Zencaster Tutorial

Website Set Up: Zencaster is a podcast specific audio recording site that allows you to conduct a remote interview. You want to make sure that the guest you are interviewing, knows that they have to be ideally in space with little background noise and have access to wifi or internet connection. Make sure you as the interviewer are in an area that doesn't have too much background noise as well. First, you sign into Zencaster on your laptop, and make an account that's free. After that you can "create new episode", so you click that button and then you name your recording so you can find it later. Once you press create, you can begin your episode. BUT before you invite your guest, you want to make sure that your microphone is set up.

Microphone Set Up: The Blue Yeti is preferable for remote interviews because all you have to do is plug it into your laptop with the USB cable. Next you go to your "home" page on Zencaster, and then go to settings which look like a purple wheel. If you are recording on a microphone (like the Blue Yeti) that you are plugging in - select the Yeti Stereo Microphone that pops up under audio input. Audio output is fine as the default. The other settings are fine to leave as is.

Screenshot of settings

Plug in headphones to your laptop to make sure that you can hear yourself through the Blue Yeti. Make sure that the red button on the blue yeti is glowing red and NOT blinking. If it is blinking then it is on mute.

picture of microphone

Using the microphone will make your audio sound very professional. So use the microphone unless there is no other option.

Inviting Guest: Once you have your microphone set up, you are now able to invite your guest! There is a button that says "invite". Clicking this will give you a link that you can send to the guest. Once sent, they will be able to click on the link to join you to talk over the website. Once they join you, you will be able to hear their voice and see their audio waveform moving up and down. You can talk for as long as you want before you start recording. 

Record: You MUST press record in order to start recording. Once you press record, you can go about conducting the podcast as you normally would. When you are done, press stop recording and then you will have two separate mp3 files that you can download. They are isolated recordings of both you the host, and the guest - which makes it a lot easier to edit if you accidentally talk over each other. Also, the two mp3 files both start and stop at the same time, so it will be extremely easy to sink up your interview in post production and start editing! You will also, always be able to find your old podcasts that you record on Zencaster through your account - so they will always be stored there. Happy podcasting :)

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