Free Resources For Podcasters

No doubt you are now wondering “what sort of services are out there for podcasters that don’t charge for use?”.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most useful resources and then some – but it is by no means comprehensive. There’s so much out there – you just have to go looking (or Googling).

Recording:

  • Google VoiceGoogle Voice is a telephony service that provides call forwarding and voicemail services, voice and text messaging
  • SkypeSkype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones.

  • ZencastrRecord your remote interviews in studio quality. Simply send a link and receive a separate track per guest.
  • Tape A CallTapeACall makes it easy to record calls you’re already on, or calls you’re about to make (iPhone only). Once you’re done, the recordings show up instantly, ready for you to share or save.
  • Zoom.usZoom makes video and web conferencing frictionless.
  • eCamm Call RecorderCall Recorder records Skype audio and video calls directly to your Mac. Record automatically, or use the record and stop buttons. 
  • Simple Voice BoxFree voicemail system.

Transcription:

  • oTranscribeA free HTML5 app to take the pain out of transcribing interviews. Useful for journalists, academics and anyone else transcribing audio. And it’s open source, too.
  • Express Scribe FreeProfessional-quality transcription program.

Scripting:

  • WriterDuetWriterDuet is modern, professional screenwriting software that features real-time collaboration, seamless online/offline writing, and infinite revision tracking.
  • CeltxWrite, breakdown, storyboard, schedule and budget your productions.
  • Google DocsCreate a new document and edit with others at the same time — from your computer, phone or tablet. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection.

Editing:

  • GarageBandGarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for macOS and iOS that allows users to create music or podcasts.
  • AudacityAudacity is a free open source digital audio editor and recording computer software application, available for Windows, macOS/OS X, Linux and other operating systems.
  • ReaperREAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset.
  • AuphonicAuphonic Edit is a non-destructive audio editor and recorder with focus on ease of use, high-quality audio and stability. In combination with the integrated Auphonic web service, you can post-process, encode, tag and publish your podcasts, interviews, music recordings on the go with a single click.

File management:

  • DropboxDropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software.
  • Google DriveGoogle Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.

Sound effects:

  • Freesound.orgFreesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.
  • Internet ArchiveInternet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 310 billion archived web pages.
  • Jingle PaletteJingle Palette application was designed to be an instant jingle player for radio broadcast studios.
  • Soundboard495215 sound clips and sound effects on categorized soundboardsfrom radio to TV to games, travel, science, animals, sound effects and sports.

Music:

  • BenSoundDownload Creative Commons Music / Royalty Free Music for free and use it in your project.
  • IncompetechKevin MacLeod is an American composer and musician. MacLeod is best known for his distribution of royalty-free library music through his website, Incompetech.com.
  • Free Music ArchiveThe Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the longest-running freeform radio station in the United States.

Images:

  • CanvaCanva is a free graphic-design tool website. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts
  • PixlrPixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service.
  • GIMPGIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks
  • FlickrFree photos available to use under Creative Commons Licensing.

Hosting:

  • SoundCloudSoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany, that enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally-created sounds.
  • PodbeanUltra simple podcast publishing solution. Unlimited bandwidth and storage. Everything a podcaster needs to host, promote, and track your podcast.
  • iTunesJoin thousands of public and commercial broadcasters, renowned celebrities and independent podcasters on iTunes.
  • BlubrryPodcast Hosting, Statistics, WordPress Hosting, PowerPress plugin, the largest Podcast Directory in the World, and more.

Blogging:

  • WordPressCreate a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Dozens of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support. Pod Hub is a WordPress blog.
  • EvernoteEvernote is an app designed for note taking, organizing, tasks lists, and archiving.
  • TumblrThe service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs.

Website building:

  • WixWix.com is a cloud-based web development platform. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.
  • SquarespaceSquarespace is a software as a service-based content management system, integrated website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, commerce platform, and domain name registrar.

Email:

  • MailChimpMailChimp provides marketing automation for e-commerce businesses. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.

Social Media/Distribution:

  • YouTube (Live)For an extra level of audience interaction, you can do a live video stream of you recording the podcast.
  • HootSuite: Manage multiple social media networks and profiles and measure your campaign results.
  • SmarterQueueSmarterQueue saves you hours when scheduling your social updates by queuing them to go out at chosen frequencies, and makes sure your posts get noticed.
  • BufferBuffer is a software application for the web and mobile, designed to manage accounts in social networks, by providing the means for a user to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

Found something we haven’t mentioned? Or something better than the options above? Let us know in the comments!