How to keep podcasting through self-isolation

March 18, 2020
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March 18, 2020 admin

How to keep podcasting through self-isolation

As with most industries at the moment, the drive to avoid social contact can cause major issues when you have a podcast that you need to keep recording. However, don’t let being unable to get into the same room as your guest or co-presenter stop you.

There are a few different ways to help keep your podcast going through this period, so we’ve pulled together a few bits of kit that can help record your podcast remotely.

Skype/Facetime

 The most obvious option available to you. Now depending on what equipment, you already have, this could be as easy as simply connecting your phone to the desk you use to record. However, we know that not every podcaster has this kind of equipment – luckily there are some great bits of software that can assist you if not.

Loopback

Loopback is a great programme that routes audio for you without the need for any extra cables. What does this mean?

You can have your guest on Skype/Facetime and record them directly into a separate channel than what you are recording audio from your microphone into. Hugely helpful if you need to boost volume or cut out any background noise coming from their side.

Another plus for this is that you have the ability to play audio to your guest from the likes of iTunes or QuickTime. You can configure the software to have up to a huge 64 channels, so your options are limitless!

The only drawback is that Loopback only works on Mac, so those podcasters on a Windows system will need to look at alternatives.

Cleanfeed

Cleanfeed is free, works across different operating systems and your guests can connect with just a simple URL.

Incredibly easy to use, and it’s free for the most basic setup, which should be completely fine for your podcast. Everything is recorded within the browser itself too, meaning you don’t have to worry about connecting different pieces of equipment or software to your chosen recording device. Once you’ve finished recording, simply click save and it’ll download directly to your computer.

The Standard/free plan will get you Conferencing, HQ audio and Session Recording, while the Pro plan offers additional features such as a Cartwall, Audio Repair and Channel Mix Control for £15/month.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

The Blue Yeti is perhaps the most popular USB microphone in the world. If you and your co-presenter are recording in separate spaces, it’s important to try and keep a consistent quality of audio – or at least as close as you can get!

The Blue Yeti records with a high degree of accuracy, it’s compatible with all the major operating systems and it’s ‘Tri-Capsule’ technology means you have a number of options when trying to find the right sound for your recording.

Rode NT-USB Microphone

A slightly more expensive alternative is the Rode NT-USB, although the tripod stand, pop shield and ringmount make the extra cost worthwhile!

Great recording quality, the ability to monitor your sound through the headphone jack in the microphone itself, and the on-mic mix control means this is a perfect microphone for any podcaster.

 

We’re happy to have a chat with anybody that is currently wondering how they can keep their podcast going in these uncertain times. Simply scroll to the bottom of this page and use the contact form and we’ll be in touch or email hello@listeningdogmedia.com.

Additionally, if you’re looking for some new podcasts to sink your teeth into during this period, check out some of ours! We have The Hot Mess Mums Club with Kelly Pegg & Jenny Powell, Ruck It! with Kyran Bracken & Nick Easter and The Pod Play, a series of audio dramas recorded in front of a live audience.

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