It’s possible to make your own radio jingles on your computer in the comfort of your own home.
Sound Card & Headphones
I’m going to make the assumption that you have a computer with a sound card and a set of speakers or, even better, a set of professional headphones. If you don’t have a decent sound card you can look into the Sound Blaster range from Creative. If you’re using a laptop or notebook the sound quality from Creative’s Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook card is far superior to the majority of internal laptop sound cards. If you want to go for the best then the M Audio Delta 66 sound card and break out box is fantastic in my opinion. Studio quality headphones for jingle production can be obtained from beyerdynamic. The beyerdynamic DT 100 headphones are standard in many radio stations, DT 250 are a step up in quality and my personal favourites are the DT 770 PRO headphones – I have been using those for years and do not plan on switching any time soon.
Free Radio Jingle Software
If you’d like to record, edit, mix and loop you can’t get better than the free audio editor Audicity available from SoundForge. It’s open-source software meaning a team of programmers are constantly making it better. It’s perfect for basic radio jingle editing. I will be honest – it does have limitations but if you are at the starting point – this will simply do!
My Recommended Jingle Software
If you’ve got a few bucks to spend check out Adobe Audition. You’ll find pretty much every radio station has the software installed in their production studios and on radio producer’s desktop computers. You can record, edit audio, mix it in the multitrack mode, add stunning vocal effects, compression, EQ and more with Adobe Audition (formerly known as Cool Edit Pro). I produce regular free tutorials on different things possible inside the Adobe Audition.
Other Production Options
If you want to go pro and have the budget to match then Pro Tools is for you. If you choose Pro Tools it would also pay to have extra hardware such as a top of the range sound card, mixing desk, pro microphone and speakers. Pro Tools has a clean, easy to use interface and many special effects, filters and tricks. It’s used in all the big audio production houses. Update: Since writing this Avid, the makers of Pro Tools, have released a very affordable package called Pro Tools Essentials Recording Studio. Great if you’re getting started making jingles – check it out!
Free Voices and Music Beds
If you’d like a voice over free of charge to use in your radio jingles make sure to subscribe to our newsletter. Every two weeks we send out a package of free generic voice overs and royalty free music beds and sound fx. All available for you to use in any of your projects.
Radio Sound Effects
You can get a good radio production library (stingers, swooshes, stabs, beeps, static etc.) for the price of a music album. We have a number of packages available for purchase here. All elements are 100% royalty free and bare no strings attached license.
Buy A Radio Jingle
Finally, if you’d like your own custom radio jingle professionally produced. You can make a jingle on the Music Radio Creative website. All you need to do is select a voice (we have over 100 voices available on our team), type your script in and select any production preferences you may have. You get an instant online quote for your production requirements.