Record Remotely with Descript’s Multitrack Recording Feature

Have an interview with a remote guest? You can record your tracks separately in Descript. When you finish recording, Descript will automatically create a combined transcript with speaker labels and you'll be able to make edits to the individual tracks. 

To set this up, we used Loopback on Mac (try Total Recorder on Windows), which is a handy tool you can use to set up special routing so that the output of an application on your computer is used as an input you can set as a recording source in Descript. Set up the input in LoopBack as Zoom (or Skype or whatever other app you’re using for the interview call), and don’t mute while capturing.

Once you’ve set up LoopBack, start your recording in Descript. Add the name and input of the local recording as the first track. Then, add the second track for your guest and select the remote input. 

When you stop recording, Descript will automatically transcribe the recording and it'll be ready in minutes. 

While the transcript will look like it's just a single track, Descript actually creates a Sequence, so you can edit the tracks individually. This is nice for editing out crosstalk or coughs. To enter the Sequence editor, right-click on the Timeline. 

For the highest possible sound quality

If you want the highest possible quality recording, you can have your interview guests record the audio on their own computer, and you can drop it into the Descript project later. They can send you the file, or you can share them on the Project and have them add their track to the Media Library themselves — and you can delete the remotely recorded track afterwards. So, the remotely recorded track will simply serve as a temporary track until you replace it with the higher quality file. 

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