How to Record a Podcast Interview over the internet

how to record a podcast interview over the internet

Great sound can be captured over the internet.

Everyone has heard of Zoom.us, but the audio quality is sub-par and not suitable for a podcast episode.

In this video I share my Top 4 recommendations for recording podcast conversations over the internet.

My Top 4 recommendations for recording audio for podcasts over the internet:

1. SquadCast.fm

  • Very clean sound
  • Records locally
  • Avoids “drift” issues
  • Up to 4 people on a call
  • Separate tracks per guest
  • Cloud backup
  • Video viewing
  • Interface is a little complicated
  • No free plan
  • Limited use on mobile
  • Does not record video (yet)

The files clients send me that were recorded with SquadCast are fantastic!

2. Riverside.fm

  • Very clean sound
  • Records locally
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Up to 8 people on a call
  • Separate tracks per guest
  • Records video
  • Livestream option
  • Only works on Chrome
  • No mobile app/support
  • No free plan

Riverside.fm is the new kid on the block. I'm hearing lots of great things about Riverside.fm.

3. CleanFeed.net

  • Very clean sound
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Unlimited guests on a call
  • Separate tracks per guest
  • Free plan
  • I haven't tried CleanFeed yet, so am unable to critique

I haven't used this myself, but the audio I get from my client that uses it is MUCH better than the Skype recordings they used to send me.

4. Zencastr.com

  • Very clean sound
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Unlimited guests on a call
  • Separate tracks per guest
  • Cloud backup
  • Free plan
  • Occasional “drift” issues
  • No mobile app/support
  • No video (yet)

Of the four I am recommending, this is the service that has been around the longest.

Bonus: Double-ender

The absolute best audio quality can only be captured locally.

What that means is the audio is recorded in the same room as the microphone. No internet is involved.

The way to accomplish a “double-ender” is for each person involved to begin recording themselves on their own computer/device.

You still need to connect with your guests over the phone or VOIP service (like the ones mentioned above), but those services are only acting as a backup.

Tip: Have everyone start recording, then count down from 3-to-1. End with a CLAP so it will be easier to line up all the recordings for post-production.

Pros and cons of recording Double-enders:

  • BEST sound quality possible
  • No compression or internet glitches
  • You can record video locally too without any concern about audio glitches in your final product
  • It's absolutely FREE!
  • If one person fails to record or their computer crashes, there is no recovering.
  • Someone is going to have to collect all the recordings and sync them together for editing

Explaining how a double-ender works to a novice can be difficult. However, it gets much easier once they have done it a couple times.

There are many other services like OBS and Skype that record podcast interviews over the internet, but these are my top 4 recommendations.

I hope it helps!

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