Guide to Recording Remotely

June 7, 2020

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  

Download our guide on remote recording resources:

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Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!