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How to Record A Podcast Remotely: Your Ultimate Guide

Discover the essential tips and tools you need to record a podcast remotely in our ultimate guide. Learn how to create high-quality content from anywhere with expert insights and step-by-step instructions.
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Tianna Marinucci
October 26, 2023
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As a listener, when you hit play on your favorite podcasts, you’re hoping to get something out of it. Whether that’s to learn something new, hear a different perspective, or have a good laugh. 

This all comes from the value of the content. But another key element of creating a great listener experience is the quality of audio. You may not always have it top of mind, but we can almost promise you that you’re less likely to listen to a poor-sounding podcast.

When podcasting first began, agencies, brands, and creators relied on recording studios to produce their shows. But then COVID-19 hit and recording in a studio was no longer a possibility. 

So we all turned to remote recording platforms. These platforms were already around prior to the pandemic but not everyone used them. But now, I can’t think of a brand or agency that doesn’t use them.  

With remote podcast recordings, brands and agencies can:

  • Feature multiple people on their podcasts at one time
  • Work beyond geographical boundaries
  • Simplify guest sourcing

With these key benefits in mind, millions of podcasters have turned to remote recording to expand the reach of the show and feature valuable guests who cannot make it to the studio.

Keep reading to learn four popular ways to record your podcast remotely, expert tips for professional-grade audio quality, and must-have strategies for a seamless remote podcast interview. 

Let’s get into it. 

Choose a recording platform that meets your needs

It’s 2023, so of course you’re not limited to ways to record your remote podcast interview. Here are some of the most commonly used methods:

1. Remote recording software 

Best for: Podcasters aiming for high-quality audio and video recordings. 

Remote recording software provides studio-quality recordings and is particularly suitable for podcasters who publish on platforms like YouTube. 

Platforms like Riverside.fm and SquadCast offer features such as live-streaming, listener call-ins, and video editing in the browser. Riverside.fm is known for its ability to deliver high-quality audio and video even with less-than-ideal internet connections, while SquadCast is ideal for podcasters with multiple guests or co-hosts.

Riverside's plans also include bonus features like:

  • Call-ins
  • Social media live-stream
  • In-browser video editing

2. Video conferencing software

Best for: beginner podcasters on a budget. 

Zoom, available for free or at a low monthly cost starting at $12, is a popular choice for its ease of use and accessibility. All the app requires is a strong internet connection, a computer or smartphone, and, ideally, a podcast microphone and headphones. 

Zoom allows you to record up to 40 minutes for free, and you can send a new link if you run out of time. However, remember that Zoom does compress audio, which may result in average recording quality. 

For podcasters using Zoom, there are some recommended settings to optimize audio quality.

  • Record a separate audio file of each participant (Settings > Recording)
  • Enable "Original Sound" (Settings > Audio)
  • Turn on High-fidelity music mode

If you’d rather not use Zoom, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams offer similar capabilities. 

3. Recording phone calls via a mixer 

Best for: podcasters and guests with unstable internet connections.

This is a straightforward solution for guests who aren't tech-savvy, requiring only a strong cell signal, a podcast microphone, headphones, an iPhone or Android phone, and some cables. 

However, it's important to note that phone networks tend to compress audio significantly, resulting in lower-quality recordings. As a last resort, you can plug your phone into a mixer like the Rodecaster Pro to record phone calls, ensuring that both parties record their audio to cover all bases.

4. Recording a double-ender

Best for: People seeking professional sound quality on a budget

This method is a bit more challenging to set up but offers studio-quality recordings. It involves each participant recording separate audio files using podcast editing software like Descript

These local recordings deliver the best audio quality possible, but they aren't suitable for video recordings. 

Here are some steps and tips for setting up a double-ender recording:

How to set up a double-ender recording:

  • Start a video call: Initiate a Zoom or Skype call with your guest, allowing you to see and hear each other during the conversation.
  • Open podcast editing software: On both your computer and your guest's, launch your preferred podcast editing software. This ensures that you're ready to capture pristine audio on both ends.
  • Connect USB microphones: Plug in and set up USB microphones for both you and your guest. USB microphones are an excellent choice for remote recording due to their simplicity and quality.
  • Record locally: Begin recording audio on both ends simultaneously. This means that each participant will capture their own audio feed locally on their computer.
  • Sync with a clap: To aid in post-production alignment, have both you and your guest clap simultaneously. This visual and audible cue will make it easier to sync the two audio tracks later.
  • Finish the interview: Conduct your podcast interview as usual. Once the conversation is complete, stop the recording.
  • Save as WAV: Save the audio recordings as uncompressed WAV files. This high-quality format ensures that you have the best source material for editing.
  • File transfer: To share the audio files with your editor, use cloud-based services like Dropbox or Google Drive for seamless and efficient collaboration.

Tips for recording a double-ender:

Recording a double-ender might require more effort, but it guarantees superior audio quality, even if your internet connection isn't perfect. Here are some tips to make it a smooth process:

  • Communication: Double-check that everyone has started their local recording to avoid any mishaps.
  • Separate tracks: Ensure that each participant's audio is recorded on a separate track. This makes post-production editing easier and more effective.
  • Backup recording: While focusing on double-ending, it's a good practice to also record the conversation on Zoom or Skype as a backup.

Best practices for remote podcast recording

While in many ways remote recording can be easier than recording in-studio, there are some things to consider that may not be immediately apparent. 

Here are some of our expert tips to keep your remote podcast interview sounding clear and professional:

Prepare your space

When choosing the space to record your podcast, there are a few simple, but important, things to consider. 

Firstly, find a quiet space. While background noise is often unavoidable, you can do your best to prevent it by turning down the AC, closing windows, and letting others in your household or office know that you’re recording.

Ensure both you and your overseas guest have the best equipment you can get your hands on (a good mic and headset). 

If you’re working with a podcast agency like Quill, in the past we’ve shipped recording equipment to guests if they don’t have a suitable setup for a high-quality recording.

And while ideally, it should be good quality gear, a good rule of thumb is that a suitable room will fare better than expensive goods.

Choosing a space that doesn’t echo or is too close to a fire station downtown will serve you well rather than investing loads of cash into high-end tech. We suggest sending your guests a brief in preparation to ensure that their room is quiet, well-lit, and without echo as well. 

Check your internet connection 

A stable internet connection is the backbone of a successful remote recording. Before you start, make sure both you and your guest(s) have a strong and reliable internet connection. 

Encourage all parties to stay in one spot during the recording to avoid disruptions caused by wandering around, driving, or any other activities that can impact your internet connection.

Invest in good-quality equipment

Audio bleed is the enemy of podcast recording. It refers to any unintended noise that seeps into your audio. Using headphones or earbuds while recording can significantly reduce audio bleed, as they prevent the audio from your computer or speakers from interfering with the recording.

Opt for a dynamic XLR or USB microphone with a pop filter. Dynamic microphones are designed to pick up less ambient sound and a narrower range of frequencies, making them ideal for remote podcasting. Pop filters are essential for reducing harsh plosives (sounds like "p" and "b") that can disrupt your recording.

Quill Tip: Looking to level up your podcasting equipment? Check out our expert-approved guide for budget-friendly and top-of-the-line options. 

Prep your guests beforehand 

Before your interview, we highly recommend sending your podcast guests a checklist that includes what to prepare for the remote interview. 

This list should include the details we outlined above, like a stable internet connection, a quiet environment, and a pair of headphones and a microphone. It can also include things like a clean and well-lit background for video podcasts or business casual attire depending on the nature of your podcast. 

Ultimately, outlining these things before starting the podcast interview makes the entire process run more smoothly. It also highlights a degree of professionalism on behalf of your brand and improves the relationship between you and your guests. 

For Quill clients, we’ll have a producer and sound engineer that help both your podcast host and guest have the best sound quality possible. 

Bonus tip: Take behind-the-scenes (BTS) content

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a swanky recording studio to create hype around your podcast. 

Create more content and buzz while you’re recording the interview (and get your guest to do the same) by snapping photos, recording videos, and posting interactive stories with polls and question boxes. 

This adds dimension to future content that can be used across social media to get more followers, reach and expand your audience, and create hype around your podcast. You can even broadcast live on YouTube or TikTok

Using a podcast agency for your podcast 

Remote podcast recording is a powerful tool for brands looking to connect with their audience in a personal and engaging way. However, it's not without its challenges. 

To maximize the potential of your podcast, partnering with a full-service podcast agency is a smart move. With their expertise and support, you can create a podcast that not only sounds great but also aligns seamlessly with your brand's objectives, all while saving you time and resources. 

Here are a few reasons why you should consider partnering with a podcast agency:

  • Professional expertise: Podcast agencies are staffed with audio experts who know the ins and outs of remote podcast recording. They understand the technical aspects of audio production, ensuring that your podcast maintains the highest quality and consistency. From microphone selection to soundproofing techniques, they've got it all covered.
  • Studio-quality sound: Achieving studio-quality sound from remote locations can be a challenge, but podcast agencies have access to cutting-edge audio equipment and software. This ensures that your podcast not only sounds great but is free from background noise, echoes, and other common issues that can plague remote recordings.
  • Streamlined production process: Podcast agencies have established workflows and procedures to make remote recording a breeze. They can help you schedule, record, edit, and distribute your episodes efficiently, allowing you to focus on content creation without getting bogged down in technical details.
  • Guest coordination: If your podcast features guest interviews, coordinating schedules and ensuring your remote guests have the right equipment can be a logistical nightmare. Podcast agencies have experience in managing these challenges, making the process seamless for both you and your guests.
  • Branding and content strategy: Beyond the technical aspects, podcast agencies can assist with branding, content strategy, and storytelling. They can help you tailor your podcast to your target audience and create a unique, memorable experience that aligns with your brand's goals.
  • Monetization opportunities: Many podcast agencies have connections in the industry and can help you explore monetization opportunities, whether through sponsorships, ads, or merchandise. They can also guide you in growing your listener base, which is essential for attracting advertisers.

Remote podcast recordings with professional quality

Recording a podcast remotely has become more accessible and convenient than ever before, thanks to the wealth of technological tools and strategies at our disposal. 

With the tips and techniques outlined in this ultimate guide, you are well-equipped to create high-quality podcast episodes from the comfort of your own space, whether your co-hosts or guests are miles or continents away.

Remember that the key to a successful remote podcast recording lies in careful planning, clear communication, and a commitment to delivering compelling content. Embrace the power of virtual communication platforms, invest in decent recording equipment, and pay attention to audio quality to ensure that your podcast maintains a professional and engaging edge.

If you want to learn more about remote podcast recording, chat with our team of audio experts

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How to Record A Podcast Remotely: Your Ultimate Guide

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October 26, 2023

Discover the essential tips and tools you need to record a podcast remotely in our ultimate guide. Learn how to create high-quality content from anywhere with expert insights and step-by-step instructions.

As a listener, when you hit play on your favorite podcasts, you’re hoping to get something out of it. Whether that’s to learn something new, hear a different perspective, or have a good laugh. 

This all comes from the value of the content. But another key element of creating a great listener experience is the quality of audio. You may not always have it top of mind, but we can almost promise you that you’re less likely to listen to a poor-sounding podcast.

When podcasting first began, agencies, brands, and creators relied on recording studios to produce their shows. But then COVID-19 hit and recording in a studio was no longer a possibility. 

So we all turned to remote recording platforms. These platforms were already around prior to the pandemic but not everyone used them. But now, I can’t think of a brand or agency that doesn’t use them.  

With remote podcast recordings, brands and agencies can:

  • Feature multiple people on their podcasts at one time
  • Work beyond geographical boundaries
  • Simplify guest sourcing

With these key benefits in mind, millions of podcasters have turned to remote recording to expand the reach of the show and feature valuable guests who cannot make it to the studio.

Keep reading to learn four popular ways to record your podcast remotely, expert tips for professional-grade audio quality, and must-have strategies for a seamless remote podcast interview. 

Let’s get into it. 

Choose a recording platform that meets your needs

It’s 2023, so of course you’re not limited to ways to record your remote podcast interview. Here are some of the most commonly used methods:

1. Remote recording software 

Best for: Podcasters aiming for high-quality audio and video recordings. 

Remote recording software provides studio-quality recordings and is particularly suitable for podcasters who publish on platforms like YouTube. 

Platforms like Riverside.fm and SquadCast offer features such as live-streaming, listener call-ins, and video editing in the browser. Riverside.fm is known for its ability to deliver high-quality audio and video even with less-than-ideal internet connections, while SquadCast is ideal for podcasters with multiple guests or co-hosts.

Riverside's plans also include bonus features like:

  • Call-ins
  • Social media live-stream
  • In-browser video editing

2. Video conferencing software

Best for: beginner podcasters on a budget. 

Zoom, available for free or at a low monthly cost starting at $12, is a popular choice for its ease of use and accessibility. All the app requires is a strong internet connection, a computer or smartphone, and, ideally, a podcast microphone and headphones. 

Zoom allows you to record up to 40 minutes for free, and you can send a new link if you run out of time. However, remember that Zoom does compress audio, which may result in average recording quality. 

For podcasters using Zoom, there are some recommended settings to optimize audio quality.

  • Record a separate audio file of each participant (Settings > Recording)
  • Enable "Original Sound" (Settings > Audio)
  • Turn on High-fidelity music mode

If you’d rather not use Zoom, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams offer similar capabilities. 

3. Recording phone calls via a mixer 

Best for: podcasters and guests with unstable internet connections.

This is a straightforward solution for guests who aren't tech-savvy, requiring only a strong cell signal, a podcast microphone, headphones, an iPhone or Android phone, and some cables. 

However, it's important to note that phone networks tend to compress audio significantly, resulting in lower-quality recordings. As a last resort, you can plug your phone into a mixer like the Rodecaster Pro to record phone calls, ensuring that both parties record their audio to cover all bases.

4. Recording a double-ender

Best for: People seeking professional sound quality on a budget

This method is a bit more challenging to set up but offers studio-quality recordings. It involves each participant recording separate audio files using podcast editing software like Descript

These local recordings deliver the best audio quality possible, but they aren't suitable for video recordings. 

Here are some steps and tips for setting up a double-ender recording:

How to set up a double-ender recording:

  • Start a video call: Initiate a Zoom or Skype call with your guest, allowing you to see and hear each other during the conversation.
  • Open podcast editing software: On both your computer and your guest's, launch your preferred podcast editing software. This ensures that you're ready to capture pristine audio on both ends.
  • Connect USB microphones: Plug in and set up USB microphones for both you and your guest. USB microphones are an excellent choice for remote recording due to their simplicity and quality.
  • Record locally: Begin recording audio on both ends simultaneously. This means that each participant will capture their own audio feed locally on their computer.
  • Sync with a clap: To aid in post-production alignment, have both you and your guest clap simultaneously. This visual and audible cue will make it easier to sync the two audio tracks later.
  • Finish the interview: Conduct your podcast interview as usual. Once the conversation is complete, stop the recording.
  • Save as WAV: Save the audio recordings as uncompressed WAV files. This high-quality format ensures that you have the best source material for editing.
  • File transfer: To share the audio files with your editor, use cloud-based services like Dropbox or Google Drive for seamless and efficient collaboration.

Tips for recording a double-ender:

Recording a double-ender might require more effort, but it guarantees superior audio quality, even if your internet connection isn't perfect. Here are some tips to make it a smooth process:

  • Communication: Double-check that everyone has started their local recording to avoid any mishaps.
  • Separate tracks: Ensure that each participant's audio is recorded on a separate track. This makes post-production editing easier and more effective.
  • Backup recording: While focusing on double-ending, it's a good practice to also record the conversation on Zoom or Skype as a backup.

Best practices for remote podcast recording

While in many ways remote recording can be easier than recording in-studio, there are some things to consider that may not be immediately apparent. 

Here are some of our expert tips to keep your remote podcast interview sounding clear and professional:

Prepare your space

When choosing the space to record your podcast, there are a few simple, but important, things to consider. 

Firstly, find a quiet space. While background noise is often unavoidable, you can do your best to prevent it by turning down the AC, closing windows, and letting others in your household or office know that you’re recording.

Ensure both you and your overseas guest have the best equipment you can get your hands on (a good mic and headset). 

If you’re working with a podcast agency like Quill, in the past we’ve shipped recording equipment to guests if they don’t have a suitable setup for a high-quality recording.

And while ideally, it should be good quality gear, a good rule of thumb is that a suitable room will fare better than expensive goods.

Choosing a space that doesn’t echo or is too close to a fire station downtown will serve you well rather than investing loads of cash into high-end tech. We suggest sending your guests a brief in preparation to ensure that their room is quiet, well-lit, and without echo as well. 

Check your internet connection 

A stable internet connection is the backbone of a successful remote recording. Before you start, make sure both you and your guest(s) have a strong and reliable internet connection. 

Encourage all parties to stay in one spot during the recording to avoid disruptions caused by wandering around, driving, or any other activities that can impact your internet connection.

Invest in good-quality equipment

Audio bleed is the enemy of podcast recording. It refers to any unintended noise that seeps into your audio. Using headphones or earbuds while recording can significantly reduce audio bleed, as they prevent the audio from your computer or speakers from interfering with the recording.

Opt for a dynamic XLR or USB microphone with a pop filter. Dynamic microphones are designed to pick up less ambient sound and a narrower range of frequencies, making them ideal for remote podcasting. Pop filters are essential for reducing harsh plosives (sounds like "p" and "b") that can disrupt your recording.

Quill Tip: Looking to level up your podcasting equipment? Check out our expert-approved guide for budget-friendly and top-of-the-line options. 

Prep your guests beforehand 

Before your interview, we highly recommend sending your podcast guests a checklist that includes what to prepare for the remote interview. 

This list should include the details we outlined above, like a stable internet connection, a quiet environment, and a pair of headphones and a microphone. It can also include things like a clean and well-lit background for video podcasts or business casual attire depending on the nature of your podcast. 

Ultimately, outlining these things before starting the podcast interview makes the entire process run more smoothly. It also highlights a degree of professionalism on behalf of your brand and improves the relationship between you and your guests. 

For Quill clients, we’ll have a producer and sound engineer that help both your podcast host and guest have the best sound quality possible. 

Bonus tip: Take behind-the-scenes (BTS) content

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a swanky recording studio to create hype around your podcast. 

Create more content and buzz while you’re recording the interview (and get your guest to do the same) by snapping photos, recording videos, and posting interactive stories with polls and question boxes. 

This adds dimension to future content that can be used across social media to get more followers, reach and expand your audience, and create hype around your podcast. You can even broadcast live on YouTube or TikTok

Using a podcast agency for your podcast 

Remote podcast recording is a powerful tool for brands looking to connect with their audience in a personal and engaging way. However, it's not without its challenges. 

To maximize the potential of your podcast, partnering with a full-service podcast agency is a smart move. With their expertise and support, you can create a podcast that not only sounds great but also aligns seamlessly with your brand's objectives, all while saving you time and resources. 

Here are a few reasons why you should consider partnering with a podcast agency:

  • Professional expertise: Podcast agencies are staffed with audio experts who know the ins and outs of remote podcast recording. They understand the technical aspects of audio production, ensuring that your podcast maintains the highest quality and consistency. From microphone selection to soundproofing techniques, they've got it all covered.
  • Studio-quality sound: Achieving studio-quality sound from remote locations can be a challenge, but podcast agencies have access to cutting-edge audio equipment and software. This ensures that your podcast not only sounds great but is free from background noise, echoes, and other common issues that can plague remote recordings.
  • Streamlined production process: Podcast agencies have established workflows and procedures to make remote recording a breeze. They can help you schedule, record, edit, and distribute your episodes efficiently, allowing you to focus on content creation without getting bogged down in technical details.
  • Guest coordination: If your podcast features guest interviews, coordinating schedules and ensuring your remote guests have the right equipment can be a logistical nightmare. Podcast agencies have experience in managing these challenges, making the process seamless for both you and your guests.
  • Branding and content strategy: Beyond the technical aspects, podcast agencies can assist with branding, content strategy, and storytelling. They can help you tailor your podcast to your target audience and create a unique, memorable experience that aligns with your brand's goals.
  • Monetization opportunities: Many podcast agencies have connections in the industry and can help you explore monetization opportunities, whether through sponsorships, ads, or merchandise. They can also guide you in growing your listener base, which is essential for attracting advertisers.

Remote podcast recordings with professional quality

Recording a podcast remotely has become more accessible and convenient than ever before, thanks to the wealth of technological tools and strategies at our disposal. 

With the tips and techniques outlined in this ultimate guide, you are well-equipped to create high-quality podcast episodes from the comfort of your own space, whether your co-hosts or guests are miles or continents away.

Remember that the key to a successful remote podcast recording lies in careful planning, clear communication, and a commitment to delivering compelling content. Embrace the power of virtual communication platforms, invest in decent recording equipment, and pay attention to audio quality to ensure that your podcast maintains a professional and engaging edge.

If you want to learn more about remote podcast recording, chat with our team of audio experts

Tianna Marinucci

Content Marketing Specialist

Tianna Marinucci is a content creation and digital marketing specialist. She graduated from McGill University in 2021 and has since worked in a variety of industries from interior design to technology.

After traveling to more than 60 countries and working in three, she is inspired by diverse cultures and motivated by unique experiences.

In her spare time, Tianna loves trying new foods, going to concerts, and learning more about history and socio-economics through books and podcasts.

Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!

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