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Hey Erik,

So sorry for the long turnaround time. I'm in the middle of moving and got behind on things :/. That shouldn't be your problem though. I'm hoping to be able to hire some help soon.

I'm eager to do my best to resolve your issue and fix this bug. Reliability is priority number one for Zencastr.

I've sent you an email back now. Please also feel free to ping me on Skype if you want to do some troubleshooting. Username: zencastr
 
Anyone use Zencastr? I've used it many times, and when it works it really works. It essentially allows you to a multi-ender in the browser (more or less). I was going to write up a pros and cons for the beta version, but then I ran into a big problem.

Three cohosts on a two-hour podcast (split into two recordings), and about 17 min into the 2nd recording (and 40 minutes from the end!) my audio completely disappears. The mp3 and wav files are truncated only on my audio. My cohosts' files are fine, and they could clearly hear me as we recorded. Has anyone else had a similar problem, and, more importantly, any ideas on how to fix it? I put a support ticket in, but it's been 24 hours and crickets.

(Moral of the story: always have a local recording for backup.) 
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Hey guys,

I've been noticing that a lot of new podcasters struggle with the problem of audio leakage when recording their Skype/Hangouts guests. I wrote up a quick blog post that talks about what audio leakage is, how to detect it, and how to prevent it. Here is the link.
For the best results when recording your podcast, you want to have a clean and distinct audio recording of each participant.  This allows for the most flexibility during postproduction and ultimately a great sounding podcast. What is Audio Leakage? A common problem when recording remote guests is audio leakage.   This is when one of the voices from the podcast leaks onto one or more of the other recordings where it doesn't belong.  ...
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Thanks, Josh. I'll go check it out.
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Do you ever stop listening to a podcast because of bad audio quality?
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Do you ever stop listening to a podcast because of bad audio quality?
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+Dave Slusher Blog Talk Radio paid accounts now have the ability to broadcast an HD stream. Before now, they were a telephone bridge. I would not be at all surprised to see BTR become much more of an industry player. Their studio web interface is the best online call screening software that I can find. We used to use their telephone bridge just to take calls for a live show.
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Hey All,  I'm Josh.  

I'm working on Zencastr - The easiest way to record your Skype/Hangouts guests in perfect quality.  

I recently launched a beta for it and would love feedback from this community on how well it solves your recording issues.

It is completely free to use while it is in beta.  Please give it a whirl!
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I'm working on a service called Zencastr to help podcasters easily record their guests in high quality from their web browser.  

Basically you start a room on zencastr.com, send links out to your guests, they get recorded in separate tracks, the tracks are uploaded to your dropbox account.

I'd love to get your ideas on what your pain points are around remotely recording guests and co-hosts.  Does Zencastr address any of these pains?  What else could I add to make it more useful?

Thanks for your input!
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Hey guys,

I've been noticing that a lot of new podcasters struggle with the problem of audio leakage when recording their Skype/Hangouts guests. I wrote up a quick blog post that talks about what audio leakage is, how to detect it, and how to prevent it. Here is the link.
For the best results when recording your podcast, you want to have a clean and distinct audio recording of each participant.  This allows for the most flexibility during postproduction and ultimately a great sounding podcast. What is Audio Leakage? A common problem when recording remote guests is audio leakage.   This is when one of the voices from the podcast leaks onto one or more of the other recordings where it doesn't belong.  ...
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It's best to fix the problem at its source. If you're getting "audio leakage", there is a problem with your setup. Fix the problem first.
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Zencastr is giving away a ticket to Podcast Movement. More details here http://blog.zencastr.com/blog/2015/7/22/join-zencastr-at-podcast-movement-for-free
I'm happy to announce that Zencastr will be attending Podcast Movement, the largest podcasting conference in the world.  Over 1000+ podcasters will be there and it has a great line up of speakers and presentations.  It will be an awesome time all around.  We'll have a booth in the lobby are looking forward to meeting everyone.  Come by and say Hi! Be Our Guest If you don't yet have a ticket and are interested in attending, We've got...
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How do you mitigate audio leakage when doing a double-ended recording?  
I'm working on a web app that makes it easy to record double-ended recordings (http://zencastr.com) but I am having users complaining about audio leakage from their guest's headphone to their guest's microphone.  

I have advised them to turn down the audio as low as possible.  Also to invest in better gear.  The problem is that their guests may just be using an apple earbud/mic combo.  The leakage on these is terrible.

 Any tips I can offer them in this situation?
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+Josh Nielsen I once had a guest co-host put a hat on over his earbuds. A winter scarf might work too if they only have crappy earbuds. Also, if the mic is toward one side, putting the earbud closest to the mic inside your shirt helps. But that doesn't work if they're using the mic on the buds.
I deal with this a lot with one of my co-hosts when he forgets to turn his sound down and I usually go through his track manually in audition... sucks but sometimes it can't be avoided.
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Nice! It is a cool profile pic.
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    Founder, 2014 - present
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    Software Engineer, 2011 - 2012
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    Wandering Hacker, 2009 - present
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