Author: Sofía Serrano

Planning to do a Remote Interview? Sound the Best you Can

Are you planning to do a remote interview? Here are some tips to sound the best you can.

Whether you’ve been invited to a podcast as a guest or you are the host of your own show, when it comes to recording remote interviews there is A LOT that can go wrong. Glitches, bad connection, and external noises bleeding into your recording are only a few things that can happen. While there are some things outside of your control, here are some useful tips to sound the best you can.

If you are a podcast professional, you probably have the right equipment to help you minimize errors, but some aspects are not merely technical. In this post, you’ll find tips that you might have not considered before to make your remote recording even better! And for those who are new to the podcasting world, welcome. We’ve got your back to make your first-ever remote recording easy, smooth, and as high quality as possible. 

Don’t rely too heavily on editing

Yes, editors are magicians but there is only so much they can do with a glitchy audio, a dog barking in the back, or an almost indecipherable gibberish. Don’t make the common mistake of not doing your prep work and leaving all the hard work to the production of the show. 

If you are looking for more info on each step of the podcasting process visit our post: Tools for Every Step of Professional Podcast Production

Your editing team will much appreciate it if your recording is as clean as possible. Plus, you won’t have to worry (as much) about technical problems and circumstantial issues arising. Instead, you can focus on your topic and give a great interview. I promise everything will go much more smoothly if you consider these next tips to sound the best you can and make time in your agenda to get set and ready. 

Look for a quiet place

This one is pretty obvious but we are not only talking about shutting your bedroom door. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure an uninterrupted hour for your podcast in a place that makes your recording sound as crisp and clear as possible. Check out these tips to sound the best you can:  

When you choose the room you’ll be recording in, make sure it doesn’t produce echo or reverberation when you talk. Usually, rooms that are completely empty will make you sound echoey and affect the recording. You really don’t want to sound as if you were recording in a bathroom or a cave.

Choose a furnished room that’s far from outside noises. It’s also a good idea to avoid rooms with humming appliances like the AC, a washing machine, or the refrigerator. Some people recommend recording in your closet as clothes mitigate echo. But if your podcast interview includes video, we don’t think that’s a good idea. 

Other useful tips to ensure a quiet time are to let your family or roomies know you will be recording. Put up a “Recording. Please don’t knock” sign on your door or even on your doorbell, and of course, turn off your computer and phone’s notifications. You don’t want to be interrupted mid-sentence with a loud “DING!”

Have a local recording

Let’s just get it out there, Zoom recordings are not good enough. I know it might seem easier to use the audio from your Zoom call but it is a way better idea to have both participants record themselves separately. Zoom records both audios in the same channel leaving little room for editors to cut out mistakes and work their magic. While remote audio recording software exists, you’ll probably have to pay for it and the quality won’t be as good. 

Here’s how local recordings work: you have your normal zoom call but each person will have another device or software recording their voices separately. You can use everything from the most basic equipment like your phone, to an easy software like Audacity or Descript and a USB microphone. Of course, the quality can vary, it’s up to you and your budget to choose.

If it’s a one-time thing, use your phone, but if you are thinking about a long-term podcasting project, get yourself some equipment.

Visit our Quick Guide to Podcast Collaboration to learn more tips and practices on collaborating with others!

Local recordings are much easier to clean, edit and mix to create quality audio for your podcast. Plus, your audio engineer will thank you!

Use Headphones and start at the same time

There is a catch to local podcast recordings: always use headphones. It’s not only about the podcaster look (although anyone can look pretty neat in a headphone set), their purpose is to stop the other person’s audio from bleeding into your recording. Remember: You should only be recording your part of the conversation. 

Before you start the interview make sure that everyone has started their local recording, and clap to ensure easy synch when editing. It’s also a good idea to record the Zoom call just to have it as a backup if anything goes wrong. 

Avoid glitches, jumps, and other sounds

There are many reasons why you might get a glitchy recording of your voice, follow these tips to sound the best you can:

Slow internet connection can really ruin any remote recording. There is nothing worse than the robot voice followed by a complete disconnection. Make sure you pick the best spot to have a strong internet connection. If your podcast interview will only use audio, turn your video off for a smoother call. 

Another reason for jumpy audio involves your physical separation from your microphone. If you speak too closely the audio will get distorted, we’ll hear your mouth and breathing noises and your p’s and t’s will pop too loud. To avoid these annoying sounds keep a good fist-length from your microphone.

Also, be sure to position yourself in a way that you won’t knock your microphone over or hit it with your hands or your headphones cord!

Handling files and sending them

Lastly, after your interview is done, you’ll probably want to send the recording to either the host of the podcast or your audio engineer. We recommend you send the file in a .WAV format to make editing easier. If the file is too heavy to email you can use Google Drive, Dropbox, or even some free tools like WeTransfer

We also recommend not getting rid of the file until after the podcast has been released… just in case!

Now you are ready to upgrade your remote interview recordings in an easy way by following these tips to sound the best you can. But if this is still too complex for you, or you just don’t have the time, consider booking a session in a pro studio. 

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What is Podfading? Three Basic Hacks to Beat It

What is podfading? Three basic hacks to beat it

What is podfading? If your podcast has managed to reach its seventh episode, then congratulations! You can feel proud to say that it has overcome podfading, a concept used to describe why many podcasts fail to be consistent.

Podfading is a word to name the sudden interruption of a podcast series. It is frequently used to describe why many podcasts won’t make it to the seventh episode.

The term was created by Scott Fletcher when he tried to describe this event on his podcast ‘Podcheck Review’. Ironically, that podcast doesn’t exist anymore, but that speaks of all things coming to an end at some point, and you can actually take advantage of that from the start. Outlining an entire creative strategy that contemplates the end of its own cycle is actually quite healthy. The most successful podcasts are those that manage to be aware of the limits within their own narratives, allowing them to work on the structure of the content they want to share with the world and work on the lessons that every new episode brings.

In this post we’ll tell you what exactly is podfading and three basic hacks to beat it. We hope that these tips can go beyond what all the other blogs say about scheduling and content priorities that sometimes don’t make up for all the internal concerns and issues that end up bringing down a project full of hopes and dreams. Take this as a pep talk for confident podcasters. If you already know the purpose of your show, then you’re closer than you think to having a successful podcast. As the Korean saying goes: “starting is halfway”, so don’t fear podfading and consider the following rules.

1. Assemble your team!

The fact that making a podcast is pretty simple doesn’t mean that it’s easy. We encourage you to believe that this game can be played just by one player, but the main benefit of assembling a team is that the eventual decision to stop the project will no longer depend on you only but on a group of people who believe in the same ideal. If you have a team they can help you come up with ingenious solutions to turn around whatever the obstacle is that is forcing you to abandon the podcast.

Dividing tasks among a group of people helps you focus on what you want to achieve the most. Keep in mind that to create a podcast it will be very useful to have a copywriter that helps you with the show notes. A designer who’ll provide a visual identity. An audio manager. A community manager, and above all, a captain. The captain must blend the skills of the whole team to ensure that each task is ready to boost the potential of the podcast.

Other roles will depend on the nature of i. But when it comes to this hack, just remember that five people is all you need to arrange a streamline that makes your podcast production easier.

Here’s a useful guide so you can understand the fundamental roles that you need in your podcast team.

2. Identify your first goals and redefine patience

It is true that results take time to come and at this point, that should no longer be an issue. We invite you to categorize your first objectives differently. It will be very useful for you to think that your product is actually a season and not just a show that you want to transmit constantly. A season can be made up of only three chapters, but keep in mind that all of them will have to share the same themes and formats. 

Examine all the ways your audience can react to your content. All of them. Another of your first objectives can be to generate every one of those reactions, no matter if they are a few. It is also important for you to be mindful that patience is not just about waiting but dictates the period of time in which the most important thing you need to do is learn and observe.

Connect with your first listeners and ask them how they would improve what they’re listening to. Remember, this is not about you, it’s about them. Let them know from the beginning that they are the most important piece to make it all work.

Adapt SMART goals to your podcast strategy following these helpful tips to keep moving forward.

3. Trust the algorithm

All viral podcasts start the same way. It is common to see a podcast go from 10 views to 10,000 overnight thanks to the way streaming platforms work. Directory algorithms are always looking for new content. They just need to see that you are consistent, that you have a website, and that your product is complemented by other elements such as show notes and blog posts. When it comes to podcasts growth is almost always exponential, like a snowball effect. 

To make sure that your podcast has everything that the algorithm requires to position it among the first search results, recommend it, and include it in its new releases section, you can take as a reference some of your favorite shows. Pick those that cover the same topics as yours and use the same keywords to benefit their show. Try to think like the algorithm would and keep in mind that every day it is fed with new information that opens the black holes that will allow your podcast to go viral overnight if you just follow these rules.

Algorithms will have a big influence on how new content is presented to you. Still unsure if the algorithm will love your podcast? Check out this amazing guide and stay confident.

Now that you know what is podfading, keep in mind that the basic truth is that a professional podcast requires commitment. Trust in a team that will commit to making your podcast sound neat and look spectacular on your website. Get in touch with nodalab and take your podcast to the next step!