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How to Remotely Record a Podcast the Easy Way

teacher avatar Victor Varnado, I teach artsy things

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction - How to Remotely Record A Podcast

    • 2. Part I - Equipment

    • 3. Part II - Recording Software

    • 4. Part II - Step By Step Walkthrough

    • 5. END

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If you want to record your podcast with participants in different areas but don't want to be bogged down with too many technical hurdles this class is for you.

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Victor Varnado

I teach artsy things


Victor Varnado is a producer, filmmaker, comedian, writer, and cartoonist. Victor’s work as a series creator has generated iconic firsts and cult hits like Comedy Central’s “The Awkward Comedy Show” a comedy concert film that helped introduce the world to Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress. Also, “Realm of LARP” a documentary series distributed by Nerdist continues to be one of the most beloved productions delving into the world of live-action role-playing. Cartoons created by Victor have appeared in The New Yorker and MAD Magazine.

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1. Introduction - How to Remotely Record A Podcast: My name is Victor, I'm a filmmaker and a producer, and I also have a comedy Game Show podcast called sixths and seemingly questions are used to produce that podcasts in the studio. But when the pandemic hit, I was forced to produce my podcast remotely. And I thought that is a skill that maybe a lot of people might want to learn. I'm going to talk about the equipment that you can use to record your podcasts remotely. We'll talk about the software that you can use to record your podcast remotely. And finally, I'm going to give you a step-by-step walk-through. I might converge software for recording a podcast remotely. That also is very easy for guests to pick up. And you can get a lot of work on it for absolutely free. 2. Part I - Equipment: Part one equipment. Okay. So if you've got a record, a podcast remotely, there's equipment that you can use that you already have. Obviously, you can record with your phone. I don't know if a lot of people know that there's ways to do that. You can record with your tablet or your record with your computer. The thing that I suggest that you record with his year computer, I don't suggest you use a standalone recorder like a zoom H6 IN that doesn't have a remote recording ability. Generally, I feel like there has been equipment that has been built that specifically for podcasts recording, that may have built in Internet recording. However, that's pretty expensive. So if you've got a computer, that's what I would suggest. We'll talk about recording with your phone and your tablet. But I suggest a computer is the best way to go. Reason being because with a computer, you can get the overall best quality. You have more choices about how you can record. And it's generally the cheapest because you can actually just do it straight up for free with your computer, with resources that are available on the internet. Okay? The type of equipment that you're going to need for an audio input. First of all, you can actually use your computers mike, microphone. You can record directly to your computer just talking to your computers Mike. You can also use a headphone with the mike, and you can also use an external dedicated Mike. The most popular one is called the, I think it's called the Blue Snowball. I forget exactly what the name is, but it's the one picture down there that's the most popular Mike. It's over a 100 bucks. I went ahead and I found the Mike that I think is the best where it is the lowest cost plus the best quality. So like where the Venn diagram intersects that Mike is the, I think it's called Ny. Where is that? How you say it? The knee We're in w 700. It is $25 a full on condenser microphone, which has a very good sound. In fact, it is the microphone I'm using right now. So it has great quality. You can remember it, you heard me, you hurt my cat. It's a really good microphone. You can pay more for a condenser microphone to record with. The main difference is going to be is that your noise floor is going to be less with a more expensive microphone and perhaps your dynamic range. The difference between the noise floor is so insignificant that unless you are the most pristine studio person a year, really not going to notice. I would say that your best money is spent on this microphone, which is $25. It comes with an XLR input. You can also buy microphones that have USB inputs, like the more expensive microphone I was talking about. I like this one a lot. Also, what I would recommend is if you have an audio interface and audio interfaces like this, ok, this one cost about a $110. The reason that an audio interfaces Good. Because you can take any microphone that you might have laying around and plug it into an audio interface and then you can use it with your computer. This one is about a $110. Remember when I was talking about what a noise floor is? This one has a very low noise floor, so it doesn't add to the noise floor of your microphone very much. You can go cheaper, but then your noise floor goes up and just your overall sound quality goes down. So I would suggest an audio interface, the newer Mike, that's I think is the best use of your money. However, for no money, you can still do it with just like your regular earbuds with a microphone on it as well. 3. Part II - Recording Software: Let's talk about recording software. If you're using a phone, you can actually just call someone and then use recording software called the call recording software. This is the software that I use for my Android phone. I can just turn the software on, call somebody. It records my voice and their voice and does its best to match the levels. Then the audio file I can upload to whatever I want to my computer, I can upload it to Google Drive and then I can take that and put it in my editing software and use it. There's also software just like this for the iPhone, it's not called the exact same thing, but if you just search for ACR because that's what it's usually called. I think it's I think ACR stands for automated call recorder or automatic call recorder. If you search for that in the App Store or Google Apps Store, you can find something like that. Basically what you want is software that records not only yourself, but also the person on the other line read what the software does because some software we'll beep every few minutes to let you and the person on the other side know that the call is being recorded because in some states it's illegal to rerecord a phone call without the agreement of both parties, which is fine. That's the way it should be. You should read and see which software does what you need. The software that I just mentioned records. It doesn't have a beep. It is fantastic. All right. I'm going to talk about other types of recording software, and then I'm going to take you through step-by-step how to make a podcast recording or remote podcast recording with the software that I recommend. And I'll tell you why I recommended. Ok, so one software you can record with Xin caster, you can look ups in Castor online, I think isn't Caster with no 0s at the It has a free version. With the free version, you can record for eight hours of recording per month. One of the good things about it, it's really easy to record with. Like if you're using Xin caster and you want to record with the guessed, all you have to do is send them a link and then it runs right in their browser. And then you can press record and then record both them. And You Xin caster, Then we'll send you files. Both of you recorded separately, so you'll have their audio recorded separately and your audio recorded separately. Then you can put that in your audio editing software at the end. Then you can adjust each one solely to make them match. So that's extremely useful. Actually, the software that I'm recommending doesn't actually do this. But I'll tell you why when we get to the last piece of software, why I'm recommending it with zinc caster, you can have two guest plus the host. You can have more than that when you pay for one of their pricing glands. But just in general, the free version, you could have yourself plus two guests. Unfortunately, as Incast are only works on the computer, doesn't work on your phone, won't work on your tablet. You can use only a computer, which is one of the reasons why I'm not recommending it as like the thing that you should use. $20 is where the plane starts and you can also get that for $18 a month if you're going to get that yearly plan, which let's face it, nobody wants to do that. Let's zoom. I'm talking about Zoom because everybody uses zoom. And it's actually not bad for recording podcasts. Yes, it is a video conferencing and streaming software, but It's actually great for recording podcasts. Why? Because it also does that thing where you can record yourself and have separate audio files for each person on the recording. So if you have a meeting with tin guess and you record it, it'll send you a separate audio file for each of the guest, and then you can mix them separately in your audio recording software if you have the technical skill. This is what I would recommend. The other software that I'm recommending besides this is mostly because it's a little bit easier to use than zoom. But if you and your guests are fine with zoom, this is the one I would recommend to get just the best quality overall. At the end, it has a free version. With the free version with one guest, you can have an unlimited length of a recording. But if you have more than one, gets two or more guests, the free version limits you to 40 minutes at a time. You can get around that by stopping and then restarting. Or if you pay for it obviously, then you can record for longer. It does work on a lot of devices that works on phones and works on tablets. That's great. Plans that start at $15 a month. Okay, let's move on to the next one. It's Stream yard. The reason that it beats out everything else is because It's easy to use and it can have the most guests in its free plan. And this is the one where we're going to talk about how to do it step by step, okay, so first of all, you can have up to six guests stream yarn is actually a live streaming software. So usually it's aimed toward having six people on screen at the time. That's the most it can have, but you can just use that to record rather than live stream. And then you can have six guessed. It does merge all the audio together at the end. It does not give you separate files. Not a totally bad thing because it does a pretty good job of matching the levels itself. Which is one of the reasons why I recommended, because if you don't want to spend time trying to match the levels of all the audio stream yard. It actually does a pretty good job for you. And it works on all devices. It can work on your phone, you can work on your tablet. And actually, that just happened this week previously, it was just on a computer, but now that it can work on everything, I would highly recommended plan started twenty-five dollars a month. But of course, for the free plan, you can record up to 20 hours a month. So if you have a podcast that you do like maybe, you know, four episodes a month than episode a week, then this 20 hours is more than enough for you. 4. Part II - Step By Step Walkthrough: Part three, a step-by-step of how to record with stream yard. You go to stream yard, you'd get an account. And when you log in, the first thing you'll see is a screen that says upcoming broadcasts, pass broadcasts, and create a broadcast. You click the create a broadcast button. Great. When you do, it'll ask you where you want to broadcast to. You don't have to do that. Well, you can do is say skip broadcasting and you can just record. It looks grayed out, it's still functional. And then it asks you for a title. So you title your broadcast. And then once you title your broadcast, you click and create broadcast. Then it takes you to the setup screen. Who's that handsome looking Devil in the setup screen? You guys know that guy. Once you get to this screen, you'll click on the cam slash Mike icon, which has a gear by it. And that'll take you to the setup screen and where it will list your camera, your audio, and a green screen setup. If you're using green screen, click on audio and then in the drop-down list where it says Mike, choose whatever input you're using. Now, if you are using a direct input device like an audio interface, like I showed you earlier. Audio interface will be listed here. My audio interface is called a mobile pre. So I would click on mobile pre. It will take you back to the setup screen. Once you're done with that, then you click enter broadcast studio, ok. When you enter the broadcast studio, in the bottom left-hand side, you'll see your camera feed down, where you have your camera feed, you have to click on, add yourself to the stream. You'll click on that. You add to the stream. The reason being it only records audio for people who are in the stream. You can turn your camera off if you want to really beat on its up to you. If you leave your camera on at the end, you can have a recording that's your audio and your video. Okay, so you add yourself to the stream. Then also on the bottom you can see where it says invite. It's the little plus icon at the very bottom with the person silhouette. When you click on that, it'll bring up a screen that says invite guests to the broadcast studio. Then you can copy that link and send it to your guest. When you send it to your guest, they don't have to download software like they would have to with zoom. It just runs straight in their browser. So it'll run straight in their browser. They'll appear just like you did below the main window. And then you can click on, add them to the stream as well. So you add your guests to the stream. Then in the upper right-hand side, you just click the record button. Once you click the record button, you're on, you're recording. You can go back and forth and do your entire podcasts. At the end of that, click stop recording. Once you click stop recording, they knew couldn't go back to your main screen. On your main screen, you want to go to past recordings and choose that. It'll list your past recordings and on the far right of each recording, it'll have three dots listed. Those three dots are where the menu is, and you can click those three dots, the menu pops up, which asked you how you want to proceed. And you can choose Download Recording. When you click Download Recording, it'll ask if you want to download the recording, meaning the video and audio, or if you want to download the audio only. If you download the video and audio, obviously you've got everything or you can just download audio only if you want. It's up to you either way, but then you've got your thing fully recorded. That's it. That's how you do it. Straight yard, step-by-step. It's free, it's easy. And you can do it with anyone all over the world. 5. END: Now that you have taken this whole class, you should be able to jump in and start recording your podcasts. Remember, stream yard is the way that I suggest that's the easiest to get into. It costs the least and you get the most bang for your absolutely no buts. And your guests have a very easy time and getting started with the software. However, there's many different ways to record your podcast. There's no wrong answers. I'd love to see the way that you have tweaked your setup. So let me know. Thanks a lot for taking the class. You can find me on Twitter at varName.