First of all, thank you for joining us for an upcoming episode of the podcast. We truly appreciate you giving us your time and insight and look forward to a fantastic conversation.
To help you prepare for the episode, feel free to use this page as a reference to get the most out of the guest experience.
We use a platform called SquadCast to connect with our guests – think of it as a similar experience to Zoom, yet one geared towards podcasters.
To connect, you simply need to click the link we send you and use one of the following web browsers – Chrome, Opera, Brave, or Edge. While it is possible to connect with Firefox or Safari, the design of these browsers may introduce problems due to the nature of their design.
To connect to the recording studio, you need three pieces of equipment – your computer, a microphone, and headphones. If you have a camera or webcam, using this as well makes for a much better experience as we’ll be able to see each other talking.
Headphones & Microphone
In an ideal scenario, you’ll have access to an external microphone and headphones as they provide the best audio experience. As we understand not everyone has this gear available, anything more than use of the built-in microphone & speakers on your computer is preferred.
- Gaming Headset
- Wired earbuds with mic
- Bluetooth earbuds with mic
- If you use Bluetooth, it helps to have them fully charged before joining.
Prioritizing the Connection
Whenever you’re using a streaming service – including SquadCast – you’re not only creating network traffic, but you’re also putting your computer to use. As both your computer and network only have so much bandwidth to allocate, it helps to prioritize your connection to the studio by doing the following:
- Avoid active downloads & alternative streaming services on the computer you’re using while recording.
- Close all other browser tabs & keep SquadCast in focus.
- Where possible, use a wired internet connection.
Your “Recording Studio”
Let’s be honest. Very few of us have access to a personal recording studio. So what can you do to help create that “studio” feel?
The first thing to consider is the environment you’re recording in. Will it be quiet? Are alarms muted where possible? Is there a phone nearby that might ring? If possible, it helps to record in a room that is quiet.
Looking to “kick it up a notch?” Consider the treatment of the room you’re in.
When you record with hard, flat surfaces all around, your voice will reflect on these surfaces and create somewhat of an echo as they bounce back to the microphone you’re recording on.
As silly as it may sound, one of the best places to record audio is a walk-in closet – the clothing absorbs the sound instead. While recording in your closet isn’t possible, might there be ways to provide audio treatment to the room you’re in? Curtains? Carpets? Blankets?
At the end of the day, don’t sweat this too much. You’re our guest and we’ll work with whatever space you have available.