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Full Guide to Studio-Quality Remote Audio Recordings

Learn to setup a remote audio recording in the easiest way. We cover all the tools and software you need to create a high-quality remote studio recording.
Stephen Robles
Video & Podcast Creator
Last Updated:
March 5, 2024
Reviewed by
Ortal Hadad

Recording studio-quality remote audio recordings is now not only possible- it’s easy. 

No matter where you or your guests are, you can record stellar audio straight from your browser or mobile. It’s an easy and intuitive process that doesn’t compromise quality. 

This comprehensive guide gives you an insider look at recording remotely: what you need, how to do it, and why Riverside truly is the best remote audio recorder out there.


  • Remote audio recording is easy using platforms like Riverside
  • You’ll need a mic, headphones, a laptop, and a remote recording app to start. 
  • You should look for software that records locally to lossless high-resolution file formats and includes a smooth remote guest workflow. 
  • Riverside offers high-quality local recording with up to 8 participants and an in-built editor. 

What is a remote audio recording?

A remote audio recording is the process of capturing audio of participants that are not in the same physical location. For instance, the host could be in San Francisco and their guest in Paris. You can record remote audio using dedicated platforms like Riverside that make it possible to record high-quality audio and video straight from your desktop browser or mobile device. 

What do you need for remote audio recordings?

If you’re going purely for the fundamentals, all you need to record high-quality remote audio is a remote audio recording software like Riverside and a computer or mobile device. Of course, you can go beyond the basics for a fuller setup. 

Equipment for remote audio recordings

If you’ve got the budget, here’s what we recommend for high-quality remote audio recordings. 


An external mic is key to capturing the best quality audio possible. You can get a decent mic with even a small budget, so don’t worry. If there’s one piece of kit that you invest in, make sure it’s a mic. 

You can check out our recommendations for the 9 best podcast microphones for every need and budget. 


Headphones are an important part of recording high-quality audio. They help you to monitor your audio, ensure that everything sounds as it should, and can also help to prevent audio echo and bleed. 

We’ve compiled a list of the 11 best podcast headphones to get you started on your search. 


A laptop is a given. You don’t need to upgrade or get a new one, but you’ll need a laptop or desktop to run your remote recording app. If you’re going to be using Riverside, you don’t need to download an application, simply open up Google chrome and head to your browser-based studio. 

Remote recording software 

Remote recording software like Riverside is what makes the magic happen. This is where you’ll connect with your remote guests and record your audio. Riverside also includes an text-based video and audio Editor and other features like automatic transcription. 


Finally, if you’ve got the budget to spare you can consider adding to your setup with some other recording accessories. For instance, investing in a mic stand or arm or pop filter can instantly improve how your audio sounds. 

Remote audio recording software

Your remote audio recording software can make or break your remote recording. Here’s a brief guide to choosing the right one: 

How to choose remote audio recording software

There are a few non-negotiables when choosing your remote audio recorder: 

Local recording

You should look for audio recording software that automatically records each participant locally. This means that each participant is recorded on their own computer rather than over the internet. The obvious benefit is that you avoid the negative impact of weak wifi on your audio. 

Audio resolution

Don’t compromise on audio resolution. You should be looking for software that offers you the best of the best. Ideally, you’re on the hunt for software that records into an uncompressed, lossless format like WAV. 

Remote guests 

Your software should seamlessly accommodate remote guests. There should be no workarounds or 3rd party integrations - it should be an integral workflow. Your guest experience should be smooth and uncomplicated. 

Separate tracks

Multitrack recording gives you the control you deserve during post-production. Look for remote recorders that automatically capture each participant’s audio onto a separate track. 

Mobile app & browser-based 

For ultimate flexibility, look for remote audio recording software that means you can record everywhere and anywhere. A browser-based recording studio like Riverside means you can pick up where you left off on any device. And a mobile app means you can sit down to record even when you’re on the go. 


Budget is a big consideration for any podcaster. Look for software that aligns with your budgetary constraints but still offers great value for money. 


Transcription is an important way to ensure your audio is as accessible and repurposable as possible. Look for a remote audio recorder that includes transcription as part of the base subscription - you shouldn’t have to pay extra for it. 

Other features 

It’s important to take a good look at the other features that a platform offers. Often, these additional features are what define the user experience. You might come across tools that you never even knew you needed. 

Riverside: High-quality remote audio recording software

Riverside redefines remote recording. It’s a browser-based recording studio loaded with all the features you need to record professional-grade audio wherever you are. You can record audio (and video), livestream, create shareable clips, and transcribe your recording all from within the platform. And when you’re on the go, you can download the free Riverside mobile app, which puts all the same features in your pocket. 

Key features:

Let’s get to know some of Riverside’s key features: 

  • Browser-based & Mobile app. Riverside is completely browser-based, so there’s no need to download an application to your computer. You can download the iOS or Android app for free if you're on your mobile. 
  • Local recording. Riverside records each participant locally. This means you don’t have to worry about your internet connection - your audio will be flawless every time. 
  • Separate tracks. Every participant’s audio is recorded onto an individual track to give you more control during post-production. 
  • High resolution. Riverside records up to 48kHZ WAV audio for every guest. 
  • Up to 8 participants. Record solo or with up to 7 guests. 
  • Editing tools. Use Riverside’s Text-based Editor to get your recording publication-ready in a matter of minutes. 
  • Easy to use & budget-friendly. Riverside is intuitive and easy to use. The best part? You can use all of Riverside’s features for free. 
  • Transcription. Riverside can automatically transcribe your audio as part of the recording and editing process. Use the transcript to improve your podcast’s SEO profile and repurpose your content. 
  • Magic Clips. Turn one long-form recording into multiple shareable clips with one quick click
  • Producer mode. Give your production team control over the recording without picking up their audio. 
  • Livestream. Include your audience by live streaming to your favorite platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch. 
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Additional software for remote audio podcasts

If you’re specifically recording a podcast, here are some additional types of software you may need to consider:

Editing software

Editing software isn’t totally necessary. It depends on what you want your workflow to look like. If you’re happy just using Riverside’s in-built Editor, then you don’t need to worry. However, if you’re looking for more control during post-production or really want to delve into the granular detail, you’ll need to get yourself set up with an Editing software.

There are many different options out there, ranging from Garageband to Adobe Audition. 

Read more: ​​Best Audio Editing Software for All Levels and Budgets (2024)

Hosting software

Every podcaster needs a hosting software. This is how you get your podcast out into the real world and in your audience’s ears. There is a huge variety of hosting platforms available, all with different features and pricing. We compiled a list of the best podcast hosting platforms to give you some guidance. 

How to Record Audio Remotely with Riverside: A Full Guide 

Now that you’ve settled on Riverside, it’s time to learn how to record your podcast. Follow our step-by-step guide: 

Step 1: Head to Riverside and log in. On your dashboard, click ‘+ New Studio’

Setting up a new remote audio recording studio on riverside

Step 2: Give your studio a name, click ‘Audio Only’ and then ‘enter studio’. If you’re preparing your studio ahead of time, you can click ‘continue set up studio’.

If you click ‘continue set up studio’ you can schedule your studio for a later date and invite your guests ahead of time. 

Step 3: Next, add your name, tell Riverside whether you’re using headphones or not, and check whether your equipment is being picked up correctly. When you’re ready, click ‘Join Studio’

Testing equipment before joining a remote audio recording on Riverside

Step 4: Once you’ve entered the studio, you can invite your guests by copying the link or sending it to them by email. 

Step 6: When you’re ready to record, click the red record button at the bottom. As you’re recording, your audio file will automatically progressively upload to the cloud. You can track its progress at the top of your screen. 

Remote video and audio recording on Riverside

Step 7: When you’re finished recording, press the stop button and wait for all your files to upload. Once that’s done, click ‘Leave’ and then ‘End Session for All’. 

You’ll then be able to see all your recordings, and download, export or edit them. You can choose to download separate video and audio files for each participant, or you can use our in-built editor to merge tracks together. 

FAQs on Remote Audio Recordings

Can you record a video remotely?

Absolutely you can record high-quality video remotely. With Riverside, recording 4K remote video is easy and straightforward. 

Learn more: How to Record High-Quality Remote Video (2024)

What’s the best way to record audio remotely?

Using Riverside, you can record studio-quality audio wherever you and your guests are. 

Can I record audio remotely for free?

Yes, there are many free options available for remote recording. For example, you can record high-quality remote audio for free using Riverside. 

Can you record remotely on your phone?

Yes, you can. Using Riverside’s free mobile app, you can get started with your remote recording from wherever you are. 

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