Podcraft Capture kits require a computer* to work.
(*computer sold separately! Remotecast does not require a computer to work.)
We provide support FOR CAPTURE KITS WHEN used with a Mac or Windows PC. If yours was built in the last five years, you're probably good!
You might also be able to use Podcraft Capture systems with other operating systems such as Linux®, Chrome® OS, iOS®, and Android®. While these "off-label" setups may work, we are unable to provide support for them.
Minimum System Requirements
If your computer isn't ancient, it's probably fine! We recommend the following minimum system specs for the best results:
- Operating System: Mac OS® or Microsoft Windows®
- Processor: 1 GHz
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Browser: Chrome, Firefox®, or Safari® recommended
- Connector: one available USB-A port or USB-C with USB-A adapter
To find this information, on Mac, go to the Apple Menu in the top bar, and select About This Mac. On Windows, right-click My Computer and select Properties.
We recommend using the following software for recording your podcasts
- Audacity® for local (in-room) participants (free)
- Zoom® for remote participants (free up to 40 minutes)
- If you have another program you prefer, as long as you can create individual audio files (one file per person) in wav or other common formats, we're going to get along just fine.
- Lots of programs record audio these days. From dedicated Digital Audio Workstation software, to Apple® Quicktime® and iWork® programs (Pages®, Numbers®, and Keynote®), to many voice-recording apps on Windows®. As long as you can select an external microphone and set levels, they all sound the same.
Basic Audacity instructions:
1. Download and install Audacity.
2. Connect your microphone interface box to your computer and turn on its power switch (if present).
3. Open Audacity and let it run its initial setup process.
4. At the top, you'll see a set of four pull-down menus. The first will likely say Core Audio, and you can leave that one alone. The next one, with the Mic icon, is the input device. Set that one to the name of your audio interface (Audiobox, or Scarlett, for example).
5. Next is the number of microphones you want to record. You can set this number each time this changes.
6. Finally, the last pull-down menu is where your headphones are getting their signal from. You'll again set this to the name of your audio interface, same as step 4.
When you're ready to start, press record, the red circle button above the menus we used in the SET UP steps above. Once you press Record, let it run for a moment before you start speaking. Just a second or two is fine to capture the natural sound of the room. Don't press pause or stop until you're done recording. If you make a mistake, just let it keep running! When you're all finished, press Stop, which is the square icon near Record. Now go to File... Save Project. Save this recording to a folder you'll use to store your raw podcast recordings. You'll get a message stating this you'll be saving initially as an Audacity project, which you can confirm.
Now, we'll format the recording so producers can work with it. Go to File... Export... Export Multiple. Select the folder where you'd like to save to, WAV format, and at the bottom right, Name files: select option three, Numbering after file name prefix. Hit Export and you'll create a separate file for each person who spoke on your show. That's it!
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