Technical Podcast Instructions

Link to Presentation with Screenshots.

Step-by-Step Podcast Instructions

Technology: Microphone or smart phone with audio input, Computer, Audacity (a free software for recording & editing), Soundcloud (hosting & metadata)


  • Finalize podcast plan and have a consensus about your podcast: image, title, and the Creative Commons license you want to use.
  • Decide on which technology you want to use for your podcast and use that consistently (computer with microphone or smartphone).
  • Record podcast directly into Audacity or input audio recorded on your smartphone to edit.

Recording & Editing

  • To record, hit the red radio-button on the upper left menu in Audacity. You can pause, stop, or playback the recording at any point. Use the voice memo function if recording on your smartphone.
  •  To record over something or re-record, you can either rewind using the radio button or by zooming in and manually selecting  a point on the recorded track by clicking with your mouse. With smartphone voice memos you can re-record selected sections and then edit later in Audacity.
  • To include multiple people in your audio recording, you can either pause the recording and pass along your microphone and then continue, or you can record different voices as separate tracks. If using a smart phone you’ll need to record on a single device and pause to resume recording or record segments separately and import as separate tracks.
  • To record a new track, click on ‘Tracks’ on the upper menu and select “Add New” and then “Audio Track.” New tracks can be selected, copied and pasted into a single continuous track using keyboard shortcuts or the ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ buttons under ‘Edit’ on the upper menu.
  • This same process can be used to ‘cut’ parts of a track that you want to discard.
  • You can selectively re-record a section of your podcast by creating a new track and ‘pasting’ it into your main audio track.
  • To merge tracks recorded separately, import audio if using a smart phone. Under the ‘Tracks’ menu item select “align tracks” and then “align end to end”–make sure your tracks merge in the correct order.
  • To save your project as an audacity file, click on “Save Project As” under the ‘File’ tab on the upper menu.
  • You can edit your audacity file in class or outside of class on workstations in the Multimedia Lab on the main level of the library or on own computer. 
  • You can experiment with the audio effects under ‘Effect’ on the main menu but should save an un-doctored version of your recording before adding effects to ensure that you don’t ruin your recording.
  • To export your podcast once you’ve completed recording and editing, click on “Export” under the ‘File’ tab on the upper menu and select the ‘.wav’ file type.
  • Save your audacity file and your .wav file.

Upload to SoundCloud

  • Log in: Username: citytechlibrary Password: Ursula300Jay (case sensitive)
  • Select ‘Upload’ on the upper right menu, then ‘Choose file to upload.’ Browse for and select your .wav file.
  • In the ‘basic info’ tab, fill in your title, choose 2-3 tags (keywords), and upload the image that you selected.
  • Save your podcast as a ‘public’ audio file.
  • In the ‘metadata’ tab, include a date and select ‘Creative Commons’ under ‘license’, specify the kind of license you want to apply by selecting and deselecting the radio buttons.
  • Save your podcast.
  • Copy the code to ‘embed’ your podcast.
  • Paste the code into your section of our OpenLab Project Site. Be sure to include all of your group members names in the post.