This week’s topic choice was inspired by a reader’s question that I received last week. He wanted some suggestions for alternatives to Audacity that his students can use to record and edit podcasts. These were the free tools that I suggested trying for online recording and editing of podcasts.
Through TwistedWave you can create and edit spoken audio recordings in your web browser. Your completed tracks can be exported to Google Drive or download them as MP3s. If you have existing audio tracks in your Google Drive account you can import them into TwistedWave to edit those audio tracks. TwistedWave’s audio editing tools include options for fade-in, fade-out, looping, sound normalization, and pitch adjustments. The editor also includes the typical track clipping tools that you would expect to see in an audio editing tool.
Synth is a neat audio recording and micro-podcasting tool. The idea behind it is that one person starts by recording a short message (up to five minutes) and then other people reply with audio messages of their own. Synth doesn’t have any editing tools to speak of other than basic recording trimming. But if you’re looking for a quick way to get students to record and publish their thought, Synth is a good option. Here’s a little video about how it works.
Anchor is a free tool that is designed to make it easy for anyone to publish a podcast and have it distributed across all of the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. You can record and edit directly within an Anchor account. You can also import audio created outside of Anchor. A relatively new feature of Anchor is an option to have podcast guests call in to be record with the host. Here’s my little overview of Anchor.
Bonus Idea – Zoom!
While not designed to be a podcasting tool, you could have students record themselves speaking in a Zoom call then save just the audio of the call to use in an editor like Twisted Wave or a publisher like Anchor.
As I mentioned above, this week’s topic came from a reader’s question. If you have a question for me, just hit reply and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can. Some questions also end up being featured in the Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff webinars that I co-host with Rushton Hurley. Here’s a recording of our latest episode.
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