Recording podcast during remote interviews can be quite a struggle. But it doesn’t mean it will prevent you from delivering a quality content and fresh new insights. So the million dollar question is “how can you deal with these types of episodes when there's a very good chance that your interviewee is not only busy but may not even live in the same time zone as you?” Read more to find out!
Remember back when you applied for a job, and someone from the company calls you up and asks you a few questions over the phone? That's an example of a remote interview.
The challenge when doing remote interviews is the internet connection. Even if you have a great reception and the person you’re interviewing doesn’t, it’s going to affect the sound quality, which, in turn, will affect the quality of your episode. That said, you need to make sure that the software you use is able to record the interview without compromising the sound quality.
Fortunately, there are remote interview recording tools that are free and produce good sound quality. Here are three of them.
Skype is, by far, the most popular tool used by podcasters when they do remote interviews. It’s one of the oldest VoIP applications around, so it’s nearly impossible that the person you’re interviewing doesn’t know how to use it.
The only downside to using Skype to record remote interviews for your podcast is that you need to download and install a third-party app in Skype that would record your interview. Skype Call Recorder (for PC) and Audio Hijack 3 (for Mac) are free third-party tools that you can download and use to record remote interviews on Skype.
Another free tool that’s gaining popularity among podcasters today is Google Hangouts on Air. Aside from the fact that it’s free, it offers a lot of promising benefits particularly among those who are just getting started in podcasting.
The thing with using Google Hangouts for remote interviews is that you can only record this when you live-stream your interview, which really isn't a bad thing because you're giving people a "sneak peek" into your upcoming podcast. You can take advantage of this by plugging about your podcast channel where they can listen to it again, and possibly even share it with others.
Also, the recorded interview in Google Hangouts is in video format. Again, this isn’t too much of a bad thing since you can always use the video to repurpose your podcast content in the future. You can use Pazera’s Free Audio Extractor to grab the audio from the recorded video so that you can edit this, and use it for your upcoming podcast episode.
Zencastr is a free web-based podcast recording tool that allows you to interview up to two guests at a time.
What's great about using Zencastr is that it records the audio tracks separately, meaning that you get an audio track with just you speaking and a separate audio track of your guest speaking. Having different audio tracks makes it easier for you to edit them after the episodes so that it’s more polished and sounds more professional.
Zencastr also has paid premium plans that offer additional perks like live soundboard editing and automatic post-production features that you can test out for 14 days when you sign up for a free account. If you're brand new to podcasting and don't have yet access to all those fancy editing and post-production software programs that the pros use, this might be a more cost-effective option for you to consider as well.
Interviewing a well-established person can do wonders for you as a podcaster. Not only does it help you further establish yourself as an authority in your niche, but also help you further extend your audience reach.
Do you use any of these software tools when you do remote interviews for your podcast episodes? What other tools do you use that are great for doing interviews for podcasts? Share them in the comments section below.
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