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Can you record a high-quality podcast when you’re not in the same room as someone?

Recording a podcast with people in different locations gives you the flexibility to bring guests on your show from all over the world.

It also means you and your co-host can keep releasing episodes even if one of you goes away or if your chosen co-host lives on the other side of the world.

So how do you record your podcast with people in different locations without compromising on the quality of your show?

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How do you record a podcast remotely?

There are a number of different ways to record your podcast remotely and the option that’s right for you will depend on the technology you have access to and how experienced the people on your show are with recording audio.

If you’re remote recording interviews you can get away with having your guest at a lower audio quality than you.

But if you’re hosting with a co-host remotely you want to make sure you’re recording similar audio quality so there’s no power imbalance and so it sounds, ideally, like you’re in the same room.

So, what are your options?

Option 1: Recording each person locally and matching up the audio in the edit

Option 2: Recording your show via a remote recording podcast platform

Option 3: Recording your show via video conferencing software e.g. Zoom or Skype

Option 4: Using a mixer to record guests via phone

Now let’s look at what you need for each option and the benefits and disadvantages of each…

Option 1: Recording audio locally

This is the most complex option and one you should use only if each person speaking has a good audio setup and is very comfortable with recording audio.  If that’s not you or your guest, I’d advise moving to the next option.

What you need to record audio locally

  • Audio editing software e.g. Audition or a recording device e.g. Zoom H6
  • A good microphone for everyone on the show unless you want a high-quality recording of crappy audio (Tip: you don’t)
  • A good recording environment at both ends i.e. away from tiles and hard surfaces
  • Additional software like Skype or Zoom so you can hear (and see) each other while you record

Benefits

  • If you’re both recording using good quality podcast microphones and you’re both in a good recording space, this will yield excellent audio quality
  • It allows each person to use an audio setup they’re comfortable with

Disadvantages

  • It requires technical knowledge and equipment so it’s not something you’re likely to be able to do with guests unless they have a mic and a good understanding of recording audio
  • You need to match up the tracks manually at the end, which can be a bit fiddly (so don’t forget to clap when you start recording so you’ve got a visual marker that will help you line things up)
  • You need to run additional software to see and hear each other e.g. Skype
  • There are plenty of remote recording websites out there now that make this process a lot easier

Pro tip

  • If you’re running Skype or Zoom at the same time so you can hear and see the person you’re talking to it’s likely some of the audio from your guest or co-host will ‘bleed’ out of your headphones and be picked up by your mic, which you don’t want.  When I’m recording like this I use earbuds to listen to my guest or co-host then put over-ear headphones over the top and plug those into my portable recording device.  That not only allows me to hear myself, which is important, but it helps cover up the sound of the Skype or Zoom audio
  • If you’re used to being in the same room as your co-host it might be worth doing a few practice sessions before you go ‘live’ as being remote from someone means the conversational chemistry can sometimes be a little harder to nail so you have to find a new rhythm

Should you use video when remote recording your podcast?

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Option 2: Record audio via a remote recording platform

Since podcasting has increased in popularity and the demand for simpler remote recording options has skyrocketed, platforms like Zencastr, Squadcast, Riverside.fm and Ringr have stepped in to make things easier.

Each of these apps or websites record each person where they are and sync up the tracks automatically so you don’t have to waste time clapping or lining things up in the edit.

This is a good option if everyone speaking on the podcast has a good quality microphone.

What you need to record via a remote recording platform

  • A good microphone at both ends
  • A good recording environment at both ends
  • A strong internet connection to prevent the conversation from dropping out
  • A remote recording platform that ideally has video built-in (which most of them do) so you don’t have to run multiple programs

Benefits

  • It’s a much simpler way of recording audio locally
  • You can record high-quality audio without the need for a complex setup
  • You don’t need to line up the audio tracks in the edit as this is done automatically
  • The recording sessions are easy to set up and easy to share with a guest via email
  • If your audio drops out because of poor connection this won’t affect the final recording because all audio is recorded locally

Disadvantages

  • The quality of the experience is dependent on the strength of your internet connection.  When you’re talking to a guest you’ve never met before a crappy connection can make things difficult because it can disrupt the rhythm of conversation

Pro-Tip

  • It’s always best to do a trial of each website and see which one produces the best results for you and is easiest for you to use
  • If you only have access to guests with a phone and no microphone, recording via Ringr is probably the best option as it records your guest locally on their phone microphone rather via a phone line (which is the worst quality audio of all)

How to get the best quality podcast audio when remote recording

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Option 3: Record audio via video conferencing platform

This is the option to go with if your guest doesn’t have a good quality microphone and you need to cover that up.

What you need to record via video conferencing software

  • A good microphone for the host but if the guest has a good microphone too that will improve the end product
  • A good recording environment at both ends
  • A strong internet connection to prevent the conversation from dropping out
  • If you’re recording using Skype and want more flexibility with the audio (the ability to split audio tracks) you’ll need an additional piece of software like eCamm
  • Skype credit if you’re going to be making phone calls

Benefits

  • People are familiar and comfortable with these programs so they won’t be intimidated by new software
  • Audiences are used to hearing Skype quality audio on podcasts because shows have been recording this way for years
  • If you can only get a guest on the phone Skype audio will be slightly better than phone audio

Disadvantages

  • The quality of audio for your guest will be a lot lower than your audio quality so it won’t sound like you’re in the same room
  • They’re video conferencing platforms first and foremost so they’re never going to yield audio that’s as high quality as other methods like remote recording platforms

Pro-Tip

  • You can use this method to record high-quality audio for both guests if both people on the call have recording software like eCamm installed on their computer.  If they do both people will record the call, split the tracks after the record is done, discard the Skype call audio from both sessions and marry up the two high-quality audio files.  These audio files won’t be perfectly matched so you’ll need to clap at the beginning of the recording to make it easier to line them up later.

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Option 4: Record audio using a mixer

Most podcasters don’t have a mixer at home but if you do it can be an easier way to integrate phone calls and additional audio into your recording.

There are a lot of traditional mixers on the market, but there’s also a panel that’s been designed specifically for podcasters called the RODECaster Pro which can be great for a home studio.

Basically, a mixer just gives you more flexibility in terms of what you can record because it allows you to input audio directly into the device rather than faffing around with a bunch of different programs or editing things in later.

For example, if you’re recording a phone call, rather than using Skype you could just plug your phone into your mixer and the audio of the call will be picked up by your audio editing software.

What you need to record using a mixer

Benefits

  • You have much more flexibility over what you can record because you don’t have to run multiple programs or edit things in later

Disadvantages

  • The equipment can be expensive and when you’re starting out you might not be able to justify the price
  • This method limits you to the audio quality you can get from a phone which isn’t great

Pro-Tip

  • If you’re looking to buy a mixer opt for one that gives you the ability to record audio on separate tracks.  This will give you more control in the edit.
  • If you’re recording people on the phone it’s always a good idea to record via an app that uses data e.g. Whatsapp audio, FaceTime, etc rather than a phone line.  To most people’s ears, they won’t be able to tell the difference but you’ll get marginally better audio if you record this way rather than via a phone line

Do you need a mixer for your podcast?

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What remote recording option gives you the best audio quality?

To recap, when you’re recording your podcast remotely, this is the sliding scale of audio quality…

Best: Recording audio locally or via a remote recording platform

Providing everyone has a good audio setup and is recording in a good audio environment you can record a show that sounds like everyone was in the same room even if you’re miles apart.

Recording audio remotely via an app e.g. Whatsapp Facetime Audio

Most people’s ears might not pick up the difference but in my experience recording via apps/data gives you marginally better audio quality than audio recorded over a phone line.

Worst: Recording audio remotely via a phone line 

The quality of this audio is dependent on reception and whether people move around so in the worst circumstances it can be really bad.  If this is the only option you have I’d advise doing some research on how to clean up phone audio in your editing software after the call is recorded so you can make sure it sounds as good as it possibly can.

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61 Comments
  1. Mida R. says:

    Hi there!
    Me and two buddies want to start a podcast – but we each live in different states. Is it a must that we have to record audio separately and then edit/marry them together…or can we just do what we originally wanted to do which is basically just record our podcast/convo segments and upload them (of course editing/cutting out any dead air or errors/bloopers)? What platforms do you suggest for this? We’re just three friends that want to do something super simple and fun but neither of us have any experience in podcasting but we think our niche and personality mixes could bring in a good amount of listeners 🙂 Thanks in advance for any advice!

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Mida, I’d advise you guys use a remote recording platform with built-in video like Riverside.fm or Squadcast. Hope that helps! Rach

  2. Ji says:

    Hello,
    I want to ask for a way to record a co-hosted podcast with guests remotely but using 1 laptop only (for 2 hosts). I’m using a Macbook Pro and have set up the audio integration in order for 2 USB microphones to work in 1 laptop. However, none of the remote podcast website can identified both microphones, it’s always 1 microphone works and the other doesn’t make any sound. I want to know if there are ways to record 2 microphones in the same laptop for the 2 hosts, since I saw Dax Shepart and his host can do that.

    Thank you in advance!

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey there. I cover how to set up two USB mics in this article but it’s not an easy task…https://rachelcorbett.com.au/blog/recording-multiple-usb-microphones/. If you want to record more than one person in a single location but record into a computer I’d advise using a portable recorder like a Zoom H6 which you can plug multiple XLR microphones into and then plug that directly into your computer through a single USB port so you don’t have these issues. You can also use an audio interface which is designed to connect multiple analogue mics to a computer but that doesn’t give you the extra flexibility of portable recording which is why I recommend a device like the Zoom. Hope that helps, Rach

  3. Megan says:

    Hi Rachel! I have a Podcast with three other co-hosts, so we record on Anchor but the audio is all in sync so hard to edit certain parts of the podcast. We’re only students so our podcast is low budgeted so we don’t really want to pay monthly for platforms like Zencaster and more. However were thinking of getting mics and we want a free platform where all four of us can record our audio separately. One of my Co-Host’s doesn’t have a laptop to record on zoom/skype and the feature isn’t available on the phone. Is there an alternative you could suggest instead of Skype and Zoom so all our audio can be recorded separately in good quality?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Megan, If you’re looking for a platform that’s free I’d probably see what kind of audio you can get recording via Zoom using the local recording feature. That allows you to record individual people on the call where they are but if you record this way you’ll need each person to have a good microphone to get the best quality audio. I show you where to find that feature in this article… https://rachelcorbett.com.au/blog/podcasting-zoom/. I’d experiment with it and see what kind of quality you get. Rach

  4. Edward says:

    I will be recording a podcast with hosts in different locations. We’re using ATR2100 microphones and soundcast. How do we hear each other without having feedback from the computer audio? Is there a way to separate the audio out to earpods or something while still using the same mike?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Edward, You just plug your headphones into the microphone and listen through there. Just make sure in your audio settings you’ve chosen your ATR2100 as your input and output. Hope that helps! Rach

  5. Rebecca Roberts says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I am setting up a podcast and my co-host lives a couple hours away, so we will be recording our podcast via skype and Ecamm and recording the plit audio tracks with Audition. I just have a question about mics. I have read in your handbook, that if you’re recording via skype, you can’t use USB mics and you recommend the Shure PG Alta PGA58. Is this the case for us, even if we plan on both recording through Ecamm and then editing with Audition? I then get confused with how to plug those mics into the computer, I read we can just get an XLR to USB cable, but wouldn’t that mean we could just use a usb mic?
    Thanks for your help and all your info!

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Rebecca, I use Shure PGA58s as my podcasting set up but these can be plugged into a computer via my Zoom H6. You definitely need USB mics to record on any program like Skype so I’m not sure if you misread my recommendation? Rach

  6. Rachel Stroud says:

    What about Focusrite? I will have 2 other ppl from different states, I was recommended Focusrite and then adobe auction and a mic. Do they all need these equipment as well?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Rachel, If you’re speaking to people in different states you just need a USB mic for each person. A Focusrite (I’m assuming you’re talking about the digital interface) will help you plug your XLR mic into your computer but if you haven’t bought a mic yet I’d just buy a USB mic because it’s one less piece of equipment. No need to overcomplicate things if you don’t need to. Rach

  7. keith says:

    You can NOT split the audio streams from Skype. This means that if you have a remote guest and a remote co-host, your audio file WILL contain both of them, which turns into a major sync issue with drifting occurring as a normal part of any Internet based video call. It doesn’t matter how you “capture” the audio. You’ll end up with two people on the same track as a result of the limitation of Skype (or most other video calling apps).

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Keith, That’s why I suggest using eCamm call recorder to record the audio. Rach

  8. Amy Fay says:

    Hi Rach thanks so much your articles are so helpful! I was thinking of getting a Zoom H6 to get around poor quality internet, and I’ve read that you can record straight from an iPhone guest conversation into the Zoom by plugging the phone into the Zoom, and that you can also plug a local microphone in to catch my end Of the conversation. Have you tried this and had any success? How does it compare with sound quality to say Skype do you know? Xx Amy

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Amy, Skype is usually a bit better in quality than phone audio and I’ve found that apps like Facetime and Whatsapp audio are often stronger than a phone line. The difference isn’t huge but phone lines are usually the lowest quality of all, then Facetime/Whatsapp/Skype audio, Ringr can be a good option because people download an app on their phone and it uses the phones microphone rather than a phone line/internet connection. Best quality is always going to be someone recording locally with their own microphone on either Zencastr or their own recording device, but if you can only get someone on the phone I’d play around with Ringr. Hope this helps! Rach

  9. Glen Moyer says:

    I started 5 years ago using Skype to interview my overseas guests For my audio podcast.. When good it was very good but when bad it was very bad! I’ve moved on to Zencastr and SquadCast fm. Both are much easier than Skype, and better quality audio but I still experience drop outs, especially when we both speak simultaneously. So I set up a mix-minus using my mixer and also record to a Zoom H6. I’m finding that resolves the drop outs. I get the convenience of just sending my guest a link to join a session. With usually excellent audio.

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Glen. Great tip! Thanks for sharing! Rach

  10. Steve Smith says:

    I’ve just started out doing an audio podcast. Myself and a cohost are in different locations and recording on Skype and the quality has been so far so good. I was thinking about going to a video podcast. Will the Skype video recording be good enough to use on for example YouTube? So far, while the audio has been clear, the video seems a little choppy. Or should I order better cameras or what type of equipment will I need to make this work.

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Steve, I’ve got an article on video/audio pods that might help…https://rachelcorbett.com.au/should-your-podcast-be-audio-or-video/. The key with video is you need to think about what experience is best for someone searching on YouTube and that’s often not just a video version of a podcast. And if it is, ideally you’re cutting together something that’s a bit more visually appealing than just the vision of your Skype convo. It doesn’t need to be complex but I’d say, at the least, you’d need to do what Joe Rogan does and have the camera cut from host to guest as each one is speaking which is tough when you’re remote recording. This form of video also doesn’t look like a lot of work but it’s time-consuming so you’d want it to grow your audience significantly to make it worth the effort. Maybe test it and see what works for your listeners? Hope this helps. Rach

  11. Craig says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Hope you’re doing well!
    I’m looking at starting a podcast helping people with certain problems. It is going to be audio only. What would be the best way to do this?
    Would using Skype be enough, even though the quality might dip a bit on the other side? How much worse is the quality really if it does dip?
    Thanks!

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Craig. The quality on Skype is always going to be lower than recording locally but you just need to make sure the quality isn’t so bad it’s distracting. I’ve written a piece about some of the things you can do to improve the quality of your show if you’re recording with Skype…https://rachelcorbett.com.au/how-to-sound-professional-recording-with-skype/.

  12. Penny says:

    Hi Rachael,
    A friend and I starting out with a podcast where we are both remote. We have been using a site like Zencastr that merges our two audio recordings. Our problem is if I talk at the same time as my cohost the recording will cut her out while I’m speaking or laughing. So it sounds terrible if I laugh or comment while she talks. Is this likely to be a problem with her hardware or the site we are using?
    Thanks !

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Penny, I know that’s annoying and it can sometimes be a connection thing. It will interrupt the flow of conversation but it shouldn’t impact the recording because Zencastr will be recording your audio locally at each end? Rach

  13. Pete Wagner says:

    Great article! Have a question. I record a podcast with a co host. We both record our own audio and video remotely and edit later while using our phones through headphones to hear each other. We would like to add phone callers to the mix but need a seperate audio for the caller to mix later. What would be the easiest route to make this work?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Pete! Does the person need to be on the phone? Or could you record them via their computer and use Zencastr to record three voice tracks? Otherwise, if you use eCamm recorder for Skype the tools that come with the software allow you to split tracks so you can separate your audio from their phone audio? Hope that helps!

  14. Kathy says:

    Such good info! I’m launching a podcast where I’ll be interviewing couples, most likely sitting at the same computer. Do you know of a way to mic them both at the same computer? This has been confounding me for weeks…
    Thanks so much.

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Kathy, You’ll need some sort of audio interface that lets you plug multiple microphones into your computer. I actually use my Zoom H6 for this purpose because then I can also use it when I’m recording on the road. Rach

  15. Lasta Drachkovitch says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks so much for getting back to me. I am now going to go see if I can figure out how to split the tracks in eCamm. Do I click on “separate files” to get separate tracks? And then export as an MP3 — correct?
    Thank you!!

  16. Lasta Drachkovitch says:

    Hi there,

    My podcast has 3 hosts,in 3 locations and then we bring in a guest for some episodes. So we’re talking 3-4 tracks of audio. Skype/ECamm is good in a pinch, but cleaning up the overlap audio is a nightmare. We’ve tried Zoom and it’s been hit or miss. We’ve also used Zencastr and while it did work, one of our hosts audio was not only “hollow”, but faded in and out. Could that be because she didn’t have a strong internet connection? And as far as recording separate tracks of audio, do you recommend Zencastr? Thank you so much and for providing such valuable information!!
    Lasta

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Lasta, In the movie tools that comes with eCamm you can actually split the track into the individual voices so that everyone’s audio is separate. Have you tried doing that?

  17. Jayda Novak says:

    Hello!
    My brother and I are starting a podcast where we sometimes talk together about a topic and sometimes bring in a third guest to collectively interview. My brother and I live in different locations, and I expect that sometimes the person we are interviewing will be in a third locations.

    What challenges/solutions do you see, having three separate people with three separate recordings in three separate locations? Any advice?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Jayda, Zencastr allows you to hook up 3 people. You could give that a try? As I mentioned in the article the only thing that’s essential to get this program working hiccup free is that everyone has a really solid internet connection. Being plugged in rather than across wifi is the best, I’ve found. Hope that helps! https://zencastr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

  18. Tori says:

    I’m thinking of starting a podcast with a friend who lives in a completely other state, this had been very helpful. Is there any websites to post the podcast that are simple?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Tori, Getting your podcast into the directories once it’s up and running is a pretty simple process. I’ve got an article on my site that will help you get your head around that… https://rachelcorbett.com.au/how-to-get-your-podcast-into-itunes/

  19. Jaison J. Raju says:

    This was really helpful. I especially appreciated your answers to comment/questions.

    1. rcorbett says:

      Thanks Jaison!

  20. Gary Avants says:

    Great stuff! Can this be done with two hosts in one location and two on other locations. Is that a lot of work or dooable?

    Thank you,
    Gary

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Gary, It can be done for sure but the more hosts you have the clumsier things can become. But having four people in two locations is better than four people in four locations! Rach

  21. Bria Robinson says:

    Hi!

    A friend of mine and I want to start a podcast in two different states. I see that you said that Skype and Zencastr are your go to’s. But which is your favorite? We are both going to buy mics. I just want to get the best sound possible. Also, with Skype & Zen, do they record just one voice so all I have to do is insert into Audition and mix it down? THANKS!

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Bria. Thanks so much for your question. Zencastr is great…when it works. I’ve just had some issues with it in the past where it’s cut out mid-way so I went back to Skype. But if you get a glitch free connection, the great thing about Zencastr is that it records the local audio of each host and the recording starts at the same time at both ends. That means when you get the 2 audio files in your dropbox you don’t have to go hunting around for the start point or spend time matching up the audio. If you record using Skype you can either record solely on your end, which means you co-host will sound like they’re coming down the line. Or you can both record on your ends individually using eCamm or Skype’s new recording feature. Problem with this method is if you want two local audio files you need to both record at your end, clap so you’ve got a point to match up the audio, spilt the tracks after they’re recorded (which is really simple using eCamms tools) and then put those two files together. So in theory, Zencastr is WAY easier. My advice would be to test it out, see how you go. If you and your co-host have kick arse internet connections you might get it working perfectly all the time. Hope that’s helped! Rach

  22. Ashley Evans says:

    Hey Rachael,
    I have eight other ladies and myself that want to do a live podcast. Not recording piece by piece but all just get on and talk at the same time. We are all in different locations. How do we do that? If you’re nor sure, where can I go to get that info?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Ashley. To be completely honest I think nine voices on one show is way too many if it’s going to be a conversation style show. Especially if you’re all in different locations. Not only will be it hard to keep control of the chat but it’ll also be tough to avoid overtalk which can be really distracting for an audience. Your listeners need to be able to get a sense of who they’re listening to and that might be tough with that many different voices? Rach

  23. Glen Moyer says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I’ve been doing a podcast for 3 years. I use Skype and record everything at my end feeding the audio into a Tascam DR05 recorder via a Behringer 4-channel mixer. I can record on separate tracks and import to Audacity where I can edit again on separate but automatically synced tracks. Generally the quality is good but (as my guests are almost always overseas) I’ve had the typical Skype quality issues. Would there be any benefit to also using Call Recorder (I’m on a Mac)? In those cases would the quality be any better than what I’m capturing on my own recorder?

    Zencastr and similar are intriguing but I’ve read where the hosts (my) audio can suffer as it won’t be as good as it is now using my studio mic. As my guests are usually not audiophiles I try to make this as simple as them answering a phone call, the old KISS theory (Keep it simple stupid.) I’m really just sick of Skype since Microsoft bought it and keeps trying to fix what wasn’t broken.

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Glen, I find that Zencastr is really easy for your guests because they just need to click on a link but you’re right, they do need a microphone hooked up at their end. There’s also the slight issue of Zencastr not being foolproof. I have actually gone back to Skype because when Zencastr works it’s great, when it doesn’t it’s infuriating. In terms of the quality of what you’re recording now. The thing that will make the difference isn’t what you’re using to record the audio so much as what is being recorded in the first place. If you’re calling your guests on a phone then the way to improve the sound would be to get them on a Skype call using a decent microphone. That might not be possible but I’d argue that a Skype video call on a computer, even using Apple iPhone earbuds if they’ve got nothing else, might be better than just a standard phone conversation with them talking into the phone mic. Of course, earbuds aren’t ideal but if you say that your guests aren’t audiophiles they might not have another mic to use. Again, I’d test with a friend and see what the sound quality is using that method but the audio from a normal phone conversation will always be pretty crummy. Rach

  24. Cassy says:

    Hi Rachel,
    If you have two other co-hosts & yourself is it still possible to use Skype or Zencastr? It may be sometime that we are in three different locations.

    Thanks,
    Cassy

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Cassy, you can record more than two people in Zencastr or Ringr is another website people use. If you wanted to use Skype I’d just advise everyone records locally at there end and then sends whoever is editing just their local track (i.e. the audio of them speaking). This can be separated using the “split tracks” function in the eCamm tools. You’ll just need to make sure you do a clap or something to more easily sync up the tracks. The benefit of Zencastr is it automatically syncs that for you because it records all locations at the same moment. Hope that helps!

  25. Christine says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thank you for writing this! Have you ever used Zoom to record an interview? I’m just starting out in the pod world, and just did a trial with a friend on Zoom, and it only recorded about 30 seconds and I was wondering if you knew that was something I’m not doing correctly, or it’s probably that I need to buy a feature to record lengthy content?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Christine, Have you got a big enough SD Card in there? I use a Zoom H6 for my pods and they’re great. Rach

  26. Sarah says:

    Hi Rach,
    Any advice on how to ensure the best audio quality when setting up a landline for callers to record their annecdote, from which we play back and discuss on the podcast? Any advice on the best apps that allow us to import the audio recordings from an answering service appreciated. Cheers!

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Sarah! I’d just use a program like ‘Speak Pipe’ where people can record a message online….https://www.speakpipe.com/voice-recorder

  27. Pace says:

    Hey Rachel,

    I was wondering if doing the interview over phone and record the conversation with a recorder or some type of recording app and then importing that file into adobe audition or whatever software you use. Would that work? Or have you heard of anyone trying that?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Pace! I’d just use Skype for this as well. You have to buy some Skype credit (which isn’t very much) but then you can call and record phone conversations using eCamm or Pamela (depending on whether you use a Mac or a PC). Hope that helps! Rach

  28. Nick Stan says:

    SO I’m trying to record via skype, I have a Mac and he has a PC, do we need to get both programs? Can one just record?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Nick! It depends on what you want to achieve. If you want it to sound like you’re in the same room you’ll both need to download the recording programs because you’ll both have to record locally and then put the audio together BUT if you don’t mind if it sounds like he’s down the line on Skype then you only need to record from your end. If the other person is your co-host rather than your guest I’d suggest it’s always best if you sound like you’re in the same room together. Hope that helps! Rach

  29. Nick Burgess says:

    Rach, a quick question. My podcast is a series of interviews with random guests. The easiest thing would be to call them on the phone like a good old fashioned radio show. i dont need to see them, just to hear them down a landline (preferably). i need to assume my guests have nothing more than a phone. is there any easy way to do that in a podcast ? Thanks, Nick

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Nick. Thanks so much for the question. I’ve always used Skype to do this. You record things exactly the same way as I mentioned in the article except instead of dialling them via their Skype name, you dial their phone number. As this isn’t a free service you will have to buy credit on Skype but it’s really cheap so it’s not like you’ll be burning through a second a minute like we used to in the old days 😉
      Audio quality is obviously a little lower because it’s on a phone but it works just fine and if you’re using Ecamm call recorder for Mac you’re able to use the audio tools to split the tracks so you can isolate both your audio and the audio coming from your guest. Hope this helps! Rach

  30. Jamie says:

    Hi Rachel,

    What would be the best way to do a live radio show from two seperate locations and sound like we are both in the one location??

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Jamie. Thanks so much for the question. Do you mean radio show or podcast? If you mean radio show then the techs will need to link up the studios which is a level of technical expertise that’s above my pay grade 😉 However if you’re talking about a podcast i.e. a recorded show rather than live, my answer is to use Zencastr (https://zencastr.com/). I’m not spruiking their wares because I’m getting a kickback from them, I’ve just used it and been really impressed with how simple it is. Prior to them coming on the scene the best way to sound like you were in the same room was for you and your co-host to record your audio locally i.e. where you are and then for one of you to cut that audio together. That’s a relatively simple process (though not without its frustrations) if you’ve worked a lot with audio but if you were new to the game it was a pain in the butt, so Skype was the better option, which of course meant unequal audio quality. Zencastr was offering their service for free for a while as they were testing the platform but now they’ve ironed out the kinks and gotten feedback from users it’s a paid service and if you really want to sound like you’re in the same studio, this is the way to go. You and your guest log into the website and they do the hard work for you recording the separate audio from each location and then putting it into a drop box folder for you so you can download it and edit from there. Naturally, you and your guest/co-host will still need decent microphones at your end but it’s a great new tool that makes things a lot easier than it used to be. If you want to hear what it sounds like you can check out this episode of the podcast, ‘Humans of Twitter’ where I was a guest (https://decidertv.com/page/2016/10/25/humans-of-twitter-episode-178-rachelcorbett) – we recorded this in separate locations using Zencastr so you can see what it sounds like. Hope this helps! Rach

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