Sometimes you come across a guest who would be great for your platform and audience; however, they aren’t in your city, state or even country.

So let’s explore 4 simple yet cost effective tools to help get you the clean sound you need, while giving you access to guests outside your geographical area.

Zoom

Zoom is a conferencing platform that allows you to record a conversation with a number of people in different places. Though zoom wasn’t created for podcasting it can serve as a great tool.

  • Pros
    • Can be used internationally
    • A lot of entrepreneurs are familiar with it
    • Free
    • Easy to use
  • Cons
    • The sound file you get is already compressed, it can be challenging to make it sound better.
    • There can sometimes be a lag in the sound you will need to edit these carefully

Tip: Dive into the settings before you record, and record each person on their own track. This will save you a lot of time when you are editing, because you can edit each item separately without losing another guest’s audio.

Skype

Skype is a free application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls. Skype has a lot of the same features as Zoom; hence, the same pro’s.

  • Cons:
    • Skype has its own built-in recorder again this will give you a single-track recording. If you are on a Mac you can buy a software called ECamm; it’s a once-off purchase and it’s regularly updated. ECamm works seamlessly with Skype and records each person on their own track. If you are on a PC, try Evaer or TalkHelper.

SquadCast

This is becoming an ever-popular choice with podcasters, as it was made specifically for podcasting. Unlike the above tools SquadCast does require a fee and has 3 tiers to choose from.

  • Pros
    • Made for podcasting
    • Records each person on an individual track
    • Sends guest a link to join virtually
  • Cons
    • Cost ($9-$38/ month)
    • Fairly new platform; hence, some bugs

Zencastr

Similar to  SquadCast; Zancastr was created specifically for podcasting. Its major leg up from SquadCast is there’s a Zencastr free tier.

  • Pros
    • Free tier
    • Clean & level audio features
    • Records each person on an individual track
    • Made for podcasting
  • Cons
    • The leveling feature though good to have, doesn’t always do well

There are a few more options for recording remote interviews but these are the ones that are easiest and most cost effective to start with.

Regardless of the tool you use, always remember to do a dry run on your own to ensure you’re ready when your guest joins you.