Best Podcast Recording Software For Remote Interviews

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Choosing the right remote recording service is crucial if you want to reliably capture high-quality audio and video for your podcast. While Zoom “just works” and people are familiar with it, there are a number of options that deliver higher resolution video and uncompressed audio.

In this guide, I rank and review the best podcast recording software for remote interviews so that you can pick the best one for you. I hope this deep dive helps you to compare platforms with their various features and costs.

  1. Riverside
  2. SquadCast
  3. Iris
  4. Remotely
  5. Zencastr

RiversideFM

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Summary

Founded in 2019 by two brothers Gideon and Nadav Keyson, Riverside was the first platform of its type to introduce dual HD recording as well as uploading from a web browser and an iPhone app. They sought to make it easy to record remote podcasts and video interviews that look and sound like they were recorded in a million dollar studio. The Keyson brothers have raised $9.5 million in Series A funding for the project. Lead investor, Alexis Ohanian of Seven Seven Six, has been joined by Zeev-ventures.com, Casey Neistat, Guy Raz, Elad Gil, Alexander Klöpping, Marques Brownlee, and other strategic tech investors.

While platforms like Skype and Zoom compress audio and video feeds, degrading overall quality, Riverside boasts that it can locally record and upload lossless audio and 4K video tracks. It has been used by organizations as diverse as Disney, Fox Sports, Marvel, TechCrunch, Hillary Clinton, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Riverside is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

4.8

Features

  • Record up to 8 people
  • Local recording up to 4K video resolution and uncompressed 48kHz WAV audio
  • Separate audio and video tracks for every participant
  • Video files available as MP4 (Locally recorded, high-quality MP4 video file with audio. This is a variable frame rate file straight from the camera) or Constant Frame Rate MP4 (This is a locally recorded, high-quality MP4 file that is locked at 24 Frames Per Second)
  • Basic editing in Magic Editor (upload your logo, change the background, choose speaker layout, and export)
  • Create short clips for social media and other repurposing
  • iOS and Android (beta) apps for on-the-go recording
  • Livestream your interview to Facebook, Youtube, Twitch, LinkedIn, and a custom RTMP destination
  • Media Board for live editing: Upload, play, and record audio AND video clips directly from the online studio
  • Producer mode and controls
  • Accessible audience link

Pricing

The table below shows annual plans that save you up to 21%. Many weekly podcasts find the Standard Plan sufficient. However, transcriptions are included with the Pro Plan.

  • Basic – $9/month; record 2 hours/month
    (Billed $90 annually; $7.50/month)
  • Standard – $19/month; record 5 hours/month + live stream and accept live call-ins
    (Billed $180 annually; $15/month)
  • Pro – $29/month; record 15 hours/month; includes transcriptions
    (Billed $288 annually; $24/month)

Pros

  • Riverside.fm has raised a total of $12M in funding over 2 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Apr 22, 2021 from a Series A round.
  • New features and improvements added regularly
  • No additional charge for going over recording limits, but Riverside will reach out to discuss a plan that fits your needs if you go over consistently.

Cons

  • Limited to Chrome or Edge web browser or iOS/Android App

Andy’s Take: Riverside is a feature rich recording platform used by big brands and podcasters. Try it! 60 minutes of free recording, no credit card required.

SquadCast.fm

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Quality
Separate Audio Tracks
Video
Features
Ease of Use
Support

Summary

Founded in 2017 by Zachariah Moreno and Rockwell Felder, SquadCast is a SaaS remote recording platform that empowers podcasters by capturing quality audio and video conversations. SquadCast says, “There are no audio syncing issues, no lost recordings, and no worries for remote guests.” SquadCast’s patent-pending cloud-based technology is essential for podcasters producing multiple shows. SquadCast has customers in 130+ countries, including Microsoft, Adobe, ESPN, NPR, The Tim Ferriss Show, iHeartRadio, The Jordan Harbinger Show, Kara Swisher, and The New York Times.

SquadCast is headquartered in Oakland, CA.

Free 7 Day Trial.

4.8

Features

  • Record up to 10 people (host + 9 guests)
  • Local recording up to 1080p at 30fps video resolution mixed with audio in mp4 (also available in webm format)
  • 48 kHz sample rate and 16-bit depth audio files in wav format (also available in mp3 format)
  • Separate audio and video tracks for every participant
  • Seamless guest experience that includes instructions, link, and virtual green room
  • Progressive upload and cloud backups
  • All accounts have access to Dolby.io technology that makes you and your guests sound and feel like you’re sonically in the same room while recording together
  • Pro plans and above includes one-click post-production mastering through automatic leveling, EQ, and background noise reduction
  • All plans can mix audio with Auphonic
  • Transfer recordings with Dropbox

Pricing for Audio Only

  • Dabbler Audio – $10/month; record 2 hours per month; up to 4 participants
    (Billed $110 annually; $9.17/month)
  • Indie Audio – $20/month; record 5 hours per month; up to 4 participants
    (Billed $220 annually; $18.34/month)
  • Pro Audio – $50/month; record 12 hours per month; up to 10 participants
    (Billed $550 annually; $45.83/month)
  • Studio Audio – $150/month; record 25 hours per month; up to 10 participants
    (Billed $1,650 annually; $137.50/month)

Pricing with Video

  • Indie + Video – $40/month; record 5 hours per month; up to 4 participants
    (Billed $440 annually; $36.67/month)
  • Pro + Video – $100/month; record 12 hours per month; up to 10 participants
    (Billed $1,100 annually; $91.67/month)
  • Studio + Video – $300/month; record 25 hours per month; up to 10 participants
    (Billed $3,300 annually; $275/month)

Pros

  • Supported browser include latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Brave, and Edge
  • Android devices are supported using a mobile browser
  • iPhone and iPad support are in Beta as of December 2021
  • SquadCast says local recordings are rendered using its patented Drift Normalization technology that ensures there are not issues with time syncing between recordings
  • Access to 24-hour support center and email

Cons

  • More expensive than other video recording platforms
  • If you run out of monthly recording time, you can purchase more time for your account when the remaining time is less than an hour

Andy’s Take: SquadCast is trusted by big brands and built a strong reputation as one of the best audio recording platforms. The addition of video recording and Dolby.io have been welcomed with excitement.

Get a 7-day free trial!

Iris.fm

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Quality
Separate Audio Tracks
Video
Features
Ease of Use
Support

Summary

Founded in 2019, Iris says it’s “the easiest way to record podcasts and interviews in High-Fidelity,” and that it’s trusted by 10,000 podcasters. The platform is intuitive for hosts, guests, and team members — with no need to download an app or software.

Create your own custom recording room with your own URL to share and invite others. Lock the room with Iris’ waiting room feature to ensure no one disrupts or enters without host or producer permission.

Iris Software, LLC is headquartered in Morrison, CO.

Record up to an hour for free. No credit card required.

4.4

Features

  • Record up to 9 people online from any location in a recording room at one time
  • Record your video and audio locally up to 4k and stream the video conference in 720p
  • Separate video & audio files for each guest — WAV (lossless) and MP3 (optimized) and the video in MP4
  • Create a custom recording room with your own URL to share and invite others
  • Waiting room feature requires host/producer approval to admit guest(s)
  • Easily add team members and set permissions 

Pricing

Plans are straightforward, tiered by how many hours of recording you need. Yearly plans include a 10% discount.

  • $9/month; record 2 hours per month
    (Billed $97.20 annually; $8.10/month)
  • $19/month; record 5 hours per month
    (Billed $205.20 annually; $17.10/month)
  • $29/month; record 10 hours per month
    (Billed $313.20 annually; $26.10/month)
iris podcast pricing

Pros

  • Supported browsers include Chrome, FireFox, Brave, Edge, Opera, and Safari with desktop computers, laptops, iPhones, and Android phones
  • All plans come with unlimited audio mastering (postproduction)
  • All plans feature backup/automatic upload to Google Drive and Dropbox

Cons

  • iPhones and iPads don’t support the dual (local and remote) video recording

Andy’s Take: Iris is a solid recording platform for capturing separate video/audio tracks in high quality. It’s simple to use and gets the job done.

Record up to an hour for free. No credit card required.

Remotely.fm

Review coming soon!

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Summary

Founded in June 2019, Remotely says it’s “the easiest way to record remote interviews in studio quality.” Two plans offer offer either audio only mode or 4K high-quality video recordings.

Remotely is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

First 60 minutes free, no credit card required.

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Features

  • Audio-only mode allows for 8 participants (1 host + 7 guests)
  • Video mode allows for 6 participants (1 host + 5 guests)
  • Locally record audio in uncompressed .WAV format at 48kHz/16bit
  • Locally recorded .MP4 video in up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second
  • Each participant recorded on separate tracks
  • Automatically send professional calendar invites to guests
  • Recorded tracks are stored in your account page for 6 months
  • Add your branding

Pricing

The feature set appears to be the same for the two pricing plans with exception to video. Note that you can see each other while recording with the Audio plan, but it isn’t recording the video.

  • Audio – $19/month; record 5 hours per month
    (Billed $180 annually; $15/month)
  • Audio + Video – $35/month; record 8 hours per month
    (Billed $300 annually; $25/month)
remotely podcast pricing

Pros

  • Remotely says it supports all major browsers and platforms (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera browsers are supported on computers + iOS and Android devices)
  • Automatic backups
  • Remotely features automatic post-production that mixes each track into a file that’s ready to publish

Cons

  • If you run out of credits included in your plan, you will be charged an additional $2.99 per additional hour for the extra time.

Andy’s Take: I’m still gathering information about Remotely, and there is not a lot of information about the company online. More will be posted here soon.

First 60 minutes free, no credit card required.

Zencastr

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Quality
Separate Audio Tracks
Video
Features
Ease of Use
Support

Summary

Founded in 2014, Zencastr is a modern web-based solution for high-quality podcast production. The company says it’s “the most reliable Hi-Fi Audio and HD Video Podcasting Platform.”

Zencastr has been a bootstrapped, self-funded, and grassroots company in the podcasting space. In February 2021, Zencastr announced a $4.6 million seed round — the service’s first major funding since launch.

Zencastr is headquartered in Cottonwood Heights, UT.

Try Zencastr for free.

4.5

Features

  • Local recording up to 1080p HD Video with up to 4 guests
  • Lossless 16-bit 48k WAV audio track per guest
  • Unlimited audio recordings
  • Soundboard for live editing allows you to insert audio clips as you record (intro, ad, or other audio on the fly)
  • Built-in Peer-to-Peer encrypted VoIP chat and footnotes
  • Automatic postproduction can mix tracks into one audio & video mix + loudness normalization, noise, and hum reduction
  • Automatic cloud file storage in Dropbox or Google Drive

Pricing

The 8-hour-per-month hobbyist tier is free or a $20-per-month professional tier includes lossless WAV recording, Automatic Postproduction, and unlimited guests and recording time.

  • Hobbyist – Free; trial 1080p video recordings; audio/Video mixing (pay separately)
  • Professional – $20/month; unlimited 1080p video recordings (beta); Audio/Video mixing (10 hours/month); live editing soundboard, unlimited English transcriptions
    (Billed $216 annually; $18/month)

Pros

  • Free plan available with a reasonably priced paid option
  • Zencastr has raised a total of $4.6 million in funding over 2 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Feb 22, 2021 from a Series A round.

Cons

  • Video is still in beta
  • Zencastr does not currently support mobile devices
  • Supported browsers: Brave, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge (Zencastr does not support Safari or Firefox)
  • Zencastr has had audio sync or drift problems in the past

Andy’s Take: Zencastr’s value proposition (price to features) is very attractive; but for some podcasters, the company will need to prove itself following its previous sync and server issues. The good news is that Zencastr’s funding will go toward platform stability and hiring.

Try Zencastr for free!

I’m really happy that podcasters have more choices for high-quality remote interviews. What has been your experience? Do you have a favorite platform?

About the author

Andy

Andy is host of Inspired Money, named by Forbes as a Top 10 Personal Finance Podcast. He has conducted over 200 interviews as a host -- including booking, pre-interview research, and post-production. Andy has spoken at Inbound, Podfest, FinCon, Podcast Movement, and is co-founder of the Asian American Podcasters Association.

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Andy is host of Inspired Money, named by Forbes as a Top 10 Personal Finance Podcast. He has conducted over 200 interviews as a host -- including booking, pre-interview research, and post-production. Andy has spoken at Inbound, Podfest, FinCon, Podcast Movement, and is co-founder of the Asian American Podcasters Association.

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