You've got the perfect guest for your podcast but wait! You're in the middle of a pandemic and you've been told to avoid contact with people.
How on earth do you get that guest recorded?
The good news is there are a number of options for you. They also work when we're not in the middle of a global health crisis which is useful for when your guests are far away.
Personally I use a mixture of Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and CleanFeed to record remote interviews.
All of these options have positives and negatives.
In the case of Zoom, Skype and FaceTime it's mainly sound quality letting them down. None of these have been designed with high quality recording in mind. They are designed for online meetings or calls.
But I do like the fact I have the choice to see who I'm talking to and they can see me too.
I also find these options work best when people are not confident with new software, but they have used at least one of these choices. Sometimes you have to sacrifice the sound.
Cleanfeed is great because it's designed specifically for remote recording. You don't need to download any software either. You simply login and send a link to your guest to join the recording. It's free! But there is no video. And you have to download the tracks before you leave the page otherwise you will lose the recordings.
Other similar options are Zencastr and Squadcast.
This is all well and good but how do you make it sound as though you are face to face?
Ladies and Gentlemen let me present my Tip Top Tips for you and your guests.
1) Ensure you have a top notch internet connection. If you can hard wire to your router, if you can't then make sure you have a cracking signal. Avoid recording in a public place and using public wifi or 4g!
2) Close down any open internet tabs which you are not using.
3) Wear headphones.
4) Tell your guest when you are pressing record.
5) Get your guest to introduce themselves at the beginning of the interview so you can check sound levels. If you need them to keep talking ask them what they had for breakfast.
6) Record room silence - makes editing a dream (at least 10 seconds please).
7) Don't let your guest go until you have downloaded and saved all equipment.
8) Record locally too. Either direct in to your editing programme or talk in to your phone (as I showed you in the previous blog.) You can then match your track with your guest tracks in the edit afterwards. No relying on the internet for a signal!
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