Podcast Recording

by Chaitra Enuguri  |   April 15, 2022    |   3min read

After setting up the podcast equipment, the next step is to record the podcast. Planning is great, publishing is a given, but recording that’s where the magic happens. This blog helps you to create that magic in your podcast.

As we know that there are many podcasts based on different topics or genres, there are different best methods to record them.

1. Record using audio software

If you want to record the podcast on your own then the easiest choice is to record right into editing software like Audacity or Audition. These Digital Audio Workstations, which consume lots of time and effort to learn, are worth it. Home studio or office setups are ideal for recording podcasts or any place where you have an environment with fewer distractions and better equipment. There are many types of software through which you can record a podcast. Some of them are:

a. Audacity– This is the most used amateur recording software for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. As this is a free program, if you’re just starting and working out whether this is something you want to do long-term, then this is a great place to start.
b. GarageBand– This software is widely used by musicians and podcasters. This is a de facto recording and editing software on mac.
c. Adobe Audition– This is a subscription-based software with plenty of cool features and is a must for professionals. This software is easy to handle for a beginner too.

Apart from these well-known recording and editing software, there are lesser-known ones like Hindenburg and Pro Tools, which are used by professionals.

2. Record using video conference software

If you want to run an interview show and when your co-host is not local to you or there may be situations where you cannot go to the onsite work then this type of recording is the best to choose. In this type of recording, you can use platforms like Skype and Zoom to record your podcast.

a. Zoom– This is a basic level video conferencing tool, which is mostly used these days. Though this platform gives lower quality, it is relatively low-cost for bigger groups.

3. Record using remote recording platform

The great thing about this type of recording is they are specially arranged to record podcasts. This means everyone will have their own microphone and it is recorded in a good space, where you can get high-quality audio.

Zencastr- This platform records a lossless 16-bit 48k WAV audio track per guest, regardless of internet connection (local recording), with no time limits.

Riverside – this platform makes it easy to record remote podcasts and video interviews that look and sound like they were recorded in a million-dollar studio.

Sqaudcast- This platform allows you to create high-quality audio and video content with in-browser software for premium recordings auto-saved with cloud storage.

4. Recording on a call

You can record the podcast using the double-ender call recording technique. This means recording both ends of the conversation of a call separately, on the speaker’s computer. This method bypasses the usual internet-phone issues of call-dropping and audio glitches. You can also record double-ender calls on the smartphone. Ringr is a great mobile application that provides good features for this type of recording. If you’re doing a lot of interviews and you’ve decided that a double-ender tool, as Ringr is worth the money, then a smartlav microphone is a good addition to your recording arsenal. This gives you a lot of flexibility since you can record a good quality online interview just above anywhere.

How does audacity software work?

This part of the blog can be regarded as a guide to Audacity software. Here we try to understand how it works, the different steps involved in the process of recording and what is the meaning of the different terms we come across in the recording process?

Step 1- Downloading the audacity software on the available PC

Step 2- Choosing a mic to record- by default, Audacity uses your built-in microphone to record. We can select anyone from the drop-down menu next to the microphone symbol as shown in the below picture. In this case, it is a Microphone (ATR2100x -USB Microphone).

Step 3- Selecting the recording channel- There are two kinds of channels beside the microphone menu. These are monophonic and stereophonic recording channels, the main difference between these is the channel numbers used in recording and playback. Generally, we find mono sounds in the centre of the sound field, though we can pan them to fit anywhere in the soundstage. Stereo sounds typically come out of both the left and right channels. We either reduce the stereo image of stereo sounds. Stereo has wholly replaced mono in the modern world, as stereo recordings have superior audio quality.

Step 4- Selecting the speaker

Step 5- Select an audio driver- with a driver, audio is streamed through the OS (operating system), which is then sent to an internal sound card or external audio interface.

Step 6- Ready to start the recording- you need to click on the red button and start your podcast. If you want to take breaks in the middle, instead of starting a new audio track from the beginning you can pause your recorded audio and can pick up where you left off.

Step 7- Stop the recording

Step 8- Exporting the podcast- after completing the recording process, pack up your podcast by exporting it. Go to File > export audio.

Step 9- Save the file.

The one thing to consider no matter which method you choose is to make sure that you think long and hard about where you record. If you’re setting up a home studio your recording space needs to be audio friendly, which means avoiding rooms with reflective surfaces like tiles, windows or high ceilings. You can avoid spending much on the environment, you can also use a few thick curtains or couch cushions. But you should not compromise on the quality of sound when you’re recording.

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