We use ipDTL to record broadcast quality interviews for the podcast. We also use this same system to connect with radio stations for live broadcasts or pre-recorded segments, when they invite Martin or other members of the team on air as a contributor/expert on personal finance matters.
We can call your ISDN number at the agreed time, or generate an ISDN number for you to call us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this and exchange details.
Using your computer
To connect to our studio without an ISDN line, you will need a computer or laptop running the latest version of the Chrome browser. It is better to use a wired Internet connection, although WiFi will also work.
Your computer or laptop will need a microphone and headphones; we find the best sound quality comes from using an external microphone, like this one, but you can use the internal microphone as long as you plug in headphones to reduce echo/feedback.
Follow these steps to connect with us:
1 – Follow this link.
2 – At the top right, enter your name and click ‘Join’.
3 – On the panel set the Audio Send Quality to 72 kbps and select the Audio Source you want to use (either Built-in Mic or an external sound device if you have one)
4 – Listen on headphones, not through your computer’s speakers.
5 – Let us know you’re online and we’ll start the connection.
6 – The green “Ready” bar turns red when we connect to you.
7 – Talk to us! And make sure you keep an eye on your levels shown in the main ipDTL window to make sure they’re not too high. If they’re going into the red, you should adjust the input volume in your Windows/Mac audio settings. (We can talk you through doing this).
8 – There are some basic instructions on the right-hand panel which should help. If in doubt, give us a call on the phone number we will have given you in advance.