Podcasting is a growing medium in which to build your brand and create meaningful conversations with your target audience. In fact, according to the 2017 Podcast Consumer Report,monthly male podcast listeners have grown from 15% in 2013 to 27% in 2017.

Along with the growth of listeners, has been an explosion in the available software tools.

It used to be that you needed an expensive microphone, deep technical knowledge, and lots of time. Now that everyone’s got a great microphone in their pocket and a laptop, it’s possible for anyone to create compelling content from anywhere.

We at Happy Scribe, reached out to the top podcasters we know and asked them what tools and apps they are using. Below is their list of the five most important software tools for podcasters.

GARAGEBAND

One essential tool every podcaster needs is audio recording and editing software. In comes GarageBand, a basic program installed on all Apple devices.

Although primarly designed for creating and recording music, it does have an audio recorder feature which can generate high-quality files. It also comes with preloaded templates for podcasting, making it an easy to use interface for first timers.

Watching a quick YouTube tutorial can help you navigate the specific features for podcasters, which include separate tracks for intros and outros and the ability to add radio style jingles along with other sound effects. Another benefit is that as part of the Apple family, you can instantly share your finished product on iTunes.

There are more powerful software recording tools out there like Adobe Audition, but GarageBand remains a popular option for podcasters who want simple ease of use with minimal investment.

ZOOM

Whilst GarageBand is great for one person podcasts, sometimes you want to do a show with multiple people who are located in different parts of the world. For this, our friends at Digital Nomad Mastery recommend Zoom. It has been their go-to video software tool for conducting and recording over 300+ video podcasts of digital nomads.

Zoom is the world’s leader in video and audio conferencing. Podcasters consistently praise its superior connection quality, even if your Internet isn’t the fastest or most stable. You can also have as many guests as you want. Another plus, is that the core tool is free.

With built-in recording, and the ability to split the audio from video, it is also very easy to edit. Another additional perk is that you can simulcast directly from Zoom to FaceBook Live and YouTube.

So if you’re into live podcast content and want multiple speakers in remote locations, Zoom is the way to go.

ECAMM CALL RECORDER

Also worth mentioning is Ecamm Call Recorder. This is an essential piece of tech if you plan to conduct interviews over Skype.

Ecamm records Skype audio and video calls directly to your Mac. You can either record your visual interviews as you see them or in their split-screen modes. Either way you end up with a high-quality, HD recording that can easily covert into an MP3 file for podcasting.

The downside is this tech isn’t free. The Ecamm Call Recorder for Mac retails around $29.95USD. For PC users there is the similar software Pamela for $21.95USD.

BLUBRRY

Now that you have your podcast recorded and edited, the next step of the process involves getting your content published and out to the masses.For this you'll need a reliable podcasting hosting site.

Blubrry is an exceptional hosting platform that offers great features like free podcast statistics and support. Furthermore, it also creates specific plugins for WordPress that creates your podcast feed which you can then submit to directories such as iTunes, Google Podcasts, etc.

It is free for the first month and then $12 US for 100mb thereafter.

ANCHOR

If all these different tools sound too much to learn, then head straight for Anchor. The company’s tagline says it all -

***‘The easiest way to start a podcast. Ever.’ ***

This statement is backed up by our podcasting friends, who say Anchor makes it ridiculously easy to both record, edit and distribute a podcast. Oh, and it’s 100% free.

With Anchor, you can record straight into the platform via your phone, iPad, or the web. You can even co-host with someone on the other side of the world. The intuitive technology then makes it easy to add background music and transitions. Finally, Anchor can automatically distribute your content to every major podcast platform including Spotify, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast.

Additional features include easy ways to monetize your content, review detailed analytics about your audience listening habits, and a nifty public profile page where anyone can listen to your podcast or subscribe to it.

It makes podcasting simple and economical for those without a recording studio or technical knowledge.

WHAT SOFTWARE TOOLS DO YOU USE?

How do you record your in-person and remote interviews? What software tools do you use to edit? What are your favorite hosting and distribution sites?

Do you use any software tools to transcribe your podcasts? Something Observer.com says is the secret to giving listeners a better experience.

We’d love to hear from you.