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3 Ways to Record Your Podcast Remotely

by NCC Audio
May 4th 2021
In this episode, Nick goes over three different ways to record your podcast when you're on the road or not at your podcast recording studio! Nick and Brandon also go live to tape as they begin to film... More
Hey everyone, This is Nick Chamberlain. I just wanted to quickly like you know about a new resource that I have created. If you're interested in starting a podcast and you don't know where to begin and you're getting overwhelmed with all of the different microphones and audio interfaces to choose from. And if you just want to learn what's the best audio editing software out there and to learn how to make your room sound great and what are the different podcast hosting services out there? How do you get your podcast on apple podcasts? Well, I've created a quick little jumpstart guide for you. So go to N C C audio dot com slash jump start to get started. Hello and welcome to another episode of the N C C audio podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you to improve your podcast so you can grow your audience. I am your host, Nick Chamberlain and in today's episode, we are going to be going over three different ways on how to record your podcast when you're not in your podcast, home studio, but when you're on the road or if you just need to record a podcast somewhere else, so let's dive into this and help me out today is my good friend, Mr Brandon Manderson.

Hey Brandon, what's going on? Hey, what's up Nick? It's nice to see you today. Nice to see you too. We got big news today also, what big news? What's the big news? We are partially set up in our own home recording studios, Home recording studios or just studios. So we're actually filming this podcast. Yeah, we are, yeah. Nick your in your brand new home studio. Yes. Hello everyone look you can kind of see it now, it's it's coming together. But what makes this a little more nerve wrecking is we're just going for it. You know, I'm just talking and talking and we're filming and I might have to edit this, we'll see how it goes. I'm gonna try to just like put it out there, boom. But because sometimes you just gotta do that. Yeah, so Brandon nick. Let's get into this topic of recording your podcast when you're not in your podcast studio. So, on the road, All right, sounds good. So yesterday I helped.

So it's kind of it's kind of a funny story. Um after I moved here to Austin, I needed to just start making some connections and getting, starting to meet some people, right? So it's just funny how everything worked out. We want to send our daughter Camilla to this school in Austin. And long story short, I keep saying that, but that's the first time I said it I was saying about the other day, but we're not going to get into that story already going down a little bit. So it turns out the director of this school, her husband is a filmmaker here in Austin. And so I reached out to him and then I met with him at this fancy not fancy at this um this coffee shop in Austin called Radio Coffee. That's where you went. Yeah, I went to Radio Coffee and you didn't tell me I've been to Radio Coffee once and it was really good. Yeah, tell me about it. How was your experience there? I got an americano is probably the best americano I've ever had. I went for our friend Arturo's bachelor party and we also had the some of the tacos over there had the least tacos and from the taco, those are some of the best breakfast tacos I ever had.

Yeah, man, I should have got one. Anyways, if you go to Austin, that's a really good, good little spot to go to because I was obsessed with that place. Oh yeah, it was really all we're, that was really good. But I always tell people to go to radio coffee. Oh yeah, go to radio coffee. And if you want to meet me in person then just say, hey nick, let's go to radio coffee. Like cool, I'm coming on down. But I mean the radio coffee, just meet me at radio coffee and it's a little far from my house though. It's like 30 minutes, but it was still good. Oh, that's right. Yeah. Well, let's not get into the minutia of all right. Anyway, my ship there. Um, no, but it was really good. I also got an americano and this kind of meaty danish media show had some eggs on it. I don't know. So it was pretty good. So after I met with this filmmaker, his name Sean, he said I have a couple of friends coming into town to visit and they need to record their podcast but they don't have any other podcast equipment with them. And I was like, oh I can totally help out. And so this is where we get into today's topic on how to record a podcast when you're not in the studio and what kind of equipment do you bring?

The hardest part was like figuring out where to record. We didn't have a location and I'm brand new here to Austin. So I was like, I don't have a physical location yet, maybe in the future I'll have a location and I don't really know of anyone yet. But luckily Shawn, the filmmaker, he had an office space and that he's currently working at, luckily for us, the owners of this office space, they said you can use one of the offices. So that's what we did. So finding a location check, that's like the hardest part, right? So I don't know if that's the hardest part, but it's difficult. You need to find a good location and if we were going to do that, we were going to actually be recording outside at this location that they were talking about first community village, which is a an organization here in Austin where they're building little communities of, you know, small homes where the homeless people can go and live and to form communities there.

So everyone's like helping each other out in this little community. So it's a good project they're working on. Um So that's what their podcast was about. So is my job to help them to record their podcast. So what I did is going to be technique one on how to record your podcast off location. Yeah. Alright, here we go, technique number one. We can do that now because we're on camera. Yeah, I know. That's pretty cool. I had to go to Guitar Center to buy stuff that I needed. But this is what I brought. I have my recording computer here with adobe, audition on it. I brought my interface, an audio interface. Mine has four inputs. But I only needed to at this time because I was just recording to people. But I also wanted to hear the conversation while it's happening and to be able to to monitor the levels. So I went to Guitar Center. I bought a headphone amp so then I can take the audio output of my interface. And then I plugged that into the headphone channel and then I bought some extra headphones so everyone could hear themselves.

Right? So post one host to, they had one and I had a headphone and all going out of the headphone amp. So they were able to talk to each other through their microphones, which I had to buy an extra sm 57. I didn't think you'd be good for podcasting, but guess what? It's great for podcasting. That's what I'm currently using because I don't that's how when you're using right now. Yeah, I don't, haven't raised up the funds to use, um, to buy an Ar E 20 or S M seven B the other shure microphone that you see all the podcasters using podcasters using. Yeah, the big professional ones. But hey, we'll get there. Were just starting out, we're getting there. Yeah. And if you're going to be off location, your room is probably not going to be treated. So you're going to want to use a microphone such as this one because it's a dynamic microphone. And if we were using a condenser microphone, it would have picked up all over the room tone. And there's a lot of room tone because it's just blank walls, a little bit of not much carpet, so sounded voice and reflections were going everywhere and I was like that.

But good thing. We had this handy dandy dynamic microphone. Well, that's good information to know. I didn't even know that about dynamic microphones, that they're better for untreated rooms. See that's that's good information for me to know because I didn't know that. Yeah, and Brandon is actually also using a dynamic microphone to record this Podcast. I use the SM 58. So, Nick What's a little bit of a difference between the two? There is a little bit of a difference. Yeah. So the SM 57, it doesn't have the capsule on it, the little windscreen protector. So the SM 57 is used for instruments that don't blow air basically. To like, it's great for um, like guitar cabinet and drum snare drum drum heads and stuff like that. So, and it has a very um you have to crank the gain. So it's great for really loud instruments. So, like a snare drum boom, you can turn down the gain and it's great for loud instruments like that.

Yeah. Oh, awesome. So one has the capsule. Yeah, and the other one and then the other doesn't So, you'll need a pop filter. Oh yeah, you'll definitely need a pop filter like you're using. Yeah. But now, if I'm like, going live to tape, I can't really edit this out. No, you can't. Now you're just drinking on camera and everybody can see it. All right guys, I know, I know what you're thinking. It's great. We all want to see Nick hydrate. People have a weird fascination with watching people hydrate. Um and he will hydrate from time to time, but don't make them over hydrate. All right. We don't need nick having to get up and go to the bathroom when we're going live at the tape. Yeah, because it might so uh it might happen. So stay tuned for and you know, Nick he's committed to the craft. He might just go on his pants. So, okay, sorry. Um that's perfect. Let's just continue to transition here. This is going great. Brandon. Thank you for helping me out here. You think I'm going to stay on. You're going to keep continuing to continue to have me on the payroll or what? Yeah, I will because it's the only way to keep me going.

So let's continue talking about my setup that I had, right? So also I on adobe audition, I had the multi track going. So I had Charlie going into one track and I had jesus going into the other track and I was monitoring the levels, making sure they're not popping and it sounds pretty good. And I had the microphone stands. Who can't forget about that. Right? And don't forget about all the power strips you're going to need because all these things needed power. Right? So power strips. Those are important microphone. So those are important pop filters, important audio interface, important the headphone distribution amplifier that you don't technically need. That you could use something like a headphone splitter if you only have one headphone output, but it's upgradable. So if I have four people, I'm going to need the headphone amplifier. So distribution amplifier. Some Yeah, that works. Brandon, Are you following following me through this first set up? Yeah, so far you've got your interface, you've got your computer, you know, you've got your XLR so you've got your microphones and your pop filters.

Um And uh you needed one headphone amp uh in order for you to use two pairs of headphones. And yeah, and because the room wasn't treated right, wasn't treated properly for audio, you had to use two dynamic microphones. So there you go there you have it. Uh And also you needed a few power strips and some cables. Some extra extension cables. Perfect. So that's basically, I mean that's that's kind of like, I'd say that's that's a little bit more than bare bones of a setup, I'd say that's a pretty professional, like, like travel set up. Yeah, so I had three bags. Um and I also set up a video camera so just so they filmed it at extra value, add some extra value. Okay, technique one. Brandon. You got that down. Cool. So that's like the most involved. That's going to have all the little moving parts. So it's going to get a little more simpler as we go down the road. I'm listening to you every time we do this nick, uh, I listen to you every time we do this thing, I don't just sit here and and zone out.

I know the viewers probably think that I look like I am, but I'm not. What are you doing? Definitely video games. Really talk. Yeah, I'm playing micro. Okay, cool. I'm actually streaming on twitch since I have this on here right now. I'm just like mind crafting. That's Pretty cool. Well we do the podcast. Okay, so let's dive into technique number two. So this would involve getting something like the podcaster Pro, the rode podcaster Pro this device kind of has everything built in of the little components that I was talking about. So it has four channel input for your microphones. It has um, four headphone outputs in one device and you can record your podcast on the device itself. So you technically don't need a computer if you bring this, so you can bring this device, it records everything into it and um, but what you still need, you need your microphones and you need your pop filters in mike stance and of course some power strips and power.

You need power to power it all up. And with those two, you don't need a, you won't need a computer, right? You could actually just bring a uh, an SD card and recorded onto that. That's what you play again. You're right SD card, so you need an SD card for this situation. SD Yeah, so pretty easy. Right? And there's um there's a few different pieces of equipment out there that can do this, so just google podcast or Pro by road there it is. Now you can see it. Brandon showed everyone the SD card. That's perfect. So Brandon, I think I think everyone has a handle on the second way, because we talked to a lot of tips and tricks in the first way, but that's good. Now we're gonna get into the third way, It's kind of like the second way, but now we're using a different piece of equipment instead of using that big mixer, we're just going to be using a handheld audio, portable recording device such as the zoom that, wow Brandon is actually using.

So this is perfect. I'm only using this because my actual audio interfaces being really difficult lately. So, um, but this works great. Yeah, we're going to have to tell that interface to get it together. Yeah. Okay. I mean this is what I've been using basically since february. Oh, nice for these podcasts. Oh yeah, and that's perfect. So you can use it for a home studio situation? Which brand? It does. But what makes it good for when you're on the road? It's small, it's portable. What let's say to get in the zoom H six N. Correct. That's this one yet or something similar to that task cam has some zoom has won, it always gets a little confusing when you're talking about zoom the audio portable recording devices and zoom the meeting online thing. So we're not talking. They're not the same company. Yeah, but I thought they were for a long time. I think zoom the big meeting company should buy out zoom the portable recording device. And so then we're not confused.

Yeah that might be helpful for some people like nick. Uh huh. Okay. Thanks Brandon. But so how does that work? So you plug your microphone into the zoom? Right and the headphone into the zoom. So I think it only max out on two people on this really. It has six input in six inputs, up to six inputs. But it be hard to get everyone in their own headphone situation going on. And then that's when you have to move back into the whole headphone distribution name. So if you're one person I would just get the handheld portable recording device like your microphone into it. Hold the microphone. And if you want where your headphones you can walk around and do your podcast. Hi everyone. I'm walking around and doing my podcast. You've done that before. I have the files for that still to remember last year when we did live with Laura, I have all those files. You did so many interviews. I need to get it together. Um, send it to me. Do you have the files? Okay. I'll find them in, uh, incentive to you. I saw him the other day. Yeah. So I did do this one time.

Yeah. I walked around with my shotgun microphone and I was interviewing people. I was like, how did you feel about this film? And they went into great detail. That was probably some of the most fun ever had filming. It was you got some great stories out of that one. It's going to be a hot top story. Okay, so let's, let's see, Let's see here. Live to tape is going great. So we're about, yeah, so maybe I should edit this a little bit just for the listeners because the listeners, they need valuable content. And if they're just listening to nick and Brandon, just mess up here. We're not messing up. We're doing great. Thank you Brandon for the positive. Speak for yourself, pal. Uh huh. Um, yeah, maybe the, maybe the, hey, maybe the podcast listeners, maybe they get like the edited version. But hey Youtube guys, you guys are getting the full, Oh yeah, that's true. So I'm sure you're not getting anything and anything is not, nothing's getting cut out of this. Yeah. So you're seeing everything every time nick takes a sip of water, you guys are seeing it.

So if you're listening on the podcast version, we have the Youtube version out, which is unedited. It's raw. It's live to tape is kind of crazy. But you podcast listeners, I don't want to waste your time with a bunch of gaps and mess ups. Yeah, like that. Yeah. People on Youtube, like we know you're probably sitting at work, probably got this up. Who knows? Yeah, I don't know. Maybe. I don't know. They're probably enjoying some some aspect of it. So thank you everyone for watching on Youtube and thank you to my loyal podcast listeners who get the great version of this. Ok, so just moving on a little bit. So we talked about the three different ways. So the first way it was with all of the equipment. So you have every little piece of equipment that you need to make everything worked worked work. You have the first way, let's just your interface, your computer, your digital audio workstation to record everything.

You have both microphones, Try to get a dynamic microphone with pop filters and you need your XLR cables, you need your boom stands, you need your headphone distribution amplifier. If you have more than to people that need to listen. So it's not too portable but it is portable. Now the second way is a little more portable. You have your device such as a podcaster Pro, which has everything you need in one device minus the microphones and mike stands and cables. And then the third way is just to get up audio portable recording device such as the zoom H six N. Perfect, wow, that's easy. Hey, I think that's going to be helpful for people. I agree it was quick short, it was dirty, but you know what? It looks pretty good. I gotta adjust some lighting here. You got to do a little bit things, maybe I'll take a shower next time, you know, just Yeah, yeah, this is just the beginning to something great. Yeah. Even though it's been great throughout the years, so, so let nick know if you if you want to keep seeing his face for the podcast, you know, if you think that it's important to see him and me, if you don't want to see me anymore, I understand that.

Um, but nick, I mean, it's a beautiful face, so you probably want to see him. Also let us know if you have suggestions for what nick should, uh how nick should decorate his office. Maybe if you send him some fan art and we'll put it up. Oh yeah, that'd be really back. And anything that you all need help with, please, you know, write it in the comments below. Send me an email nick at NCC cardio dot com. If you have any questions about setting up a podcast or producing or editing anything and looks like we're getting into some video aspect too. So we are also going to be going down that journey together. So if you have any suggestions for me, please let me know if you have any questions, I know how I'm doing this. Please don't hesitate to reach out and ask, Yeah. Hey Brandon and Brandon also, I don't know. Do you have any news? Anything you want to share? What's going on? Um All right. I'm trying to think. That was a weird sound. Sorry, I didn't mean to make that. Um, I was just like, uh, letting air come out of my mouth. Um, our film for let's get rolling.

Burning the Midnight Tequila just launched. Or just released Burning the Midnight Tequila. Yeah, man, tell me about that. What happened? It a um, we submitted it to a couple of festivals. Uh, it got into one. It did not get into another, but that's okay. That was a really professional festival we were trying to get into. Um, so not a big deal. Uh, the other one it got into it won the audience choice award. So that was pretty cool. You know, we've won the audience choice award a couple of times for the 48 hour, um, which is, you know, awesome to win that. But this was really cool because we want it and we didn't even like, we didn't even like promote it. So the people who watched it like legitimately must have liked it. So, dude, that's awesome. I love when you all get the people's audience choice of word award because that's, you know, the audience likes that. And so they're going to be seeing more and more of y'all's film and content and it's just gonna be improving more and more. I'm excited. Brandon. True, true. Thanks.

Yeah, so you can watch that one. I did some of the editing for it. I did some of the visual effects for it. I am also in it. I play a mime, but you are also an actor at the beginning? I didn't. You cry? Yes, I cry. Yeah, I um I di I do all sorts of things and Nick hasn't watched it yet, so don't tell Nick to watch it. Tell everybody everybody sent Nica de um uh say Nick watch burning the midnight tequila or nick watch the movie, you know, Nick, how could you, you know? Um But yeah, tell the film opens up on me. I'm not the main character, but I'm in it, but it seems like you're the main character for as much as I watch, You watch the first like five seconds of it, you know? I really like, I watched up to the part where um uh Angela character's name. No, it's not Angela. Oh uh Sydney character Sydney, Aaron nap taker shoutout to Sydney. She did a great job. She plays the character Zoo, the main character, You would recognize her from our 48 hour film that won the 48 hour Film Festival.

Um Oh my gosh, you all are doing so much here. Yeah, that's awesome. We are doing a lot, so it's good and we're going to get or working on a Candy Man to script. Well, I'm going to be working on a Candyman two scripts. So nick, get ready to uh am I going to be in it? I have to be in it, you have to be in it. There's no, there's no choice. You know, there's no, there's no option besides you being in it. Either I'll fly down to SAN Diego or you can fly up here. I'll probably fly down there. I don't know, but I'm gonna be in it because I was in the Candy Man one, you gotta be in it. So I'll put links to these shows, these short films in the podcast description, which you can find on NCC audio dot com slash NCC audio podcast. Or if you just go to NCC audio dot com, you can click the podcast link header, you'll see and ccO podcast. And I put all the shows shows there and I upload it and I put it like descriptions and everything, like it's pretty cool. So yeah, make sure you all check out that page to keep up to date with all of the content that I'm putting out there.

So thank you Brandon for joining me on this first podcast, recording for video of the NtC audio podcast. Yeah, wow, Amazing. Look at us. We're doing it, we're doing it nick. We're just connecting things, putting things together, turning on cameras and making it happen while recording our audio at the same time. That's amazing. You're doing a great job. Nick everybody telling like he's doing a great job. Oh, wow, that's amazing, wow. Look at those jazz hands studio audience. You're so kind to me today. Yeah, already. Well, I think this is a great place to sign off. I'm going to thank you all for watching and listening and I can't wait for next week's video and podcast. Thank you everyone. Take care. Thanks Brandon. Peace out. I see you later. Mm mhm.

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