The recording of the Web Worker podcast is generally done remotely using Tencent Meeting.
Because the hosts are currently in Beijing, Nanjing, and Hangzhou, and have never recorded offline, the process is kept simple.
It's basically just finding a place to chat and clicking on the recording function.
Here are the details of a recent program meeting:
As you can see, all you need is the meeting ID, join the meeting at the scheduled time, and that's it, no need to worry about anything else.
If you haven't installed Tencent Meeting yet, you can visit the Tencent Meeting download page to download it.
Note: If you are an overseas user, different regions have different access policies, so you may need to use the pop-up Voov software as prompted by Tencent Meeting. Please follow the instructions provided by Tencent Meeting.
What you don't need to prepare#
- No need for PowerPoint: Audio content doesn't show images, but if (Capricorn) wants to be rigorous, you can write an outline with key prompts.
- No need for a computer webcam: You don't have to show your face, and as someone with social anxiety, I'm thrilled!
- No need for VSCode: We won't be discussing hardcore knowledge, so let's look forward to a relaxed conversation.
- No need to prepare melon seeds: Eating snacks like melon seeds may affect the recording quality.
What you need to prepare#
- A relatively quiet environment
- Mute your computer and phone during recording to avoid interruptions
- It is recommended to use a computer to join Tencent Meeting, although the mobile app works too, the intelligent noise reduction effect may not be as good
Recommended recording devices:
- If you have a professional heart-shaped microphone, that would be best
- The built-in microphone on a Mac computer is also acceptable. However, Intel chip computers sometimes have loud fan noises (similar to the sound of a helicopter taking off), so please close unnecessary programs and keep the load light during recording
- Bluetooth microphones like AirPods can also be used, but avoid eating while recording
Not recommended recording devices:
- Wired headphones with built-in microphones, as they tend to move around and have poor recording quality
- Simple, ordinary omnidirectional microphones, as they may pick up external noises like traffic
Heart-shaped microphone > Mac computer microphone > Bluetooth headphones > other devices
If you're unsure, you can set up a temporary meeting to confirm the sound quality with the host.
Devices are secondary, the most important thing is your enthusiasm!
In a rigorous manner, here's a made-up workflow.
Currently, it starts with inviting guests, discussing topics, recording the conversation, editing and publishing, and ongoing interaction. Here's a brief outline of the process:
- Confirm guests and gather their basic information and recent updates
- Invite guests and outline the general questions, usually focusing on personal growth, learning journey, and recent areas of focus
- Confirm time zones, if you're not in the GMT+8 time zone, please remind us so we can choose the most suitable time for both parties
- Active communication, discuss any topics the guest doesn't want to discuss or any additional questions they want to add or technical thoughts they want to share
- Schedule the meeting, currently using Tencent Meeting to reserve the time, some people prefer managing their schedule through calendars
- Environment testing, greet the guest and synchronize the process, eliminate environmental noise
- Local recording, use Tencent Meeting's local recording function to record the audio file. Use a phone as a backup if needed
- Communicate and engage, encourage the guest to actively discuss topics and guide interesting conversations
- End the meeting, mark the ending, ongoing interaction, track the status of the audio file
- Rough editing of the podcast, communicate and listen to the edited version
- Fine-tune the podcast, add intro and outro, highlights, and any additional modifications
- Provide materials, share the guest's workspace (show off their desk) and pet photos
- Publish the podcast, share the link, encourage guest and audience interaction through comments or social media posts
- Thank the guest and send a small surprise gift