The recent COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns that have taken place worldwide have thrown podcast creation and consumption habits into disorder. Remote recording can be challenging even for seasoned producers, so here are some best practices to keep in mind when recording remotely:
- Make sure you are wearing headphones. In particular you want to wear headphones with a built in microphone in order to prevent your podcast mics from picking up feedback. The type of headphones don’t matter as much as the quality of your mic, so if you already have a pair of AirPods, earbuds, or Apple headphones feel free to use those.
- Test your WiFi before you start recording! Remote recording software works best when your WiFi connection is stable. To make sure your interview recording doesn't glitch midway and doesn’t require a second take, test your internet speed in advance and make sure you are close to your WiFi routers. In addition to that ensure your guest is also using WiFi rather than cellular data, and has a solid connection. If you can do a tech test with your guest in advance of the recording that would be your best chance of getting a clean take in your first attempt.
- Test your sound levels before getting started. Record a couple minutes of conversation with your guest and play it back to ensure you have optimal sound quality, and adjust accordingly.
- Focus on audio recording platforms to optimize sound quality. When you introduce video based platforms you’re generally going to be compromising quality so unless you are publishing your show on YouTube, or social media we’d recommend using audio only recording platforms.
We've also put together a guide on the pros and cons of remote recording resources that are available so that you can continue podcasting from home without compromising audio quality.