How to Record a Remote Podcast

How to Record a Remote Podcast


Everyone loves podcasts. Whether centred on food, relationships, travel or politics, there’s something for everyone. Whilst podcasts featuring one host can be interesting, the most dynamic and interactive podcasts will feature more than one co-host and often different guests every episode. This poses an obstacle for podcast creators who can’t be in the same room or even the same country as their guests and co-hosts, whether due to scheduling conflicts or a global pandemic.


That’s why you should know how to create a remote podcast with the same conversational, informative and easy approach as a podcast recorded with all your guests and co-hosts in the same room. 


The best podcast tools will record locally (rather than over the internet), allow you to download video and audio and have a unique edge. 


1.Using Skype 


Most of us are familiar with Skype, for better or for worse. To record remotely using Skype, you’ll need to do is make sure that you hit the record button before starting your podcast and then you can export the files. There’s a problem here though - they don’t record locally. Local recording means recordings are carried out stably on the computer via a mic, creating studio quality and uniformity across all guests/ co-hosts’ recordings. Skype doesn’t record locally, they record via internet, so the recordings can sound patchy or dissimilar from each other depending on the users’ internet quality, making it obvious to listeners that the podcast has been recorded remotely. This can be distracting or take away from the conversational experience listeners have become familiar with. 


There are still people who haven’t used Skype before or don’t have the latest versions - so this would mean that they would have to download the app or update the existing app. This might prevent new guests from joining your podcast and generally prevents a streamlined and efficient experience. 


2.Zoom? 


So with Zoom, you can see each other as you’re recording. But - they don’t record locally and they compress the audio files so the end result won’t mirror your standard studio experience. 


As with Skype, users will have to download the Zoom app and navigate the tool in order to record. It could be difficult to get less tech-savvy users on board, limiting your access to guests and creating unnecessary obstacles for co-hosts.


3.How about Zencastr? 


Zencastr does record remotely, which creates a studio-like outcome in terms of audio quality. However, you won’t be able to see each other while recording or download the video, which can take away from the interactive experience you’d usually feel with your co-hosts or guests. Especially if you’ve never met the guest before. 



4.Now for riverside.fm 


Riverside.fm is a great alternative to Zencastr. Riverside records locally audio and video, doesn’t compress files, allows you to download the video and audio and does not require you to download anything- it all runs on a chrome browser. The audio comes out in studio quality, you can see each other whilst recording and it’s efficient and streamlined for all guests and co-hosts.


With one simple click, guests and co-hosts are taken directly to the recording platform via their browser and can start recording immediately. The files are recorded locally during the podcast, ready for you to download with video or just the audio to upload to your usual podcast platform. This means that every guest/ co-host will get a separate audio and separate video track ready for editing.


Riverside also has that unique edge - live video call-ins by listeners where they can ask their questions directly to co-hosts or guests. This is a feature that no other platform provides. When recording, podcast creators can publicly share the link to their recording. Listeners can then jump onto riverside.fm via the link and call in with their questions, using video or by asking a question on the live chat.