So, how to get started with Riverside.fm? This step-by-step approach will guide you through every part of recording the perfect podcast.
Use a computer with the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser and go to riverside.fm. To create your podcast, click on Create a new studio (in the upper left corner of the screen) from riverside.fm/dashboard.
A new window (shown in the image below) will open. This is where it all starts! Fill in the desired name for your podcast and click the options you prefer.
Once you have filled in the necessary information, click on Create Podcast. Note that the created session is reusable. That means that you can create one podcast session for an entire season of recording. Thus, you can create a session and invite all future guests by sharing the same link every time. The sessions will be saved on your Dashboard, and they are accessible any time you need them.
Once you select Go to recording studio, you’ll arrive in the green room (shown in the image below). Here, you’ll need to fill in your name and set up your preferences for the equipment you want to use (camera, mic, speakers). Once your devices are set, select whether you are wearing headphones or not. This option will enable echo cancellation for users who do not have headphones, or disable it for users that do. We strongly recommend all users wear headphones for the best audio quality. Once you are set, click Join Studio.
At this point, you will also receive an email with the necessary link to invite your guests. Although you can access these links on the platform, it can come in handy to have them on your email too, to easily forward them to your guests or access it in the future.
There’s also the option to join in producer mode. If you join as a producer, the audio and video won’t be recorded. This option is useful if you want to have someone (for example, your producer) join the session and monitor the show. They will be able to communicate with all the participants in the session, but their interventions won’t be recorded. This is typical in professional shows, where hosts work with producers or engineers that are in charge of the entire production part of the recording. Producer mode allows them to have full control of the session without being recorded.
Your next screen will be your virtual studio (shown in the image below), the place where you’ll record your show.
The right-side one is where your guests will appear. In this window and on the top left of the screen, you’ll have access to the link to share the session with your guests. If you click on the icon, a link will appear. Simply copy this link and send it to your guests to enable them to join the session. There’s also the option to invite guests via email.
There’s also the option to retrieve a link to invite someone to come on the show as a producer or audience member. Above, we explained what it means to join the show as a producer. As an audience member, you can attend the live conversation without being heard/seen by the host and guest. Thus, audience members can’t communicate with either one of the hosts, guests, or producers.
You will see yourself in the window on the left. On the top right of each participants’ window, you can find a plus/minus icon. Clicking on this enlarges/minimized the window size.
The sidebar on the right is where you can see all participants that are on the call. This is where you can monitor the live audio levels as well as the equipment (camera resolution/microphone) of all participants.
Click on the three dots next to a participant to open a popup menu. Here you can:
Turn echo cancellation on/off
Change the display name of the participants.
View the full frame
Echo cancellation is an option to reduce the echo of those participants that don’t have headphones. However, when this option is turned on the files will also compress, thus, reducing the quality of the overall audio. For this reason, it is best to have all participants wearing headphones (or earphones) and the echo cancellation function turned off.
You also have the chatbox: all the incoming calls and chat messages will be displayed here. Through this window, you’ll be able to interact with your audience during the recording. You can also reach out to the Riverside support team via this chatbox.
Let’s explore the functions on the bottom banner. There are different options you can control. In the middle, you have the Start Record option (in red). This enables you to start recording. During the recording, this same option will allow you to Stop Recording and remain in the virtual room with your guests.
To the left of the Record button, you’ll see several functions. Going from left to right:
Settings: here you can control different settings of your audio, video, and live stream. For example, you’ll be able to select whether you want to record separate tracks or not (Recording >> Recording Type >> Select Audio only vs Audio & Video), or the quality of your recording (Recording >> Recording Resolution >> Select 480p/720p/1080p/2160p).
You’ll also be able to manage live stream sessions (shown in the image below), by choosing your live stream platform (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or Twitch).
Share Screen: this option enables the guests or the host to share (i.e. show) their screen. The recording will show everything that happens only on that particular screen, being a useful tool for presentations or demonstrations. This will also allow you to share system audio. Do note that the screen sharing recording is an internet based recording.
Mic settings: this option will allow you to either change the microphone or (un)mute your microphone.
Output settings: select the right output, i.e. through which headphones you want to hear the conversation.
Camera settings: here you can change the camera used for the session or disable the camera.
Leave session: here you can leave the call. As a host, you have two options: (i) Leave Call and (ii) End meeting for all. Leave Call allows you to leave the call without ending the session for the other participants. End meeting for all stops the session for all participants.
Once you are done recording your show, you can press Stop Recording and remain in the virtual room with your guests without being recorded, or End meeting for all, which will finalize the session.
Make sure to not close the Chrome or Edge browser tab until the uploading process is complete. You can monitor the uploading process of your own recording on the top left corner, next to where you can retrieve the guest link. In addition to this, you can check the uploading status of all participants on the right sidebar, below the participants’ tab.
Suppose someone closes the Chrome or Edge browser tab before the uploading process was completed, please direct them to riverside.fm/upload to finish the upload process.
To access the recordings, click on the View all recordings button on the right sidebar.
The recordings you made can also be found on your Dashboard (shown in the image below). Your Dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of your work, and your monthly recording time. To access the dashboard, simply navigate to the top right of the screen, click on the round icon, and select Studios.
All your recordings will appear listed by the name you gave them when creating them. You have three options: Go to recording studio (if you want to continue your recording), View all recordings (if you want to download your recordings), and Invite People (if you want to invite guests).
To download a specific recording, click on View all recordings. A new page will load with all the information about your recording. You’ll have two main file types to choose from:
Local Separate Tracks: high-quality, separate tracks which are recorded locally. This will deliver the highest sound and video fidelity and are most appropriate for professional podcasts and YouTube shows.
Internet Recordings: composed audio and video files with all users in one single file. You won’t be able to edit each speaker’s track as you would with the Local Separate Tracks, but this option can come in handy if you want to skip the editing part and upload it directly as your podcast or YouTube show. You can also access the internet backups for each user just in case!
To download your local tracks, simply click the bottom-facing arrow (on the right of the window). You can select which recording to download by clicking on the desired file.
Clicking the 3 dots will allow you to download an MP3 backup, as well as delete a specific recording.
To download your Internet Recordings, clicking the Download Internet Recordings will allow you to download your composed recordings, as well as your internet backups.
Share Recordings will allow you to share the downloads straight from your dashboard with other people. No need for file transferring!
If you want to delete a show, navigate to the "Studio Settings" tab of the podcast you wish to delete.
At the very bottom of the page, you will see a button labeled, "Delete Studio".
This button will do exactly that, so make sure all your files are saved before deleting!
With the Dropbox Sync option, you’ll be able to save the files directly to your Dropbox account.
And that’s it, your recording is done. Next would be to edit your content, but this step is up to you. Many podcasters upload the raw footage as the podcast episode, therefore allowing their audience to experience the show in the same way it was conducted. Others make some adjustments, editing, adding, and deleting content. Pro Tools, REAPER, Audition, Hindenburg, Audacity, Da Vinci Resolve, Filmora and GarageBand are some popular tools used to edit audio-visual content which all have similar features. Alternatively, the composed internet recording that Riverside.fm provides is useful for those podcasters who don't want to edit at all. Simply upload that to your hosting site of choice and use the generated RSS feed to distribute it across different directories.
Go to https://riverside.fm/faq to find FAQs.