Zencastr vs Ringr vs Squadcast vs Riverside for Podcast Interviews

At the time of recording, we’re still in the thick of that damn pandemic and pretty much everyone is ready to get to a post-zoom-meeting world. 

So, I’m sure today’s tip is going to come as a welcome suggestion – get the hell off Zoom. 

Sorry, this is not a ‘get out of Zoom free’ card and you can’t use me to get out of marathon work meetings or awkward family gatherings via Zoom. (oh, what the hell – go ahead, what do I care!)

But, I’m really only talking about ditching this platform as a place to hold and record podcast interviews. 

I know, I know – it’s an easy place to get people to meet and record. But, do you want your podcast to sound like it was easy or do you want it to sound GOOD!?

 

Zoom delivers compressed audio.  

 

Think of it like watching TV on standard def. Yeah, you can see everything but it’s not the high quality it could be… and when you friends come over, they are definitely going to notice! 

If you’re podcasting for your business… imagine creating a TV ad with your 1996 flip-phone. That’s what you’re doing if you’re recording your podcast on Zoom. 

But, Coach Wally… what am I supposed to do? 

I am so glad you asked! 

I review a few options for you in this episode (including how you can stick with Zoom and still get great sounding audio but *spoiler alert* it’s not an easy work around). 

More importantly, I share 4 of alternatives to Zoom for recording podcasts. And the good news is, they all sound better because they were built with the podcaster in mind!

 

Here are ZOOM alternatives you should consider if you want your podcast to sound next level.

Squadcast.fm  I love squadcast. You can see your guest and record high quality audio at the same time. They’ve got great support and are working hard to bring the video recording feature to their platform but it’s not possible yet (soon, they say…). Still, this is one of the options I recommend to my clients

Riverside.fm This is my new fave. I love their interface. I love the local recording. You not only get great high quality audio but you also get high quality video that you can download. So, if you’re doing video and podcasting, this is your platform.

Zencastr.com This platform has a free version that provides high quality audio and is super easy for both you and your guest. They’ve introduced the option to record video but it’s still in beta. 

Ringr.com Another option providing high quality audio. They have a lot of options but these also make it more complicated. No video option at this time. But if you just need audio. This is a solid option.

 

Which one is right for you? The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether video connection is important (do you need to see who you’re interviewing) and do you need to be able to download high quality video from your interview? 

Whichever you choose, they are ALL better than Zoom. 

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