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AP 0944: What’s the Best Way to Record Call Audio?

AP 0944: What’s the Best Way to Record Call Audio?

By Pat Flynn on

AskPat 944 Episode Transcript

Pat Flynn: Hey, what’s up, everybody? Pat Flynn here. Welcome to Episode 944 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, I’m here to help you by answering your online business questions five days a week.

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We have a great question coming in today from Steve, so let’s get right to it. Here we go.

Steve: Hi, Pat. My daughter, who is seventeen years old, and I started a blog called CateMix.com to do two things. One, to teach her about internet marketing, but also to help her do a deeper dive into her passion, which is music mixing. She would like to interview people in the industry and to get both sides of the conversation. Currently, she’s just using her iPhone, but that doesn’t help when people are at a distance. My question is, what solutions do you recommend so that she can interview people and get both sides of the conversation for her blog? Appreciate any help and advice, and I will definitely share it with her. Thank you.

Pat Flynn: Hey, Steve. What’s up? Thank you so much for the question today. Super cool that you and your daughter are doing a project together and helping her explore her passions with music and stuff online. I think that’s amazing. To help you guys out, there’s a couple ways to record calls. If you’re calling from a phone and you want to record that conversation so that you can then transcribe it and put it onto the blog, you can do that very easily. There’s a couple tools out there that you can use. The one that I would recommend that I’ve experienced one time before is TapeACall Pro. It’s actually an iPhone app where you call, and you have to merge the two calls. It’s pretty simple once you understand it. It’s kind of hard to explain here. It’s like $10. It’ll do that for you.

I would also recommend trying to get involved with something outside of the phone. You could still use the phone to do this, but there’s a tool out there called Zoom. Zoom.us is a great place where you can go and bring people on, even more than one person on, and record that conversation and get all sides of that conversation in there. You can also record via Skype; Skype is an easy way to do it. There’s a tool called Call Recorder for Mac by Ecamm. There’s also a tool for PC users called Pamela for Skype. Those will record your Skype conversations.

If the other person isn’t on Skype, you can still dial in to their cell phone or their landline on your side of Skype, and then you’ll be having a conversation with them. You can record that and you can even—at least I know with Call Recorder for Mac—you can split those tracks. You can combine them or split them, however you want to use them. If you’re a podcaster, it’s useful to split them so you can level them out, but if she’s just using it for her blog, then it’s all ready to go.

Zoom is probably the best one, I would say. It’s a little bit pricier at like $20 a month or $40 a month or whatever, but it can help you with recording videos, you can run webinars with them, run meetings. It’ll help you record and it just makes it super simple to do that. Then you essentially just grab the mp3. You can even use a tool like Rev.com to transcribe it so that you don’t have to worry about transcribing it yourself. That’s at $1 per minute, just so you know, at least at this point in time.

Steve, there you go. Thank you so much for the question. I really appreciate it. Wishing you and your daughter all the best. Good luck. Catemix I think it was, right? Catemix.com. Very cool. Thank you so much. I want to send you an AskPat teeshirt for having your question featured here on the show. For those of you listening, if you have a question that you’d like potentially featured here on the show as well, all you have to do is head on over to AskPat.com and you can ask right there on that page.

Thank you so much, I appreciate you. Here’s a quote to finish off the day and the week by John Beecher: “Strength is a matter of the made-up mind.” I love that. You can’t be strong if your mind isn’t made up, right? “Strength is a matter of the made-up mind.” If you’re at all confused right now, you’re stopping yourself from moving forward. Make up your mind and go. Alright, guys. Take care. I’ll see you in the next episode of AskPat. Bye.

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