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Clubhouse Guide: How to Record a Session

Chances are, you have already heard about Clubhouse - the new invite-only, voice-based social networking app that has influencers, Silicon Valley, and celebrities buzzing.

So what is Clubhouse and how to record a live session in Clubhouse in addition to your Riverside podcast episodes? Read on to find out.


What Is Clubhouse? 

Clubhouse is a voice-based social media platform that allows users to join and listen to live conversations. The app consists of “rooms”, where groups of moderators, speakers, and listeners gather together to network, discuss specific topics, or listen to a presentation.

Unlike other social media apps, Clubhouse uses only audio, which can’t be recorded or saved to be used later.

How To Create A Clubhouse Session

There are two ways to start your own Clubhouse session or “room”: to schedule it or to spontaneously spin it up.

Scheduling a Room

  1. To schedule a room, open the app and click on the “Calendar” icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  2. Enter the event name, select the date and time the room will open, and add co-hosts or guests to your session. In the same window, you will be able to assign the event to a specific club and enter the session description.
  3. Click on “Publish”, and the event will be scheduled!
  4. You can share the event through the “Share” button, by Tweeting about it, or by simply copying the link and sending it to your audience. The good thing about scheduling an event is that all of your existing followers will be automatically notified about it.
  5. When the event time comes, all you need to do is to open Clubhouse, click on “Start a Room”, and you will see your scheduled event listed.

Starting a Spontaneous Room

  1. Click on the “Start a Room” button from the main hallway.
  2. You will be given three choices when starting a room: an Open room, a Social room, and a Closed room. An Open room is just that - open for everyone on the app. A Closed room, on the other hand, is available only for those you choose to invite personally. Finally, a Social room is only open for people that you follow.
  3. Click on “+ Add a Topic” above the room type choices and enter your room name.
  4. For a Closed room, you would also have to click on the “Add People” button and invite the room participants.
  5. Finally, click on the “Let’s Go” button to get started.

When Should You Record Clubhouse Sessions?

While recording Clubhouse conversations isn’t recommended, the app’s Terms of Service state that you can record if you obtain consent from everyone in the room.

Before recording your Clubhouse room conversation, it is important to remember that Clubhouse wasn’t created for that. In fact, recording a session changes the conversation energy completely.

  • Some people don’t want to be recorded. On the Clubhouse app, you are required to disclose whenever you are going to record the session. This may turn away some potentially interesting speakers who just don’t want to be recorded.
  • People will control what they’ll say. The beauty of Clubhouse lies in its naturally-flowing, unedited, and sometimes controversial conversations. As soon as you tell the room members that they are being recorded, they will start controlling what they say, taking that spontaneous magic away from the session.
  • Clubhouse isn’t for creating evergreen podcasting content. Remember that Clubhouse was created as a live voice chat app rather than a way for recording podcasting content. If you are looking for an easy-to-use online recording platform, try Riverside.fm instead.

Types of Content You Could Host with Clubhouse

  • Live podcasting. You can run live podcast episodes, where listeners can actively participate in the conversation. Recording the session can get tricky, however, so consider using a dedicated podcasting platform like Riverside.fm instead.
  • Live discussions. You can go live and engage directly with your audience in real-time. You can host special guests and interview them or run a live Q&A session yourself.
  • Virtual events. The popularity of virtual events soared after the onset of Covid-19 pandemic. Clubhouse may not be perfect for running full-fledged virtual events, but you can use it to get your guests together and have private conversations before, during, or after the event.

How To Record Your Clubhouse Session

There are several ways to record a Clubhouse session outside of the app.

Important: Ask Consent From Those Recorded

The first step to recording a Clubhouse session is to ask consent from everyone being recorded.

As per Clubhouse Terms of Service, you aren’t allowed to record any portion of a discussion without the express written consent of all the speakers or share information that the speaker stated was to be treated as “off the record”.

While obtaining a written consent can get challenging, most Clubhouse room moderators simply disclose that the conversation is being recorded in the room description or title.

#1. Use Your iPhone’s Screen-Recording Feature

Clubhouse doesn’t offer in-app recording capabilities, but you can use your iPhone to record the conversation.

  1. Open the Clubhouse app and join the room of interest.
  2. Add “Screen Recording” in the Control Center: go to Control Center, “Customize Controls”, and then click on “Screen Recording”.
  3. Slide up to access the Control Center and tap on the “Screen Recording” button.
  4. If you don’t want to capture your contributions to a Clubhouse session, hold down the “Screen Recording” button for a couple of seconds to turn the microphone off.
  5. After you’re done recording, the file will be saved to your Photos.

#2. Use Voice Memos

Voice Memos is an iPhone screen recorder that can help you record Clubhouse conversations as well. With Voice Memos, the audio will be recorded directly from your microphone, so the sound quality won’t be ideal and you might get ambient noise.

  1. Open Clubhouse and join a conversation.
  2. Press the “Home” button to go back to your screen and open the Voice Memos app.
  3. Tap the “Record” button at the bottom of the screen to start recording.
  4. Once you are done, tap on the “Stop” button.
  5. The recorded audio will then be available within the Voice Memos app.

#3 Use a Podcast Production Studio

Alternatively, you can use a professional podcasting studio like Rodecaster Pro to record a Clubhouse session.

You will need:

  • A Roadcaster Pro or a similar podcast production studio
  • A 3.5mm TRRS to TRRS cable
  • Apple lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

To set up the studio:

  1. Plug one end of the 3.55mm TRRS to TRRS cable into the Apple lighting to 3.55mm headphone jack adapter.
  2. Plug the headphone jack adapter into your phone.
  3. Plug the other end of the TRRS cable into the Smartphone Jack at the back of your Rodecaster Pro.
  4. Turn up the “Smartphone Slider” on the Roadcaster Pro and start recording the discussion.

#4. Use Another Mobile Device To Record Your Clubhouse Session On Loudspeaker

This is an easy and cheap way to record Clubhouse sessions. 

Simply get another device that allows audio recording, find a quiet room, and put your phone with the Clubhouse room open on a loudspeaker. Now, start recording audio with your second device.

While this method will result in far-from-perfect audio quality, it is a sure way to record a session if nothing else works.

Clubhouse Isn’t For Podcasting

With Clubhouse being an excellent social platform for networking and listening to exciting conversations, it is not the first choice when it comes to podcasting.

  • Limited room capacity. If you are aiming to have a live podcast audience of over 5,000 people, Clubhouse isn’t for you. 
  • Exclusivity. In its beta version, Clubhouse is invite-only and iOS-only. And while this user base exclusivity may make it the most talked-about app in the podcasting circles, it means that a large portion of your audience who might not have iPhones won’t be able to listen to you live on Clubhouse.
  • No in-app recording function. There are ways to go around the absence of recording features in Clubhouse, but they often require additional tools and resources.
  • Moderation is a pain. Let’s face it. Clubhouse is made for those who can be heard the loudest. Without tools for hosting and producing present in podcasting platforms like Riverside, roundtable discussions without a defined process (e.g. speaking in turns, turning on the raised hands feature, etc) can be a nightmare to moderate. 
  • Low audio quality. Even if you manage to record a Clubhouse room, the audio quality will suffer considerably. If you are aiming for crystal clear audio, consider using dedicated podcast recording platforms like Riverside.fm — you will get locally recorded uncompressed 48kHz WAV audio for every guest.

Record High-Quality Podcast Sessions with Riverside.fm

Clubhouse app is definitely worth giving a try, but it is, likely, not the best choice when it comes to recording podcasts. If you are looking to record high-quality podcast episodes, Riverside.fm would be a much better option. With no additional equipment required, you will be able to record studio-quality audio or video for every guest, ready for post-production and publishing.

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