mac OS X, Linus, and Windows.  

2. Anchor

If you are searching for a cost-friendly and handy podcast tool, Anchor will be an ideal choice for you. This tool can be used for

-- Creating your podcast and hosting unlimited episodes
-- Uploading your podcast and distributing it by Anchor’s free hosting services.

Anchor provides innovative background tracks and transitions from its built-in audio library and lets you own your content without contracts. Anchor also includes a unique monetization model. You can add a button for donations directly on your podcast site.

3. Play

With Play's help, you can reuse your content from Medium, WordPress, Ghost, Weebly, Wix, Joomla, LightCMS, Tumblr, and more. You can convert your articles into audiobooks, podcasts, and audio articles, choosing from over 100 voices.

4. SneakPipe

If you are searching for a suitable podcast tool that will let you include your listeners in your podcast, then SneakPipe will be an ideal choice for you. Your audience can send voice messages just with a click to put anywhere on your site. They even don't need to create an account with SeakPipe to do it. This tool could be an excellent lead generation method, as your audience can share their contacts before sending a message. Later on, you can use their details to send them marketing collateral.

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5. Podbase

Another convenient podcast tool is Podbase which will help you to optimize your podcast. It can test your content according to the XML standards and help to make it well-formed. If you have a podcast hosting service or creating an RSS feed by yourself, you can test your URL to ensure if it conforms to RSS 2.0 specifications or not. Podbase will help you to fix RSS issues to prevent your further problems with iTunes or worse. It will keep your podcast safe.

6. Trinity Audio

If you are looking for a podcasting tool for Text-to-speech (TTS) support, Trinity Audio will be your best solution. You need to deploy a JavaScript-based player on your site to convert your text to audio. You can tinker with the playback speeds, voices, and different languages. It also has a WordPress plugin, and the recorded audio files can be used as filler in your podcasts later. Trinity also includes a reporting feature that allows you to analyze advanced metrics like campaign performance, CTR, number of ad opportunities, and so on.

7. Auphonic

Another popular podcast tool that is intended for audio optimization is Auphonic. This tool will help you polish your audio files and improve the quality of your podcast episodes. Auphonic has top-notch audio algorithms which will allow you to tune your episodes and customize your file formats (mp3, WAV, acc, and others). It has an adaptive leveler that aligns the volume between the segments of your show. With Auphonic, you will normalize the loudness of your episodes and reduce noises to eliminate background noises. Just upload your files to Auphonic, and it will do all work for you.

8. Wavve

The Shareability of a podcast is one of the essential parts of its success. It is not easy to promote your podcast episodes to your existing and new listeners, and sharing them on social media can become a problem for you. Luckily, there is a podcast tool for this purpose as well. Wavve will come for help. Wavve allows you to leverage your audio content and create social videos which will drive more engagement and reach around your podcasts. Wavve comes with over dozen audiograms and waveform animations that you can use and customize your design. Wavve generates a transcription of your audio automatically as the majority of social media videos are viewed without turning on the sound.

9. Buffer

If you are looking for a flexible podcast tool to help you schedule your podcast posts on social media, then Buffer will interest you. Social media plays a crucial role in spreading the upcoming events or loved episodes' sharing and making manual posts for every event and post frequent updates can take a lot of time. Buffer is a handy scheduling tool that will save your time. With Buffer, you can create a plan and publish your content for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest from one simple dashboard.

The podcast tools mentioned above can help you make your show more efficient and save time. Making proper use of the tools can grow your podcast into a great success.

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