For remote interviews, I use a service called Cast, which runs through the web browser of your laptop or home computer. (The cast software works best with Google Chrome)
On the the day of our chat, I’ll e-mail you the link to our interview, and will call you on the phone to walk you through the process. In the meantime, here are some recording tips for your reading pleasure:
Please use headphones: Headphones will prevent the sound of your voice from being picked up by your microphone, which can cause echoes, feedback, etc. The headphones don’t need to be fancy, even the Apple standard earbuds you get with your iPhone will do.
If you have a microphone: While the microphones built into many computers will do the job, you’ll hear a difference even if you move up to a relatively inexpensive USB condenser microphone. If you don’t have a microphone, the built-in computer mic will be just fine, as I can clean up the audio later 😉
Find a quiet environment: Be sure to limit/remove all background noise, including the fridge, air conditioner, outside noises, etc. Rooms with carpet are ideal for recording in, as long hallways, or tile floors can create echo.
Computer Sounds, Dings, Pings, and Blippity-Bleeps: Remember to turn off any notification sounds you may have on your computer (e-mails, reminder notifications, or any other buzzes, dings, bings, etc. that may pop-up during the recording. Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to turn off all notifications on a Mac: How to turn off notifications
Mic Setup w/ Cast: The INPUT device should always be a microphone (either your internal/built-in computer mic, or an external microphone). And the OUTPUT device should be your headphones. Per below:
That’s pretty much it. Feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions, as I look forward to chatting with you!