Happy to report that we’ve just recorded a special-edition first episode of the Driverlesscroc podcast and it went off without a hitch.
Recording between Jakarta and Buenos Aires meant that we couldn’t trust the VoIP connection (in fact, Skype held up really well), so we made two separate recordings.
Stu: Skype with headphones on my Android phone, with a separate wired mic (the sub $20 Boya BY-M1 – amazon) recording to Audacity. (see incredibly important note below)
V: Used a mic-and-headphones headset for both Skype in Windows 10 and Audacity to record the input from the mic.
Lessons Learned from recording
Recording the introduction is the hard part – once we got into the conversation it was easy.
Keeping it concise is harder than we thought. We tried to keep the conversation tight but still ran almost double the length of a normal Cool Tools episode. Mark Fraunfelder and Kevin Kelly manage the balance between going into technical detail and keeping things moving really well, and I couldn’t have seen this until I’d tried to record something similar.*
It was fun and worth doing for the conversation alone (a good sign?)
Done is better than perfect!
Lessons learned in post production
It turned out I plugged the mic into the headphone jack and recorded the whole thing with my laptop’s built in mic. It could be worse, but the proper mic makes a big difference. The noise reduction made a huge difference improving the sound.
Noise reduction takes quite a while for a longer file – several minutes.
Noise reduction gets rid of some of the background hissing and ambient noise to clean up the sound of your recording.
Select the empty three seconds, then: Effect>Noise reduction
Click Get Noise Profile.
Select the entire clip (manually or using Control A then Effect>Noise Reduction. Click preview. If it sounds okay, click okay. It makes a huge difference in the project file, but less of a difference in the final .mp3.