Get ready to be a guest on a podcast!
A guide to share with your remote guest:
Beforehand, chat off air about the topic of the episode and what you would both like to discuss...and what not to bring up.
Some podcast show formats are interview-like. Be prepared to talk about yourself as well as any news, upcoming projects, advice, etc.
Be prepared to record yourself, EVEN IF the podcast invitee is capturing your audio. Download software such as Garage Band ($4.99/one time/Mac), Adobe Audition ($19.95/mo/either), Audacity (FREE/either), or similar. App MUST be able to export as .Wav
If asked, download Skype or Zoom and make sure your version is up to date, to conference if needed. Go into your Skype settings/options and select the Sounds tab. Then click the “Mute all sounds” button. This will stop all the Skype sounds from coming across the podcast.
Remote guest: Purchase a USB headset such as the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Headset. Another option is a USB mic, such as the Blue Snowball, which you can find on Amazon and get fairly quickly. You will also need to use earbuds/over-the-ear-headphones.
Sound check before you record! If using Skype, make sure you test your Wi-Fi speed, and temporarily disable any syncing apps such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Close any web browsers as well.
If using Audacity, select your microphone from the toolbar and adjust volume to just below 50% level. To record go to Tracks->Add New->Audio Track. Click the down arrow next to Audio Track on the left side of the track timeline and go to Set Sample Format and select 16-bit PCM. Save project.
Make sure your room is as quiet as possible! No kids, pets, spouse, and cell phone volume turned to silent. No ceiling fans. Check your room for reverb. Sounding a little echo-ey during sound check? You may have to relocate. Small cluttered rooms, closets, or garage may help.
When plugging in and testing your mic, make sure you are within 6-10" of it when recording, and make sure your software is set up to use the correct mic (for instance, never use "built-in mic" to record)
Mistakes can be edited in post production, so have fun and don't worry about it!
After recording, export audio as an aiff, or wav file. Save it as your name and date for easy finding later, such as john_doe_08242017. Hold on to the file until episode is finalized and published.