How to Record a Phone Interview for a Podcast?

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When you want to record a phone interview for a podcast, your best bet is to download some podcast-specific apps like Podbean, Anchor, or Ringr, or high quality recording apps like Google Voice, Zoom, Skype. Then, when both speakers have adequate quiet surroundings, the interview can take place. Recording locally – or having each speaker record their own side of the conversation on a separate recording device from their phone – is another way to ensure that you get the best audio and can serve as a backup for if the audio recording via app malfunctions. If you decide to go with the latest option, we also cover in an article,how to Record a Podcast With Two Mics (and a DAW).

Can I use my phone to record an interview?

Yes, you can use your phone to record an interview, but the quality may suffer without the correct modifications or apps. The first thing to do is to set up remote recording software at a cost of about $10 per month. SquadCast is one option that allows you to do this and will produce audio that makes it seem like you are in the same room as your interviewee. Your guest won’t have to download anything, and can merely accept an invitation to the recording session. You can also opt to have each guest record their own audio as it’s happening from their end. This will require you to edit the audio recordings in order to line them up at the same starting point. If instead you want to use Voice over Internet Protocol technology – or VoIP – both guests use Zoom, Google Voice, Skype and others to set up a meeting and record the session. This audio is not going to be the best, however.

How to Record a Podcast Interview on an iPhone

Recording an interview via phone for a podcast requires a few different steps to produce the best quality.

Recording an interview over an iPhone requires you to download an app that will either record the audio locally as you’re on the phone like Google Voice or via a meeting platform like Zoom or Skype. First, go to Apple’s App Store and download one of these apps.  Google Voice allows the option for you to record all phone calls that take place using its program. Platforms like Zoom or Skype allow you to record once you’re in a “meeting” with an interview subject. In order to produce the best sounding quality, find a place to quietly record on both ends. This eliminates background noise and provides for more focus on the topic at hand.

Apps to Record a Podcast with Friends

Some of the best apps to record a podcast via phone include Ringr, Anchor, Podbean, Spreaker, and Podomatic Podcast Recorder. Ringr offers a start to finish phone call recording platform that sets up a conference call with your subject and records the audio as you talk. The Anchor app offers voice message import, transitions, sound effects, group chat, and free hosting, as well as the use of Spotify music in your recordings, as Anchor is owned by Spotify. The PodBean app offers 100MB of storage and bandwidth for a mere $3 a month for hosting your podcast, and allows for recording, editing, and uploading. Podomatic Podcast Recorder does just that, records your podcast easily and allows for co-casting to invite another speaker into your show.

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Summary

Recording audio for a podcast via phone can be tricky if you don’t have the correct setup. Ensure you have the appropriate apps to create the highest quality audio. Apps like Google Voice, Skype, and Zoom allow for you to record audio via phone call. Recording using a podcast-specific recording app allows for a one-stop shop for most of your podcasting recording and editing needs. Make sure that regardless, you set up a good recording environment whether you are recording locally or just through one app.