Also known as a DAW, editing software helps you edit your podcast and also allows you to record directly from your mic or recording interface (unless you are using some kind of remote recording software - e.g. Zoom or Squadcast). Editing software varies in terms of cost, ease of use, learning curve, and power. Many new podcasters start out with free software like Audacity or Garage Band. Some opt for a non-waveform solution such as Descript, which allows podcasters to edit audio by editing a transcript rather than a waveform. If the prospect of editing feels overwhelming, check out the Editing-Only Services or Outsourcing to Freelancers pages for a directory of audio engineers and editors.