Setup, recording, and administering in Riverside.fm

Recording audio in Riverside

To start a new session:

  1. Login to Riverside.fm.
  2. Hit “Go to studio”.
  3. Type your name in the box and select “I am wearing headphones”.
  4. Check that your mic, camera, and headphones are selected.
    • If you’re using the Røde NT-USB or the Samson Q2U, plug your headphones into the jack on the mic, and select the mic as the headphone output.
  5. Hit “Join studio”.
  6. In the “Recording overview” section to the right, click “Untitled Recording” and change that to something like “Interview”. Ideally, if you know the episode number, type something like “E03 Interview”, then I’ll know which episode to assign the audio to.
  7. You can invite guests or co-hosts using the “Copy link” button. You can use this button and the same link for multiple guests.
  8. When everyone’s ready, hit “Record”. Audio will then be periodically fed up to the cloud from each participant’s computer, so if someone’s Internet connection drops momentarily, the recording won’t be affected.
  9. When you’re finished, hit the Record button again (the button will have changed to a timer showing the duration of the call). Make sure all participants are still around for a few seconds, while you wait for the audio to finish uploading.

Here’s a walkthrough

Notes

  • You should be able to use the same guest link multiple times throughout the course of your podcast. Links don’t expire. However if you use the “Invite by email” option, each participant will get their own individual link.

Sharing your audio

The first time you record a session and you want to share your audio with me:

  1. Login to Riverside.fm.
  2. Hit “View all recordings”.
  3. Look for the button with the little chain icon, and click it.
  4. A new link should be copied to your clipboard. It will look something like this: https://riverside.fm/dashboard/studios/your-podcast/recordings?share-token=ab123cd4e567fgh8i901.
  5. Paste that link in an email to me (mark@origin.fm).

Here’s a walkthrough

Disabling recording of video

By default, Riverside will record video. You can turn this off and still see your participants when they join you, but more importantly you won’t end up with giant files that take an age to upload, given that HD video files are orders-of-magnitude larger than audio files. To disable video recording:

  1. Login to Riverside.fm.
  2. Click the cog icon in the top-right of the box containing your studio name.
  3. Scroll down until you hit the section headed “Recording”.
  4. Look for the toggle labeled “Record only audio”, and turn that off (so the switch shows dark grey, not blue).

Here’s the walkthrough

This guide is provided by podcast producer, consultant, and coach Mark Steadman, of Origin, and was last updated on September 12th, 2022.