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Start recording like a pro with these 6 tips

the world seems to be moving towards more virtual interviews, the face-to-face chat is still one of the best ways to really get to know someone. When you’re recording in-person, you can really tease out individual stories and personal experience.And, that’s not to mention the fact that you don’t need to rely on internet connections, as well as your guest’s environment and equipment (and knowledge of how to best use it!). Sure, recording in-person comes with its own potential issues and obstacles. But these can be minimised by opting for the simplest kit possible. In this article I’m going to cover one of the easiest ways to record an interview in the field, really concentrating on a balance of ease of use and quality. This means I won’t be talking about complicated iPad, USB mic, mixer setups, but just the most simple, reliable, cost-effective method I know of, and one that I use all the time.

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Software You Need to Record a Podcast

Whether you record at home or outside, you still need editing software to smooth out your podcast’s audio. For this guide, we’re using Audacity. It’s free, easy to use, and works with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. However, if you want to stretch your legs with something different then we recommend the following:

  • Audacity: Free and easy to use, Audacity is the most used amateur recording software for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.
  • GarageBand: Widely used by musicians and podcasters alike, GarageBand is the defacto recording and editing software on Mac.
  • Adobe Audition: Packed with plenty of cool features, this subscription-based service is a must for professionals (although it does come with a steep learning curve!).

Besides these well-known recording and editing software, there are lesser-known ones like Hindenburg and Pro Tools. Both are on the professional side of things, but worth checking out. 

Choosing the Best Microphone

More importantly, you can’t record a podcast without a good microphone, but which one is right for you? Personally, you should start off basic and work your way up, starting off with whatever you have available like a built-in microphone.

  • Built-in Microphone: Built-in mics were not designed for recording professional audio. Consider them as a temporary solution to record your first couple of episodes before you move on to something better.
  • USB Microphone: USB mics, like the Rode Podcaster, are easy to start using from the get go. They connect directly to your computer and just work.
  • Dynamic Microphone: Dynamic mics are designed to focus on your voice. Just like the Rode Podcaster, Shure SM7B is dynamic and ideal for spoken word as it ignores far away noises. If you have multiple presenters then a few of these hooked up to a mixer will be the perfect solution.
  • Condenser Microphone: Considered the industry standard by professionals, the Rode NT1-A condenser records natural sounds. As a result, it picks up quiet audio, so you can use one of these to record multiple presenters.


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