iZotope RX Elements is a budget-friendly noise reduction and audio repair toolkit with many of the exact same tools used by the pros to quickly correct common audio issues.
This is an excellent tool to instantly make your podcast sound better.
What you get:
- Repair Assistant plug-in [NEW]
- Dynamic De-hum [NEW]
- Static De-hum
- Voice De-noise
For the price, you can't beat it. And if you want to upgrade the one of their high-end options, getting Elements first will get you a big discount.
Want to hear RX (Advanced) in action? Listen to any episode of my podcast, Build a Big Podcast.
I've been playing around with this for the last week and it's not bad!
Descript is a great option for first-round edits, but if you want similar (and less expensive) automated podcast editing tool, Resound is worth a look.
You can use it to:
- Automatically detect filler sounds (ums and ahs)
- Automatically detect long and boring silences
- Make your own edits
- Mix and master audio
- Export your favorite file formats
Right now, you can get it for only $49 (for life)!
Need a realistic, human-sounding "voice" for your podcast? Voices is a great tool to make this happen.
It's only $5 ... plus usage fees. But the last clip I generated was only $0.002865, so unless you need it to create an entire audiobook, it's probably going to be a while before you rack up a substantial bill.
Want to hear it in action? Check out the latest episode of my podcast, Build a Big Podcast.
If you're looking for inexpensive podcast hosting, PodOps has everything you need for only $29. And that's for life, not monthly.
Is it fancy? No. But episodes are hosted on Amazon's servers (just like all the major podcast hosting companies), so you're more or less getting the same product for a lot less money.
Skeptical? I get it!
I talked to the founder about the business model and he told me this ... Rather than spend a ton of money on advertising, sponsorships, and going to events to get the word out about the service, they cut the price to an amount that would get people talking (and doing their marketing for them).
So here I am, doing their marketing for them. Check out the $29 lifetime hosting offer.
I've used Paced Email for years to batch pitch emails into manageable, single-email digests.
This is a great way to deal with "podcast spam" to the email you use to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. It allows you to get the authentic pitches and quickly skip over the junk offers that come through.
You can start with a free account and use the code BF2023 to get a special discounted rate on paid plans.
Conduct remote interviews and produce podcasts in a snap with Spoken.
How I use it ...
A couple of years ago, I participated in KCRW's "Radio Race" – a contest with the goal of producing an entire radio story in just 24-hours. Also participating, a radio producer in India, Shrikant Joshi.
Shrikant had a "time zone" problem. The event was US-based and started in the morning for us, but late at night for him. And with only 24 hours to complete it, he had to get started immediately.
The solution was a time-shifted interview – he sent his questions to a guest in the US before he went to bed, answers were recorded as he was sleeping, and had the tape he needed by the time he woke up the next morning.
You can do the same thing for only $69. In fact, you could literally do it a hundred times in a day, if you had the need.
This is a great tool for "Question of the Week" segments.
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Realistic AI voices for only $59.
If you need quick liners, want a realistic voice to read an email you've received, or want to hand over your podcast hosting to a robot, Speechki is worth a look.
- Unlimited conversion, listening, and sharing
- 1165 AI voices (with 103 languages and dialects)
- Commercial rights
If you get it, let me know how you use it via Mastodon, Bluesky, or Threads. I am always looking to share creative ways of using new technology.