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Chapter 6. Setting Up Your Studio > The Software You’ll Need

The Software You’ll Need

To make all of this hardware work to build a podcast, you’ll need software to tie everything together. The software will need to do several things: Record the basic files you’ll want to build into a complete podcast; edit all the component files into your final program; and send the file from your computer to your server or podcast-hosting system. Let’s look at the different software that’s available for completing the various functions on different operating system platforms.

Recording Software

The first step in making your podcast is recording your words—the “glue” that will pull any music or sound-seeing files together, provide context, and make the result uniquely yours. The software must be able to take the audio from an input on your computer (most often the sound card, though the input could also be the USB [Universal Serial Bus] or FireWire [IEEE 1394] interface), control the sound level so that the resulting file is neither too soft nor too loud, and then write the recording to a file that can be used by the editing software to create the final podcast file. It’s a straightforward set of actions, but on any platform there will be several products that make them possible.


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