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Posted On: Sep 15, 2022 Written by: Abe Udy
Recording a podcast with remote guests?
Follow these steps to record your podcast with Riverside (or, less ideally, Zoom.)
Riverside.fm is browser-based so you can use it on both Windows and Mac devices.
You can also log in from Riverside’s mobile app if you’re recording on the go.
In your dashboard, create a new studio. Give your studio a name (it could be the name of your podcast) and select your recording type. You can set up a studio to start recording immediately or set up one for later use.
If you’ve got your guests and production team lined up in advance, at this point, you can also invite them ahead of time.
Before entering the studio, you’ll be directed to the Green Room, where you can select and test your podcast recording equipment. Select whether you are using headphones or not (it’s better to wear headphones, if possible), and then when you are all set up press “Join Studio”.
Once everybody is happy and ready to go, click the big red record button and start podcast recording.
When you’re done, stop the recording and wait for all your files to finish uploading before exporting them for professional editing and post-production with Abe’s Audio. High-quality, uncompressed files are best.
Your guests do not need to send their local recordings to you, as you can download all local recordings from the participants after the podcast.
Considering Zoom’s popularity, it's used by some people for recording podcasts. You can generally record Zoom meetings, but it’s not ideal due to lower audio quality than Riverside.
Zoom records everything to the cloud, and those recordings are susceptible to faulty or slow internet connections. It also records all participants in a single audio file, making post-production more difficult.
For optimum audio quality, ensure all participants wear headphones or earbuds.
If they are, in Audio Settings/Audio/Music and Professional Audio, select ‘Show in-meeting option to enable original sound’.
Also, unselect 'Echo Cancellation.
This will improve the audio quality - but does require the use of headphones.
When you're in the Zoom Meeting/call, click 'Original Sound' in the top left and select the microphone you are using.
Your guests will also need to do this.
This is the easy bit.
Set up a Zoom meeting and invite guests
Start your Zoom recording
Click on the Record button when you're ready to record your podcast
Share the audio with us when you’re finished recording, for editing and post-production