First, we’d like to thank you for taking time out of your busy day to come on the show. We hope the publicity this generates will help you in your future endeavors, or at least that you’ll have some fun.
This checklist will help ensure you have a pleasant experience, our listeners have clear audio and there will be few if any interruptions.
- The show records best when the guest uses Google Chrome, or if you’re running a Linux operating system, Chromium. (If you don’t know what Linux is, you’re not running it.)
- Be sure your version of Google Chrome is updated. To update Google Chrome, click the three-dot menu near the top-right corner of the Chrome window. Then select Help. Then select About Google Chrome. It will update automatically once you do that.
- Unless you have a VERY fast computer, turn off as many background programs as you can and close all other tabs besides the one you’re using for the recording. This will help your voice stay clear and will reduce the load on your computer, which will help prevent you from dropping out of the podcast.
- This includes your antivirus if you can stand to turn it off. Also, any backup software, chat engines, etc.
- Turn off your phone and place it away from you. If something has come up and you must keep your phone nearby to take an emergency call if it comes in, please warn us before the show starts so we’ll be ready if it happens.
- Be sure to use headphones or earbuds during the recording. No matter how far you turn your speakers down, when the shenanigans start, we’ll hear the echo and so will the listeners.
- Use an external microphone if at all possible. The microphones built-in to laptop computers tend to produce poor quality recordings. It doesn’t have to be an expensive microphone, but it should be external.
- Spit out the gum and open your drink before the show starts. Chewing and the hiss of carbonated beverages tend to show up really well. We can edit most of this out in post-production, but it saves us a lot of time if it doesn’t happen at all.
- NOTE: Nobody can help barking dogs, honking horns, fire engines, etc. The listeners understand. If it gets too crazy, we’ll pause for five seconds after the noise ends, and re-record whatever question we left off on. Don’t panic — things happen.
- Make sure you’re not using “incognito mode” on your browser. If you do, Zencastr won’t allow you to save the audio file which gets created on your computer, and therefore, the show will be nothing but JR and Chris talking with long, awkward pauses in-between.
- Make sure your sample rate is 44100. If you’re not sure how to do that, here’s a link: SAMPLE RATE 44100.
If you have any questions before your recording, please don’t hesitate to contact the show at firstname.lastname@example.org