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Anchor Brings Interview Recording Ability to its Platform

Anchor logoPodcasters record a lot of interviews. And there may be as many techniques for recording interviews as there are interview-based podcasts. Audio-production and distribution service Anchor became the latest entrant to the interview-recording space with a recent update to its mobile app:

…Anchor, an iOS app that aims to “democratize audio,” is releasing a new interview tool that makes broadcasting significantly easier. You can now use the app to record and publish a phone conversation, turning any call into a potential interview for broadcast. And thanks to a partnership with Watson, IBM’s machine learning software, Anchor will automatically generate a transcript of your call and email it to you.

With this recent update, Anchor is attempting to provide two problems often faced by podcasters; recording interviews and generating transcripts. According to the article linked above, Anchor still has some work to do with its transcriptions:

About six minutes after our 10-minute interview, the transcript arrived in my email. It was in rough shape: Watson can’t yet differentiate between speakers, so you’re left to parse a massive block of text. (Anchor says this will change soon.) In my experience, the transcription was about as good as the software that transcribes your voicemails on Google Voice or iOS: good enough for a rough guide, but way too rough to quote from without listening to the audio again yourself.

If you’d like to try Anchor for your next interview, the app is available as a free download from the iOS App Store.

Anchor Unveiled Anchor Version 2.0

Anchor has unveiled version 2.0 of the Anchor platform. It is an improved version of the original Anchor platform.

The new Anchor lets you broadcast your voice, clip external sound bites, mix in full length tracks from Apple Music and Spotify, take call-ins from your listeners, add interludes created by world class sound designers and musicians, all from your phone. Plus, everything on the new Anchor can be heard on iOS, Android, Amazon Echo, Google Home, web, and in your car via Bluetooth.

Anchor 1.0 was launched a little over a year ago. It combined easy production, social networking, and a new way to distribute audio. People from nearly 200 countries used Anchor 1.0 to record audio daily. Some were going to great lengths to pull in external music and audio clips, to do interviews, and to make sure the story they wanted to tell could be heard how they wanted it to be heard.

In the new Anchor, everyone has a station. It is a place for you to broadcast a stream of bite-sized audio. Anchor 2.0 still includes the ability for people to record audio by holding their phone to their ear – and then edit that recorded audio with high quality background music. Anchor 2.0 includes a brand new set of production tools that make it easier to make content.

Here are a few features in Anchor 2.0:

Add External Clips: You can pull external clips into your station to showcase news, quotes, and soundbites, and then add your own perspective to it. It was possible to do this in Anchor 1.0, but is seamless in Anchor 2.0.

Mix in Full Songs from Apple Music or Spotify: DJ a real music station by mixing in songs and then add commentary to tell your listeners more about the songs and the artists who made them.

Take Call-Ins from Your Listeners: Anchor 1.0 allowed people to leave audio replies for other Anchor users. Anchor 2.0 adds the ability to curate those replies for a much better listening experience.

High Quality Interludes: Anchor 2.0 includes segments designed by world-class musicians and sound designers. You can use them to transition segments in your show.

Anchor 2.0 has something new called Dial. Use it to find Anchor Stations from companies like Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, WNYC, The Outline, The Infatuation, IGN, Backchannel, Big Beat Records and JASH. The Anchor Rundown is a personalized, A.I. Powered station that is designed just for you. It features up to the minute news and weather powered by Dark Sky.

Anchor 2.0 instantly converts all recorded audio into rich, colorful videos that play seamlessly on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms that support video. Anchor 2.0 is now available for download for iOS and Android, and can be listened to on Amazon Echo on your Google Home.