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How To Record A Podcast Using Riverside Or Zoom

Recording a podcast with remote guests?
Follow these steps to record your podcast with Riverside (or, less ideally, Zoom.)

How to record a podcast using Riverside

1. Log in to 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. 

Riverside podcast recording software login

2. Create your recording studio

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.

Creating a podcast recording studio on Riverside

3. Enter your recording studio 

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”.

Riverside Green room or checking equipment before recording a podcast

4. Start recording! 

Once everybody is happy and ready to go, click the big red record button and start podcast recording. 

Recording a podcast on Riverside

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.

How to record a podcast using Zoom

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.

1. Wear headphones

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.

2. Enable 'Original Sound'

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.

3. Press record!

This is the easy bit.

  1. Set up a Zoom meeting and invite guests

  2. Start your Zoom recording

  3. Click on the Record button when you're ready to record your podcast

  4. Share the audio with us when you’re finished recording, for editing and post-production

    We'll help you create a successful podcast.
    Talk to us about how we can help create, produce, publish and promote your show.

Abe Udy

Abe is the founder of Abe's Audio and started the business in 1998 from his bedroom with an old computer, fax machine, dial-up internet, and a microphone in his wardrobe. Today, he leads a team that provides audio production and voice overs to media, agency, eLearning, video & creative clients around Australia and beyond.

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