Radio or Podcast interviews using ipDTL from In:Quality

Radio or Podcast interviews using ipDTL from In:Quality


Hi, I’m Kevin from In:Quality, with a
guide to giving a radio or podcast interview using ipDTL. First consider
your acoustic surroundings. A kitchen with hard reflective services will give
undesirable results, whereas a bedroom with soft furnishings will sound much
more like you’re in a studio. Connect your computer to the internet using an
Ethernet cable and disable Wi-Fi just to be safe. If you’re stuck with Wi-Fi, make
sure you get nice and close to your internet router. Your choice of
microphone, and where you place it are important. Ideally use a USB microphone
such as this, and place it a hand span from your chin so that you’re talking
across it. Too close, and your plosives will pop. If you own a webcam – such as
this – you might find that it has a reasonable microphone built-in, although
the audio is a little sibilant. Position it in the same way. The built-in
microphone on some laptops can be quite good, such as on this Apple MacBook. They can also be really bad, if for instance they’re built into the same casing as
the cooling fan. Build up a pile of books, so that the microphone here is in the
optimum position. You’ll also need a pair of headphones. Earbuds such as those
shipped with an iPhone can be a problem. If they have a 4-pole jack such as this, the
inline mic can override the built-in mic on your laptop, and because of the way
it’s wired, the interviewee will hear their voice echoing back to them. Now open the Chrome web browser, and paste in the link which was sent to you by the producer.
Enter your name. When prompted, allow access to your microphone and then click
‘Start using ipDTL’. If you have your own ipDTL account, then simply log in at ipdtl.com …. Now, ensure you select the correct microphone using the drop-down
on the left. Select your headphones here too. You might find that your microphone
is too loud, as visible here in the send meter. Just turning it down in ipDTL’s mixer won’t actually fix the problem. You need
to find the input or recording volume in your computer’s audio settings and
reduce the level there. This is also a good time to deselect the ‘Use Ambient
Noise Reduction’ feature if shown. To test click Loopback in ipDTL, and check that
you see your voice looping back through your headphones, then click the red box, when you’re happy. The studio can now connect to you and you’ll
see the box turn red when they’re connected. You can use pillows to build a
fort around your microphone to help reduce the reverberations from your
surroundings. If necessary you can also hide under a duvet, which can be helpful
if it’s a particularly scary interview. If you must hold the microphone, then
grip it firmly to avoid any…handling noise. Do let us know how you get on and
add any extra tips in the comments below. Thanks for watching, and I hope your
interview goes well.

5 thoughts on “Radio or Podcast interviews using ipDTL from In:Quality

  1. Try turning the kbps up higher. Think of that as your sound quality selector. If you have a decent internet connection you should be able to handle higher quality audio transmissions.

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