Given podcasting’s spontaneous nature, it’s more than likely that you’ll run into a time or ten where you have a great idea you want to share or a conversation that needs to be heard, but you don’t have your usual equipment to get things up and running. That’s where mobile recording comes in.
Knowing how to record a professional-sounding podcast on mobile will broaden your reach, heighten your capabilities, and ensure that you don’t miss an opportunity to share vital information with your listeners. Even if you have no plans to go mobile right now, there’s every reason to have the ability to pull these skills from your back pocket at a moment’s notice—after all, some of the best, most impactful opportunities come without warning.
With the podcasting market booming, a quick search on Amazon will return over 200 pages of equipment to help with recording, which can be more than a little overwhelming. So we broke down what we believe to be the best options for recording on your mobile device based on versatility, transportability, affordability, and, of course, sound quality.
There are an endless number of apps that record audio, but only a few that do so with professional sound quality, and even fewer that will record two mics simultaneously (a critical feature if you plan to do any interviews).
That’s why BossJock Studio is considered by so many to be the holy grail of pro-quality recording on the go. It’s only $10 and lets you export directly to your account, as well as upload and publish your content as an mp3 file, all the while delivering killer sound quality.
It’s a hands-free mic that literally fits in your pocket and provides professional-quality recording for an iPhone, iPad, and Android. It’s also “chainable”, which, in human speak, means you can easily link two mics to the same device, making it super easy to record interviews.
For $10, TwistedWave offers detailed editing capabilities with a super simple, intuitive interface. Using just your fingers you can make precise, accurate selections on the screen of your phone or tablet, which are easily transferrable back and forth to the aforementioned BossJock app for easy publication.
Oh, the liberation!
No longer bogged down by big bags of expensive equipment, with these three products in your pocket (literally), you can take your podcast to any conference, show, coffeehouse or hotel and produce professional, high-quality results in a pinch.
A quick note of advice on mobile recording
While these tools are capable of producing a high-quality podcast, they’re not miracle workers. A fully-equipped studio will give you marginally better results than any mobile apps can deliver, but that’s no reason to miss the ample opportunities that come with being able to record on the go.
A lot of folks tend to get caught up in perfect production when that energy would be much better spent on quality content. Mobile podcasting will inevitably come with certain limitations and an air of rawness that you might not get in a studio, but if the content you’re providing is stellar, most listeners couldn’t care less if production isn’t picture perfect.