Ed Talks: Record calls with Google Voice

March 15, 2017 01:30

With the excellent studio and field microphones available today, recording good, clean audio for radio newscasts, television or podcasts is easier than ever. But when it comes to recording telephone calls away from the studio, it can get a little dicey. We've all tried holding the microphone up to the phone, using speakerphones or other low-tech solutions. There are apps out there to record calls on your smartphone, but most have costs attached, such as monthly fees or storage charges, and some use unusual proprietary audio formats that aren't easily used by editing software without conversions.

But with a Google account, the right connecting wire and your everyday audio recorder, you can record calls using Google Voice, and get crisp digital audio without the usual external phone noise. In this edition of RTDNA's Ed Talks, Matt Sepic from Minnesota Public Radio demonstrates how he uses Google Voice to record telephone interviews he can easily edit and use in his stories.

Each edition of Ed Talks offers quick and easy training resources that give you practical advice you can fit into your busy schedule. Each video is brief and tightly focused on a single, actionable skill or technique that you can put to immediate use. Our first three videos are free and open to anyone who signs in with an email address so you can see what they're all about, including Boyd Huppert talking about the "handshake shot" to draw viewers into a story, SFGate's Brandon Mercer with tips to improve Facebook posts on the fly, and ABC Radio's Alex Stone with some great ideas on how to get studio-quality audio on the road.

Our most recent videos are available exclusively to members, who can get passwords for each video by logging into our member portal. Each video has its own password, and with it, you can see the full video in the portal itself or on our Ed Talks page. They include a tutorial on shooting video with a smartphone from WFAA-TV's Mike Castellucci, some best practices for using Facebook Live from consultant Kevin Benz, an easy way for one person to set up a three-camera shoot, from KARE-TV's Carly Danek, tips for improving your vocal delivery from Amy Tardif and George Bodarky, photojournalist Bradley Pfranger's tutorial on "go bag" essentials, Charlie Meyerson takes a look at writing effective headlines, and Adrienne Broaddus shows us how to shoot great standups as an MMJ.

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