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  • Recording a Podcast with +10 guests

    Posted by Jonny Graz on January 31, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    A bit of a tough situation: I’m recording a podcast with 1 host and 10+ guests.

    This is a bit of a run’n’gun situation (so no studio, etc) whilst i’m giving a mic to the host what’s the best way to record the guest? I don’t think a boom mic can be maneuvered as quick as a conversation goes,…
    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    Jonny Graz replied 1 year, 3 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Ty Ford

    January 31, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Hello Jonny and thanks for stopping by. That’s lot of people to cover.
    What is this and where will you be?
    Hopefully you have more than one mic. One for the host and two for the other ten to pass among themselves. Wireless would be good so you you don’t have to manage cables. Can you count on the guests to pass the mics around or do you need two mic handlers?


    Ty Ford

    Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • Joby Anthony jr

    January 31, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    Assuming a limitation of mics and inputs (e.g., four mics going into a Zoom recorder), what we’ve done in the past is just have the guests pass around stick mics. So one mic with the host the whole time (stick or lav), and then the others are stick mics that get passed around. Not ideal, but doable.

    The other alternative, which IMO would be less ideal is to have one or two stick mics that the guests would walk up to.

    Or, maybe put a couple of stick mics strategically placed on stands that sort of act like boom mics that can “cover” a couple people at the same time.

    But agreed, a less than ideal scenario for sure. And it sounds like no matter what scenario you end up with, you can expect a lot of post work.

    Better might be to break it up into segments so that no matter what you only have as many people on a mic as there are mics. So for example, four mics, host + 3 guests. Ask questions, respond, then break, reset with new guests, and stitch it altogether in post. Generally there’s only one person talking at a time, no matter how many people you’ve got. I know podcasts can be a bit different than an event, but I still don’t think you’d have 10+ people talking at once.

    My encouragement would be to see what the event producer is willing to negotiate, because it otherwise sounds like a recipe for something that no one would be happy with in the end, even in a proper studio setup. Just too many people. Again, IMO.


  • Jonny Graz

    February 1, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for the response – I agree with you both.

    Without a clear direction, even a 5 host podcast it’s a mess so imagine with more people!
    I will propose a roaming mic (I have a Zoom H2N with handle) that people can pass through – I won’t be able to monitor it but I will figure out some safe way to record decent vocals and I will give a wireless mic to the host!.

    Thanks for the input!

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