When Doing a Phone Interview, What Sound Quality is Best?

When I’m doing an interview by phone I want the sound to be pretty much the same quality on both sides

The way I do it is I record with my Sony player. I save that file as a .wav. Now, the difference between a .wav and an MP3 file, the .wav file is a little bit bigger and a better quality. You can save that .wav file before you convert it onto your computer because you may want to use that if you are going to burn a CD Rom from it and you want to create physical products. So it would be nice to have a better quality recording and you may even want to record your interviews in stereo. I don’t do much physical products anymore so I don’t, but that probably would be good advice. To do your recording when you upload the recording into your Goldwav or your editing software and you can save the file as a stereo file and as a .wav file which is a pretty good quality. Just put that aside and then you can use that if you choose to come out with a physical product.

But I save mine as a MP3-mono. There are numbers to it and it is 22,050 hertz, HZ-mono, 24kpbs, kilobytes per second. Now, this number is really important because the audio terminator product when I upload my finished, edited audio interview, they have where you can upload your edited audio interview onto their service and then it will convert it into that play button. It will not convert it unless you are uploading it at this level; 22,050 hertz-mono, and actually you could do it stereo but it would have be 22,050 hertz, 24 kilobytes per second. So I need to keep it at that rate for my play buttons on the Internet and I’m limited in that way.

Also you want to keep in mind the size of these files. One great thing about audio interviews is that they are viral. You want this great quality sounding recording and you upload it to your sites, these files are going to be huge. You know, the Internet is improving in speed but that may be a 50meg file and people are going to get frustrated if they have to wait an hour to download it, even with high speed Internet access you don’t want your files so huge that it’s going to be delaying people and frustrating people from downloading it.

At this rate that I gave you it’s pretty manageable, the files are not that huge, potentially they can even passed around by email and that’s how I do it.

There is nothing wrong with the quality. The quality is fine. The people who complain about your audio quality, they are more interested in the quality and you have to be able to listen to it, it can’t be so bad that its real distracting, but people really want the information and a just good enough audio recording I think is fine. You can certainly go better and I’ll be the first one to say that I probably should increase the quality and I may do that soon. But for right now, it’s working for me.

Another thing and I’ve heard this before; you know when it sounds so good it’s kind of like a car salesman in three piece suit coming towards you. Sometimes when it doesn’t sound just all perfect and professional that is attractive to people because you’re not out of the ordinary. It should sound like what it would sound like if you’re talking on the phone.