To record audio Zencastr requires access to both hosts’ and guests’ microphones.
In this article:
Internal vs. External Microphones
The key difference between an internal microphone and an external microphone is:
- Internal microphones are built-in to the body or monitor of your laptop or desktop computer.
- External microphones are attached to the computer, usually using a USB port, sound card, or audio interface.
When deciding which to use yourself / which to advise your guests to use, keep in mind:
- Zencastr has built-in features to help your audio sound great, so it is possible to use Zencastr with just an internal microphone.
- An external microphone improves the quality of your voice and therefore can enhance the polish of your recording.
How to Select Microphone in Zencastr
Zencastr automatically detects and uses your computer’s default audio input. To change this:
- From the Dashboard, select an existing episode or create a new episode.
- In the Recording Page, click Settings in the top right corner.
- Under Audio Input, select your microphone.
- Click Done.
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How to Allow Microphone Access in Chrome
When logging into Zencastr for the first time, a popup will prompt you to allow microphone access. Click Allow.
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Additionally, if prompted, you may need to enable Chrome to access the microphone in your computer’s privacy settings.