This page is for contributors who are going to be interviewed over an internet phone call. (And other podcasters who might find this useful.)

So that the podcasts have the best quality audio, could you please record the phone call yourself and send us a copy? This page will say how.  If you have used internet phone calls, you will have noticed that the internet sometimes makes a very bad phone line. The final podcast will use your recording for your voice and our recording of the interviewer, so the audience does not have to hear the distortion on the line. Here is how:

1. We use Skype for calls, because it has a better signal and lots of people already use it.

If you do not use Skype, tell us and we’ll work something out.

2a. The PrettyMay plugin for Skype on Windows records the two sides of the call separately.

Please download the free call recorder from PrettyMay. – Free call recorder download. – Information about the call recorder

At the start of the call, we will talk to you to make sure it is switched on and recording.

2b. If you have a Mac, the CallRecorder plugin from Ecamm does the same thing.

Please download the free demo: this will be enough for you to record your side of the call. – Information about the call recorder, with download link.

It would be very helpful to us if you would split the file into tracks before you send it: there is a utility that comes with the call recorder.

2c. Otherwise …

If you have another operating system, or trouble using those, call us and we’ll work something out.

For example, you could record your side of the interview on your mobile phone. Many people have smartphones that have a voice memo feature, and some of our interviews have been recorded on the interviewee’s iPhone while we talk to them on Skype.

3. Set up for an interview.

It helps if you are in a quiet room without too many distracting noises. Closing the windows helps; drawing the curtains might also make you sound less boxy.

You can also sound better with your choice of microphone. Starting with the options that make you sound best, go for:

  • a USB headset (the mic is next to your mouth and the signal is digitised away from the electronic noise of your computer)
  • an analogue headset (the mic is next to your mouth but the signal is digitised in your computer, which might add electronic noise)
  • an external mic with headphones (mic away from the computer, and should not pick up the interviewer)
  • Skype via internal mic with headphones but record your voice on your mobile phone separately (same as 2c above – basically, a more complicated version of external mic with headphones)

Using the microphone on your laptop means that the microphone will pick up the sound of your computer as well as your own voice.

4. Do the interview

We’ll talk you through making sure recording is switched on at the start of the call. Many thanks for your time :).

4. Send us the file

The file will be too big for email. So we suggest a bulk file transfer service such as

Then the interview will be in quality audio. Many thanks for the little extra hassle which will really help your voice come over to the audience.


One Response to “How we record your VoIP interview”

  1. Ian McDonald Says:

    2017 Addendum: As the podcast space expands, there are now apps like Zencastr and Ringr to automate some of this. But I haven’t looked into them yet.

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