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22. Local Recordings: The Only Way to Capture Great Podcast Audio

I vow to never stop talking about local recordings until every podcast on Earth at least KNOWS it's an option. Whether or not they choose to sound good is up to them.

A local recording eliminates all the fail points and fidelity degrading processes by writing all your 0's and 1's directly to your computer without any consideration of WiFi strength, bandwidth availability, or whatever noises your cohost is making on the other end. If you're using a platform like Zoom or Skype to record your podcast, keep doing what you're doing, just consider adding a local recording via your DAW of choice, Quicktime, or an interface with onboard recoding options. You'll immediately see a dramatic improvement in your audio quality.



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Local v. Zoom Audio Comparison

Double Ender Video

Using Quicktime in Addition to Zoom Demo Video

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Audio Interface: Apogee Ensemble

Microphone: Shure SM7b

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Earbuds: Klipsch R6i II

Studio Monitors: Yamaha HS7

Mic Stand: Rode PS1A Boom Arm


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Midroll Song: Road Trip by Joakim Karud

Closing Song: Love Mode by Joakim Karud

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