TAP029: How to Record and Mix Multiple Hosts in Audacity (Double-Ender)

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Summary: If you want to highest-quality audio in your podcast of two more more hosts, then you have only two options: Record in-studio with multiple microphones and a mixer Record separately and combine in post production (called a double-ender) “Double-ender” comes from the pre-satillite days of television when two personalities would be recorded with audio and video in their separate locations and then the two videos later combined. Sometimes, they would even edit to make it appear as if the two personalities were in the same studio. Although the technique is no longer used for television broadcasts, it still works great for podcasting when you want the highest-quality audio without bringing all of your hosts in-studio. Set up for best quality The best microphone you can get for each cohost (even the cheapest mics will produce better quality than Skype) Audacity or other means of recording for each cohost Record your podcast Skype, Google Voice, or even a phone call between cohosts Clap as you count to ten to synchronize Share the files Dropbox to easily synchronize folders, or other file-sharing services (Box.net, Senduit, Ge.tt, and more) to transfer the recordings to the producer (probably you) Mix it together Import all the separate recordings into Audacity or your program of choice Align the clap-offs Listen to random points throughout your podcast to ensure the dialog is not overlapping Edit and export as normal! Fishy Behringer mic on Amazon Maybe this is from when Maxwell Smart started podcasting. Amazon.com has a photo glitch on their Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic. Read the funny reviews and post your own (share them here, too). Free calling in Gmail extended through 2011 When you combine Google Voice and Gmail, you can make free computer-to-phone calls right within Gmail. This has been free for 2010 and Google announced it will be free for 2011. I'll talk more about this in a future episode, but it present another free way to bring in live phone calls for your podcast. New podcast: Christian Meets World™ We're happy to have Jason Rennie join Noodle.mx Network with his podcast that connects the Christian worldview to the everyday. Subscribe to Christian Meets World™. Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the shownotes Call (903) 231-2221 to leave a voicemail Email feedback@TheAudacitytoPodcast.com (audio files welcome) Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Join the new Facebook Page Follow me on Twitter If you enjoy The Audacity to Podcast™, please subscribe to our other podcasts on the Noodle.mx Network: Are You Just Watching?™ and the Ramen Noodle™. Hire me to design stuff for you! Make your message look great by hiring Daniel to personally design your website, presentation, podcast cover art, and more! Visit D.Joseph Design to view his portfolio and request an estimate.