It's easy to record a Racket. All you need is a mic—the one built into your phone or computer is perfect—and 9 minutes or less to tell your story.
Just open the Racket Studio, click Start Recording, and start talking. Pause when you've told your story or run out the clock. Then tap the yellow arrow Publish button, add a title and cover image, and you're ready to share your audio with the world.
But to make the most of Racket, there's more: You can pause, delete, bring guests on air, chat, and add more detail to your Racket. Here's everything you need to be a Racket pro.
How to record in the Racket Studio
It all starts in the Racket Studio.
Jump into your Racket studio—either click the Create or Make a Racket buttons in your Racket feed, or go directly to racket.com/studio/your-user-name, replacing that with your actual username.
Let Racket access your microphone. Then you'll be in the studio, ready to start recording.
→ If Racket says it's unable to access your mic, here's how to fix it.
There's a Settings button in the lower right corner where you can pick which microphone you use with Racket (it'll use whatever mic your device is using by default—if you have headphones connected, odds are your headphone mic will be picked by default, but you could switch to an external or built-in mic if you want). There's also a Mute button to keep Racket from recording audio from your device—along with guest tools on the right to record Rackets together. More on that in a bit.
If you're not sure what to record a Racket about, tap the Volleys button in the top right for some popular questions and conversation starters to get started.
Tip: Check How to Make a Great Racket for tips on how to prepare and record your first Racket.
Then, when you're ready, tap Start Recording. The timer will start counting down, and you're on the air. Everything you say after that will be recorded for your Racket.
How to record a Racket with guests
It might not be dangerous to record a Racket alone, but it's definitely not as much fun. Some of the best Racket posts are conversations, interviews, exploring ideas together. And Racket's the easiest way to record those group chats.
To invite anyone into your Racket Studio, click the people icon in the Studio Guests sidebar, copy your studio link, and email or txt it to your guests to invite them. Or, just copy your studio link from your browser address bar and send it to them.
When guests show up, if they have a Racket account they'll instantly join the waiting list in your Studio Guests queue. If they don't have a Racket account, they can just enter their name and optionally email and avatar, then join your studio without signing up.
You can then Approve guests to enter your studio, and once they enable their mic they'll show up in your studio recording.
And then, you can record a Racket as normal, with a few unique tweaks. You can chat with your guests aloud, both before you start recording and after you've pressed pause and wrapped up recording. That way, you can get your "Hi, thank you for coming on" and such out of the way before you start recording. You can also text chat anytime—before or during recording—as an easy way to tell guests what's coming up next, share a link or quote with other participants, and more.
The mute button's especially your friend when you're recording with others—mute your mic while others are talking to keep background noise away. It's also best to record group Rackets with headphones, to keep your mic from picking up the audio from other participants.
How to pause recording, and do a re-take
Need to catch your breath or check your notes—or talk with a guest off-the-record before continuing an interview? Once you've started recording, the Start recording button turns into a Pause recording button. Tap that to pause recording.
You can then talk with any guests—but nothing's recorded. When you're ready, tap the button that now says Resume recording, and get back to making your Racket.
Or you can do a re-take.
If you mess up, say the wrong thing, want to give it another take, you can go back and try again. Every time you tap Pause, Racket saves a segment—you'll see the timestamps in the top, marking each pause. And while you're paused, you can jump back to the last pause, and discard the most recent segment.
To do that, pause first, then tap Discard and confirm that you want to delete that part of the recording. You can keep going, deleting more segments if you need. When you're done, you can resume recording.
You can then pause recording whenever you want to stop—and can either resume recording to add more to the story, or tap Publish to finish recording and get your Racket ready to share.
How to Publish a Racket
Once you're finished recording and tap Publish, it's time to wrap things up. You can preview the audio and make sure everything sounds good—and if it doesn't, tap the Create button and try again. Odds are, though, you're good.
Then add a title (up to 70 characters), tags (up to 5 ... and each tag can be multiple words, if you want), and a cover image (upload your own, or search for one from our Unsplash integration). There's also a NSFW checkmark—mark that if your talk includes sensitive topics. Check Racket's Community Guidelines if you're unsure.
And with that, you're done. Click the yellow Publish button on the bottom of the page, and you'll be taken to your newly published Racket page.
Share it. Tweet it. Post it on Facebook, put it in your email newsletter, add it to your blog.
Then relax ... until the next idea stikes, and you're ready to record a Racket again.
There's more, too. Here's how to:
- Update your Racket
- Queue your Rackets and publish them later
- Add more detail to your Racket transcript