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10 Alternatives to Zencastr – [Podcast Recording]

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Zencastr Alternatives

So, you want to create a podcast and are doing some research on platforms? Heck yes, we’re all about podcasts here.

To get started with remote podcast hosting, it’s important to understand the platforms available for remote recording. One popular podcasting software is Zencastr, which you may have read about but decided is not your jam. Respect.

Plenty of podcasting software offers features similar to Zencastr at a lower price. We’ve outlined our thoughts on all of those Zencastr alternatives for you.

Read our reviews of 10 other software tools (besides Zencastr) podcasters use to record, edit, and produce their shows.

Key Takeaways

Look, we don’t blame you for wanting us to get straight to the point. We definitely encourage you to check out our full reviews. But we’ll play nice and give a quick “best of” breakdown.

  • 🎥 Best Audio and Video: Riverside.fm is recognized for its excellent features and fair pricing, making it the top choice for both audio and video podcasting needs.
  • 🎙️ Best Studio Quality Sound: Cleanfeed is recommended for those prioritizing superior sound quality in their recordings.
  • 💰 Best Value: Cast offers the best return on investment, delivering impressive capabilities at an attractive price point for the hours of recording it provides.
  • ✂️ Best Free Option: Audacity is highlighted for its extensive editing features, making it the go-to free alternative for podcasters.

1) Squadcast

squadcast

Squadcast is a top podcast tool for remote interviews. Companies like Spotify and ESPN use it for recording, so you’re now in good hands.

Their software emphasizes the host and guest experience and still provides incredible audio quality.

Squadcast has Audio pricing tiers and Audio + Video tiers. All the plans offer the same features, but the main difference is the hours a host can record.

Squadcast Subscription Plans

  • Free Plan: $0, providing one recording hour per editor per month, with basic features suitable for getting started.
  • Creator Plan: This plan is designed for more frequent creators and starts at $12 per user per month when billed annually ($15 monthly). It offers ten recording hours per editor per month.
  • Pro Plan: Starting at $24 per user per month when billed annually ($30 per month on a monthly basis), providing 30 recording hours per editor per month, ideal for professional content creators with higher volume needs.

Pros

  • Sound Quality: Recorded content will produce studio quality.
  • Real-Time Upload: The separate tracks of you and your guests are uploaded as your record.
  • User-Friendly: The interface is sleek and simple. Plus, the green room lets you work out any potential tech kinks before interviews.
  • Separate Audio Tracks: Editing recordings separately is the best way to get a studio sound.

Cons

  • No Safari Support: MAC-users can use this software, but not on the Safari browser.
  • No iOS Mobile App: The software is available on Android devices, but iOS and iPadOS are not supported.
  • Price: The price points may be restrictive for some podcasters.

➡️ Riverside.fm Vs SquadCast

2) Riverside.fm

riverside.fm

This is a professional remote podcast tool for audio and video. Few alternatives exist.

If you’re interested in hosting a video podcast, check Riverside.fm out. It produces studio-quality media on all fronts.

Built-in social media integration means live broadcasting straight to YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook.

Riverside.fm Subscription Plans

  • Free: $0 per month – includes 2 hours of multi-track recordings.
  • Standard: $15 per month (or $180 billed annually) – includes 5 hours of multi-track recordings.
  • Pro: $24 per month (or $288 billed annually) – includes 15 hours of multi-track recordings.
  • Business: Custom pricing – contact sales for more information and offer unlimited multi-track recording.

Pros

  • Guest Friendly: Hosts can interview or call up to 7 guests at one time.
  • Social Media Integration: Live stream your podcast straight to social media.
  • 4K Videos: Riverside.fm allows you to record pristine audio and video.

Cons

  • Price: It’s on the pricier side, but it’s worth the quality media you’ll receive.
  • Video Editing: This isn’t necessarily Riverside.fm’s fault, but you should be aware that fine-tuning videos takes more time (and money) than strictly audio.

3) Cast

tryca cast

Cast is a Zencastr stand-in with a combination of features. It lets you record, edit, and publish on the same platform.

For a remote interview, your guest will not need an account. Cast generates a guest link, which allows up to four guests to join the host.

All plans include analytics, hosting, and RSS feeds at no additional cost. Start podcast hosting for less than $20/month.

Cast Subscription Plans

  • Hobby: $10/month for 10 hours of recording time
  • Pro: $30/month for 100 hrs of recording time

Pros

  • All-in-One Service: Do everything right from your browser.
  • User Friendly: Your guests can easily record. You can, too.
  • Web-Based: Cast’s web hosting means it won’t clog up space on your computer.
  • Analytics: Cast offers free analytics if you want data regarding your listeners or your podcast’s performance.
  • Cost: On each plan, the hours/price per month is super affordable.

Cons

  • No Mobile Capabilities: No mobile app yet!
  • Web-Based: If your internet connection goes out, you may lose content.

4) Cleanfeed

cleanfeed

Cleanfeed produces quality sessions. Record solo or include multiple co-hosts. A host can record their session, and the platform delivers two separate audio tracks on one WAV file.

Cleanfeed is available only on a Chrome browser. However, you can’t use it on iOS. Even for commercial use, it’s free to get started.

Cast Subscription Plans

  • Standard: Free with limited features
  • Business Pro: $34 per month for commercial use
  • Discounted Pro: $22 per month for individual and non-profit use

Pros

  • Studio Quality: Your remote podcast comes out crystal clear for listeners. Cleanfeed supports up to 320kbps stereo or 256kbps mono.
  • Multiple Guests: Cleanfeed does not have a strict guest limit. Most people have 5 or fewer due to non-Cleanfeed limitations.
  • No Synchronizing Required: Live audio recording is synced for you, saving you editing time.

Cons

  • Chrome Support Only: You can only access Cleanfeed on Google Chrome.
  • No Editing: Cleanfeed is for recording media only.

5) Ringr

ringr

Ringr acts as a recording alternative. It has Android and iOS apps, so your remote podcast guest can call from their phone.

This podcast tool is simple and relatively inexpensive. Each plan offers unlimited calling, storage, and a “green room” feature.

A guest receives a convenient e-mail detailing their call date. They can save interview information directly to their calendar. The e-mail also contains a link to the call.

Cast Subscription Plans

  • Basic: $7.99/month for up to 1 guest
  • Premium: $18.99 for conference calls

Pros

  • Mobile Compatibility: It’s easy for your guest to use a phone for their interview.
  • Unlimited Hours: There’s no limit on how much you record.

Cons

  • No Editing: You can only record.
  • Content Quality: Don’t expect a studio-quality podcast.

6) Audacity

audacity

Audacity is a free Zencastr replacement capable of powerful editing. The overwhelming interface may overwhelm new users, but it’s great once you get a feel for it.

Audacity allows only one microphone connection when recording, which makes it less favorable to host remote guests. However, you can easily upload separate tracks and handle post-production with Audacity.

Pros

  • Free
  • Editing and Effects: You can cut, copy, duplicate, etc. Audacity also has preset EQ curves, voiceover tools, and much more.
  • Access: It’s pretty much available on any computer.

Cons

  • Outdated Interface: The interface is…clunky.
  • Destructive Edits: You can’t undo an edit down the line unless you undo all your edits.
  • Publish Manually: You’ll have to save and export elsewhere.

7) Anchor

anhchor

Anchor (see also ‘Simplecast Vs Anchor‘) is another all-in-one service. It’s available as a mobile and browser app.

When hosting with Anchor, you can start a podcast for free, and your audio will not be compromised. Record and host an unlimited amount of media for nothing.

However, its recording features are much better than the choppy editing interface. Truthfully, you’re better off with a different editor.

As the host, you can upload separate audio files and publish your podcast from the app. Anchor distributes each episode to separate places (Spotify, Google Podcasts, etc.) for you.

Pros

  • Record Anywhere: Your podcast recordings can happen on the go with this platform.
  • Sound Quality: If your episode recordings are produced in 256 kps, podcasts stay that way.
  • Free

Cons

  • Poor Editing Interface: The mobile editor is not optimal for studio edits.
  • 250MB Upload Limit: For WAV files over 15 minutes long, you’ll have to compress to an MP3 file or split your tracks.
  • Not for Branding: If podcasts are a hobby, this is more than enough. If you’re building your brand, opt for something else.

8) Google Meet

Google Meet

Interested in creating a video podcast at no extra charge? Google Meet serves as a viable alternative. Set up a Google account, which will also facilitate YouTube integration if desired.

While Google Meet may not deliver studio-level audio quality, it provides a stable and user-friendly platform for hosting podcast guests. For enhanced audio quality, consider recording both host and guest audio locally.

Pros

  • No Cost: Utilize Google Meet for your sessions without incurring expenses.
  • Live Capabilities: Conduct and stream interviews live, potentially broadcasting directly to YouTube.
  • Ease of Use: Inviting guests is straightforward; just share a meeting link.

Cons

  • Possible Technical Hiccups: Live streaming could introduce issues like lag, affecting content quality.
  • Single Audio Track: All participants are recorded on one track, which can lead to overlapping audio and could compromise post-production editing.

9) Skype

skype

Skype remains a steadfast choice for recording podcast interviews, and it is appreciated for its familiarity and widespread use.

Additional tools, like a recording interface and editing software, are necessary to capture the best audio. Guests are recommended to use a high-quality microphone and to record their audio locally to ensure clarity and ease of editing in post-production.

Pros

  • No cost
  • Accessibility: Most people already have and are familiar with the Skype interface.

Cons

  • Outside spending: You need outside recording equipment to record and edit.
  • Comprised quality: Your podcast won’t sound the best.

10) Zoom

zoom

Zoom is a versatile tool for video communications, commonly used for its robust meeting features. However, podcasts’ audio compression often results in less-than-ideal quality.

For a higher fidelity result, especially with remote interviews, consider platforms specifically tailored for podcasting. These platforms provide richer sound without the need for extensive post-production work.

Pros

  • Planning: You can use the tool to bounce ideas off your guests or co-contributors.
  • Testing: Zoom calls can help you figure out your podcast flow before investing in something better.

Cons

  • Mostly Everything: You probably don’t want to use this for your podcast.

Conclusion – Start A Podcast Already!

How long have you been researching the “perfect podcast” platform now? Maybe it is Zencastr, but maybe it’s one of the stellar platforms above. Only you know what’s best for yourself – we’re just laying out our opinions.

We have no doubt something in our list above made your heart flutter. So, listen to your instincts and create your podcast with that! If you’re truly still unsure, those trial periods exist for a reason.

Brett Robinson

Head of content and marketing over at Wired Clip HQ. I'm an Audio enthusiast and have been interested in anything from microphones to speakers. I am the lead guitarist for a small band and my main passion is editing our tracks.

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