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What is Racket?

/ˈrakət/ (noun): The easiest way to publish audio.

Sometimes words aren’t enough. Written words, that is, trimmed down to fit into a tweet or extended to fill out a full blog post or book. The emotion and feeling are often lost along the way.

Talking isn’t a cure-all either; few have time to listen to everyone’s unvarnished thoughts.

But what if it was easier to record whatever you have to say, whenever an idea comes to mind? What if you could bring in your friends, chat about something, and share your discussion with the world? And what if the recording studio subtly pushed you to get to the point and trim your thoughts down to their essence as you’re talking?

That’s Racket. It’s the easiest way to record audio: Open your studio, click record, and talk from any device. You can bring your friends, invite anyone else to join you in the studio and chat together. All the while, Racket keeps time, counting down from 9 minutes. When the timer’s up—or you’re finished talking and press the Stop button—you can add a title and cover photo then share your thoughts with the world.

You can go from idea to published talk in 10 minutes, tops.

That’s how you raise a racket.

Then someone else makes a racket, and another, and you put them all together—and that’s your Racket feed, where you can tune into everyone else’s thoughts and hear their productions. When you’ve got something to say, or want to listen to something new, Racket’s your place.

Your Racket studio, ready to record.

Your Racket studio, ready to record.

How to record audio on Racket

It all starts in the Racket Studio.

Log into your Racket account, and tap the Go to my Studio button in the sidebar—or the Create button in the top right through Racket. Then, tap Enter the studio to get started. Racket will ask to enable your mic—accept it, then you’re ready to record.

Grab a drink. Clear your throat. Countdown in your head. Then click the mic icon to start recording.

It’s your stage for the next 9 minutes, as Racket counts down the time left on the clock. Say your piece, perform anything you’d like to share. And when you’re done, click the stop icon to wrap up the recording and publish it to the web.

How to get the best audio quality in Racket

You don't need a fancy microphone to record audio in Racket. The only things you actually need to use Racket is a phone or computer with a built-in microphone, an internet connection, and 10 minutes or so to record what you have to say.

But a few things can make your Racket recording better. First, use headphones when possible, especially when recording with others, to prevent echo and keep out background noise. Then, test recording with your headphone and built-in computer mic to see which one sounds better to you—and use that one to record, even if you're listening to the rest of the conversation with headphones or earbuds. You can also try recording in a quieter room, and make sure any fans in the room aren't pointing towards your mic. Finally, if you have a better mic around—say a USB podcasting mic—use it for the best audio quality.

How to switch microphones or mute your mic

Racket will use your computer or phone’s default mic by default—the ones built into your device, or the headphones you’re currently using. But if you want to switch recording devices, you can do that anytime, even while you're talking.

To change mics, click the control panel icon in the lower left corner of the Racket studio. There in Chrome, you can pick both your mic and your output speaker—say to listen to the conversation on headphones, if others are joining you in the studio, while using your computer’s built-in mic or a USB podcasting mic to record clearer audio. Other browsers may only let you pick your mic; your speakers will remain whatever’s set as default on your computer. You could also use the mic options to record line-in audio from instruments or audio software, if you want. And you can always switch back to another input source or mic if you want.

There’s also a mic icon—click that anytime you’d like to mute yourself. Click it again to unmute and resume speaking.

If your mic’s not working, others can’t hear you, and the green sound indicator beside your mute button isn’t lighting up, you might need to enable your mic again. Refresh the studio page, and this time when your browser asks you to allow Racket to access your mic, be sure to click Allow. If that still doesn’t work, check your computer or phone’s settings to make sure your mic is enabled and try increasing the input volume to see if that works.

Racket mic settings.

What if your mic won't turn on?

If you don't see an option to enable your microphone in Racket, you might have disabled your mic in your browser settings, or accidentally blocked Racket from enabling your Mic. To fix this:

Safari: Open your browser settings (press CMD + comma), select Websites then choose the Microsphone settings. There, set Racket to always be allowed to access your mic.

Chrome: Open your browser settings (select Settings in the Chrome menu), click Privacy and Security, then click the Racket entry and set it to allow access to your mic.

Racket mic browser settings.

Inviting others to join your Racket studio.

How to record with others on Racket

It might not be dangerous to record alone, but it's definitely not as much fun. Some of the best Racket posts are conversations. All you need to record one is to invite your friends.

To do that, open your studio and copy your Racket studio link—or click the person icon in the lower menu and copy the link there. Send it to your friends, colleagues, and anyone else you want to join you live while you're recording. Anyone you invite can talk live while you're recording, or they can just listen to the broadcast while it's live and join in the conversation via text chat.

When your friends join your studio, they'll first be asked to enter their name and optionally add an avatar if they don't have a Racket account yet. Then, they'll show up in your Studio Guests list. Approve them, then they can enable their mic and start talking. When everyone's ready, you can hit record and start recording your Racket post. And once you stop recording or run out of time, the studio will go grey and stop recording but you can continue to chat with your team to wrap up the conversation, if you want, before publishing.

Do note that each participant controls their own microphone, so if you're not actively talking it might be good to mute your mic to keep out background noise. Also, make sure everyone's using headphones while recording, to prevent echos.

How to keep a side conversation going while recording

Maybe you'll need to ask someone to mute their mic if things get noisy. Or perhaps someone will want to share a link for further reference, ask a question they want someone else to bring up on the show, and more. That's where the text chat in Racket comes in handy.

Your Racket studio includes a chat widget in the lower right corner, something you likely won't use when recording by yourself but that's handy when there's a crowd in the room. Type your message then click Send—and while you can't share files, links and emoji work great.

Do note that the text chat isn't recorded, so once you're finished recording, that side conversation will disappear.

Inviting others to join your Racket studio.

Remove people from your Racket studio.

How to remove a participant from your Racket recording

You can bring a crowd into your Racket studio to join in the conversation. And if you ever need to, you can kick people out just as easily.

Just click the 3 button menu over any participant's icon and click the Remove option. That will stop them from being able to talk and chat in your studio, and will send them back to their Racket feed. They could request back in—but you'd need to approve them to let them back in.

How to add detail to your Racket post

You've done the hard part, recorded your thoughts, performed your piece, gotten your friends together to talk about something important. Now it's time to share your recording with the world.

Once you've wrapped up your recording and left the studio, Racket will take you to the editing room where you can add some detail. Add a title that describes what you recorded, then add a photo to give your post some style. You can upload a photo from your device, or search for a photo from Unsplash's library to add to your post.

Then click Publish and Racket will take you to your newly public post where you can share it with the world. Do note that it may take a moment to process your audio; refresh the page a moment later and it should be ready to play.

Edit your Racket post.

How to save a Racket post to publish later

Recorded something, but not quite ready to share it? Just wrap up the recording as normal, and when Racket sends you to the Edit room, close the tab and go on with your work.

Then when you're ready to come back and publish it, either reopen that tab or click the Racket menu in the top right corner, select My posts, and click edit beside the most recent recording without a title. Add the title and photo, then click Publish to get your draft recording published.

And if you ever want to come back and edit an existing post—to change its title or background image—follow the same steps to edit your post.

Deleting a Racket post.

How to delete a Racket post

Sometimes it’s better to start over and say what you want to say again to get it out perfectly. Just delete your recording and try again.

To do that, open the Racket menu in the top left and select My Posts. There, click *Delete* beside the post you decided not to keep around. If you’ve published the post, you’ll see its post title; if not, click *Edit* first to make sure which draft post you’re deleting. If you just wrapped up recording and are in the editing room, you can click the menu and select My Posts, then click delete beside the most recent recording without a title to remove the post you just recorded.

Do note that once you’ve deleted a post, you won’t be able to access that recording again.

How to start a Racket Volley

Got an idea you'd love to hear others' takes on? Perhaps a question you want to ask the world, a first line to a song you'd like others to improv, an opening to a joke or comedy sketch or story to get a crowdsourced story?

To start a new Volley, go to the Racket Volleys page and click Start a Volley. Enable your mic, then record your question or idea. Add a title and submit it ... and the Racket team will review and approve your Volley.

Volleys are just what you need. You can record up to 30 seconds of audio, then get others to listen and respond in their own public Rackets.

Once your Volley's approved, share it around to get replies—and stay tuned as other Racketeers add their thoughts and takes on your Volley

Start a Racket Volley.

Replying to a Volley.

How to reply to a Volley

Perhaps you listened to a Racket that responded to a Volley, and want to chime in. Maybe you looked through the Volleys page and found the perfect question to answer. Or, you might be in the studio, can't think of what to say, and need a Volley to get you started.

Sometimes it’s better to start over and say what you want to say again to get it out perfectly. Just delete your recording and try again.

Here's what to do. If you're listening to a Racket that's part of a Volley, click the question to jump to the Volley. There, or if you're already on a Volley page, click Reply. Or, in the Studio, click the Volleys link and select the Volley you want to join in.

Now, you can play the Volley inside your studio, and once you're ready, hit record and start your response. Then publish your Racket, and it'll include the Volley first, followed by your response.

How to get more out of Racket

Racket's not just a place to record your thoughts. It's also where you can listen to the best ideas and performances from the Racket community. Whenever you open your Racket feed, you'll see new recordings from others—including popular posts from across Racket, as well as new content from people you follow.

Click a post to listen to it in your feed, or click the title to open it in a full-page player. You can jump to the section you want to listen to, and Racket will highlight the person who's currently talking. You can like your favorite posts—tap and hold or hover your mouse over the heart icon to like a post. And, you can find new people to follow from group posts. Click speakers' names to see their profile and other Racket posts and follow them to get notified whenever they record something new.

Plus, don't forget to share your Racket posts and profile to build a following of people that'll get notified when you publish new Racket recordings!

Listening to and liking a Racket post.

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