Double-Ender Recording Technique for High-Quality Remote Podcasts


Long gone are the times when you had to break the bank to record an interview with a guest located far away. With double-ender recording, you can effortlessly capture high-quality content without leaving your abode.


Chances are, you may have experienced recording mishaps due to unstable internet connectivity while using online recording platforms. However, double-ender recording eliminates this issue by directly recording everything on your device, without relying on the internet.

Now, you may be wondering how this method works and how you can get started with it. To begin, watch the video below, and then read on to discover how to record a double-ender podcast interview. We will provide an explanation of what double-ender recording entails, how it operates, and a comprehensive guide to recording podcasts with guests from different locations.


What is a double-ender recording?

A double-ender refers to a technique for recording remotely that involves the host and the remote guest or two co-hosts recording their respective audio and video locally, instead of using the internet. Once the recording session is complete, the two distinct audio tracks can be merged in post-production.

While it is possible to record Zoom or Skype calls, these methods have several limitations. Since they rely on internet-based recording, the quality of the recording depends on the stability of the WiFi connection. This can result in inconsistent audio quality, dropouts, lags, and reduced sound quality due to audio compression.


Advantages of Double-Ender Recording

  1. Achieve Professional Audio and Video Quality -Recording with a double-ender setup allows you to produce top-notch remote recordings. Since the media is recorded locally, you don’t have to worry about internet connection quality issues affecting the final product. Any lags or glitches that occur in real-time won’t be present in your audio or video files. This means you can create the impression of being in the same room as your guest, even if you’re thousands of miles away.
  2. Lossless Audio Quality– When you opt for uncompressed audio, you ensure that your sound quality remains pristine, providing your listener with an immersive and high-quality listening experience.
  3. Added Security and Backup -Measures In addition to the benefits of improved audio and video quality, double-enders also offer an extra layer of protection for your podcast episode. In the event of a computer crash during a recording session, your podcast episode won’t be lost thanks to the backup recordings made with this setup.

Double ender hardware solutions

Recording a double-ender podcast can be achieved by both parties using their own hardware. For instance, you and your guest can use a camera or a high-quality smartphone to record remote video while using an external handheld recorder to capture audio. If you already have hardware, you can take advantage of our mic and webcam tests to ensure that they meet the required quality standards.

If you’re looking for a new setup, we can guide you through the process. Opting for a small and portable setup with high-quality in-built microphones will make your recording process a breeze. The Zoom H2N is an excellent option for beginners and advanced podcasters alike.


Alternatively, if you’re already a big fan of your microphone, you can use several portable recorders that are compatible with external mics and include phantom power. The Zoom H5 is a reliable choice, or you can use the same microphone for both your local recording and your call on the computer by using the Samson Q2U with your double system recording setup.

If you don’t have an external recorder, newer iOS or Android devices offer professional-quality recordings with an external microphone attachment. You can connect your current USB microphone using OTG cables or invest in a microphone such as the Rode Smartlav+ that’s compatible with your phone.


While recording locally to your computer’s hard drive is also an option, it requires technical savviness to route your computer audio to two software simultaneously. To achieve this, you’ll need a virtual audio mixer such as Voicemeeter for PC or Soundflower for Mac. Though it offers outstanding audio quality, it can be challenging to set up and troubleshoot. Memory and processing issues may arise, and if you accidentally use the wrong settings, the results could be disappointing. Additionally, if your computer crashes or runs out of battery, you could potentially lose both recordings.

Furthermore, even if all participants can navigate the complex technical setup, they must send their local recordings to the host. However, this may pose an issue since the files are likely to be large and may not attach to emails. Therefore, participants must find alternative solutions to send large files, creating a less professional experience for them and causing stress for the host, who relies on their timely submission to commence post-production.


How To Record Remote Podcasts Using Double Ender Hardware

If you opt for this method, here are the recommended steps for you and any other participant to follow:

To begin with, conduct some test recordings with your recorder, whether it is equipped with an in-built mic or you have attached an external one. Experiment with different distances, and if your mic has various settings, determine which one is most effective.


Once you have established your set-up, log in to your conferencing application and initiate a call with your guest or co-host. Remember to wear headphones to ensure that only your voice is recorded, with no feedback.

When both parties are ready, begin recording. Before the interview officially commences, establish a marker to facilitate file alignment during post-production. A countdown or simultaneous clapping or greeting can serve as the marker.


When the recording is finished, stop it. Kindly remind your guest to send their file to you.

After receiving their file, import both audio tracks into your preferred editing software, aligning them using the previously established marker.

Double ender software 

While using hardware to record remote podcasts with guests can be a viable option, it may require significant technical expertise. Additionally, your guests may not possess the necessary knowledge to set up the equipment themselves. Moreover, if you encounter technical issues during the recording, resolving them may be time-consuming and could lead to the loss of your valuable work.

To avoid these challenges, utilizing double-ender software solutions is a prudent approach for recording remote podcasts with guests. This method enables you to conduct the double-ender interview without burdening your guests with any additional requirements. Moreover, it provides an extra layer of security by creating a real-time backup recording on the software’s cloud server.

How To Record Remote Podcasts Using Double Ender Software

If you want to learn how to record a podcast with remote guests, follow these simple steps:

  1. First, log in to your preferred remote recording software.
  2. Set up a double-ender podcast studio using the software.
  3. Share the link to your show with your guest, who can simply click on it to join from their browser – without needing to download anything.
  4. Once your guest has joined, they will enter the green room to prepare and check their audio and video inputs.
  5. You will be able to view their audio and video inputs, so make sure to provide them with an overview and remind them to connect to an external microphone and webcam, if available.
  6. Start recording by hitting the record button.
  7. During the recording, both you and your guest’s files will be recorded locally and uploaded to the software in real-time. You’ll have a cloud backup, which means you won’t lose your work if your computer crashes. You can also download the files in a matter of minutes at the end of the recording.
  8. Finally, download the files and edit them together in post-production.

By following these steps, you can easily record a podcast with guests who are in different locations without any plagiarism.

Essential Tips For Double Ender Recording

Benefits of Wearing Headphones To ensure that each audio track belongs to the respective speaker, it is crucial to wear headphones when recording two separate audio tracks that will be combined later in post-production. Without headphones, the recorder may pick up the audio of the other person, causing inconvenience during editing. While it is possible to eliminate the extraneous audio, it can be a tedious process, particularly during a heated conversation when participants tend to speak over each other.

Importance of Clearing Storage Space When using hardware for double-ended recording, it is necessary to free up enough storage space on the drive where the podcast episode will be saved. This prevents the recording from ending abruptly due to insufficient storage space and minimizes the risk of crashes while improving overall performance. The more storage space available, the better the resources allocated to the podcast recording.

The Advantages of Using an External Microphone Most double-ender recording software provides a feature to select the audio and video sources of the guest for the call. Before starting the recording, it is advisable to double-check these settings and remind the guest to connect their external microphone, if they haven’t already. An external microphone ensures the clearest and most professional-sounding audio for the podcast

How To Edit Recorded Double Ender Content

Upon concluding your call, you’ll be given individual files for every participant involved in the conversation. These files can be brought into the editing software of your choosing to initiate the post-production process. To ensure that each track is synchronized, it’s recommended that you create a marker immediately after you start recording. For instance, you could have everyone on the call clap together or say a quick greeting, like “Hello.” This will provide a point of reference to align the tracks, making for a seamless editing experience.

It’s worth noting that some recording platforms have built-in editing tools to streamline your post-production process. Riverside’s Editor, for example, includes a range of features designed to make editing a breeze. This includes easy track syncing, noise normalization to improve audio quality, and even fun customization tools for backgrounds and logos.

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