We've\r\nbeen asked several times about the setup and procedures we use to record the\r\npodcast. It's actually quite simple, despite Eran living in the UK and me\r\nliving in Israel.\r\n\r\nFirst,\r\nwe have a [Google Hangout](https://hangouts.google.com/) conversation in which we talk and chat and decide on future\r\nepisodes and projects. We coordinate recording times via a shared Google\r\nCalendar, this help us with the issue of time zones mismatch.\r\n\r\nWe\r\nuse [Google Hangout](https://hangouts.google.com/) as the communication medium, both because it works seamlessly and\r\nbecause we've had bad experiences with other tools like Skype. We use a shared\r\nGoogle Doc to note down talking points, specific ideas, examples and\r\nreferences. This is very helpful since these notes will later become the basis\r\nfor the show notes.\r\n\r\nThe\r\nrecording itself however is not done with Hangout but with [Audacity](https://www.audacityteam.org/): a simple, free, open source recording and editing software. This\r\nis especially important to us because we believe that the sound quality should\r\nbe as high as we can manage it and recording each side of the conversation\r\nlocally allow us to avoid thing like network leg or unbalanced volume between\r\ndifferent participants.\r\n\r\nOnce\r\nan episode is recorded we export the recording to an MP3 file. We used to use\r\nWAV files but Eran ran out of backup space (he keeps every recording we ever\r\ndid, since 2013), so we switched to MP3 after we realized that there is little\r\nto no change in the quality.\r\n\r\nWe\r\nshare the files using Dropbox (Uri's favorite) or Google Drive (Eran's\r\nfavorite) and Eran does some editing magic to combine the recordings, add\r\nsegment tunes, edit out coughs and swear words, and level the sound volume\r\n(using [Levelator](https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=%23levelator)). The editing is done via [Audacity](https://www.audacityteam.org/), that we both highly recommend.\r\n\r\nWe\r\nthen upload the ready episode to our podcast hosting service [Podiant](https://www.podiant.co/). We use their paid service and so far they are giving us most of\r\neverything we need, including the ability to create a website-like experience\r\nfor our listeners.\r\n\r\nOne\r\nof the lessons we've learned in the past is to start every recording with a\r\ntest recording to make sure all the devices are working and that we get no\r\nsurprises at the end of the session. We've also created a detailed document\r\nthat we send to guests in advance so they can set up their computer and\r\nrecording space ahead of time (installing Audacity, make sure all the\r\ndefinitions are correct, test their Google Hangout, run a test recording etc).\r\n\r\nIf\r\nyou have any other questions about what happens behind the scenes of OtSoD just\r\nreach out to us on our [email](mailto:%email@example.com), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/DwarfPodcast?lang=en) or [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/DwarfPodcast/).