How to Record a Podcast From Two Different Locations
Creating podcasts can be extremely fun and useful as it is one of the best ways to start a debate on a certain topic between people who are in two or more different locations. For many people, listening to podcasts is something they spend their free time doing.
Turning on a podcast is simple and resourceful, and it can be quite relaxing as well (especially if you decide to choose a light, comedic one). Bearing this in mind, creating your own podcast is not that hard either, as the only thing you need is a good idea and proper equipment.
The most important part of that equipment is a good studio microphone that features high-quality condenser capsules and modes (omnidirectional, cardioid, stereo) that will allow you to capture detailed sound from different directions.
Choosing the right professional studio microphone depends on a few factors, but even when you do that, one question remains – how to record podcast from two different locations?
It is quite incredible that with a proper technique, you can record the high-quality sound of two people chatting together even though they are thousands of miles apart. But how can you do that, and will it really yield the same results as if you were in the same room? Let’s take a look.
Recording a Podcast Using Skype
In order to answer the questions we have asked above, we will have to discuss a few different methods that may allow you to have similar results. The most common is remote recording using Skype. While it does have its advantages, it comes with a few cons as well, so making your decision has to be weighed properly, by comparing these and finding the optimal solution.
The first thing that is great about Skype is that your guest is probably familiar with doing calls and video calls via this program, thus they will feel comfortable during the podcast instead of being confused by all the different features. Also, it will allow you to see each other, as Skype offers great video resolution that depends solely on the quality of your internet connection.
Along with that, it is quite simple to use your audience will be satisfied as well due to the fact that many common shows are done over Skype.
On the other hand, the biggest concern is that you can’t really ensure that the quality of the sound will be matched as it depends on the internet connection and other factors that are specific to the location of your guest.
As for how to do it, it is quite simple – Skype has its own built-in audio and video recorder that you can use to capture Skype calls. On the other hand, if you want to have a better sound quality and ensure that the video is captured as well, we recommend investing in Ecamm for Mac OS or Pamela for Windows, as these two programs work very well along with Skype.
Recording a Podcast Locally
As we mentioned above, the biggest problem with a recording on Skype is the mismatched sound quality. One of the best ways to combat that is to let each person record the sound where they are. You can still use Skype or another program for video, making the vibe more natural.
The main advantage is that you will be able to capture a better sound quality, as it depends on nothing but what microphone you will be using. On the other hand, it demands more effort and is not ideal if the other person is not experienced with using a sound recorder or microphone and software.
You can easily use programs such as Adobe Audition, Zoom, or Ecamm to record and later edit the sound, putting the two together. These programs are easy to acquire and quite simple to use, even if you are a beginner.
Recording a Podcast Using Zencastr
Last but not least, you can invest in a program such as Zencastr and use it to record a conversation going on between two or more people. Yes, there is no video included, but that I something you can fix by turning on Skype or FaceTime, or skipping having a video component altogether.
As you can see, there are a few answers to the question of how to record a podcast from two different locations. It all depends on how far away you are from the person that you want to chat to on the podcast, as well as what you are trying to achieve.