How to Record a Podcast Remotely

man doing a podcast remotely with a guest

If you do podcasting, it will reach a time when you need to record with guests from a different location. For instance, with the ongoing pandemic and social distancing, podcasters have been recording in two or more locations.

This has also been a trend even before the COVID-19 outbreak. Technology advancements and the internet has made it easy for podcasters to record high-quality audio over long distances.

If you are looking for tips on how to record a podcast from two locations, here are some useful guidelines.

Why Record a Podcast Remotely?

Ideally, no one wants to record a podcast remotely, but sometimes circumstances force you to do it. Many podcasters prefer co-hosting and recording guests in a shared location such as a dedicated studio.

Doing this means you can use the same recording equipment as well as have less of a chance of having technical hitches. In-person interviews are traditionally more effective at promoting deeper and insightful conversations and ensuring things flow perfectly.

Additionally, in-location interviews mean you do not rely on internet connections, equipment, recording software, or recording environments, without considering if your guest understands how to use those gears.

But even with those perks and benefits, there are situations that may force you to record a podcast remotely, including:

  • Your guest is in a different geographical location
  • If it is easy to record from two locations with minimal setup
  • You are dealing with global guests
  • If you want to go beyond your studio setup and capture a video from remote call

How to Record a Podcast Remotely

Thankfully, there is more than one way of recording a podcast remotely, and thus, you can choose the option that is most suitable for you. However, some of these approaches depend on the type of recording gear you have in your studio.

If you are recording remotely it will not be good to have poor audio quality coming from your guest. The option you have is to use equal audio quality if you are hosting the show with a remote co-host.

Either way, here are your options for recording a podcast remotely.

Option #1: Record each person locally then match the audio when you edit

Option #2: Another way is to use a remote recording podcast platform

Option #3: Use Zoom or Skype

Option #4: Use a mixer to record guests using the phone

Let’s take a look at each of the options listed.

Option #1: Record each person locally then match the audio when you edit

The first option is probably the most complicated way of remotely recording a podcast, but you may find it easier or convenient. Nevertheless, I recommend using this method only if you have a decent background in audio setup and are comfortable with sound recording.

But if neither you nor your guest is comfortable with audio setup and recording, I advise you to explore the other three options.

What you need for this approach to work

So, to pull this off, you will need the following gears:

  • Audio editing tool or a recording platform
  • A decent microphone for all guests
  • A good recording setup at both locations
  • Videoconferencing tools like Zoom or Skype

Pros

  • If you use high-quality microphones and you are both in a good recording setting, this can be an ideal way of recording a podcast remotely
  • It allows all guests to use a sound setup they are comfortable with

Cons

  • Steep learning curve so it might not be ideal for some guests

Option #2: Use a remote recording podcast platform

One way that is easier than the first approach is using a remote recording podcast tool. Thanks to the exponential increase in the popularity of podcasts, the demand for simpler methods of recording remotely has also increased.

Today we have platforms such as Riverside.FM, Zencastr, Ringr, and Squadcast have made it easier to remote podcast remotely.

Each of the aforementioned tools enables each person to record where they are and synchronize the audio automatically so you don’t need to use a lot of time lining up things when editing.

What you need for this approach to work

  • A decent microphone for both speakers
  • A good recording setting at both locations
  • Internet connection
  • Remote recording tool with built-in video

Pros

  • It is simpler
  • No need of lining up audio tracks in the edit
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Depends majorly on internet strength

Option #3: Use Zoom or Skype

Another easier way to record a podcast remotely is by using a video conferencing tool such as Zoom or Skype, especially if your guest doesn’t have a decent microphone.

What you need for this approach to work

  • A good recording setting
  • A decent microphone
  • Strong internet
  • Additional software such as eCamm for flexibility

Pros

  • Most people are comfortable using these tools
  • Podcasters have been using this method for years, thus listeners are used to these tools
  • Audio can be better compared to phone audio

Cons

  • Lower quality audio for guest

Option #4: Use a mixer to record guests using the phone

Last but not least, you can use a mixer to record remote guests for your podcast. We have plenty of options when it comes to mixers and it is easier to find one that is designed purposefully for podcasting.

What you need for this approach

  • A mixer
  • A decent recording environment at both locations
  • XLR microphones

Pros

  • Provides much more flexibility

Cons

  • Required equipment can be costlier

What Equipment do you Need to Record a Remote Podcast

1.      Headphones

You need headphones to prevent your microphone from picking feedback during the recording session as well as ensuring you become more mindful of the audio you are recording.

Best Studio: Shure SRH840

The Shure SRH840 is competitively priced and has excellent sound quality and a high comfort level.

Features

  • Collapsible design
  • Well-priced
  • Great audio quality

Low-Cost Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x is well-recognized for being one of the best low-cost headphones on the market.

Features

  • Superior accuracy
  • Circumaural design
  • Sonic performance

2.      Microphone

The most important equipment you will need is a good microphone. The best ones on the market are Shure MV7 and Rode Smartlav+

USB Microphone: Shure MV7

The Shure MV7 microphone has been optimized and designed specifically for speech applications such as podcasting.

Features

  • Pro-grade audio quality
  • Easy mounting
  • USB or XLR

Entry Level Microphone: Rode Smartlav+

This entry-level mic allows you to record your podcast easily with your mobile device.

Features

  • Connects to Android or iOS
  • Broadcast-quality omni-directional condenser

3.      Pop Filter

The pop filter prevents air bursts known as ‘pops’ or ‘plosives’ from hitting the mic while you are speaking. Plosives are sounds produced when you speak sounds such as ‘b’ or ‘p’.

Best Pop Filter: Nady MPF-6

This popular tool has a great status amongst podcasters for being inexpensive as well as high-quality performance.

Features

  • High-quality clamp
  • Strong and thick gooseneck

4.      Remote Recording Podcast Software

Iris Sotware

Iris is still a new remote recording podcast software that has already amassed an impressive array of users.

How to use Iris

  • Get a microphone
  • Headphones
  • Webcam
  • Lighting gear

Squadcast Software

Known for its excellent audio quality for remote podcast recording, Squadcast is better than most tools on the market.

How to use Squadcast

  • Click ‘start session’
  • Choose ‘default mic’ and ‘headphones/speakers’
  • Turn on your webcam
  • Set echo cancellation

How to Get the Best Recording with Your Guest

1.      Guest Needs Quiet Area

Your guest needs to be in a very quiet place that does not echo, such as a bedroom or any room with soft furniture, pillows, and blankets to absorb audio reflections. With that in mind, a hotel room can also work perfectly.

2.      Guest Needs Headphones

Without a decent pair of headphones, your recording session will have issues with feedback because your guest’s microphone will be picking your voice up from their speakers. But with decent headphones, your guests can focus on the conversation.

3.      Get Rid of Background Noise

Ask your guest to turn off the air conditioner or fan on their end or stop chewing food since these background noises will be picked by the microphone up and can be a distraction to your audience.

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