Recording Podcasts While Under Lockdown

by Andrew Hughes – 27th March, 2020

London Podcast Studio

Last week I wrote about the steps Radio Facilities is taking to help you keep functioning throughout the current Coronavirus outbreak. If you haven’t had a chance to read the article it’s available here, and we’re very grateful for all of your thoughts and comments about what we’re doing to help keep you functioning.

The latest instruction from the government is to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, and with this advice fresh in our minds it’s not surprising that we’ve received quite a few enquiries about recording from home. We are still recording, and the great news is that thanks to the magic of modern technology we’re ready to help you do this, and indeed we already have!

For the last five years we’ve been working with Tatum de Roeck to record Not Your Grandma’s Cancer Show, a factual and fun podcast for Shine Cancer Support. Unfortunately their recording schedule increased just as Covid-19 reared its ugly head, and Tatum was uncertain about how to go ahead, or even if the podcast would be able to continue. Happily we’ve been able to connect with her and her contributors with fantastic results, and the podcast goes on. Every contributor is at home, underneath a “duvet tent” to improve the acoustics. Have a listen to just how good the audio (recorded from everyone’s home) sounds;

An excerpt from the latest episode of “Not Your Grandma’s Cancer Show”, recorder via SourceConnect NOW

What do I need to get started?

If you’re looking for a way to keep recording your podcast or other audio project from home – or if you want to start a new one – we can help you. And the great news is that you won’t have to splash out on lots of expensive equipment to do it. All you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet, a headset or smartphone earphones, and an internet connection. That’s it! Of course if you do happen to have an over-the-head earpiece with a boom microphone then that’s even better, but most standard earphones will do very well. And even if you don’t have these things then we can still connect to you.

How will you connect to me and my guests?

None of the ways we’ll connect are complicated at all, but in order of simplicity here are the various connection options:

  1. A standard phone call is the easiest way to record you, but you should remember that it will sound like a phone call! For us this the the least favourite method because of the lower-quality sound, and we think of it as our “if-all-else-fails” option. Note: this is also the way we’ll record you if you don’t have any earphones.
  2. Skype is a simple, quick and free way to connect to you, and the call quality is pretty good too. Bear in mind that the connection can be unstable sometimes which means that we may need to keep redialling. This is definitely workable, but if the call drops then it can break the flow of your conversation with your guests. For us it’s not a deal-breaker, but it only ranks as number two on our list of preferred options.
  3. Our favourite method is an internet-based service called SourceConnect NOW, which runs on your computer and provides great sound quality. It will cost you nothing, we’ll send you a web link, and you connect to that via Google Chrome – this is the only supported browser. After that we control all of the settings, so as long as your earphones and microphone are working that’s all there is to it.
Receive your finished audio by WeTransfer
How will I get my finished audio?

We’ll transfer your finished audio in the format of your choice (usually either mp3 or wav) by WeTransfer, and you’ll receive a download link shortly after the end of your session. And it really is that simple!

We’ve put everything together to make things as easy and stree-free as possible, so you can focus completely on the creative aspects of your project. As I said earlier we’re still recording, and you can be too. If you want to find out more give us a call on 020 3355 8188. We look forward to working with you soon!

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