Whether you run an interview show, or have a remote co-host, you need a means to record your podcast online.

Traditionally these types of recordings have always taken place over Skype. But a few new tools have appeared on the scene these past couple of years.

Some services now go far beyond simply recording your audio. The Cast platform for example, lets you edit your podcast, and even offers the option to host it for you.

As these apps continue to compete to become the top choice in their field, we’ll undoubtedly see more features and capabilities being unveiled.

So what are the best options for recording a podcast online right now? Things change fast in technology, so we’ll be updating this post whenever necessary. But right now, here are our picks…

Ecamm Call Recorder for Skype

Ecamm’s Call Recorder allows you to record Skype calls on your Mac. At the time of writing, it’s one of the most popular ways of recording podcast interview online.

  • Mac/PC – Mac
  • Cost – $29.95 One-off payment
  • Files – MOV (can be turned into MP3 with in-app converter)
  • Guest Requirements – Skype account
  • Records video – Yes
  • Independent channels? The call records in stereo with the presenter on one side and the guest (or multiple guests) on the other side. The stereo track can then be split into two separate mono tracks with Ecamm’s in-app converter.

Get Ecamm Call Recorder

Pamela for Skype (Not currently recommended – see TalkHelper as an alternative)

Pamela is a bit of a veteran in the interview recording space, though at time of writing, it isn’t fully compatible with the latest Skype update.

  • Mac/PC – PC
  • Cost – Tiered pricing. One-off payment
    • Basic – Free
    • Call Recorder – €14.95
    • Professional – €24.95
    • Business – €39.95
  • Files – MP3, WMA, OGG and WAV
  • Guest Requirements – Skype account
  • Records Video – Yes
  • Independent channels? The call records in stereo with the presenter on one side and the guest (or multiple guests) on the other side. The stereo track can then be split into two separate mono tracks in Audacity, Adobe Audition, etc.

TalkHelper Call Recorder for Skype

A Skype call recorder for your PC. TalkHelper is a very similar program to Pamela. It costs a fair bit more, but it actually works!

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  • Mac/PC – PC
  • Cost – $49.95 One-off payment
  • Files – MP3 and WAV
  • Guest Requirements – Skype account
  • Records Video – Yes
  • Independent channels? You need to go into the app’s settings before recording your first call and change the default setting from ‘stereo’ to ‘mono’. That way the call will record in stereo with the presenter on one side and the guest (or multiple guests) on the other side. The stereo track can then be split into two separate mono tracks in Audacity, Adobe Audition, etc.

Get TalkHelper

Zencastr

Zencastr allows you to record two or more people from inside your browser on independent channels without even needing to download or install anything. They also offer a post-production feature for your recordings.

  • Mac/PC – Both
  • Cost – Tiered monthly payment with free option
    • Hobbyist – Free
    • Professional – $20 per month
    • Network $120 per month
  • Files – MP3 (Hobbyist) and WAV (Professional & Network)
  • Guest Requirements – Using Chrome or Firefox browsers
  • Video – No
  • Independent channels? Yes – each participant is recorded independently. You can have up to 2 with the Hobbyist account, but as many as you like with the Pro or Network packages.

Get Zencastr

Cast

Cast is an app that lets you record and edit your podcast without the need for downloading/installing anything. It also doubles up as a media host service, so you can upload and publish your podcast with Cast too.

  • Mac/PC – Both
  • Cost – Tiered monthly payment
    • Hobby – $10 per month
    • Pro – $30 per month
  • Files – MP3
  • Guest Requirements – Using Chrome browser
  • Video – No
  • Independent channels? Yes. Up to 4 participants can be recorded independently.

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Ringr

Ringr is an app which enables you to record calls on your mobile or desktop. One of the best options out there if you want to podcast with your smartphone.

  • Mac/PC – Both
  • Cost – Tiered monthly payment
    • Basic – $7.99 per month
    • Premium – $18.99 per month
  • Files – MP3/OGG/FLAC
  • Guest Requirements – None
  • Video – No
  • Independent channels? Yes. 2 participants can be recorded independently with the Premium package.

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An Alternative Option

Participants Record Their Own Audio

A method podcasters have been using to record since the medium began is the original ‘double-ender’.

Each guest or co-host takes responsibility for recording his or her own audio at the source.

That might be opening up their recording/editing software, and running that to record their voice as they talk to their fellow participants.

Or it might be using a completely separate mic and digital recorder, to eliminate the risk of loss of audio due to computer issues.

In any case, with all being well, the producer will have quality recordings of each participant on independent tracks to work with in post-production.

If you’re doing this, just remember to run a back up recording on something like Ecamm or Pamela. That way, if someone forgets to hit record, all isn’t lost,

What Do You Use?

As I’ve mentioned already, things change fast in technology, so we’ll be updating this roundup whenever necessary.

Are you using one of the above to record your own podcast with? If so, how are you getting on with it?

Also, if there’s an app or service you’re using that we haven’t mentioned, how does it compare to the others?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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