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Is Zoom.us the best platform to record a podcast?

Zoom has become one of the most well-known video conferencing softwares on the planet, so it’s natural people are starting to wonder…can I record my podcast on Zoom?

The short answer is yes because Zoom does have audio recording capabilities but the question is should you?

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Why you shouldn’t use Zoom to record your podcast

If you really want to be a serious podcaster audio quality always has to be top of mind.

So much so that even if you find a platform that’s super convenient, if it doesn’t record high-quality audio you need to use something else.

Convenience is great but you have to think of your audience.

When they’re listening to your show they don’t care how convenient it was for you to record it, they just care about the quality of the finished product.

And if it’s not good enough they won’t stick around.

So this is where you need to use your ears when you’re using any remote recording software and use them critically.

Record some test audio and listen like a listener who’s hearing your show for the first time.

Is the audio up to scratch?  If the answer is yes, great!

Next step is to think about how you can get the best quality audio possible.

How to record a podcast remotely

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How to make audio sound better if you’re recording a podcast on Zoom.us

If you’ve decided Zoom is the remote recording platform for you, here are some settings you can adjust to make sure the audio you’re recording is the best it possibly can be…

Allow attendees to record their own audio

Screenshot of settings inside Zoom to allow guests to record audio locally

This option will let people record themselves locally which will yield better audio quality but only if they’ve got a decent microphone.

This can be a great option if you’re recording with a co-host and you want it to sound like you’re in the same room.

However, if this is what you’re aiming for I’d advise using a remote recording platform that was specifically built for podcast audio like SquadCast.

Record ‘Original Sound’

Screenshot of settings inside Zoom to record original sound

Because most people talk on Zoom in echoey meeting rooms with the buzz of the office behind them, Zoom tries to remove some of that distracting noise and echo.

Ideally, if you’re using Zoom to record a podcast you and your guest will have put a lot of thought into where you record so there shouldn’t need to be a lot done to the audio.

So, by selecting this in the back end you’ll be able to choose original sound as an option when you’re recording.

If you do need to remove any noise or treat the audio in any way you’re always better off doing that in post rather than relying on general settings inside Zoom that haven’t been adjusted for your specific space.

Record separate audio tracks

Screenshot of settings inside Zoom to record separate audio tracks

Whenever you’re recording remotely it’s a good idea to record audio tracks separately.

This will give you much more flexibility when you’re editing including being able to remove any overtalk or adjust levels so you’re both at the same volume before you mixdown the track and start editing.

Use your ears

The best tools you’ve got in your kit are the things stuck to the side of your head, so use them.

Think critically about the audio you’re recording and be honest with yourself about whether it’s good enough to compete with other high-quality podcasts out there.

If it’s not, it’s not worth choosing convenience over quality.

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