How to Edit a Podcast

When the recording stops, it's time to edit the podcast audio to perfection for listeners to enjoy. Learn how to edit a podcast and more with this step-by-step tutorial.

How to Edit a Podcast

Once the mic checks are complete and the recording stops, it's time to polish the podcast audio to perfection. This careful, diligent process heightens the listening experience for an audience itching to hear more.

Catchy sound effects, soft background music, and audio that crescendos and decrescendos paint a picture listeners can visualize as an episode unfolds. Even after the edits are complete, the work continues. Dazzling social media posts with episode highlights drive listeners to tune in. To make all of this happen, you'll need a cost-friendly, intuitive tool you can rely on.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to edit a podcast with Kapwing Pro. With Kapwing Pro you can export content up to 1 hour long, whereas the free version supports exports up to seven minutes long. This online tool can be your one-stop-shop for editing podcasts, creating cover art, and making social media posts to promote new episodes.

  1. Upload audio to Kapwing
  2. Edit audio
  3. Add sound effects and music
  4. Export and download

Step One: Upload Audio to Kapwing

Sign into your Kapwing account, click New Content, and upload your audio. While you can use Kapwing on any device with a browser, I recommend sticking with a computer. Making precise edits is easier on a PC. You can click Upload and find your audio in your file browser, paste an audio URL, or drag and drop the file into the Studio. You'll see the audio layer appear at the bottom of the Studio on the timeline.

Step Two: Edit Audio

Before editing, you can adjust how the audio layer appears on the timeline to comfortably trim, split, and cut the file. You can click the plus and minus sign above the timeline to zoom in and out or click Fit to Screen. Turn Ripple Mode on to prevent gaps between clips after cutting out sections and Snap to accurately align a layer with another.

We'll start with making basic edits to the audio to clean up the episode. Listen to the recording a few times and jot down the timestamps where you need to make cuts. Awkward pauses and interruptions are a good place to start. To enter the exact timestamp of section to remove, click Timing and add a start and end time.

Afterwards, use the Split Button above the timeline or the "S" key to cut out any unwanted sections. If you don't have ripple mode on, you can drag and drop the remaining layers into the correct place on the timeline. To trim the beginning or end of a clip, simply drag the ends of the layer. You can also drag and drop additional audio layers onto the timeline. This could be a snippet of a viral interview to provide context for a discussion or a clip of a previous episode being recapped.

If you want to change the volume of a clip, select it, click Edit and drag the circle next to Volume on the right side of the Studio. In the same section, you can change the speed of a layer and click Effects to add a fade to the intro, outro, or both. I prefer an audio fade at both sections, so the beginning and end of an episode aren't abrupt.

Step Three: Add Sound Effects and Music

Now that the audio is edited, it's time to add sound effects and music. Sound effects can enhance the mood in a narrative, disguise inappropriate language, and signal a transition from one scene to the next. You can upload sound effects or find free, popular sound effects on YouTube, then click Audio and paste the URL to add it to the timeline.

If you want to add soft background music for your intro, an ad break, or the outro, drag and drop your audio into the Studio or click Upload. If you're looking for a royalty-free song, click Audio and browse the collection of music by Unminus and Highpass. You can filter songs by category and click the play button to preview each track.

Step Four: Export and Download

When you're finished editing your podcast, click the green dropdown arrow and select Export as MP3. Once you audio has processed, click Download to save it to your computer. Your episode is ready to be heard by a growing audience!

Bonus: Create a Podcast Social Media Post

This is optional, but with Kapwing being a hub for content creation, you can make social media posts right in the Studio. In this example, I'm creating an Instagram post and resizing the background to have a 1:1 output size. Make sure to choose the right size for the social media platform of your choice.

You can change the canvas color, upload a photo, or use the image search tool and plugins to customize the background. Take a peak at your existing grid (if you're making an Instagram post) to ensure the background aligns with your current aesthetic.

Add the name of your podcast, the title of the episode, and a call-to-action with the text tool on the left. You can change the size, upload custom fonts, add an outline, or a background color to make the text pop. I added a drop shadow to my text so it's more visible, clicked Elements to create a background for my photo, and included a logo. For more fancy backgrounds, animated stickers, and GIFs, click Elements and scroll through the categories or type in a search term.

Add your audio from the media library and trim out a section that will get viewers to listen to the entire episode. Instagram video posts can be up to 60 seconds long while Reels can be up to 30 seconds longs. TikTok extended their duration from 60 seconds to three minutes. To give your post some movement, you can click Elements and add a progress bar or a waveform. You can customize both elements to your liking! When you're finished, click Export Video at the top of the Studio, then save the post to your device.

If you create a podcast episode or snippet with Kapwing, tag us on Instagram or Twitter so we can see and listen! For more podcast tutorials, check out the related articles below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for trendy tutorials and Kapwing updates.

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