• Chris Plumridge

Submitting your files to Jet Streamer

Podcast editing isn't cheap, but I'd like to think it's a worthwhile investment. So if you're looking to get the most for your money, there's some things you can do to make the whole process easier and ensure you get the best result. So here's a checklist to follow while you're recording your podcast.

Recording:

Record at the appropriate level.

Use the 'gain' or 'input level' to adjust it, and watch the sound level meters to check loudness (don't trust your ears!). If, while you're talking, the meters are bouncing around at -12dB-ish (usually at the top of the 'green' section) then you should be safe.


Get your microphone reasonably close to you.

Any further than about 30cm and it starts to pick up more of the sounds in the room (i.e. the fridge, the air conditioner, your co-host) than is desirable. And if you've got a co-host, two cheap microphones placed well are far preferable to one expensive microphone shared between the two of you.


Do a test recording,

and listen back to make sure you're happy with it before you launch into recording your episode. You'll find sounds you never knew about!


Device settings

For the best results (in order of importance):

  • Record each microphone to a separate track. Check your device settings on how to do this.

  • If your device gives you the option, record in "WAV" format.

  • Set sample rate to '48000', 'bit depth' to 24 bit.

If you're unsure about settings, give us a call and we'll be happy to talk you through it.


Remote recording

If you're recording remotely, there's a couple of extra things to think about:


Use appropriate recording software

Zoom is fine for the occasional remote recording, but if you're recording remotely regularly, consider switching to a dedicated platform like SquadCast, Cleanfeed, or Zencastr. These offer benefits like higher quality, dedicated features geared at podcasting, and local recording, meaning if your call gets cut off or drops out, then you don't lose your recording.


When using Zoom

Zoom has a couple of hidden features that help you get better remote recordings for a podcast:

  • Enable 'original sound' to get uncompressed sound quality. Disable echo cancellation, and use high-fidelity music mode.

  • Enable 'separate audio files for each participant' under Recording > Local Recording > Record a separate audio file for each participant.

Equipment

Use headphones so there's no echoes or feedback in your recording, and if you have an external microphone (a proper podcasting microphone, a gaming headset, your AirPods, etc) then use that rather than the inbuilt one on your laptop.

Submitting your files:

We recommend WeTransfer to submit files. Send to info@jetstreamer.com.au.


Questions?

Give us a call or email info@jetstreamer.com.au