How to Record a Podcast Remotely or Outside
While recording podcasts is traditionally an indoor activity, there’s nothing wrong with shaking things up every once in a while. Recording outside can be fun, but also challenging. After all, location can affect how your content sounds or how your episodes will be structured. What if your co-host can’t make it to your place? What if you’re away and want to continue making content? Fortunately, there are ways that you can work around these issues and continue podcasting. Read on to learn more about podcast recording in a remote or outdoor setting and how you can pull it off.
Using a Video Conferencing Platform for Remote Podcast Recording
If your podcast usually features more than one person, conversational chemistry is essential to make the episode engaging for listeners. While you might not always be able to meet your guest or co-host in person, you can make your recording session sound more professional and warm via a video conferencing platform. By hopping on a video call on Zoom or Skype, you will be able to see each other and talk as if you are both in the same place.
However, video conferencing platforms can still have issues like mismatched audio and better video quality over sound. This is still salvageable if your podcast has a video aspect to it, but it won’t work for podcasts that are purely just for listening. You can remedy this by using a remote recording website instead. These platforms are designed with the specific needs of podcasters in mind, so the output is usually better in quality. There are several websites that are fairly affordable and easy to use; it’s simply a matter of finding the right one for your needs. Most importantly, you’ll need to invest in a good all-in-one HD camera for remote recording like the MovoWebMic-HD-Pro to make recording easier.
Recording a Podcast Outdoors
Another way to make your podcast setup a bit more independent of location is to record an episode or two outside the studio. Doing so can give you some interesting audio that sounds more dynamic and lifelike, which can be a treat for listeners (think of ASMR). Since recording outside has its own set of challenges to overcome, you will have to make some adjustments to your current podcast equipment and setup. In addition to the portability of your gear, you need to mind your choice of podcast microphone, as the one you always use may not work for outdoor recording.
Generally, you want to get a shotgun-type microphone for podcasting outdoors because of their uni-directional or cardioid polar pattern. This means that the sound the mic picks up is concentrated, reducing the instances of any unwanted background noise in the recorded audio. This means that your voice will be heard more clearly and prominently over anything that’s going on in your surroundings. When purchasing a shotgun podcast microphone, opt to get one that has a foam windscreen or deadcat included. This fluffy mic cover can also help block out any wind noise for clear and crisp audio. The Movo VXR10-PRO shotgun mic kit is a good option because it includes both a muff and windscreen along with a carrying case to store everything.
Broaden your horizons and make your podcast content more interesting by trying something different every once in a while. It can help you improve your skills as a podcast host while you can continue putting out content that your listeners will love.
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