On today’s show I discuss a better software option for higher quality podcast interviews. It’s never been easier to record interviews in high fidelity. I also start a “podcast glossary” series that will be ongoing. Here I provide some definitions for terms often used in podcasting. I also talked about two headset microphones they may be worth using for recording posts if you’re set on using a headset.
Podcasters have been using mediocre voip services to record interviews for a long time. Primarily because it’s free, and doesn’t sound too bad. Some podcasters have spent a lot more money to set up landline options for recording podcast interviews. This option usually costs around $200, and carries with it the continued cost of having a land line phone service to your studio. Many people don’t use land lines at all anymore. The best option is something else entirely. Services are cropping up that allow you to record interviews on each end of the conversation using only your web browser. These service record your audio files in high fidelity, upload them to their servers, and then make them available for you to download.
One such service is Zencastr. The best way to use zencastr is to continue to record normally on your end, but export a virtual audio device/cable (using an audio router like Loopback, or VoiceMeeter) to Zencastr so that your guest can hear you, AND your sound-effects, or audio clips. Zencastr will record your end, but you can also record your end using Audio Highjack, or VoiceMeeter. (That’s what I suggest doing.) Using Zencastr to record your end isn’t as important as your guests end. Zencastr will record their vocals, and make them available for you to download. And the best part is that the recording will be high-fidelity if you’re willing to pay for the professional upgrade. The ease, and quality, is worth the price. However, you may want to try their free version which gives you 8 hours of recording a month, at Mp3 quality. It’s very easy to use, simply start a new episode, create an invitation link and send it to your guest, choose the audio input (using an application like loopback, you will create a virtual input which hosts all of the mics, applications, and hardware that you want to combine into that one input, then select that input) and you’re ready to start recording.
One today’s show I also briefly touched on a couple good broadcast headsets after being asked about them. Though I don’t suggest using a headset as they don’t have as high a quality as do the mics I suggest. Unless you’re willing to spend a whole lot of money.
BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset.
Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X
Here’s a whole much of other options too:
And finally, provided definitions for the terms Podcast Aggregator, and Audio Bed. 🙂
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