Practical podcasting with phone calls

Buy this: JK Audio Inline Patch Telephone Audio Recorder Interface
And this, because it’s fun.

If you have one, plug the JK box into a power line that your board and computer is not plugged into. If you don’t have a separate line, you may need to plug in a noise filter in first. Also, phone lines… might want to make sure the JK box is the only and first device on the line.

Set up the phone lines in. The knob settings for balance and from line is what works best for my phone, but play with it. Also, a copper-line landline works best and then VOIP if that is your only option. Turn off ALL call-waiting and turn on call-forwarding so there is no interruption during the phone call.

I make calls using the keypad on the phone. I usually call the interviewee instead of them calling as I obviously have call-forwarding on… also, ask the interviewee to use a landline if they can. Sometimes, all they have is a cell phone, so make do. But the highest quality is a landline.

The XLR cables out on the back.

The cable in on the board from the INPUTS cable from the JK box. I used an XLR-1/4″ because that was what in the cabinet, but probably an XLR-XLR is best.. I’m just too lazy to test that 🙂

The cable in from the OUTPUTS cable from the JK box

Play with the levels on the board to minimize background noise and amplify the incoming call to make balancing in post easier. This setup will allow you to use the mic and headphones as a phone while recording.

Holler if you want to test your set up! I’ll podcast with you. Also, if you want a setup to use an iPhone, I have cabling for that. You might be able to use the jacks on the back of the JK box, but I’ve got stuff going directly into the board on separate channels mostly for convenience. But a smaller Behringer might work better directly into the JK box.