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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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Tools for Every Step of Professional Podcast Production

A professional podcast is formed by a series of content materials that help to locate each episode on different channels and platforms. Increase your podcast’s exposure and make it more accessible and immersive to new users. This is professional podcast production workflow and tools, step by step.

These suggestions will make it easier to upload a new episode. Prevent potentially catastrophic situations, such as a lost audio file or a publication that was left in the draft without being noticed.

Our podcasting workflow can be broken down into 5 steps:

1 – Pre-Production

Planning an episode series or a season, looking for podcast guests or preparing to record an episode are all examples of activities that fall in this category. A management software is essential to keep track of every new idea and decision that constitutes your pre-production stage. In nodalab we work with Asana. It’s fast, intuitive and enables open and easy collaboration. The interface provides visibility of all your projects plus smart guidance on how to take advantage of the platform’s full capabilities.

Check this complete guide on how to use Asana for podcast management

The higher quality you achieve in this first step, the easier it will be to understand and master the steps that follow.

2 – Production

For this stage, your phone’s default app for voice recording would be enough. But we’re talking professional. Consider that for this stage it’s also necessary to have quality instruments that allow you to capture the sounds (and images) in detail. By all means, the higher the quality of these recordings, the heavier they will get in the device’s storage.

Avoid relying on a hard drive that can easily get lost. Work with cloud storage services such as Dropbox. In addition to the hosting space in the cloud, it allows you to synchronize each document in a smart way. Each member of your team has access to them instantly and safe from any eventuality.

More information about Dropbox as the ultimate tool for podcast production

Remember that professional podcast production is heavy duty! So enjoy the many benefits of the cloud and stop worrying about overloading your computer’s capacity.

3 – Post-Production

This is where you edit your audio content and apply ID3 tags to the audio file. Keep in mind that Show Notes are essential if you want to upgrade a podcast to a professional level. Because then you understand that search engines have to be fed with written data too. But transcription can be hard on podcasts, especially when there are shows that have an-hour-long episodes.

However, technology has made possible some automatic tools like Descript. This tool takes the best out of AI to have a complete transcription in seconds. Descript’s interface allows you to edit both written content and audio tracks through tools that are easy to understand and manipulate.

This video is all you need to know why Descript is a must-have tool in your podcast streamline

4 – Publishing

This is the stage in which you upload your episode and either publish it or schedule its future publishing. Professional podcasts have to consider smart sponsorships. Megaphone is a podcast oriented technology software made for this step. Basically, Megaphone provides hosting and ad-insertion capabilities for publishers and targeted ad sales for brand partners. For us, this is the ultimate professional podcast tool that you must have in your workflow. It’s the perfect place to take total control of your podcast and get professional all the way!

Dig into all the features that Megaphone has to offer reading this article

5 -Promotion

This is where you want to let others know about your podcast, share your content with your community and attract new listeners, potential partners and sponsors. The marketing of your podcast, the repurposing of its content into a different form of content and content marketing altogether are the things you’ll work on in this step. To manage all these tasks in a simple way, we currently work with Hootsuite too, as well as some Megaphone capabilities. Creative social media content can boost your podcast exponentially. Hootsuite has a variety of resources that make the creative work an exciting task and a simpler one.

Now that you’ve discovered more about every step of professional podcast production workflow and the tools that are used in each one of them, make sure that you’re optimizing your streamline so clicks won’t end up killing you.

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!

Are Clicks Killing You? Welcome to the World of Podcast Automation

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Have you ever thought about the number of clicks it takes you to produce and publish a podcast episode in a single workday? When we think about the amount of time and energy that is wasted on every repetitive task and how we can do these more efficiently, a word sprouts to mind:

Automation

We want to share with you the precious idea of working in a smarter way with the help of automation. Long shifts are over, despite what some people tell you.

The word automation may seem new to us, but it is as old as Fordism and World War One. Since the dawn of the First Industrial Revolution, we’ve been building devices and mechanisms to perform processes with minimal human assistance. In our current time and space, the efficiency by which we get our work done has accelerated significantly thanks to the latest technological advancements.

Here is some good news about podcast automation as a couple: there are dozens of tools we can use to optimize workflows and delegate tasks to computers. Thanks to automation, we can run our podcast production like an assembly line and get the job done with minimal effort.

Better planning leads to better results. You can implement multiple strategies to streamline your production workflow and increase your productivity. If you plan carefully, you can reduce the number of clicks it takes you to finish all your tasks.

So why are clicks killing you, or at least making you slower?

Shortcuts

Have you ever seen a programmer work on a computer? Then, you must have noticed the power of keyboard shortcuts in any laborious task. It’s amazing to see how quickly you can move around a computer when you avoid using your mouse. And while practice plays a huge role in the development of these skills, learning one keyboard shortcut a day will eventually lead you to walk the path of least resistance. We recommend you to do some research and find out which shortcuts can minimize your effort on producing your podcast.

Organizing yourself better to keep track of all your files and save not only time but, loads of money. According to CEO Buddy, some companies spend from 2,000 to 6,000 dollars each year on reordering files and folders, and this doesn’t include the frustration and constant mess that is generated as time passes. Our advice is to have at least 2 folders for each podcast episode, one where you keep your raw files and one where you keep your files ready for publishing. Trust us on this one; having to search around for every file while uploading to every outlet is simply inefficient.

Templates

Having templates ready for your media and assets (audio files, images, videos), scripts, episode descriptions, as well as social media and blog posts, is an essential tool in any serious production. This provides you with a sense of order and a strong structure for every episode. It is not necessary to produce every episode from scratch, as this task would be very repetitive and time-consuming. Usually, the podcast structure is similar for every episode, so if you need to change or add details to future episodes, you can always make updates on your current templates.

Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is to use automation for every task that doesn’t require human interaction. Think about every time you move a file or a piece of information from one place to another, only so one member of your team can review and approve it, and then save it on a separate hard drive or cloud storage service of their own. Does this feel like a waste of time, space and energy? Well, unfortunately, it is. Thankfully enough, there is a solution to this problem and it will make your life much easier.

Automation can be achieved through online services that link between your applications and your webpage, such as Zapier, or by a dedicated software to handle operations within your Operating System, such as Automator. You can schedule tasks on your computer, move files and send text messages or emails without blinking an eye. And while setting up every procedure may be time-consuming at first, it doesn’t compare to the relief of knowing that you will save so much energy to focus on the things that truly matter!

Looking for a helping hand? Feel free to reach us at hello@nodalab.com  and receive a FREE consultation to guide you on your path to success. We live and breathe podcasts every day, and would love to provide feedback on your project.

Create a Roadmap for your Podcast Launch

Create a roadmap

We know, launching a podcast can feel like too much for a small team or for a single person. However, establishing clear communication lanes with your team members and developing a structured plan will make things easy peasy. To create a roadmap according to your project’s needs, we recommend you to set quantifiable goals and objectives that you want to reach through your podcast.

Your roadmap will be the place to start thinking about your goals

Your roadmap goals should be very specific and achievable, as well as measurable within a time frame. Determine which marketing objectives you would like to achieve and create schemes accordingly.  Some of these goals can be related to Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as the size and engagement of your fan base, monthly sales figures, traffic to your website, and others. Your branding will be based around these objectives and will guide you whilst creating your marketing plan.

Create a marketing strategy

Now, to make your marketing strategy work, you must define how to reach your market, and positioning inside Search Engines is an elemental key to stand out when it comes to inbound marketing. A Unique Selling Position (USP), is commonly a cause presented by a seller (that would be you) reason, arguing that this seller services are different or better than the competition. You can use the USP to attract the perfect audience when it comes to your website’s podcast if you develop the message the right way.

First things first. To develop a business model, you need to be very clear of how this works: A solid business model is a great tool to understand how your business would work before you start running it, and during its course. Using, for example, a business model canvas to understand your own business model, will strongly help you to discover how to monetize your online business in a faster way, and define your accurate target audience, while identifying the best channels for communication as well as key partnerships.

Offer value

A couple of questions you must ask yourself while you create a roadmap are related to marketing and how this huge world works. Building trust by offering value through different services is a great tool to achieve goals. People often call this move an offer ladder. You need to define an offer ladder and proper productization of your services for all of this to work for you and your business.  An offer ladder is also a great way to reach potential customers through freebies while showcasing products that are higher in value.

Roadmaps should help you start, develop, follow and close processes, both in the generation of leads and in the nurturing of them. To change from leads to formal sales, one of your top priorities is that you directly engage with your leads. To complement the sales process we recommend you to use a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM), a very common term used in marketing area and related to the closing and follow up of sales. CRM’s throw relevant situations related to each account or contacts, it helps you manage data through any gadget, and some of them have the possibility of offering reports. With the help of a CRM like Salesforce or Netsuite,  you can do follow up in an easier way, converting leads to legit sales with the correct use of this tool.

Create a kick-ass image

Finally, we’ll talk about a very important thing when it comes to roadmap a project: brand strategy, design, and development. When you start planning your brand, you start building it without noticing. Great projects begin with great ideas, and you want to present the right image when it comes to your project. The accurate visuals to complement development will attract the audience you want to see next to you. Start your brand development process doing a strong investigation to work on the strategy you want to implement and release it to your listeners when it’s ready for the world to see it.

So now you know there is a clear path you need to walk to create a roadmap for a podcast. Create attractive strategies for your potential customers (leads), work the relationship you have with them, to last but not least, close deals and convert those potential leads to your clients.

Here in Nodalab, we can help you produce and launch your podcast series in a successful way to the right audience, it could really improve your income and increase your listeners.