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The art of remote recording your podcast

If your podcast features more than one person, whether it’s a co-host or guest, there’ll be times when you won’t be able to record in the same room.

Recording in the same location will always yield the best audio quality and conversational chemistry.  But the tech is so good these days you can still put together a professional sounding podcast even if your guest is coming to you ‘live’ from the Arctic tundra (provided the Arctic tundra has good internet access…which it probably doesn’t, but you get the point).

So, if you want to broaden your horizons and make your show truly location independent, here’s how to remote record your podcast…

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Remote recording your podcast via video conferencing platform e.g. Skype, Zoom

Skype has been used by podcasters to record guests remotely since the beginning of podcast time however whether you’re using Zoom or Skype these platforms are often best when you’ve got a guest who doesn’t have a good quality microphone.


People are familiar with these platforms

Since a lot of people have used Skype or Zoom you probably won’t need to waste time getting your guest up to speed on how to use the tech.

This also means you won’t run the risk of intimidating them or making them nervous because they’re using a program they haven’t used before.  This is great because the more relaxed your guest is the more likely you’ll have a good interview.

How to get the most out of your podcast interviews


You can see each other

Not being in the same room as the person you’re recording with can be difficult because you can lose the natural conversational rhythm that comes from sitting across from someone.

Being able to see each other means you can wrestle some of that chemistry back by using video to communicate visually.

Since this conversational energy is often what keeps an audience engaged in your content it’s important to do whatever you can to ‘fake’ it.  And when you’re not in the same room as someone video is the best way to do that.

Should you use video when remote recording your podcast?


People are used to hearing shows recorded this way

Podcast listeners are used to hearing Skype-quality interviews since it’s been used in podcasts for so long.

That means your show isn’t going to come off as half-baked if you use this method to remote record your podcast but ideally if it’s possible to record people at a higher audio quality you should.

How to get the best quality podcast audio when remote recording


It’s a good option if your guest doesn’t have a microphone

Not everyone you speak to on your podcast is going to have their own podcast microphone so this is where a platform like Skype or Zoom comes in handy.

Some of the newer platforms record audio locally (more on that below) which isn’t great if the quality of your mic is bad because you’ll have a high-quality recording of bad audio.

Video conferencing platforms allow you to chat to someone using the microphone they’ve got and the ‘phone quality’ recording can cover up some of the sins of a crappy mic.

What are the best podcast microphones?



Mismatched audio quality

Since one person (the host) is being recorded locally and the other person is being recorded down the line (potentially on a microphone that isn’t great) the host will be at a higher audio quality than the guest.

This is why recording via Skype isn’t a great idea if you’re working with a co-host because you want the other person you’re hosting the show with to be at equal audio quality.

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These platforms are designed for video conferencing, not audio

While recording your podcast via a video conferencing platform can be convenient it won’t always give you the best quality audio.

These platforms have been designed to video conference rather than record podcasts and while there are tools that give you more control over the audio e.g. eCamm call recorder for Skype, there are other platforms that will give you better audio.

If this is the only way you can get guests on your show that’s fine just make sure you test the audio you’re recording and listen critically to make sure it sounds good enough.

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How to record the best quality podcast audio when using video conferencing software

In Skype

The best way to record your podcast via Skype is with a call recorder like eCamm Call Recorder (for Mac) or Pamela (for PC).

These platforms are really simple to use and give you much more control over your audio.

For example, if you’re using eCamm a little recorder pops up on your screen when you open Skype and it’s as easy as pressing record.

Ecamm call recorder for Skype

The program then records both audio and video and saves it as a movie file (.mov), which you can convert to audio using the program tools.

Plus you can split tracks which means you end up with one audio file for each voice which is really helpful when you’re editing.

How to record a podcast


In Zoom

You can record audio and video directly on this platform but you want to make sure you’ve configured the settings in a way that enables the best quality audio possible.

Some of those settings include allowing your guests or co-hosts to record their audio locally (if they’ve got a good microphone), recording ‘original sound’ and recording separate audio for each participant.

Should you record your podcast using Zoom?


What can you do with the video recording?

Using vision from your chat can be a great way to promote your podcast either on social media or YouTube.

If you’re going to use the video recording, make sure you’ve checked with your guest first because there’s nothing worse than turning up for a chat in your pyjamas, only to find out you’re supposed to be ‘camera ready.’  Or, heaven forbid, thinking the chat was purely for audio and then seeing your face blasted across someones social media when you never agreed to it.

If your guest has said yes you can use the vision to create video highlights of interesting moments from your conversation.  Or you can ask your guest to record a promo where they tell your audience what’s on the episode and why they should listen.

You can also think about whether there are sections of your content people might be searching for on platforms like YouTube and upload videos that focus on that topic area.

YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google so if you’ve got content that relates to popular keywords it might be worth testing whether it works as video content.

How to promote your podcast


Remote recording your podcast by recording audio locally

As I mentioned above, when you’re recording on Skype or Zoom, one person (the person recording the audio) will always sound better than the other (the person coming down the line).

One way to combat this is for each person to record their audio locally i.e. in the location they are.


Better audio quality

Recording this way can yield really high-quality audio.

In fact, if you’ve both got great microphones and have spent time preparing the space you’re recording in you can make it sound like you’re in the same room even if you’re on opposite sides of the planet.

How to make editing easier when you’re recording a podcast



It’s more complex

Recording this way requires audio experience from both people and it’s best when you’re recording regularly with a co-host rather than interview guests.

If you’re using this method make sure you take some time for trial and error so you can iron out any kinks.

How many people should you have on your podcast?


How to do it…

Record audio locally 

Both parties link up visually via Skype or another video conferencing software but record their audio via a microphone plugged into a portable recorder (e.g. Zoom) or an audio editing program (e.g. Adobe Audition). At the end of this process, you’ll have two separate audio tracks that will need to be synced up before you can edit.

You can also do this using a program like eCamm as long as both people have the program installed locally.  Using this method you just hit record at both ends, split the audio tracks when you’re done and match up the two high-quality recordings.

If you’re new to audio editing and the previous paragraphs give you heart palpitations, don’t worry. This is more of an advanced option and there are plenty of online platforms that have sprung up that give you an easier way to do this (see below).

Just remember when you’re using this method you need a visual marker to sync up the tracks after you record.  The easiest way to do that is for everyone to clap at the beginning of the recording.

This will look like a spike in the .wav or .mp3 file and will give you a way to match up the tracks.

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Remote recording your podcast using a remote recording website

There are some amazing websites out there making the process of remote recording your podcast so much easier.

With platforms like Zencastr, Ringr, Riverside.fm and SquadCast you invite guests to join a session and each person’s audio is recorded locally then saved for you to use later.


It’s simple

These platforms make it easy to invite guests to your session and some have in-built video which means you can see people while you’re recording without having to run a separate program.

It also records at the exact same time in both locations so you don’t have to waste time matching the audio after you’ve finished recording because the separate tracks are already lined up.

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It can be glitchy

If you don’t have rock-solid internet, this method can get a little glitchy.

This won’t affect the final audio because both parties are being recorded locally but it can affect the rhythm of conversation if you or your co-host are cutting in and out, which can be annoying.

Some platforms don’t have built-in video

If the platform you’re using doesn’t have video built-in you’ll need to run Skype at the same time.

Since it’s a good idea to just have the remote recording platform running when you’re recording it’s not ideal to have to open other programs because it can affect the quality of your connection

Different platforms deliver different audio quality

When you test the different remote recording platforms you’ll notice they give you varying degrees of audio quality.

This is because some programs treat the audio they’re recording so make sure you test each platform before you choose the one that’s right for you.

Convenience is great but at the end of the day your audience doesn’t care how convenient your show was to record, they care how good it sounds.

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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?

    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/.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!!

    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?

  15. Jayda Novak says:

    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

  16. 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/

  17. Jaison J. Raju says:

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

    1. rcorbett says:

      Thanks Jaison!

  18. 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,

    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

  19. Bria Robinson says:


    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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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.


    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!

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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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