Podcast editing tutorial

Podcasting is a popular medium for sharing stories, information, and entertainment. With the right tools, creating a podcast can be straightforward and enjoyable. Descript is a powerful tool that simplifies the podcast creation process, allowing you to focus on your content. This article will guide you through creating a podcast using Descript, from recording or importing your audio to sharing your masterpiece.

Making a video podcast?

Check out the video editing tutorial. This guide will focus on creating in an audio-only podcast.

1. Recording or importing your audio

There are two main ways you'll start out creating a podcast in Descript: recording directly in the app, or importing an existing file.

Recording directly in Descript

To make an audio recording in a project: 

  1. Choose  Record Start recording and select Audio only.
  2. Click Settings gear icon Settings and adjust recording settings if needed.
  3. Select your audio sources. Enabling both Speaker icon computer audio and Microphone icon microphone records them on separate tracks in a multitrack sequence.
  4. Optionally, add a speaker label. In Input settings icon Settings enable Studio Sound or transcription as needed. You can always add speaker labels, turn on Studio Sound, and transcribe recordings even after you're done recording..
  5. When ready, press Record.
  6. Press stop Stop_recording_icon.png Stop or timer button when you're done.

Recording multiple external microphones

If you are using an audio interface and recording multiple microphone, under  Input settings icon Settings, enable Record separate audio tracks for each external input.

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Importing an existing recording

To import and transcribe your file in a new project:

  1. Drag your audio or video file(s) onto the script editor to transcribe. In a new project, you can also click import file into script icon Add file in the script editor.
  2. Select Done to exit the transcription panel.

Importing and transcribing multiple files at once?

If the files are related and must stay in sync—like speaker recordings from the same interview or screen and video files from a picture in picture recording—select Combine files into a multitrack sequence. Otherwise, leave it unchecked to add files back to back. Learn more about sequences here.

For more help and information, check out getting started guide or the transcription articles in the  reference manual

2. Editing your podcast like a doc

Once your recording is in Descript, you'll see the script. Now editing you're podcast will be as easy as working with a word processor. Cut, copy, paste, or delete sections just like a doc, and the underlying recording will also be edited. 

And make sure the check out out AI Actions and our other editing tools:

3. Advanced editing with the timeline

While most Descript editing occurs in the Script editor, the Timeline offers fine-tuned control for a traditional video and audio editing experience. It enables direct adjustments of clip boundaries and word spacing, ensuring precise and smooth transitions. Access the Timeline by clicking Show timeline icon.png Show timeline

GIF showing show to view the Timeline in Descript

The Timeline is packed with features for enhancing your projects, and while there's much you can achieve, here are some key actions to get started:

4. Adding music and sound effects

Enhance your podcast with intro music or sound effects. If you don't have your own, Descript comes with a huge library of stock media you can add to your projects.

GIF showing how to add stock music to a project

  1. Place your cursor in your script where you want to add in some audio and open the Media library icon.png Media library at the top of the editor.
  2. Select Audio and search for the music or sound effect you want to add. You can click the playback button next to any audio you want to preview it.
  3. Once you find the perfect piece of audio, click on it or drag it into your script to add it to the project. 

Once added, you can add an audio fade from the Timeline and adjust volume and audio properties from the Properties panel.

5. Improving audio quality with Studio Sound

Now that your podcast is coming together, let's get your voice audio up to a professional production quality in just one click with Studio Sound. This flagship audio effect uses artificial intelligence to enhance speakers' voices while reducing and removing background noise, room echo, and other sounds you don't want.

GIF showing how to applying Studio Sound to your script

To apply Studio Sound to your script:

  1. Select your script: You can do this from your Timeline or from the layer list in the sidebar. You'll know your script is selected if you see Script at the top of the sidebar.
  2. Enable Studio Sound: With your script selected, turn on Studio Sound from the Audio effects section in the sidebar.
  3. Let Studio Sound process: When you enable Studio Sound, a message will appear indicating that Studio Sound is being applied to the file. This may take several minutes, depending on the size of your file.

For more help and information, check out Studio Sound in our reference manual.

6. Sharing your podcast

Once you’re satisfied with your podcast, it’s time to share it with the world. Descript offers a wide variety of export and publishing options.

GIF showing how to publish your content

You can publish or export your work in just a few steps:

  1. Select Publish and choose the file type or platform you will be exporting to:
    • The Publish tab allows you to publish directly to various integrated platforms. You can also publish to the cloud, then download to your computer—it’s super-fast. Click here to learn more
    • The Export tab has various options for exporting to your computer.
  2. Adjust your export or publishing settings.
  3. Click Export or Publish button at the bottom of the Publish panel.
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