When I first started my podcast, I used Skype. Why? It seemed to be the best solution. With a recorder I bought, I was able to record individual tracks. But, in reality, the quality sucked. You know, that quirk where Skype suddenly makes you sound like some kind of robot? Or other sound issues. Or, worse yet, dropped calls.
Then there was the other side of it. Not all my guests used Skype. Nor did they have it on their computer. So asking them to create an account, install software and deal with a new program was not ideal.
Then Along Came Ringr
As I continued down the road, I became increasingly frustrated. Then at one point, my friend Patrick Rauland mentioned this new service called Ringr and suggested I check it out. It sat in the back of my head for awhile and then I finally did.
Where have you been all my life, Ringr?
It has been amazing. The sound quality is top-notch. People find it easy to use.
There’s been only one issue so far and that was the result of internet issues on my end, not Ringr’s.
Supported devices and browsers
Apple, Android, Google Chrome and Firefox
Ringer processes the tracks on each end
All your guests have to do will leave the browser window open for a few minutes and that’s it. You will be emailed and can download at your convenience. You can download single and individual tracks, and also archive all conversations.
Your dashboard looks like this.
And in our conversations, you will find scheduled, completed and any that you have moved to your archives.
You can open any completed conversation to download your choice of files and to archive.
You are also able to add other preset formats to an existing recording.
Or create your own custom settings.
Inviting and Recording the Interview
It’s easy to invite someone with a single click, choose your date, time and add any notes you may have.
Once you send the invite, you’ll get an email.
And your guest will, too.
One thing I found, though, was that the email isn’t clear on the option for desktop recordings, which are, of course, of better quality. It appears from the email that you only have a mobile choice. I’ve noted this in my show notes, and to be honest, because when guests get to the site, they often choose the desktop version. I emailed ring’s support asking if they could clarify that on the email sent out and they told me that was in the works.
If they are on their computer and click the link it takes them to this page to choose their option. Even though desktop is in Beta, it works great and I have had no other issues.
When the Desktop App is clicked, you, as the host, you will get this first screen.
Click continue and if your guest is not already there, you will see this screen.
Here are a couple of short videos to give you a better idea.
Here you will see the process of a guest clicking on the link with the assumption you as the host are ready for them.
Here you will see how you end the interview and let it process. The window on the left is what you will see as the host, and the one on the right is what your guest will see.
The mobile app also works great if you are on the go. The interface is similar to what I’ve shown you and is very easy to use.
But Very Few People Know About It
I have interviewed people who are on top in the digital and content media space. Also, some experienced podcasters. And, a lot of new tool fanatics who all ask me, What the heck is Ringr?
They were impressed enough to say that they were going to check it out. I suspect that several will convert— and that a few already have.
One Last Thought
Although I have found this service to be just about flawless, for my own sake I have started back to recording my end of the conversation locally, on my computer. There are several software options to do this, but since I am so use to Camtasia for Mac, that is what I use. I will admit though that I do depend on the Ringr audio for my guests as I don’t want to burden them with having to record on their end.
Again, if you are interested check it out at Ringr.