Are you recording your podcast interview via Zoom? Tips on how to get better audio.
FYI I also have a video: I have made a how-to video too 🍿
Currently, I am recording my podcast interviews via Zoom.
Listening back, and being completely honest with myself, the audio quality was not as clean as recording all together in one room.
Sometimes there are lags or connection issues so you end up missing pieces of audio. You may also find, as I did, that your audio qualities all sound so different, that it honestly sounds like we could not possibly be on the same call.
So I emailed an audio engineer friend of mine, Mr Alex Archer (absolute legend). He offered such amazing advice, which I have further expanded on after some trial and error.
Recording: What I would suggest is.
- Keep Zoom as it is (aka record the audio)
- But then also record your mic at the same time into Quicktime or Audacity
- And get your guests to do the same.
REMEMBER to get each person to do a clap before you start, one each separately AT THE SAME TIME. Make it super loud and maybe in a pattern, so you will recognise this as a notable audio wave when you go to record.
If you take the Zoom MP3, plus each person’s mic recording and your own mic recording, you then line them all up in Audacity or Garageband (whatever you use to edit your podcast. You should be able to just mute the Zoom MP3 and have a quality recording as if you are in the same room.
The sound quality is next to none! See below screengrab of my next episode with all our sperate audio side my side + the Zoom recording. I’m using Garageband.
- All wear headphones with a mic
- Ask interviewees to record their own mic audio their end
- CLAP at the start of your recordings.