Today I recorded an episode of the Management 2.0 Podcast with Prof. Leif Edvinsson about Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Future Centers. Leif was at home in Sweden and I in the library of the Cogneon Akademie in Nuremberg. He asked me to write a short tutorial on how to record a remote podcast so here we go.
First of all a list of the necessary equipment. There many alternatives to record audio like recording phone calls or skype calls (e.g. via a skype recorder). But the audio quality of telephone lines and skype conversations is poor and I suggest that only in emergency cases. My setup was based on a local USB audio interface with a high quality headset and the software package studio link for the remote connection. Here is what you will need for that setup:
- PC or Mac with software Reaper (Digital Audio Workstation) and the Ultraschall extension (Ultraschall already comes with the needed studio link pluging build in)
- The studio link standalone version (German page) for the remote podcaster
- USB audio interface to connect the headset to the PC (I used a Focusrite Scarlett Solo)
- A combination of microphone and a headphone for monitoring (I used a Beyerdynamic DT 297)
- A good internet connection (use LAN not WIFI)
The workflow to record the podcast looks like this:
- Connect the headset to the audio interface
- Connect the audio interface to your computer
- Start Reaper
- Configure your audio interface in the settings
- Add a track with the input from your audio interface
- Add another track as „studio link track“
- After step 6. a browser opens with the studio links controls (Tip: put that side by side with the Reaper window)
- In the browser window you will the your studio link ID (it has the format of an email „XY@studio-link.de). You have to send that to your remote podcaster and he has to enter that in the studio link standalone version to call you
- If the remote podcaster calls you, you get a notification in the browser window. Accept the call and you can hear each other
- Hit the record button in Reaper, record the podcast and hit the stop button when you‘re finished. That‘s it.
If I find some time in the future, I will do a short screencast with the whole setup. If you have feedback, comments or questions just use the comment field below.