• Kristie Calhoun

5 reasons why recording long distance podcast interviews is the worst

Are you a podcaster that is tired of messing with setting up long distance podcast interviews? The conference call software drops out, you have files to export and convert, mixing to do; and if errors occur, you’ll be asking your guest to record the entire thing again. If you have a podcast that features a lot of remote guests, it’s likely you have experienced these issues and that your listeners are well aware of them too. Maybe you’re new to podcasting and you haven’t even tried recording with a remote podcast guest yet – we’re here to tell you that this process officially sucks! Here is the breakdown of the reasons why:

1. Coordinating with guests is already hard enough

Most podcasters work hard to find guests, get them to agree to be on the show, and then try to coordinate a time to record. Now you have to make sure that they’re comfortable with the conference calling program you’re using to record, and that they’ve got a good enough internet signal to not cause dropouts.

2. Prepping for the interview takes time

After you have gotten your guest lined up you have to create your interview outline, make sure they are aware of the questions and topics they will be discussing and confirm they know how to use a microphone, are wearing headphones to prevent double recording, have decent network connection strength, and eliminate background noise.

3. The files need to be exported, uploaded, and mixed

After you get through the interview, hopefully without any issues caused by a poor connection, you have to export the files, upload to your audio software, and mix them into the rest of your episode. Then you proceed with uploading to your hosting company and you’re probably watching the clock waiting for it all to be done.

4. The quality sucks

When you record an interview on a program such as Zoom or Skype, those calls and recordings are being done over the internet. That means every little dropout, audio stretch, or other network weirdness that you hear will be heard by your listeners in your final recording. These noises are distracting for your listeners and may even cause them to associate bad or amateur sound quality with your show. That’s a big deal.

5. There is no tool that does it all and improves quality

The biggest problem is that there hasn’t been a tool that allows you to just interview your guests and be done with it! There are too many moving parts and programs needed just to get one interview. It’s enough to drive people away from podcasting altogether.

That’s why we made Auxbus Connect

Auxbus Connect is the easiest way to record long distance interviews. With Auxbus Connect, both your recording and your guest's recording go straight from the individual's device to our server. The result will produce the same quality as if you were in the room together despite any issues with your internet signal. You may here those glitches in real time, but they will not be present in the final recording. Since the files go directly into the Auxbus Platform, no downloading and uploading of files is required.

Want to hear the difference yourself? Listen to these before and after samples below.

We are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to bring this amazing feature to you. So, if you want to make the process and quality of recording interviews a whole lot better, back our Kickstarter now.

This post was written by Auxbus, the first end-to-end audio platform designed to eliminate the obstacles that stand in the way of creating a podcast. Auxbus makes audio creation fast, easy and fun. Learn more and try it for yourself by visiting Auxbus.com