How to Record a Podcast Over Zoom

Sometimes it isn’t possible to bring all of the hosts and guests together to record a podcast episode. In this post, we will provide a simple step-by-step walkthrough of how to record a remote podcast using Zoom.

Zoom has a user-friendly interface making it a good choice for beginners and experienced podcasters. It also supports multi-track recording so that each speaker can be recorded onto their own track which makes editing a lot easier.

Download and Install Zoom

If you haven’t already, you can download and install the Zoom desktop client from here. After that, log in to your Zoom account or create a new one if you don’t have one yet.

It is worth noting that if you are on the free plan then you will only have 40 minutes to record your interview so you may want to consider upgrading to one of the paid plans if you need more time.

Invite the Other Participants

To invite the other hosts and guests, start a meeting and then click on the little arrow to the top right of the “Participants” button and click “Copy Invite Link”. Then you can email or message this link to anyone who needs to join the podcast episode.

Connect Your Microphone and Headphones

Connect your microphone and headphones to your computer and have the other hosts and guests do the same. You will want to make sure that Zoom is using your microphone as the input device and not the built-in microphone. To check this, go to Settings > Audio, and select your microphone in the dropdown. Make sure that everyone else has done the same.

Optimise the Audio and Remove Background Noise

There are a few audio settings that you will want to change in Zoom to ensure that you have the highest quality audio recording possible.

Go back to Settings > Audio, and change the “Background noise suppression” setting from “Auto” to “Low”. Then, turn on the option to enable “Original sound for musicians” if you are in a studio environment, select the “High-fidelity music mode” option, and uncheck the “Echo cancellation” option. Have all of the participants toggle on this “Original sound for musicians” option before you start recording. This option asks Zoom to use the highest quality audio possible.

Record Each Speaker Onto Their Own Track

Now that the audio is optimised, you need to update the recording settings to make the editing process as smooth as possible. We do this by recording each of the speakers onto their own track. When it comes to editing, this greatly simplifies things as it allows you to make sure that only one voice can be heard at any point in time by muting the other voices for a higher quality listening experience.

To record to separate tracks, go to Settings > Recording, and select “Record a separate audio file of each participant”. On this same page, you can update where you want the recording to be sent to.

Test the Mics and Audio Levels

Inside the Settings > Audio page, have everyone test their microphone using the “Test Mic” button. This is also a good time to do a test recording and make sure that everyones audio levels are correct, this can be adjusted on the same settings page. Having everyones audio at the same level will reduce the amount of changes you need to make while editing.

Minimise Distractions

Have everyone check that their devices are connected to a power source or have enough charge for the whole recording. It is also a good idea to ask guests to turn off their notifications from other applications on the device to avoid interruptions during the episode.

Conclusion

So now that you have Zoom installed, all your guests are in the meeting, and everyone has connected, optimised, and tested their mics and headphones, you can hit the “Record” button to start recording your podcast episode.