Must Buy: SuperTintin – Podcasting Software for the Win

stt_boxshot_340x334As someone who’s neck-deep in the process of prepping to launch a new podcast, I’ve spent a hell of a lot of time fiddling with assorted software — both free and paid — to find just the right one that hits that tricky trifect of perfect balance between reliability, functionality, and quality. SuperTintin might not look like much at first glance, but this easy-to-use audio/video recording software does some magic stuff that will save you a lot of hassle if you’re looking to record top quality audio for your podcast.

A lot of podcasters have each co-host record their own local audio with Audacity, GarageBand, or some other program, then splice it all together after-the-fact. That’s great if you don’t run into any hiccups, but raise your hand, people of the internet, if you’ve accidentally lost over an hour’s worth of valuable podcast audio to a simple button slip or technical error. Yeah, that was me about a week or so ago. Having to go back and try to re-record a podcasting session you already tackled is a hard thing to bring yourself to do. Never again, thanks to SuperTintin.

Bottom Line: Recording Different Sides of the Conversation To Separate Tracks is Awesome!

SuperTintin has some cool features for folks who like recording video, but the main thing that really sold me is it’s ability to record both sides of your Skype calls clearly (and automatically, if you choose) and then save them to separate audio files on your hard drive. What this means, kids, is that you do your Skype thing, it records automatically, and then you’re left with two files you can then edit in Audacity to get excellent clarity and separation — which is a must for easy editing and great sound quality for your podcast. You can configure it in other ways too, but this is exactly what I was looking for.

There are not a lot of other programs that do that well, and none that I’ve found that deliver quite the same top-notch sound quality as what I’m getting with SuperTintin. Because it’s video-focused, you do have to convert the files from MP4 to WAV or whatever format you prefer before dumping them into Audacity for editing, but it’s not a huge pain, and the final audio quality is excellent (assuming you use solid gear, which makes a big difference). I record with a Blue Yeti, which gives me killer sound.

I was originally going to use SuperTintin as a backup for Skype recording, but it works so well that I now use it as my main recording method. It saves your files as you go, so even if you drop a call, you can just pick back up where you left off and it’ll start a new file. Super happy with it, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking to find an easier way to podcast.

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