The Ultimate Checklist for Recording Your First Talkshow Episode

You've brainstormed a captivating talk show name, chosen a format, and have a list of intriguing topics to cover. Now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty—actually recording your first episode. With an AI-powered talkshow platform (like Zync), you don't need a production team to make this happen. But you do need some key essentials to ensure that your ‘episode is as polished and professional as it can be. Here's your go-to checklist for setting up:


A good camera is a game changer for your talkshow. However, investing in a good camera is something you should consider after you are a few episodes in. We recommend doing at least four episodes consistently before buying a camera. 

  • Quality Matters: Choose a high-definition camera for crisp visuals. An external webcam is generally better than a built-in laptop camera. 
  • Camera Position: Ensure the camera is at eye level to maintain a natural line of sight with your audience.
  • Framing: Frame yourself from the waist up to show your upper body language, and leave some "headroom" at the top of the frame.


Similar to investing in a new camera, we recommend investing in a microphone even further in - record at least 8 episodes consistently before buying a new mic. 

  • Quality Over Convenience: An external microphone will usually provide superior sound quality compared to built-in microphones.
  • Mic Check: Always perform a sound check before you start recording. 
  • Location: Position the microphone close enough to capture your voice clearly but not so close that it picks up unnecessary noise or creates a "popping" sound on certain words.

  • Keep It Professional: Opt for a neat, uncluttered background that is free from distractions.
  • Branding: Consider including elements that reinforce your brand, like a logo or specific color schemes.

  • Natural Light: Utilize natural light as much as possible, positioning yourself so that the light falls onto your face but not directly behind you.
  • Soft Lights: In absence of natural light, use soft lights to illuminate your face without casting harsh shadows.

  • Stable Internet: Ensure you have a stable, high-speed internet connection to avoid lags or drops during recording.
  • Wired Connection: If possible, use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi for more stability.

Software & Recording
  • Recording Software: Choose reliable software that allows for both video and audio recording, and make sure you're familiar with its basic functions. 

Zync is an AI-powered production studio for your talkshow. It handles everything from show design, preparation, video/audio recording, and post production. Running your talkshow has never been easier. 

Rehearsal and Script
  • Run a Test: Do a complete run-through with all your equipment to make sure everything is working in harmony. Zync offers built-in “Rehearsal” functionality for you and your speakers.
  • Script: Have your script or talking points ready and easily accessible during recording.
    Zync lets you add discussion points, questions, images, video, and other sections in a single click. Our AI uses this to structure and design your episode. You can also add notes to each section. No more messy notepads and google docs! 

  • Wardrobe: Wear solid colors that look good on camera, avoiding complex patterns that can distract.
  • Notifications: Turn off all notifications on your computer and phone to avoid interruptions.

Once you've ticked off all these boxes, you'll be well-prepared to record your first episode. Good luck, and happy recording!

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