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Top 4 Tools For Recording Podcasts Remotely

In the wake of the global pandemic, businesses had to turn online. Remote learning and working have become today’s new norm. Though recording sessions remotely have been staple in podcasting long before the COVID outbreak, the quarantine and lockdowns increased the demand to record podcasts remotely.

But which software is the best for recording podcast sessions remotely? What should you look for while choosing the ideal remote recording platform?

Let’s find out:

 

Recording Podcasts Remotely: What To Look For In a Remote Recording Software

With about 1.5 million active podcast channels globally, podcasting is revolutionizing the medium of entertainment and the way people consume information. To stand out from the crowd in this high-end competition, recording high-quality audio files has become crucial for increasing listener’s engagements. Therefore it is essential to choose the right software while recording your podcast remotely. 

These are the qualities that you should look out for while selecting the ideal remote audio recording software:

  • Number of guests allowed
  • Live-release and pre-recording facility
  • Record only audio or audio along with video
  • Screen sharing capability
  • Accessibility to behind the scenes
  • The control of the host over the sessions e.g. waiting room, visual control, adapting audio, removing participants, etc

You have nailed down your specific need, and you need to find the software that ticks all of the boxes for you. Listed below are the best tools to record podcasts remotely. We’ve excluded the classic in-person recording software’s such as Adobe Audition, Audacity, and Pro Tools.

Listed below are the four best software’s for recording remote podcasts:

1. SquadCast

Number of participants: host+ three guests

SquadCast, one of the latest interview recording software in the market, is also among the fastest-growing platforms. It connects and enables podcast hosts, guests, and co-hosts to record studio-quality audio files remotely. 

Through SquadCast, you can see live video of the remote interview enabling you to talk face-to-face with the guests, but only the audio section of the video is recorded. The software records the entire session and then splits every person’s audio into separate WAV files.

As a host, you can schedule recording sessions for future dates, or you can jump straight on a call with the guests and start recording the episode. The exclusive green room feature available on SquadCast lets you check your equipment set up before joining the session.

Packages

  • Dabber Package: $5/hour (ideal for an hour-long session)
  • Unlimited Package: $20/month (plan for a single podcast)

2. Zencastr

Number of participants: 2 in a free pack and unlimited in the premium pack

Zencastr is a browser-based application that records each voice in the session in the most pristine quality and saves the audio file in the users’ local computer storage. 

As soon as the recordings are over, the files automatically get uploaded, enabling the host to download every guest’s audio track. Depending upon one’s subscription level Zencastr also provides post-processing options that can be accessed directly through the application. The host needs to send an invitation link to the guests, and the rest gets configured by the Zencastr browser. 

The cherry on top is that Zencastr is planning to start a beta test for its video call recording feature.

Packages

  • Free Membership: User can record 8-hours of audio every month in high-quality MP3 format (ideal for beginners)
  • Premium Membership: User can record high-quality lossless 16-bit 44.1k WAV files for $20/month

3. Zoom

Number of participants: three or more members

Zoom has been the go-to-meeting application globally, and one of the drivers behind its huge success is its straightforward user interface and hassle-free usage. Your guests can join the meeting just with the invitation link even without having an account beforehand.

The in-build-recording functionality of Zoom is ideal for recording podcast interview sessions. The host can download the meeting’s audio and video file in two different formats:

  • M4z audio file
  • MP4 video file

The audio quality will not be excellent, but it will be adequate for most podcasts, and its connection is generally more reliable than Skype.

Packages

  • Basic Plan: Free of coast recording with an upper limit of 40 minutes per session
  • Premium Plan: You can get unlimited recording hours by paying $15/month

4. Riverside.fm

Number of participants: up to eight

Riverside.fm is popular amongst podcasters, as the software puts the quality of the audio and video file above everything else. A host can record the sessions’ audio file in 48kHz WAV and the video file in 4K quality, with separate audio and videos of each participant.

The platform is easy to use. With just a simple invitation link from the host, all the guests can join the session. Furthermore, thanks to the intuitive nature of recordings, the final quality of the audio and video files are independent of the guest’s internet connection.

The host can retrieve all audio tracks of the sessions without any guests’ interventions. The drawback is, Riverside doesn’t offer any of its services for free, except for the initial trial recording hours that can help you gauge the quality of the platform.

Packages

  • $7.5/month (2 hours of recording each month)
  • $15/month (5 hours of recording per month)
  • $24/month (15 hours recording in a month)
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