Chris Curran — podcast producer, audio engineer, founder of Podcast Engineering School, Fractal Recording and Podfudge

The Podcast Engineering Show | Professional Podcast Production - Recording, Mixing, Editing, Mastering

Learn to Engineer and Produce Podcasts at a Professional Level
The Podcast Engineering Show | Professional Podcast Production - Recording, Mixing, Editing, Mastering

Description

Each session Chris chats with a podcast producer or audio expert about their equipment, software and workflow. You will learn step-by-step how they are producing episodes as well as solutions to common audio issues and plenty of tricks and tips. By listening every week you will glean A TON of audio engineering knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in the quality of your sound, not to mention save you a lot of time. Your host Chris Curran has a background in podcast production (J&J, Forbes, Dun & Bradstreet), as well as music engineering and production. For years he had the honor of making records with well-known artists and accumulating lots of album credits. When he entered podcasting about 5 years ago, he noticed that most podcasters (and producers) do not have a solid understanding of fundamental audio engineering concepts, which sabotages the quality of their sound from the very beginning. This show, as well as the Podcast Engineering School, helps producers and podcasters reach professional levels of podcast production.

Episodes

PES 170: Stephanie Lesher, Production Manager at WRLT Lightning 100 in Nashville

Feb 20, 2020 01:01:08

Description:

My guest is Stephanie Lesher - Production Manager at WRLT Lightning 100 in Nashville. Among other shows, she produces Music Business Radio with host David Hooper!

We discussed a ton:

Recording at the station in her office David Hooper and at least one guest in the room Avid Mbox interface with 4 XLR inputs RE20 mics with foam windscreens Pro Tools 10 Recording resolution: 44.1kHz, 16 bit uncompressed files Each episode ends up bring 54 minutes consisting of four 13 min. segments Editing in Pro Tools X Noise plugin - removes background noise Renaissance Vox compressor from Waves (applying about 3dB of compression usually) De-esser (rarely) Parallel compressor - waves max volume Buss limiter in pro tools Adds music Puts into database of audio to play on the air Recording commercials using her voice

Thanks for being a great guest, Stephanie!

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PES 169: Chris's Goody Bag

Feb 13, 2020 23:56

Description:

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Dec. 20 - Jan. 2). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be April 28, 2020

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Bonus Preview of the 2020 Podcast Editors Conference

Feb 10, 2020 23:33

Description:

This is a preview of the Podcast Editors Conference happening on March 6, 202 in Orlando, FL. I speak with Steve Stewart and Mark Deal, organizers of the Podcast Editors Conference and leaders of the Podcast Editors Club on Facebook.

SESSIONS and SPEAKERS:

Branding & Marketing -- Emily Prokop/Carrie Caulfield Arick Pricing & Hiring the Right Clients -- Britany Felix Mathew Passy (mod), Chris Hines, Jaime Legagneur Processes and Systems -- Jeni Wren Stottrup PANEL: Building a Company -- Darrell Darnell, Chris Curran, Christy Haussler, Steve Stewart (mod) Client Communications & Customer Service -- Audrey Bell-Kearney Ethics of Editing & Disfluencies -- Craig Wealand

Nore info HERE. We hope to see you at the conference! It's never too late for you to decide to attend.

Big Thanks to Michael Jerry, PES graduate, for mixing and editing this episode!

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PES 168: Pascal Wyse - Composer, Sound Designer, Mixer

Feb 6, 2020 01:32:02

Description:

My awesome guest is Pascal Wyse! He does sound design, mixing and musical composition for Cautionary Tales (podcast). He wrote the theme tune for Folsom Untold - an Audible series about Johnny Cash’s prison gig, and also did sound design for that. And among many other credits, he also worked on Haunted for Panoply.

Here's a fraction of what we discussed:

Keeps different cues in different DAW sessions. (Some folks write their music in Logic and then ProTools has the main session) Reaper sub-projects: Opens up as a tab - another working session, the same length as the Master session, when you save it renders and inserts it into the Master session.  For creating atmosphere/space: Altiva Convolution reverb Mixes on speakers, and for final pass he monitors on headphones.  Genelec 1029 with Genelec Subwoofer Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT990’s Microphones: Sennheiser MKH range mics, DPA Lavalier mics (tiny, can get them into extraordinary places) Double mid-side!!!  Parabolic mic, mounted inside a satellite dish thingy, the most isolated sound you can get! Field recorders: Sonosax (swiss company, light, clean preamps), Aaton Cantar X3, used to use Sound Devices stuff. He's very into field recording He uses Sonarworks Fabfilter plugins - EQ, compressor,  Waves Scheps 73 EQ iZotope RX Tim Harford’s voice processing for Cautionary Tales: No cleanup, Fabfilter Pro Q-3, Fabfilter C-2 (Pro Voice preset which uses parallel compression), Vocal Rider (He fed the sidechain with the background music! Stopped the feeling of a sound being crushed and not coming through.) For voice actors: AudioEase - “Indoor” plugin (sounds realistic, panned L&R a little bit), Speakerphone plugin Convolution reverb: Engineers have gone into a space and recorded the response of the actual space.  Parabolic mics: https://www.telinga.com Schoeps mics: https://schoeps.de/en.html DPA mics: https://www.dpamicrophones.com Mixing with Mike: https://www.mixingwithmike.com Amazing sound recordist Chris Watson: https://chriswatson.net

Workflow for Cautionary Tales

Table read Tim will record his parts, he will read in actor lines Receives files (REALLY likes it when they get CLEAN dialogue takes, so he doesn’t have to stress over that aspect of production) Brings files into DAW, makes markers where he might want to put things,  Put in theme music Some library sounds here and there What worlds are people in and do we need to hear that world?  Uses “mastering” effects Sends out the mix Gets feedback and makes changes

Thanks for being a great guest, Pascal!

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PES 167: Roundup of Daily Goody Posts

Jan 30, 2020 21:32

Description:

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Dec. 6 - Dec. 19). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be April 28, 2020

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PES 166: Chris Williams - Host of Badass Agile, Audio Engineer and Musician

Jan 23, 2020 01:11:54

Description:

My guest is Chris Williams - host of Badass Agile, audio engineer and musician!

We discussed SO MUCH!.....including:

Mics:

Manley Reference Cardioid mic ---> UA Arrow (API Vision channel strip with no EQ or compression) Neumann U87, TLM103 RODE NTK Shure KSM32 Shure SM7B EV RE20 Various Handhelds - Shure Sm58, Beta58, Beta87, Neumann KMS105
Mixer - Behringer Eurorack, M-Audio Profire2826, UAD Console Virtual Mixer

Preamplifiers:

Neve Shelford Channel Great River me1nv Grace Design M101 UA Solo 610

Interfaces:

UAD Apollo Twin Duo  Twin Quad  x6 Arrow

Recorders:

Tascam DR40 Sound Devices MixPre-3

Computer - Macbook Pro 15 (2019)

Post-production:

Recordings go from MixPre or Tascam, exported into logic or Reaper, or directly into Logic 1 of 2 ways: Desktop/portable rig Mic->UA Arrow or Twin Quad, through Unison Mic Pre (usually API Vision) Rack - Mic->Mic pre->balanced line out into UAD x6, bypass onboard preamps and into converters Editing and Mixing done in Logic, some mixing in Reaper or Pro Tools (or outsourced) Typical Vocal Bus - Plugin Alliance BlackBox, EL Arouser, Waves NS1 for dynamic mics UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor or UA LA2A, UAD Manley Massive Passive, Waves NS1 for Condensers OR Acustica Audio Aquamarine (Shadow Hills compressor), Magenta, Purple when untethered. Occasionally use Kazrog TrueIron (also try Valve EQ, K-clip), Kush UBK1, Novatronclassi

Mastering Bus:

Softube Tape or UAD Ampex ATR102, Manley Massive Passive, Softube TubeTech Channel, PluginAlliance bx_limiter or UAD Precision Limiter Occasionally Use Airwindows plugs, Logic Stock plugs, various Acustica and UAD emulations, waves emulations, various reverbs..always trying new plugins as well.

Cleanfeed

MJUC

Tokyo Dawn - free compressor and EQ

Chandler Curvebender!

Stoicism!

Thanks for being a great guest, Chris!

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PES 165: Daily Goody Roundup with Ralph

Jan 16, 2020 46:44

Description:

My esteemed colleague Ralph M. Rivera and I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Nov. 22 - Dec. 4). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be April 28, 2020

Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode! If you haven’t checked out the new Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen. series of interfaces yet, you can see them here.

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PES 164: Bandrew Scott of The Bandrew Says Podcast and Podcastage

Jan 9, 2020 01:00:38

Description:

My returning guest is Bandrew Scott! He hosts the Bandrew Says Podcast and makes awesome videos on his Podcastage YouTube channel. He also runs Geeks Rising podcast network ;)

Since his first appearance on this show, Bandrew has changed/upgraded almost everything with regards to how he produces podcasts.

We discussed A TON of stuff including:

Neumann U87ai microphone Acoustic foam and blankets from Audimute OC White low profile boom arm Shure SM7B microphone RODE NTG3 shotgun microphone Mogami mic cables Warm Audio WA73 (Preamp and EQ) Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II (tube preamp, optical compressor) UA Apollo x8 interface (rack mount, 4 unison preamps, 4 line inputs) 2017 iMac computer Audio Hijack Logic Pro (just for processing, no editing) Mouth de-click in iZotope RX7 LA-2A plugin from UA Fabfilter Pro Q-3 Fabfilter Pro-DS Master buss compressor - a stock Logic Pro compressor plugin Auphonic for -16 LUFS Final Cut Pro

Thanks for being a great guest, Bandrew!

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PES 163: Chris's Goody Bag

Jan 2, 2020 29:25

Description:

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Nov. 8 - Nov. 20). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Notes on my production for this episode:

Recording: I used a Samson Q2U microphone going XLR into a Focusrite 2i2 3rd Gen. interface (picture above) with the Air mode activated. My mouth was about 1-2" from the foam windscreen. I recorded the raw audio in SoundForge Pro.

Post-Production: First I had to de-plosive the raw recording because it had huge plosives on it due to my close proximity, even though I had a windscreen on the mic. Then for mixing I mostly used the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin from Waves, as well as a bit of Fabfilter Pro-G gate and Vocal Rider from Waves.

My thoughts on the final sound of my voice: Please note I limited myself to the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin in this episode (except for the couple others listed above) so I could try it out in full. I like the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin a lot but I would have liked to do more precise EQ'ing on my voice, and I would have liked to try a faster attack time but I wasn't sure how to do that in this plugin. Since there's no attack knob I'll have to research the difference between the "Original" and "Modern" compressor styles. Also, the sound of my voice due to the Q2U mic and 2i2 with Air combo was pretty good!

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020

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PES 162: Chris's Goody Bag

Dec 26, 2019 32:02

Description:

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Oct. 25 - Nov. 6). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Notes on my production for this episode:

Recording: I used a Heil PR30 microphone and my mouth was about 1-2" from the foam windscreen. The mic was plugged directly into a Sound Devices MixPre-6 and recorded using Audio Hijack.

Post-Production: First I had to de-plosive the raw recording because it had huge plosives on it due to my close proximity, even though I had a windscreen on the mic. Then for mixing I mostly used the Celestial plugin from Acustica (which is Free until February 14, 2020) as well as a bit of Fabfilter Pro-G gate and Vocal Rider from Waves.

My thoughts on the final sound of my voice: Please note I limited myself to the Celestial plugin in this episode (except for the couple others listed above) so I could try it out in full. I like the Celestial plugin a lot but I would have liked to do more precise EQ'ing on my voice, and I would have liked to use its compressor a bit more gently and in conjunction with an additional compressor plugin. Also, the tone of my voice through the PR30 is not the best I've ever heard.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020

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PES 161: Jim Harold, Full-Time Podcaster

Dec 19, 2019 01:11:04

Description:

My guest is Jim Harold! He is a full-time podcaster, host of Podlords, The Paranormal Podcast, Jim Harold's Campfire, and creator of Jim Harold’s Spooky Studio App. Check out his free website here.

We discussed A TON, including:

RE27 microphone (previously Jim used a Heil PR40 mostly, then RE20) Re-pop pop filter Heil boom arm (he may soon try a RODE or Blue or O.C. White) Mic flag from Impact PBS Mogami cables RØDECaster Pro Sound Devices MixPre-3 for live interview Guests connecting: Phone calls - RØDECaster Pro Pro to plug in his cell phone, Google Voice,
Squadcast - Zoom - doesn’t use their recording function, he records locally on his hardware. Streamyard - doesn’t use their recording function, he records locally on his hardware. Considering Comrex Opal. $1500-1700? Adobe Audition iZotope RX7 - Breath control on himself, De-noise, De-reverb Scheps Omni Channel Vocal Rider Mackie CR3 monitors Headphones - Sony MDR7506 Auphonic (local app) - leveler only Mono 128 MP3! Tags using iTunes Premium episodes via Libsyn! His own app - Jim Harold’s Spooky Studio app JimHaroldPlus.com Revenue streams: Books, Premium episodes, Advertising, Merchandise

Thanks for being a great guest, Jim!

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PES 160: Chris's Goody Bag

Dec 12, 2019 24:16

Description:

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Oct. 11 - Oct. 23). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020

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PES 159: 8-Mic Shootout With David Hooper

Dec 5, 2019 59:54

Description:

My returning guest is David Hooper - host of Build a Big Podcast, author of Big Podcast, and a media marketing expert specializing in getting people’s message out via podcasting, building audiences, and more.

David recorded 8 different clips using 8 different microphones, and in this episode him and I listen to each one, give our thoughts on the sound, and at the end David reveals which clips were recorded with which microphones!

Play along by doing this: BEFORE you listen to the episode and hear our opinions, go to the very end of the episode and listen to all the clips yourself and make notes of your opinions of each clip. Then listen to the episode and hear our opinions, which you can then compare to your own.

Personally, I grouped the clips into 4 tiers. Tiers 1 is the best sounding, tier 2 is the next best, tier 3 is OK, and tier 4 kinda OK sounding.

Near the end David reveals which clips were recorded with which mic's!

Thanks for being a great guest, David!

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PES 158: Chris's Goody Bag

Nov 28, 2019 24:24

Description:

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Sep. 27 - Oct. 9). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020

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PES 157: Marcus dePaula from Me Only Louder

Nov 21, 2019 01:17:39

Description:

My guest is Marcus dePaula - audio engineer, podcast producer and website designer at Me Only Louder.

We discussed podcast production in depth (see the partial list of topics below) and at the end of the episode we shared some stories from our pro-audio pasts - Marcus engineering Live concerts and me engineering music in the studio.

We discussed:

Two Shure SM7b’s with high-mid frequency boost enabled and Popper Blockers inserted inside the grille. Two Audio-Technica AT875R mini shotgun mics. Two Samson MBA38 mic boom arms with custom integrated Mogami 2552 mic cable and Switchcraft AAA Series Low-Profile XLR connectors Sound Devices MixPre-3 (1st gen) with limiters enabled Monoprice 4-output headphone amplifier (for guest headphones) 2019 15” MacBook Pro with LG 4K Ultrafine display Logic Pro X and Adobe Audition CC Kensington Expert Mouse trackball (right hand) Contour ShuttlePRO v2 (for left hand editing control) iZotope RX 7 Standard Softube Console 1 control surface and plugins with SSL 4000 E (gate+EQ+saturation) and British Class A Console (compressor) channel strip effects emulators iZotope Ozone 8 Elements - mostly for Maximizer on every track!
Audient iD14 USB audio interface (with Burr Brown DA converters) Ultimate Ears UE7 Pro custom in-ear monitors (made in 2005) Sony MDR7506 headphones Pair of KRK Rokit 5 G3 powered monitors on foam isolation pads One KRK 10S powered sub 12 custom-built 48”x17”x3” fabric and Rockwool “Safe’n’Sound” batt insulation acoustic panels

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PES 156: An Editing Distinction and Chris's Goody Bag

Nov 14, 2019 35:59

Description:

First Ralph M. Rivera and I discuss an interesting distinction and the relationship between content/story and audio editing/production.

Then I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Sep. 13 - Sep. 25). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020

Did you learn anything from this episode? Let me know by commenting below.

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PES 155: Andrew Gelina

Nov 7, 2019 01:08:10

Description:

My guest is Andrew Gelina - host of Underserved (a podcast aimed at the tech industry) and CEO of the software consulting firm Syrinx.

We discussed so much:

Shure SM7b (love/hate relationship) Shure SM58's All mics go through Cloudlifters, SM7B also goes through a dbx 286s Behringer Xenyx 1832 mostly just for mix minus to two dedicated Skype machines Zoom-Zoom setup (H6 as primary recorder of all vox on separate channels, H5 as a backup off the mixer/backup mode -12db as well) Copy 48K/24 bit WAVs off Zooms to a Dell Windows 10 PC (desktop, 4 monitors), import into Reaper WAVs rendered, converted to MP3, upload to Libsyn for distribution to everywhere, and use Libsyn for podcast website too. Backblaze for backups, Microsoft OneDrive for syncing, and a Macbook Pro laptop for working on editing mobile and experimenting with video. Started with Audacity for an episode, then learned Reaper Normalize each track separately to -23 LUFS with SWS Extension (free) Auto Trim / Split Silence 250 ms -32db (Reaper built-in) on all tracks Custom LUA script I had built by Raymond Radet (https://www.extremraym.com/) to do a Truncate Silence like Audacity, similar to Overcast’s Smart Speed Each track has iZotope RX 7 voice denoise, breath control, de-ess, mouth click, plosive, adjusted as needed (paid) Sonible Smart EQ – learn each track’s voice separately. (paid) AWESOME Dugan-style automixer script (free) https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=173289 Master channel: Ozone 8 to add a little air, Tri-Leveler 2 (free) to get to -16 LUFS, Limiter, Loudness meter Render to 48K/24 bit mono wav, watch peaks. Custom Python script watches /renders directory, converts WAVs to MP3 using ffmpeg (yes, LAME encoder, I know) and copies out to my private www server for QA. Second pass of editing I work backwards using timestamped notes to avoid shifting things out from under myself. Libsyn – I think they update tags IN the mp3 FROM their data, not the other way around. I checked in VLC. Other Audacity holdover. I would love to help you make Reaper your home – no Sound Forge or separate RX 7 needed! Multi-platform Reaper editing is interesting – use OneDrive to allow bouncing back and forth between Windows and Mac editing the same episode/files. Relative paths turned on, copy to /Media. VST paths set for both Win/Mac. Export complete configuration from Reaper (Win) to Reaper (Mac). Andrew's Favorite PES episodes/guests: Mike Delgaudio, Dan Dugan, Dan Gonzalez My kids can now recite Barry lines when they hear them drop in the car

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PES 154: The Best Mix of Host vs. Intro Music?, and Chris's Goody Bag

Oct 31, 2019 20:58

Description:

What does a good mix between a hosts voice and the intro music sound like? Hear my voice at 3 different levels over the same music and decide which one you prefer! Do you like the voice louder over the music, or the voice buried within the music, or a happy medium?

*Comment here with which level of voice you liked best: Clip 1, 2 or 3!

Also enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from Aug. 30 - Sep. 11). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcement: The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020

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PES 153: Sarah Wendel

Oct 24, 2019 01:14:31

Description:

My guest is Sarah Wendel - editor and sound designer. She's an editor for Astonishing Legends and has a background in film audio production. And previously nominated for an Emmy! 

We discussed tons including:

Pro Tools Ultimate She was speaking through a Shure SM7b microphone Sometimes she records legal disclaimers herself Pro Tools First - has limited functionality Mbox Pro (allows 5.1 deliverables) Monitors: Dynaudio MkII’s - 8” woofers Audio-Technica Headphones She sometimes checks mixes on earbuds Argosy Halo sit/stand desk - https://argosyconsole.com/halo/halo-ge Building the room - one bay, designer Gary Hedden, the HVAC System is incredibly quiet.  Pro Tools episode templates Processing: EQ, roll off low frequencies, iZotope RX7: Noise reduction and dialogue cleanup Waves plugins: Compressor, De-esser, L2 at end Vox subgroup with peak limiter on it Stems - a component of audio segregated from all other audio Mixing in sound design elements Philosophy of compression Philosophy of editing Sarah's favorite plugin? Mouth De-click ;)

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PES 152: Chris's Goody Bag

Oct 17, 2019 25:47

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Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from Aug. 18 - Aug. 29). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode! If you haven't checked out the new Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen. series of interfaces yet, you can see them here.

Announcements:

The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020 Upcoming episodes: Sarah Wendel and Andrew Gelina!

Big Thanks to Jim Harold, creator and host of The Paranormal Podcast and more, for purchasing his custom settings for the Scheps Omni Channel plugin from Waves. This is a service I offer to help people dial in the best sound for themselves.

And thank you everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

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PES 151: Andrew Chadwick

Oct 10, 2019 01:01:12

Description:

My guest is Andrew Chadwick, long time radio engineer, and audio mixer and editor for Pod Save America!

We discussed so much - here's a few things we covered:

Extreme time pressure when producing audio Receive files, make edits, mix and assemble the show Submitting audio for QC Tight turnaround: Start recording at 1 PM Central, finish recording around 2:30 PM Central, post at 4 PM Central Manually ducking everyone when they’re not speaking Adobe Audition Different sessions for each segment of the show Limiting Audition’s Tube compressor plugin Mix to 32 bit 44.1kHz WAV file, then create the MP3 AM Radio experience

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PES 150: Chris's Goody Bag

Oct 3, 2019 20:02

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from Aug. 2 - Aug. 13). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode! If you haven't checked out the new Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen. series of interfaces yet, you can see them here.

NOTE: I did not do any post processing on any of the audio in this episode, in order for you to hear the difference between the two microphones as well as the Scarlett 2i2 3rd gen.

Sounds a lot different from a normal episode, right? That's because of the lack of compression and EQ, etc.

Announcements:

The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020 Upcoming episodes: Andrew Chadwick and Sarah Wendel!

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I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

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PES 149: Tom Kelly

Sep 26, 2019 01:14:25

Description:

My guest is Tom Kelly - audio engineer, podcast producer and editor at Clean Cut Audio. Check out his own shows - Reminiscent, Podcast Me Anything, and Podcarnage.

We discussed almost a million things, including:

Shure SM7b Apogee Ensemble Pro Tools 12 Double enders AKG Perception 420 Macbook Pro (maxed out) Waves WLM meter on Master Buss to determine LUFS level. Noise Shaping 1, 2, or 3 dither - when downsampling from 24 bit to 16 bit.
MP3 - 128kbps stereo, Keyboard shortcuts Kensington SlimBlade trackball Strip silence, threshold of -29 db RX6 voice de-noise RX6 de-reverb Waves de-esser FabFilter Pro-Q 3 Waves Vocal Rider Waves API 2500 All vocals sent to stereo aux LinMB Maxim (only catching clips/peaks, not actually doing any dynamic work) Dither noise-shaping 3 WAV files: 16 bit / 44.1 kHz MP3s: 128kbps stereo Yamaha HS7s ATH-M50 headphones Squadcast Klipsch earbuds

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PES 148: Chris's Goody Bag

Sep 19, 2019 22:11

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from July 19 - July 31). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcements:

The start date for the next PES will be January 14, 2020 Join the Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! Whoever is your best friend who podcasts, please share this show with them today. Tell them, "Hey - you should check out The Podcast Engineering Show." The newly formed International Podcast Association wants to hear your voice! Please take a short survey here: https://internationalpodcastassociation.org/survey Upcoming episodes: Tom Kelly, Andrew Chadwick, and Sarah Wendel!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

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PES 147: Scott Somerville

Sep 12, 2019 01:03:23

Description:

My guest is Scott Somerville, audio engineer and podcast producer!

Here's some of what we discussed in terms of Scott's equipment, software, workflow, etc.:

Wondery studio: Mac mini, UA Apollo 8 interface, Cloudlifter, RE20’s, Pro Tools. Plays theme song, adds a segment, edits it, mixes it, Art19 for hosting, etc. Headphones: Sony MDR7506 Speakers: Genelec 1029 (powered) with 4” woofers Home - SM57, UA Apollo (2 inputs) Mobile - Macbook pro, Presonus interface, various mics Plugins: Waves SSL E and G channel strips, Waves F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ (adaptable in itself, vocal cleaner preset), Waves WLM+ to monitor levels iZotope RX: de-click, etc. Lots of automation He chimes in on the “Ask Eliza Anything” podcast

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PES 146: Chris's Goody Bag

Sep 5, 2019 21:17

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from July 5 - July 17). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcements:

The newly formed International Podcast Association wants to hear your voice! Please take a short survey here: https://internationalpodcastassociation.org/survey The next semester of PES starts September 10, 2019 -- and the next semester after that will start in January 2020! Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! Upcoming episodes: Scott Somerville, Tom Kelly, and Andrew Chadwick!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

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PES 145: Barry Gary from The Louisville Cycling Podcast

Aug 29, 2019 01:13:12

Description:

My guest is Barry Gary from The Louisville Cycling Podcast! He hosts and produces the show, and he is a graduate of Podcast Engineering School.

We discussed a lot, including:

Zoom L-12 digital mixer Using Zencastr, Zoom and exploring Squadcast Heil PR-40 Shure SM7b Cloudlifter He also has an RE-320, Rode Procaster, Shure SM-58's, and some Sennheiser broadcast headsets that I can use in noisy locations dbx 286s Reaper iZotope RX 7 Mac Pro desktop machine Waves plugins For my remote recording he uses either a Zoom FN8 or H5 Using plugins in Reaper (EQ, gate, compressors, etc) Mix down to WAV Detailed edit in Twistedwave Assemble all episode audio Audition including music, intro, ads, conclusions, etc. Final mixdown to a stereo WAV at 48K, as well as stereo MP3

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PES 144: Chris's Goody Bag

Aug 22, 2019 19:04

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from June 21 - July 3). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcements:

The newly formed International Podcast Association wants to hear your voice! Please take a short survey here: https://internationalpodcastassociation.org/survey The next semester of PES starts September 10, 2019. Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! Upcoming episodes: Barry Gary, Scott Somerville, and Tom Kelly!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them.

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PES 143: Zachariah Moreno from SquadCast

Aug 15, 2019 01:17:08

Description:

My guest is Zachariah Moreno, Co-Founder & CEO at SquadCast.fm! He's also cohost of Between 2 Mics podcast.

We discussed tons including:

New SquadCast V2 features ATR2100-USB Blue Yeti Focusrite 2i2 interface Pixelbook - Chrome OS, touch screen, Squadcast - WAV. files 16/44.1 Adobe Audition or Pro Tools Headliner, Wavve, Buffer Simplecast V2 How are you guys able to be so quickly responsive if and when there are issues?!

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PES 142: Chris's Goody Bag

Aug 8, 2019 23:22

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from June 7 - June 19). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcements:

The next semester of PES starts September 10, 2019. Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! Upcoming episodes: Zach Moreno, Barry Gary, Scott Somerville, and Tom Kelly!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them.

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PES 141: Travis Vengroff

Aug 1, 2019 01:06:53

Description:

My guest is Travis Vengroff - producer, editor, and sound designer of audio dramas including Liberty, The White Vault, Vast Horizon, and the creator of Dark Dice - all under the umbrella of Fool and Scholar Productions

And they were just announced as an honoree for the Webby Awards for Music and Sound Design in Podcasting! 

Some of what we discussed:

Power regulator Focusrite 6i6 Rode NTK mic, tube, external power supply Asus computer MixCraft software to record.  Reaper for mixing  H4n H5n Mixcraft to edit

And here's a briefly overview of Travis' post-production workflow:

All files are compiled onto a timeline in Mixcraft and EQ them to ensure a uniform quality. I'll do a dialogue cut using the multiple takes given to me (each actor records remotely) with a basic ambient layer or two for context.  From there I'll make a second pass, adding ambiance and sound effects while fine-tuning all vocal tracks.  If it's a stock audio track I've already recorded it goes in now. If it's something that needs to be recorded, I'll mark the timestamp. Processing takes place while I edit each sound. I make an additional pass to record general sound effects, and a few more passes while recording motion sounds, footsteps, and similar noises that people unconsciously make. The writer listens to the project for the first time and I make changes based on their suggestions. I'll do a final pass making fine tuning, then export everything as STEM tracks with pre-labels for SFX, CHAR (character), and AMB (ambiance), before zipping and sending to the mixing engineer. S/he will make a few passes, I'll get them a revision list, and we repeat the process until we get the final mastered track. The writer hears the second to last mix and offers feedback.

Thanks for sharing so much great info, Travis!

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PES 140: Chris's Goody Bag, And Our New Announcer Guy

Jul 25, 2019 23:16

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from May 24 through June 5). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Announcements (made by our new announcer guy....hehe):

The new Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen is really nice. Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! The next semester of PES starts September 10, 2019. Upcoming episodes: Travis Vengroff, Zach Moreno, Barry Gary, and Scott Somerville!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

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PES 139: Adam Gordon Bell

Jul 18, 2019 01:05:37

Description:

Great conversation with Adam Gordon Bell, host of CoRecursive where he and guests discuss Software Engineering. He's on twitter @adamgordonbell

We covered a lot:

Pyle Pro PD Shure A81WS Rode boom arm MixPre-6 Macbook Pro Zencastr Adobe Audition - 2 templates Mixing to FLAC Auphonic RX 6 -- de-reverb, vocal isolate,

Thanks for being an awesome guest, Adam!

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PES 138: Chris's Goody Bag

Jul 11, 2019 31:46

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from May 10 through May 22). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

A few announcements:

Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! The next semester of PES starts September 10, 2019. Upcoming episodes: Adam Gordon Bell, Travis Vengroff, Zach Moreno, Barry Gary, and Scott Somerville!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

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PES 137: Dan Radin of Auxbus

Jul 4, 2019 01:03:22

Description:

Dig this wonderful chat I had with Dan Radin, Founder and CEO of Auxbus! Dan has a ton of pro audio experience including being a Neumann Product Manager, Alesis Product Manager, and working with many other companies including InMusic and Harmon.

*NOTE: Podcraft recently became Auxbus ;)

We discussed many interesting topics. Enjoy listening.

And here's some of the podcasting equipment Dan currently uses:

AT875R short shotgun mic Blue boom arm Presonus Audiobox USB96 interface Mac computer HD280 Pro headphones

Thanks for being such a great guest, Dan!

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PES 136: Chris's Goody Bag

Jun 27, 2019 35:23

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from April 24 through May 8). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

A few announcements:

Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 9-11 PM Eastern / 6-8 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! The next semester of PES starts September 10, 2019. Upcoming episodes: Dan Radin, Adam Gordon Bell, Travis Vengroff, Zach Moreno, Barry Gary, and Scott Somerville!

Big Thanks to everyone who comments on the website Daily Goody posts!

Here's the list of plugins I mention in the episode:

CLA-76 Fabfilter Pro-MB Fabfilter Pro-Q3 Fabfilter Pro-DS Vocal Rider (Fast mode, with Vocal Sensitivity all the way up) Scheps Omni Channel soothe from Oeksound Kramer Tape Ozone 8 Vintage Tape J37 Tape spiff from Oeksound Gullfoss Ozone 8 Spectral Shaper Fabfilter Saturn True Iron Abbey Road TG Mastering API 2500 Puigchild 660

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PES 135: Evo Terra

Jun 20, 2019 01:06:27

Description:

Enjoy my awesome conversation with Evo Terra, host of Podcast Pontifications, and podcast strategist who has been podcasting since Oct. 14, 2004! He's the 40th podcaster EVER!!! And he's also the head honcho at Simpler Media Productions.

We discussed TONS including:

The real history of the beginnings of podcasting! Shure SM7b Fethead Zoom H6 Mac Mini 2018 Hindenburg Journalist Pro iZotope RX 6 Waves Sibilance plugin Dealing with sibilance with EQ On location recording with lavaliers (SM93's), Zoom H4, H6, and SM58’s Visiting France, Copenhagen, Belgium, England, Italy, Bangkok, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia

Thanks for sharing so much, Evo!

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PES 134: Chris's Goody Bag

Jun 13, 2019 27:27

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from April 12 through April 24). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

A few announcements:

Join our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 7-9 PM Eastern / 4-6 PM Pacific via YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook! The next semester of PES starts June 25, 2019. Upcoming episodes: Evo Terra, Dan Radin, Adam Gordon Bell, Travis Vengroff, Zach Moreno, Barry Gary, and Scott Somerville!

I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :)

PES 133: Nick Dunkerley from Hindenburg

Jun 6, 2019 01:13:42

Description:

My guest is Nick Dunkerley, Creative Director at Hindenburg! They make the very popular podcasting DAW software Hindenburg Journalist Pro.

We discussed LOTS including:

Lots of specifications of Hindenburg Nick's personal equipment: RE20 microphone and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface Nick's experience building a radio station in Africa His engineering team at Hindenburg Automated EQ profiles Clipboard Comparison of the Pro version vs the regular version Differences in the podcasting industry and events in Europe vs. USA See some screenshots of Hindenburg here

Thanks for being a great guest, Nick!

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PES 132: Podcast Movement 2019 Technical Track Speakers Preview

May 30, 2019 01:31:19

Description:

Listen to me talk with each and every 2019 Podcast Movement Technical Track speaker about their presentations, except, unfortunately, for the Hall of Fame podcaster Dave Jackson. Podcast Movement will be held in Orlando, Florida from August 13-16, 2019. Find all the info at https://podcastmovement.com/.

Here are the speakers and what each will be speaking about:

"Skype Alternatives" presented by Jody Maberry

"5 Steps to Building a Sought-After Podcast Production Company" presented by a panel including:

Steve Stewart Darrell Darnell

"Painting Stories with Sound - Podcast Editing for Beginners" presented by Nick Dunkerley from Hindenburg.

"Podcasting Systems: The 3 Key Automated Systems Podcast Hosts and Guests Need to Have in Place to Scale" presented by Yann Ilunga.

"The Most Common Audio Problems in Podcasts and How to Fix Them" presented by Marcus dePaula.

"People Breathe: The Art of Editing an Interview" presented by Carrie Caulfield Arick.

"Help Us Help You: Tech Support Tips for Podcasters" presented by a panel including:

Mackenzie Bennett (Blubrry) Dave Jackson (Libsyn) Mike Dell (Blubrry) Shannon Martin (Podbean)

"Post Production: Effective Tips & Techniques for a Seamless Edit" presented by Sarah Wendel.

"Great Quality, Low Cost + ROI" presented by Alexis Parris.

"Advanced Audio Production: Waaay Beyond Just Removing Umms, Etc." presented by Chris Curran, founder and lead instructor of Podcast Engineering School.

And special thanks to Ralph M. Rivera of Podcaster's Toolbox for the audio introductions in this episode.

Few announcements: Join the Podcaster’s Lounge #Livestream every Wednesday evening. Details here. Watch and comment on podcasting news, Q&A and conversation. Lounge with your podcast friends and fans. Note: The music I play as the outro at the very end of this episode was played and recorded by me about 25 years ago ;) Have fun exploring previous episodes of this show the Podcast Engineering Show. If you ever need help with your technical production, please reach out to me.

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PES 131: Shawn Kitchen

May 23, 2019 01:12:59

Description:

My guest is Shawn Kitchen - host of the Northwest Corner Podcast. He lives in Spartanburg, SC, was formerly trained in radio and tv, and is currently records his show using a Live format to reduce post-production time.

We discussed his production workflow and equipment in detail, including:

Using a Kindle tablet to play sound FX Riding faders Live Mixer has one knob compression on each channel Mic technique Using subgroups: Voices to one group, music to another group, then record each group separately on his Zoom H6 Chris’s Compression Dynamics plugin within Audacity Noise reduction in Audacity by creating and using a custom noise profile (he removes 14 or 15 dB of noise!) Record everything 24 bit / 44.1 kHz Soundcloud Behringer X2222USB analog mixer Behringer UMC404HD interface Tascam DR-40 field recorder Zoom H6 field recorder Behringer XM8500 dynamic mics MXL FR-355K lavalier mics Audacity Hindenburg Soundpad app for Android on Kindle Fire 8HD tablet iRig 2 instrument interface Behringer headphone distribution amp and headphones (for up to 8 people) All post-production done in-house on Dell desktop with Core I5 processor using primarily Audacity, but have been using Hindenburg more frequently in recent time. Pre-recorded music tracks (except show theme) are separated into new tracks. All vocals are run through a combination of soft limiter, compression, and then amplification to -1.0 dB. Noise reduction is done at the *end* of all other processing, using a 5-second segment of silence with all mics open at the beginning of each recording session. I've found that applying noise reduction at the end yields us with the clearest results.

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PES 130: Chris's Goody Bag and Two Clips

May 16, 2019 37:35

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (from March 29 - April 10). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

Also hear:

A clip of me calling Bob Bergey on the phone and him recording us both on his RØDECaster Pro. A clip of Addy Saucedo, author of The Podcast Planner, starting to interview me in the NAB podcast studio for her Modern Vintage Radio podcast. She decided not to use this interview because of audio quality issues. Hear for yourself.

A few announcements:

The next semester of PES starts June 25, 2019. Upcoming episodes: Shawn Kitchen, Nick Dunkerley, Evo Terra, Dan Radin, Adam Gordon Bell, Travis Vengroff, Zach Moreno and Barry Gary! Hang out on our Podcaster's Lounge livestreams every Wednesday 7-9 PM Eastern / 4-6 PM Pacific!

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PES 129: Glenn the Geek, from Horse Radio Network and Finding Florida

May 9, 2019 01:01:22

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My guest is Glenn the Geek - founder of the Horse Radio Network (founded July 2008), cohost of Horses in the Morning, cohost of Finding Florida, and cofounder of the Florida Podcast Network.

Every morning he livestreams Horses in the Morning like this:

Audio only livestream via Blogtalk originally, now via Mixlr. Has a 5 computer setup. Call-in Studio to take live phone calls via Skype. The master Live feed is sent out through Mixlr, which streams through their own app, as well as players embedded on their website. Producer sets up guests off-air. Hosts and producer chat privately using Skype. The final audio podcast is published within 30 minutes after finishing the Livestream. Uses a 12 year old Belkin mixer (still, after trying a few newer mixers). Uses ATR2100’s or the Behringer XM1800’s. All PC’s, no Mac’s. Uses Total Recorder to record Skype. Uses Mixcraft to edit. Uses Auphonic to run all episodes through, to tag and send to destinations. Plays sound clips via iTunes.

For the on-location recording of Finding Florida

Go to a place and do ten activities in 3-4 days and record everything. For interviews, they record with a Tascam DR-05 and two XM1800 microphones. They also record on their phones (as a backup while recording with the DR-05) using the Hi-Q app on Android to record and immediately upload to Dropbox. There exists audio of Glenn breaking his ribs in the Daytona beach episode of Finding Florida! Post-production of episodes using Mixcraft to add music, transitions, etc.

Other hosts on the Horse Radio Network:

All connect with and record guests using Skype. Use Google Sites for production notes. Are all hosts streaming Live? No.

*I asked Glenn if he ever recorded audio of any of his horses. He said YES - and he played some clips in this episode!

Thanks for being a great guest, Glenn!

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PES 128: James Cridland of Podnews, LUFS, Bitrates

May 2, 2019 01:30:09

Description:

Enjoy my chat with James Cridland. He's the editor of Podnews which is a daily email and podcast that delivers tons of significant news and info.

Sign up for his amazing daily email here.

Listen to the daily audio version here.

We also discuss LUFS and Bitrates. Here are a couple of James' articles that we reference:

The correct LUFS level: https://podnews.net/article/lufs-lkfs-for-podcasters The right bitrate to use: https://podnews.net/article/podcast-analysis

We also covered:

RØDE Podcaster (USB microphone) - V2 has a quieter output, and a level LED that turns orange and red for peaking, etc. Auphonic Edit app to record on the road Hindenburg to record and edit. Some compression, EQ, etc. James publishes two versions of the Podnews daily podcast: An 80 kbps AAC+ at -16 LUFS for his regular feed, and a 320 kbps stereo MP3 at -14 LUFS for Alexa and Spotify. Note: Alexa and Spotify both cache your audio but don’t change the LUFS level. Self hosts with Amazon S3, and using Amazon Athena for some stats Macbook Pro

Thanks for sharing so much, James!

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PES 127: Carrie Caulfield Arick

Apr 25, 2019 01:15:15

Description:

Enjoy my chat with Carrie Caulfield Arick - podcast editor, host of Just Podcasting, and owner of Ya Ya Podcasting.

We discussed tons, including:

Adobe Audition: Essential Sound, Spectral Heal as needed, sometimes a De-esser, light compression, speech volume leveler (careful setting), dynamics processing, Match Loudness RX7 Advanced: De-plosive, EQ, Normalize, De-Ess, Mouth De-click, Voice De-noise ATR-2100 Samson Q2U Squadcast iZotope Nectar and Nectar 3 Adding a tiny bit of reverb Export as .WAV (32 bit float for Audition) Dell Inspiron 8th gen, i7 quad-core, 16GB RAM, 2-in-1 hybrid drives iBuyPower i7 7th gen processor, 16GB RAM, hybrid drives On location: Zoom H4N, Tascam DR-40, two ATR-2100's

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PES 126: NAB 2019 Recap and Chris's Goody Bag

Apr 18, 2019 48:21

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (March 15-27). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here.

I also recapped my experience at NAB last week -- details.

First I made a few announcements:

Enter to win a win a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 here!: https://focusrite.com/Focusrite-Podcast-Engineering-School-Giveaway The next semester of PES starts June 25, 2019. Upcoming episodes: Carrie Caulfield, ‘Glenn the Geek’ Hebert, Shawn Kitchen, Nick Dunkerley, Evo Terra, Dan Radin, Adam Gordon Bell, and Travis Vengroff! Podnews - a daily briefing in your inbox every weekday about podcasting and on-demand. My NAB Recap

My awesome booth mates at the Ask The Expert booth in the Podcast Pavilion area!:

Addy Saucedo - The Podcast Planner. She also interviewed me for her Modern Vintage Radio podcast. Ralph and Carol Lynn Rivera - Podcaster's Toolbox.

Interesting: The podcast studio across the aisle. Condenser mics with no pop filters. Hmm.

I met Brandon Gonzales in person! (my guest on episode 84)

Dan Hughley from Focusrite interviewed me in their booth for their upcoming podcast.

SSL - I met Fernando who lives in Denver. He let me mix for a bit on a Live console. I also saw the new SiX in person!

Waves - I dropped by their booth.

Dan Dugan Sound Design (my guest on episode 101) - dropped by his booth and thanked him in person for being my guest.

Joel from Sound Devices.

Michelle from Heil.

Mark Bakos from Cleanfeed.

Ira from Samson.

Greg Laney from Apogee.

Gina Clement from Gator. We discussed the Gator Frameworks GFW-MIC-0822 Telescoping Boom Mic Stand.

Arielle Nissenblatt from EarBuds Podcast Collective.

Ever Gonzalez in person! He's the founder of The Outlier Podcast Festival, a traveling national event held in major cities across the U.S. *In Denver July 12-13!

Zachary Davis from Sound Education, a conference for educational audio producers and listeners. October 10-12, 2019 at Harvard University.

Audionamix, regarding the IDC: Instant Dialogue Cleaner plugin.

Philipp Sonnleitner, CEO of Mikme!

Soren Pederson, Sr. Product Specialist (Wired Microphone) at Shure.

Sarah Logan Gregory - Host of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Podcast.

Mark Ethier, CEO of iZotope!

Rodger Cloud - He gave me a Cloudlifter!

James Cridland from Podnews!

Didn't get to meet: Durin Gleaves from Adobe, and the RODE rep at the B&H booth.

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PES 125: Emily Prokop

Apr 11, 2019 59:10

Description:

Hang out with me and Emily Prokop. She is the host of The Story Behind podcast, a podcast editor and consultant, and author of The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects!

We discussed Emily's equipment and workflow, and lots more:

Blooper track: She copies clips onto a dedicated track for bloopers. Handling loud breaths: She moves all the loud breaths onto a dedicated track where she lowers their volume! Noise reduction Hi-pass filtering In her "studio": Moving blankets around her desk and curtains to dampen room noise, white shears Reaper and Reaper templates iZotope RX 6: De-plosive, Mouth De-click ATR2100 microphone Sony MDR-7506 Headphones Publishing a 96kbps mono MP3 for her show Auphonic leveling to -16 LUFS (! her mono track!) Hardwired to internet Previously Emily was on Dave Jackson’s show discussing structuring and presenting good content on podcasts because she has more than 10 years editing experience in print journalism. That episode is titled Journalism 101 For Podcasters.

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PES 124: Comparing Audio from 3 VoIP Recording Services, and Chris's Goody Bag

Apr 4, 2019 32:53

Description:

Hear and discern the audio quality differences between 3 popular podcast recording services - Zencastr, Squadcast and Ringr. Then let me know which service you think I used to record clip #1, #2 and #3. I play each of them twice and also give my evaluation of the 3 clips.

Also enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's (March 1-14). Here's the link to view all those blog posts: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/category/daily-goody/

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I made some announcements, too:

PES starts April 16th, and we conduct the course Live every quarter. Upcoming episodes: Emily Prokop, Carrie Caulfield, ‘Glenn the Geek’ Hebert, Shawn Kitchen, Nick Dunkerley and Evo Terra! NAB conference - we will be manning the Ask The Expert booth in the Podcast Pavilion area from April 8-11 in Las Vegas. Addy Saucedo with her Podcast Planner, and Ralph & Carol Lynn Rivera with their Podcaster’s Toolbox.

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PES 123: Colin Gray

Mar 28, 2019 01:10:02

Description:

Colin Gray joins me! He is the founder of The Podcast Host, host of Podcraft and Hostile Worlds, and founder of the podcast app named Alitu.

We discussed many areas of Colin's podcast production:

Studio in his office Rode PSA-1 boom arms 3 Rode Procaster microphones Yamaha MG10 mixer Zoom H5 and H6 Mac mini Adobe Audition iZotope RX7 Editing in Audition Final MP3's: 128kbps stereo or 96kbps mono Hosts at Blubrry, Buzzsprout, and Transistor.fm

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PES 122: Chris's Goody Bag

Mar 21, 2019 24:45

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of recent Daily Goody's.

Here's the link to view all those blog posts: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/category/daily-goody/

And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or every week. Sign up here.

I made some announcements, too:

If you can help me out I would greatly appreciate it. If you know any 18-25 year olds who might want to produce podcasts and earn really good money doing it, please mention PES to them. I appreciate it! Podfest was awesome. If you want to grow a podcasting business or grow your presence in the podcast industry, the major podcasting events are SO helpful. PES starts April 16th! Upcoming episodes: Colin Gray, Emily Prokop, Carrie Caulfield, 'Glenn the Geek' Hebert, Shawn Kitchen, Nick Dunkerley and Evo Terra!

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PES 121: Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports California

Mar 14, 2019 01:10:29

Description:

Brodie Brazil is here! He's a TV broadcaster and hosts the Oakland A's & San Jose Sharks Pre/Postgame Live on NBC Sports California. Check out his YouTube. He has won 13 Regional Emmy Awards and nominated for 32!

Also check out his podcast, Brodie Brazil.

We discussed a ton, including:

Packing blankets and rug in his home studio Mics: TLM103, SM7B through Fethead, RE320's, MD46's, HMD26 Mixer: Soundcraft 12 MTK Channel strips: dbx 286's Remote interface: UMC202HD Recorders: Zoom H5 & H6 Computer: MacBook Pro running Audition (old version!) Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-770's On-location: Zoom H6 w/ two RE320’s TV mic: Sennheiser MD-46 Because I do a lot of live streaming - need most of my processing (comp, EQ, de-essing, gate) baked in. So I have that for both the Neumann and Shure mics. I do add a little post-processing for podcasts and YouTube videos with just some light compression... normalization, then clip gain matching to -16 lufs. Everything exported to .wav for videos and editing. eventually .mp3 for podcasting to... Soundcloud(!) I know, but it works best for me (I can explain).

Thanks for hanging with us, Brodie!

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This Week Podfest 2019, Win $300, and PES Discount Code

Mar 7, 2019 12:01

Description:

This is quick announcement episode. If this is your first time hearing the show, check out previous episodes where I'm interviewing people about their equipment, software and production workflow.

Enter to win $300 here!

Get $350 off Podcast Engineering School tuition using coupon code PME19. Next semester starts April 16th!

Thanks for listening, and congrats on all your learning!

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PES 120: MP3 vs. AAC (.m4a) with Allan Tépper

Feb 28, 2019 01:07:00

Description:

Great discussion with Allan Tépper. He is the host of Beyond Podcasting, as well as a  a Pro Audio/Video specialist, tech journalist, broadcaster, author and consultant. (and my previous guest on episode 74)

*DISCLAIMER: We are not advocating for anyone to switch from MP3 to AAC (.m4a). If you're contemplating it, please do more research and decide for yourself.

We discussed many aspects of MP3 vs. AAC (.m4a):

Advanced Audio Coding is designed to be the successor of the MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, known as MP3 format, which was specified by ISO/IEC in 11172-3 (MPEG-1 Audio) and 13818-3 (MPEG-2 Audio)

The widespread reluctance to even THINK about publishing podcast episodes in any other format than MP3.

.m4a is the most common extension, but not the only extension, used for AAC.

Sound quality: AAC sounds better than MP3 especially when encoded at lower bitrates. This means that your final episode file can be smaller in size and still sound as good or better than MP3.

Chris's experience: "When I convert my .WAV file to MP3 using iZotope RX 7, the resultant MP3 is 0.4 LUFS lower in volume than the original .WAV. Whereas when I convert to .m4a the resulting LUFS level of the .m4a is exactly the same as the original .WAV file. Interesting..."

Compatibility with ad insertion platforms: Rob Greenlee says, "Hey Chris, Most of the platforms that utilized dynamic ad insertion technology, oftentimes require MP3 files only."

TPES episodes that published in .m4a:

118 - Chris’s Goody Bag 119 - Bryan Entzminger

ID3 Tags: Bryan Entzminger says, "I did a test with an episode. I didn’t like that Libsyn didn’t pull the id3 info from the file (because it’s not an MP3) but that’s not a really big deal."

A few popular shows that use .m4a files:

Podnews (James Cridland’s show, @ 44.1 kHz so far) 60 Sec Torah Byte (Zalman Levin / Podbean 44.1 kHz so far) Morning Mantra (Coach MK / Anchor) BeyondPodcasting (Allan Tépper’s show, @ 48 kHz) Podcast Engineering Show (Barry and Chris’s show, @ 48 kHz)

Technical analysis of top podcasts - James Cridland’s post looking at bitrate. LUFS, mono/stereo, etc.:
https://podnews.net/article/podcast-analysis?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-01-17

AAC's improvements over MP3 (from Wikipedia)

Blind tests in the late 1990s showed that AAC demonstrated greater sound quality and transparency than MP3 for files coded at the same bit rate.

Improvements include:

more sample rates (from 8 to 96 kHz) than MP3 (16 to 48 kHz) up to 48 channels (MP3 supports up to two channels in MPEG-1 mode and up to 5.1 channels in MPEG-2 mode) higher coding efficiency for stationary signals (AAC uses a blocksize of 1024 or 960 samples, allowing more efficient coding than MP3's 576 sample blocks) higher coding accuracy for transient signals (AAC uses a blocksize of 128 or 120 samples, allowing more accurate coding than MP3's 192 sample blocks) much better handling of audio frequencies above 16 kHz more flexible joint stereo (different methods can be used in different frequency ranges) Encoding:

*NOTE: NONE of these lists is exhaustive. We did not investigate every single program in existence ;)

Programs that can encode .m4a files:

iTunes Fission (Mac only. Also can tag and create chapters. Allan Tépper’s favorite 1-track audio editor for Mac. Unique because it can also edit lossy formats without generation loss. Can’t save tag data but can copy and paste tag data. Chris was confused because Fission’s tag data doesn’t have a ‘Copyright’ field.) Hindenburg Journalist Pro (also can tag and create chapters. Allan Tépper’s favorite multitrack audio editor for conventional computers) TwistedWave (Mac and online only. Good program but no playback speed adjustment!) Amadeus Pro 3rd Party Encoder Plugins (Paul Figgiani suggested Sonnox’s Codec Toolbox ~47 USD and Pro Codec ~400 USD.)

Programs that encode MP3s using the Fraunhofer MP3 Encoder algorithm:

Adobe Audition iTunes (Source: Cliff Ravenscraft on October 27, 2010) Windows Media Player (Source: Richard Farrar)

Programs for which you can buy an optional Fraunhofer plugin for US$339.15

Pro Tools Logic Cubase Nuendo Sequoia Wavelab

Programs that DON’T use the Fraunhofer MP3 Encoder algorithm:

Hindenburg Reaper RX 6, 7 Players

Compatibility with players and apps: .m4a files are compatible with all podcast players we could find.

Thanks for sharing so much great info, Allan!

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PES 119: Bryan Entzminger

Feb 21, 2019 01:08:38

Description:

Great conversation with Bryan Entzminger, host of Engaging Missions and podcast engineer/editor.

We discuss his podcast production and quite a bit about his preferred DAW which he is quite skilled in using: Hindenburg Journalist Pro.

Here is Bryan's Live Demonstration of Hindenburg Journalist Pro, and here's a 90-day free trial of Hindenburg Journalist Pro.

Here are Bryan's production details:

Electro-Voice RE320 Rolls cough switch Sound Devices MixPre-3 For remote internet calls, I use a second computer (an old Dell) into the line in for the MixPre-3 using a hardware mix-minus in the MixPre I record 2 tracks right onto the SD card in the MixPre. I also run 2 tracks via USB into my MacBook Pro and record into Hindenburg Journalist Pro Voice profiler in Hindenburg can create custom profiles! For editing, I use Hindenburg Journalist Pro along with iZotope RX7 for audio restoration and Ozone 7 for mastering and a variety of Waves and other plugins depending on the need. I mix and edit in multitrack mode, export to WAV fully mastered but not normalized to -16/-19. I then bring that mastered file back into Hindenburg to level using the loudness matching and either convert to MP3 using Hindenburg or RX7. If I use Hindenburg, I'll also apply the id3 tags and upload right to Libsyn from there.

Also, Bryan got back to me about the Hindenburg auto-leveling feature that we discussed in the episode: "I did several checks with the auto-level with effects and it appears my original assumption was correct. The auto-level is at the "region" (clip) level upon input - prior to ANY processing within Hindenburg."

Thanks for sharing so much great info, Bryan!

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PES 118: Chris's Goody Bag

Feb 14, 2019 25:38

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of the past 14 days of the Daily Goody.

Here's the link to view all those blog posts: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/category/daily-goody/

And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or every week. Sign up here.

I made some announcements, too:

Soon I'll be discussing AAC (.m4a) vs. MP3 encoding (*And this episode is my first .m4a episode!!!) PES starts April 16th Will you be at Podfest Mar. 6-9 in Orlando? If so, let's hang out. Upcoming episodes with Bryan Entzminger, Brodie Brazil, and Colin Gray! Slight website revamp here Call for affiliates who want to promote PES and earn cashola

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PES 117: Brad Hargis from The Cinema Guys

Feb 7, 2019 01:09:16

Description:

I chat with Brad Hargis, cohost of The Cinema Guys podcast, about how he records and produces episodes with his two cohosts, Justin and the Cinemaiden.

We discussed:

Ferrite for on-location recording Microphones: ATR 2100 (Brad), Knox Gear KN-UM01 USB/XLR Mic (Cinemaiden), PylePro PDMIC58 (Justin) Mixer: Mackie ProFX8v2 Recorders: Main EVISTR L53, backup EVISTR L150 Edit with Audacity on a 15 inch MacBook Pro Auphonic iTunes to convert to a M4A file Recording: Mics connected via XLR to Mixer I record My mic (ATR 2100) on L channel and co-hosts(Knox and Pyle) on R channel. Record to WAV file on the L53 main recorder. After recording, copy audio files to computer and open in Audacity to 1. Use noise reduction, 2. Compress to level audio down, 3. Amplify to set audio to -1 dB, and 4. Use Nyquist Noise Gate on each channel. Edit all the audio adding music in post. Auphonic to set the final level to -15 LUFS. To finalize the file I import the .WAV into iTunes to convert to 96k Stereo M4A file adding artwork and metadata to the file. Upload file to Blubrry and post to my Wordpress website that is hosted on godaddy using PowerPress.

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PES 116: Chris's Goody Bag

Jan 31, 2019 23:45

Description:

Enjoy my brief overview of the past 14 days of the Daily Goody.

Here's the link to view all those blog posts: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/category/daily-goody/

If you have any questions please let me know :)

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PES 115: Jennifer Longworth

Jan 24, 2019 01:09:06

Description:

Enjoy this awesome chat with Jennifer Longworth, podcast editor and host of The Thoughtful Entrepreneur Podcast.

We talked about LOTS of podcast production topics. Here's a small portion of what we discussed:

iZotope RX6 plugins: De-plosive, de-click, de-clip, hi-pass/lo-pass filters EQ presets for different clients Master to -16 LUFs with -2dB peak Mixing voices Squadcast to record remote guests Adobe Audition ATR 2100USB HP Workstation desktop computer Zoom H4N Sharing files via Dropbox

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PES 114: Chris's Goody Bag

Jan 17, 2019 15:40

PES 113: Noah Sniderman

Jan 10, 2019 01:06:21

Description:

Me and Noah Sniderman had an awesome chat. He is the producer of The Dopist and producer/host of Innovating Employment. He also works at CJRU in Toronto.

Here's some of what we discussed:

SM7b Shure SM57 w/A81WS windscreen Sound Devices MixPre-3 Adobe Audition iZotope RX 6: De-bleed, spectral de-noise, EQ (General Enhance preset), de-plosive, de-esser (Simple Voiceover preset), Auphonic: Desktop versions of both regular Auphonic as well as Auphonic Multitrack, and its crossgate feature Hazel Forecast app for chapters, etc. Spreaker Recording on location Shure Beta87a "I can log into my headless Mac Mini (at home) while I’m at work, and de-bleed in the other direction while I’m de-bleeding on my laptop. I use a program called Screens 4 for this." Tascam DR10x - inline recorder, records a backup 10dB lower Rode Reporter mic

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PES 112: My 416 Experience so Far, and More

Jan 3, 2019 47:57

Description:

First, I give you my initial reactions and use cases for my new Sennheiser MKH-416 microphone. *NOTE: This is not an in-depth review or anything like that.

Also, don't miss two revealing samples of audio:

Audio Technica 8035 vs SennheiserMKH-416 My processed MKH-416 on my stream called Meditate With Chris

I also discuss the 416's:

Specifications (at the bottom of this post) Quality: Lots of smooth clarity in mid and high end.
Smooth low end. My accessories: Shock mount, My laser gun holder Testing close miking: Definitely getting plosives even when using the included foam windscreen. Plosives are easy to fix in post, but if you're streaming Live it would be awesome to avoid the plosives going out on the Livestream. My streaming use case: Picks up my HVAC unit really well, mostly because there are no walls in between. My Portico II processing: 48v Phantom Power, since mic is not close to my mouth I'm adding quite a bit of low end at 220 shelving, rolling off the low end around 80 Hz, using the Blue Silk mode, and my usual amount of to-tape compression (mild).

ANNOUNCEMENT: I started the Daily Goody!

I discuss a use case for Auphonic Multitrack - leveling all voices to the same LUFS level before mixing and editing.

I describe me EQ'ing the last quarter of a guests track because she moved away from the computer and there was suddenly background noise and she also lost some clarity.

NEWS: Podcaster's Lounge is now on hiatus.

NEWS: I just started a twice-daily meditation stream called Meditate With Chris

REVEALED: My 5 days in a cabin in the woods.

The 9 books I mentioned which are going to help me excel in 2019: (in no particular order)

Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins Deep Work by Cal Newport The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz The Laws of Manifestation by David Spangler Above Life’s Turmoil by James Allen The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

Here's to the best 2019 you could possibly have!!!

Sennheiser MKH-416 Specifications:

Transducer: Pressure Gradient/Interference Receiver Condenser Polar Pattern: Low, Mid: Hypercardioid -- Above 2 kHz: Lobar Frequency Response: 40 to 20,000 Hz Dynamic Range (Typical): 117 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 81 dB Maximum Input Sound Level: 130 dB (@ 1 KHz) Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa +/- 1dB Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48 V (± 12 v) Output Impedance: Nominal Impedance: 25 Ohms, Minimum Terminating Impedance: 800 Ohms Output Connectors: XLR-3M Type Pad: None Low Frequency Roll-Off: None Applications: Film, Radio and Television, Especially for Outside Broadcast Applications Dimensions (L x Diam): 9.84 x 0.74" / 250 x 19 mm Weight: 5.82 oz / 175 g

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PES 111: Bobby Owsinski, Audio Engineer and Author

Dec 20, 2018 01:14:32

Description:

My guest is Bobby Owsinski - Audio Engineer, Producer, Author, Coach, and host of Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle Podcast! Bobby has earned many engineering and producer credits on popular music, and he has authored 24 books on recording, music, the music business and social media. Check out lots of Bobby's credits and accomplishments below.

On this episode Bobby and I discussed tons, including:

Shure SM7B 1073 clone from Golden A Used to use an 1176 clone (Warm Audio WA76) UAD Apollo Twin MKII 2013 iMac, about to upgrade Soundflower ATM50X Headphones (Has HD650’s but open back doesn’t work that well) Wireworld pro cables Monitors: Equator D8's (soon he will have Ampheon 218's, whic are not powered) Acoustic treatment - a lot of ASC Tubetraps, round cylinders, one in every corner, 18-20 total. Post processing: Gentle gate, 15 db reduction Compressor - Fabfilter C2 EQ curve in Fabfilter, one for Skype, one for phone Waves F6 dynamic EQ for de-esser Mog Audio EQ4, famous air band, gives it the air that’s missing Reverby recording - de-reverb with RX6 Master buss - Fabfilter L2, has a LUFS meter He edits quite a lot, mostly for continuity and pacing, and mostly himself Audio fundamentals that new podcasters should know

And here are more (not nearly all) of Bobby's accomplishments:

Mixed a #2 album on the Billboard Blues charts for Adrianna Marie and her Bluescutters. Authored several courses for Berklee College of Music. Author of 24 books that are now staples in audio recording, music and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best selling “Mixing Engineer’s Handbook,” “The Recording Engineer’s Handbook,” and “Music 4.0: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age" (all now in their 4th edition). He has also penned hundreds of audio-related articles for a variety of popular industry trade publications such as Surround Professional, EQ, Billboard, Film & Video, Hollywood Reporter, Pro Sound News, Mix, Grammy Magazine, Electronic Musician, Recording Engineer/ Producer and Music Executive Insider, among others. Music Production blog at https://bobbyowsinskiblog.com/ Surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of legendary superstar acts including The Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iron Maiden, The Ramones, and Chicago, and more.

Thanks for hanging out with us, Bobby!

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PES 110: Announcements, and Detailed Overview of the PES Program

Dec 6, 2018 29:53

Description:

I spend most of this episode detailing what is included when attending the Podcast Engineering School program, specifically:

Who should attend PES? Why attend PES? The audio background of your instructor (me) Mentorship aspect of the program LIVE classes, not pre-recorded All class topics Tons of teaching topics Contact me if you're interested in starting January 15th

Also, a few announcements:

Hang with us on the Podcaster's Lounge livestream every Wednesday 7-9 PM Eastern / 4-6 PM Pacific. Lounging, news and Q&A for podcasters, editors and FANS of podcasting! Watch on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook. Jump on our email list - Monthly Resources for Podcasters and Producers I'm looking for guests for this show. If you can recommend someone please send them HERE: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/guest 2019 events: Podfest Multimedia Expo (March 7-9, 2019 in Orlando) I'll be heading up the “Ask The Expert” booth at NAB from April 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas Podcast Movement (August 13-16, 2019 in Orlando)

Testimonials of graduates:

“This course is one of very few that I’ve ever actually completed (of the many I have purchased online), and it’s hands-down been the best, and the most fun. I seriously looked forward to it every week. What makes it so different from all the other courses I’ve purchased over the years is the live, in-person element. It makes it so much more enjoyable, and I know for a fact I would never have made it through all this material if it were a self-paced, video course.”
~Adam C., Class 18D Alumni

“If you are serious about producing podcasts and would like to learn from a true leader in the field, Chris Curran’s Podcast Engineering School is a huge value. This is a lifetime of experience that will benchmark your knowledge among the best in podcast sound engineering. I am now highly aware of the process, production, and importance of professional sound for podcast listeners – and I know how to make it happen!”
~Jim C., Class 17A Alumni

“As a beginner in the world of audio, I really benefited from Chris’s Podcast Engineering School. Chris is a very good professor because he was very interactive with every single classmate and very patient with all the help he would give. After graduating I feel WAY more confident producing audio than I ever would have without this program. Overall, I highly recommend PES to anyone interested in learning the straight to the point no fluff version of professional audio engineering for podcast production.”
~Erika K., Class 17A Alumni

“The Podcast Engineering School is an absolutely stellar course. It’s amazingly thorough while remaining focused on providing you exactly what you need to become a professional podcast producer.”
~Bryan E., Class 17A Alumni

“Podcast Engineering School is a worthwhile and valuable investment for anyone who wants to produce a high quality podcast. Chris is very attentive and accessible for participants, and each class session went far beyond my expectations in terms of what I hoped to learn. Best of all, it’s all very practical, and I’m able to apply it immediately so I can “SOUND GREAT!”
~Barry G., Class 18B Alumni

“I learned tons about recording, mixing tracks, adding effects to create higher quality podcasts, and so much more. I’m already applying these skills big time. Chris is a great teacher who really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to sound engineering. Overall, I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their podcast production skills by leaps and bounds.”
~Ben L., 15 yrs old, Class 17A Alumni

“If you’re thinking of signing up for Podcast Engineering School, do yourself a favor and sign up now. Chris’s passion and deep knowledge of all things audio made this course both fun and highly informative. Having listened to every episode of The Podcast Engineering Show, I had high expectations when I started the course. The experience exceeded my expectations. I’m using a lot of what I learned to make the shows I work on Sound Great!”
~Ed S., Class 18D Alumni

Again, if you’d like some very special pricing for our January semester, contact me asap.

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PES 109: Daniel Hager

Nov 23, 2018 01:07:15

Description:

My guest is Daniel Hager from Germany, host of Let’s Talk Re-Touching, owner of Hager Media, and award-winning, internationally published retoucher and Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert.

We covered a ton including:

A self-modified OEM branded mic with a capsule similar to the Shure Beta 27 dbx 286s channel strip Power conditioners Presonus 192 Mobile interface (used to use a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2) Balanced/unbalanced Zoom H1 Tascam DR 60D (can record up to 4 tracks) Self-built Windows computer Adobe Audition DAW and its multi-band compressor targeted for plosives, EQ to match the host and guest, sometimes a bit of compression, and on the mix-bus track for voices a multi-band compressor, limiter, and sometimes an additional eq to affect all voice tracks Presonus Studio 1 DAW VB-Audio VoiceMeeter, a virtual mixer for Windows machines Recording 4, 6, or 8 tracks in one .WAV file at 24 bit resolution De-click De-noise Microsoft cloud services for media hosting Feed generated in WordPress Mastering to the desired output of -16 LUFS (Audition has a Loudness Radar as an effect which I put on the master track) File Output, adding an image, title, description or other meta information is also done all within Audition Daniel blogs about audio gear at https://all-geared-up.com

Thanks for hanging out with us, Daniel!

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PES 108: Auphonic’s New Advanced Features, with Georg Holzmann

Nov 8, 2018 01:04:33

Description:

My returning guest is Georg Holzmann from Austria, founder of Auphonic! He was previously on episode 22.

These new features are GREAT news for podcasters and editors, etc. We cover all the brand new advanced parameters of Auphonic's audio processing algorithms. Auphonic has been tremendously helpful to podcasters for many years, and now they have stepped up their game A TON!

*If you want to try these new features, simply contact Auphonic and ask them to enable these new features for you.

Here's some of what we covered in depth:

The Basics: How Auphonic levels different voices on the same track, machine learning, best practices, etc. Adaptive Leveler Presets Dynamic Range Compression Separate parameters for Music and Speech Loudness Target Maximum Peak Level Noise and Hum Reduction

Thanks for hanging out with us, Georg!

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PES 107: Jim Collison

Oct 25, 2018 01:02:34

Description:

My guest is Jim Collison, gadget podcaster at TheAverageGuy.tv and co-host of the Ask the Podcast Coach show.

We discussed tons, including:

At home, 2 PC setup At work, 3 PC setup Windows software: Audacity, Tried Audition but decided to go back to Audacity, Auphonic to level and create MP3 files, Windows Movie Maker Publishing to many different platforms: Podamatic, Spreaker, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audiomac, Podcast.com, Archive.org One of Jim's NIGHTMARE SESSIONS ATR2100 microphone Mackie ProFX12 and ProFX8 Logitech C920 webcam Google Hangouts LIVE Eggcrate foam on the walls Webcam IN FRONT of computer screen Jim's next purchase? Probably a new PC

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PES 106: Andy Wang, Host and Producer of Inspired Money Podcast

Oct 11, 2018 01:14:28

Description:

My guest is Andy Wang, host and producer of the Inspired Money podcast! He's also a guitarist, investor, and fee-only financial advisor.

We discussed lots of podcast production equipment, workflows and techniques including:

Setup at work CAD E100 microphone Rode PSA boom arm QSC TouchMix-16 Surface laptop Doing interviews via Skype Sennheiser HD280 headphones Setup at home Wife’s iMac computer (for editing) Apogee Duet interface Cheap condenser mic - $50, sent it to a guy in cape cod ($300) to modify the capsule to sound like a U87 Originally use Garage Band (overwrote a file tragically) but recently changed to Reaper (loves crossfading, etc.) Fabfilter plugins: gate, compression, EQ Waves: Vocal Rider (before compression), CLA vocals, L3 Multimaximizer on master track Mobile setup Shawn Smith’s iOS mobile recording rig setup ART Dual Pre interface (2 xlr inputs) iPad or iPhone to record Two Sennheiser e935 Auphonic app to record Auphonic website for leveling and tagging Upload to Libsyn A few Nightmare Sessions! Andy's next purchase???

Thanks for hanging out with us, Andy!

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PES 105: Ross Brand: Podcaster and Livestreamer

Sep 27, 2018 01:17:19

Description:

My guest is Ross Brand from LivestreamUniverse.com! We discussed podcasting, Livestreaming, equipment and tons more. Enjoy listening!

Ross's audio equipment:

Primary Studio Mic - Shure SM7B (Had compared RE20, SM7B, PR40 & RE27 in B&H mic room before deciding on SM7B) Primary Reporter Mic - Electro-voice RE50, Omni, Backup/Guest Mic - Samson Q2u Primary Audio Interface/Mixer/ Recorder - Sound Devices MixPre-3 Backup Studio Audio Interface - Audient iD14 Secondary Studio/iOS Audio Interface - Shure MVi (I have a two interface setup that enables me to get both myself and guest's audio on Instagram Live while also livestreaming to FB Live with no additional mics needed) Mobile Audio Interface - iRig Pre Headphones: Sennheiser HD280Pro, closed back Computer - 15" MacBook Pro (mid 2015) Mobile: iPhone 7 DAW: Screenflow (I know, I know...) - boosts level in places, Auphonic sometimes Likes and uses the Spreaker web player, chapters,

Ross's video equipment:

Webcam - Logitech C922x Camcorder - Canon Vixia R800 Capture Card - Magewell Software - BeLive (for Facebook Live) Software - Wirecast Studio (switcher, encoding, streaming, recording, live production) Hardware Encoder - LiveU Solo (cellular streaming from remote, bandwidth challenged locations without computer)

Ross's post-production workflow: (mixing, software, effects processing, editing, mastering, etc.)

Record in MixPre-3 as wave file on SD card and edit in Screenflow Edit out any gaps, edit out the worst "ums" "and uhs" and occasionally a segment that detracts from the overall conversation Boost softer or lower louder areas to make overall volume more consistent Record into and outro Add music tracks Check volume levels again Export final mix as m4a Upload to Auphonic and use default settings Download mp3 from Auphonic

Thank you for hanging out with us, Ross!

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PES 104: Marc Bakos of Cleanfeed

Sep 13, 2018 01:24:55

Description:

My guest is Marc Bakos - audio engineer and partner at Cleanfeed.

We discussed his service as well as lots more:

Marc's setup: TLM 49, Yamaha MG-12 mixer, Dbx 286s on insert, Prism Sound Titan external 1U sound card ($3k) PMC TB2+ speakers in his home studio What is Cleanfeed? The audio and technical backgrounds of Cleanfeed's creators Chrome on Android works well! Audio Quality: Pro version offers up to 320kbps quality. Standard voice 64kbps. And it can record in Stereo. Constant bitrate CODEC so there are no artifacts (OPUS) No drops - how? Will try peer to peer initially. Fully encrypted. If firewalled, it goes through a relay server. Ducking? No!, but can turn it on on a per participant basis. Leveling/Processing? No. No local recording for participants - all recording is done in the "studio's" Chrome browser. Remote guests are combined onto one track How does it avoid dropouts and glitching, etc.? Downloading mid-show? Yes. What can participants do to make sure their audio comes through clear and uninterrupted? Good metering Cart wall - cool, but no volume control at this time. Multiple input devices - bring several devices into Cleanfeed.

Thank you for being a great guest, Marc!

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PES 103: René Coronado: Sound Designer and Audio Engineer

Sep 6, 2018 01:11:49

Description:

My guest is René Coronado - audio engineer, sound designer at Dallas Audio Post Group, and cohost of the Tonebenders Podcast.

Enjoy this awesome episode; we discussed:

Speed Round #1 for his Tonebenders Podcast: Shure SM7B, Sound Devices MixPre-3, Skype, record onto SD Card, ProTools, Soundcloud. Speed Round #2 for his work at Dallas Audio Post (Control Room A):Avid C24 Controller, Genelec monitors, ProTools, computers are in a separate machine room, AT 4050 (workhorse), TLM 103, U87, MKH 50 and 416. Wave Rider (from Quiet Art) on the voices, aims at -25 dB RMS using averaging mode EQ, Compression, Master compressor The room where works is calibrated for -23 LUFS so he knows what that sounds like. Bounce the mix into RX6 Loudness to -18 LUFS stereo, then back into ProTools for encoding the MP3. Field recording: Line Audio CM3 Studio recording (Voiceovers, etc) Sound design techniques Track layouts Separate chains - dialogue, voiceover Soundminer - sound fx software program, tagged with metadata so the sounds are easily searchable. Mixing plugins: ProTools channel strip, Sound Particles, Twisted Sound “whoosh,” using distortion to bring up mids (20% distortion), Native Instruments delay called Replika.

I also asked René: "What advice do you have for podcast engineers and producers?" Listen for his answer ;)

Thank you for being a great guest, Rene!

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PES 102: Dan Gonzalez from iZotope

Aug 30, 2018 01:20:32

Description:

My guest is Dan Gonzalez, Senior Product Manager at iZotope, Inc. for Ozone 8, Neutron 2, and Nectar 3. He is also an audio engineer and musician.

Btw, PES students get student discounts on iZotope software!

We discussed tons, including:

Proprietary audio algorithms developed in-house by their RnD team Nectar Elements - Vocal Mixing Plugin Vocal Assistant: Uses machine learning? Yes. Ozone 8: We went through all the modules as well as the Master Assistant Neutron 2: Taught an algorithm what each instruments sound like O8N2 Bundle: Ozone 8 Advanced and Neutron 2 Advanced! Tonal Balance Control Maybe someday I can visit their full mastering studio at iZotope headquarters! Mix Wednesday - YouTube channel (Live 2 hour classes on mixing, etc.) Spire Studio: Now available in the USA. RX6, of course ;)

Thank you for being such a great guest, Dan!

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PES 101: Dan Dugan, Inventor of the Automatic Microphone Mixer

Aug 23, 2018 54:09

Description:

My guest is Dan Dugan of Dan Dugan Sound Design, inventor of the automatic microphone mixer! He has been active in the professional audio industry for more than 50 years, and is a board member of the Nature Sounds Society. We discussed his automixer as well nature recording - DEEP stuff. Enjoy.

Topics:

Speed round: Sennheiser MKH 416, Sound Devices 788 T recorder Automixer: His invention licensed into the Sound Devices 633 and 688, Yamaha mixers, Waves “Rack,” Waves LV1 (virtual console, touchscreen, 64 channels Dugan Automixer), and others. Also available as "black boxes" that patch into the insert points of mixers. Its Gain Sharing algorithm is where the magic happens ;) Nature recording: How to deal with airplanes?, the "Dawn Chorus" when the birds wake up in the morning, which in the summer starts around 4:00 AM. In Spring there is an evening chorus, too. Records nature using a scientific protocol, which allows him to get permission to camp in places no one is normally allowed. Uses an 80’ snake between his “camp” and the mics. Mics: Sennheiser MKH series mics are good for dealing with humidity and self noise. Lower than 16dba self-noise starts to be quiet enough to record soundscapes. “Light” system: electrets, 14dba self noise. Adequate “Heavy” system: MKH mics, 8-10dba self noise, RF condenser, uses 55 db of gain. Rode short shotgun, RF condenser type as well. Best to use mics with hot output so you don’t have to preamp it as much. Basic rig recording on 4 channels. Technique: use stereo array for front channels (MS, XY, AB, ), pair of omni mics on a 12 inch diameter Jecklin disc baffle with mics on either side, and 2 outrigger mics toward the rear. Front pair is the imaging pair - gives you a panorama of images, rear speakers are fair apart and are “uncorrelated” and they just fill in. Sound Devices 744T Recorder, with its pre-record buffer of up to 8 seconds!

Thank you, Dan, for doing such great work your whole life and for being a great guest!

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PES 100: Celebrating 100 with Ralph M. Rivera and 19 Friends

Aug 16, 2018 01:28:59

Description:

Join me and my good friend Ralph M. Rivera as we celebrate the 100th episode of this show! 

Hear audio clips from 19 awesome friends and previous guests roasting and/or congratulating me! (see the all-star list below)

Also hear a 10 min. audio piece I created called "Audio Adjectives and What They Sound Like." Hear what these sound like: Big, Small, Boomy, Muddy, Boxy, Hollow, Midrangy, Biting, Presence, Clarity, Brightness, “Air,” and Telephone Sound. 

Ralph has joined me previously on episodes 19, 36, and 56. He is currently creating Podcaster’s Toolbox, and his podcast show is called Carbon Based Business Units. Ralph also did the segments Nightmare Session and Next Purchase?

Thanks to all these friends and previous guests for sending audio clip wishes!:

Arik Levy - Ep's 54, 82, 92 (Firearms Nation Podcast, Shooters Summit) Billy O - Ep's 57, 96 (Podcast Producer, Audio Engineer, The Billy O Show) Bryan Entzminger (PES Alumni, Top Tier Audio, Engaging Missions Show) Carey Green - Ep. 12 (Podcast Fast Track, host of Podcastification) Dave Jackson - Ep's 11, 78 (School of Podcasting, and host of many shows including Podcast Rodeo Show) Garth Humphries - Ep's 38, 75 (Host and producer of Audio Pizza, Aussie Mac Zone and iBlindTech) David Hooper - Ep. 5 (marketing guy, radio host, RED Podcast, Build a Big Podcast) Jason DeFillippo - Ep. 43 (Podcast Producer, Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast, Jordan Harbinger Show) John Bukenas - Ep. 94 (Owner of Audio Editing Solutions, and graduate of Podcast Engineering School) Josh Rivers - Ep. 26 (Owner of Podcast Guy Media and host the Creative Studio Podcast) Chris Krimitsos (Podfest Multimedia Expo) Landen Hardy (PES Alumni, Supporter Sound Studios) Mary Mazurek - Ep's 21, 47 (Recording Engineer and Radio producer at WFMT Chicago) Jonathan Messinger - Ep. 33 (Producer and host of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, and creator of other interactive story podcasts for kids) Mike Russell - Ep. 73 (Company and podcast: Music Radio Creative) Steve O’Neill - Ep. 66 (Host and producer of Sharp podcast) Liam Neeson Ross Brand (LivestreamDeals, Podcaster, www.LivestreamUniverse.com) Steve Stewart - Ep. 63 (Steve Stewart Podcast Productions, creator of Podcast Editor’s Club Facebook Group)

Links to a couple things we mentioned:

The iMac reset trick that just helped me - How to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac - https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201295 RØDE SC6-L, an interface destined to change everything for compact 2-channel audio recording on iOS devices (for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Check out Allan Tepper's post: https://www.provideocoalition.com/rode-sc6-l-a-game-changer-for-compact-2-track-recording-on-ios-devices/ )

FYI - Upcoming outstanding episodes: 101 Dan Dugan, 102 Dan Gonzalez from iZotope, and 103 Rene Coronado! ...seriously, tremendous ;)

OUTRO SONG: Xolo - Accoutrements by Bryant W. Jackson. Check out his website and Vimeo channel. Thank you, Bryant!

Lots of heartfelt gratitude to all listeners, friends, previous guests and Ralph! Thank you for supporting me and the show so well.

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PES 099: Michael Helms

Aug 2, 2018 01:07:58

Description:

My guest is Michael Helms - my long time friend, audio engineer and host of the Location Sound Podcast. Mike and I met when we were both working at Soundtrack Studios in New York City in 1993. Mike has gained tons of audio wisdom from working on music production, commercial voiceover production and currently location sound.

We discussed:

Mike's main podcast setup: RE20, MixPre-10T, Macbook Pro, Squadcast, Adobe Audition Match loudness Processing: Compression, EQ, roll off 80 Hz and below Mix buss effects: Multiband compressor and limiter Previous equipment: Sterling Audio ST-51 mic, Zoom H5 Good lavalier mics (Sanken COS-11 and others) Working on music and voiceovers  in NYC Previous Pro Tools studio in Florida What’s in Mike's location sound equipment bag? A recent Nightmare Session... Editing philosophy Next Purchase? The MKH416 is a beast

Thanks for hanging out with us, Mike!

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PES 098: Chris Solo

Jul 19, 2018 43:54

Description:

My guest is myself. hehe

I cover many topics that can help your podcast production, and a quick fyi that the next semester of PES starts Sep.18 and early-bird pricing is available for the rest of July.

Oh, and Podcast Movement is next week and I’ll be streaming Live from there. Check out all the platforms I’ll be streaming on and follow/subscribe on whichever platform is your favorite: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/live/

Here are the things I cover in this episode:

NIGHTMARE SESSION segment: Lately, I've faced more of the usual - guests connecting in non-optimal ways, having bad mic technique, computers running lots of programs, etc. NEXT PURCHASE segment: Mine may be the Sennheiser MKH416 shotgun microphone when it comes on sale again ;) And btw I just bought another Scheps Omni channel plugin for my old production machine. Mixing INTO your mastering multiband compressor. A recent email from Allan Tepper: "Sadly, Forecast (Podcast MP3 encoder with chapters) downsamples our 48 kHz master to 44.1 kHz :( Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Fortunately, Hindenburg Journalist Pro respects 48 kHz when encoding MP3, as do Fission, RX6 and even iTunes. Hindenburg Journalist Pro also has built in chapter creation with graphics." Recently observed: Removing everything below 30-40 Hz DOES NOT affect the overall LUFS level of the audio. I remove those frequencies in RX6, usually 30 Hz and below, because those frequencies are barely audible and not very relevant to the human voice. My new fave: Waves CLA-76 plugin - Bluey mode (as opposed to Blacky). Does a really great job of bringing a voice closer and more in your face in a very transparent way. My response to a listener commenting that he doesn't use that much compression because less compression sounds more natural. "Yes, less compression sounds more natural, or course, but real-world listening environments are not dead quiet, and so compression makes the audio more intelligible in those noisy environments. If you listened to a pop music radio station in a very quiet environment you would not like it, but the compression and limiting that the station uses helps the audio be more audible over the road noise, etc." Idea to play around with: For folks with bad mic technique, in addition to processing their main track, send their signal to a separate track and use a multiband compressor on it. Crush the signal, and then mix in a bit of that crushed signal with the original. You probably want to heavily gate it first, too. I’ll be doing this on one of my upcoming streams, if you'd like to tune in.

I hope that my thoughts and suggestions help you produce better sounding podcasts in less time :)

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PES 097: Ben Scheirman

Jul 12, 2018 01:16:38

Description:

My guest is Ben Scheirman, who runs NSScreencast.com and creates the media content there. He also produces two podcasts at Vibrato.fm and Appdevdiary.com.

And we rolled out a new segment called Nightmare Sessions!

We discussed A LOT, including:

UA Apollo 8 Quad (4 XLR’s) Heil PR40 (with shock mount/boom) Audio-Technica ATR-2100 USB Rolls Mic Mute Audio Hijack and Loopback on the Mac (for podcasting) Magewell HDMI USB3 Capture Screenflow Logic Pro (for music), Mainstage Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones (80 ohm) Onyx Blackjack (interface) Onyx 820i firewire mixer Mix minus KRK Rokit 5 mounted on wall API Vision channel strip plugin

Thanks for being a great guest and sharing so much, Ben!

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PES 096: Billy O Returns

Jun 28, 2018 01:03:08

Description:

Billy O

My returning guest is Billy O - host of The Billy O Show, podcast producer and audio engineer.

We discuss post-production specifically, and of course meander in and out of other podcast production topics including:

Mixing “in the box” Waves plugins: EQ, Vocal Rider, X-hum FabFilter Pro-Q2 and Pro-MB plugins Nomad Factory plugins - cheaper but pretty good General EQ advice: Cut wide and boost narrow How to apply EQ and compression directly on a channel vs. using sends for reverbs and delays Chris mentions his new way of subgrouping voices so he doesn't "re-master" the intro and outro music Playing tracks off Spotify via through his Pioneer DJM 400 mixer Editing

Also, if you're interested in recording music at home,  check out Billy O's 5-part series covering DIY Home Recording, published as episodes 19-23 of his Billy O Show podcast.

Thanks Billy O for a great session!

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PES 095: Situations and Solutions

Jun 14, 2018 53:37

Description:

Enjoy this solo session packed with lots of recent production scenarios I faced bravely. Hopefully some of what I share will help you in your production.

Announcements and Stuff:

Last call for the PES semester starting in a week and a half (Enroll and be classmates with a "podcast celebrity" student to be named later!) If you or someone you know would be a great guest for this show please let me know. On a personal productivity note: I’ve removed lots of apps from my phone: all social media, YouTube, Twitch, Wikipedia, etc. I listed off all the audio and podcasting apps I still have on my phone. I recently taught a webinar titled "How to EQ" for Steve Stewart's Podcast Editors Club Facebook group. Check it out here. A recent message I received from VaShaun Jones (who was my guest on session #67) responding to my recent call for screen-sharing app recommendations: "You should use Team Viewer Quick Support for your remote access concerns. It's free and tried and true. I've been using it for 8 years." My recent research on ipDTL (ISDN calls and radio remotes from a web browser): I believe it's mostly used by radio folks and voiceover folks. Deal-breaker: No local recordings of each participant. And btw, the clicking on Zencastr recordings seems to be gone for good :)

Situations and Solutions:

Earbud guest in reverby room. Recording a guest by using Skype to call their mobile phone - sounded really muddy. Guest in reverby room using an AT2020 condenser mic with a horrendous internet connection causing a billion clicks on Zencastr, and afterwards the guests track was significantly shorter. Recording the correct microphone! Check your computer settings as well as the app settings. Live panel with 5 people recorded on 1 track. Even out using Auphonic or a compressor with a long release time. Balancing the participants EQ is tough: de-esser, multi-band compressor. Mixing WebEx audio recorded at 8kHz sample rate (only capturing up to 4kHz). Some possible remedies: Aphex aural exciter, Scheps Omni Channel preamp saturation, boost 2-4kHz range, remove some low mids and low frequencies.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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PES 094: John Bukenas

Jun 7, 2018 01:06:46

Description:

My guest is John Bukenas, podcast engineer, owner of Audio Editing Solutions, and graduate of Podcast Engineering School!

We discussed lots, including:

Various on-location recording scenarios Mistakes podcasts hosts make when recording audio De-reverb plugins Upgrading equipment RE320 microphone dbx 286s channel strip Mackie 1624 mixer Focusrite 18i20 audio interface Macbook Pro Adobe Audition, including effects and match volume, etc. Auphonic multitrack Paying homage to previous guests Darrell Darnell and Daniel J. Lewis.

Thanks for hanging out with us, John!

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PES 093: Chad Sowash

May 24, 2018 01:01:16

Description:

My guest is Chad Sowash - host and producer of The Chad & Cheese Podcast.

We covered a lot including:

Audio-technica ATR2500-USB Zencaster Audacity Windows Surface Laptop On-location recording Noise reduction (if necessary) Normalization Compression Editing Soundcloud Rev.com

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PES 092: Chris Interviewed by Arik Levy

May 10, 2018 01:29:05

Description:

Chris Curran podcast production

I am interviewed by my guest host is Arik Levy - Law Enforcement Officer, Host of Firearms Nation Podcast, Creator of Shooter's Summit and the Firearms Nation YouTube channel.

Arik really wanted to know all the details about my recent major revamp of my studio. We discussed my new setup, my previous setup, my podcast production background, software, hardware, workflow and more.

Some of the elements of my new setup:

RE20 microphone (same one I've been using for about 1-1/2 yrs.) Neve Portico II channel strip Sound Devices MixPre-6 iMac Pro Neumann KH 120 A near-field monitors Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack and Loopback iZotope RX 6 Advanced and Ozone 8 Sonarworks speaker and headphone calibration software TwistedWave audio editor Reaper Plugins: Sheps Omni Channel Strip, SSL G Channel strip, etc. VoIP Recording services: Squadcast, Zencastr, Ringr, etc.

Thanks for hanging out with me again, Arik!

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PES 091: Ben Brown

May 3, 2018 01:03:41

Description:

Ben Brown

My guest is Ben Brown, host and producer of the Municipal Equation podcast and the Tourette’s Podcast.

We covered a lot including:

Cathedral Pipes Durham - mic activator Steinberg UR-44 audio interface Mackie monitors ATH-M40x headphones Goldwave audio editor Publishing stereo MP3s at 112kbps resolution FX chains RE20 mic Libsyn AT8035 shotgun mic Zoom H5 Reaper compressor with 4:1 ratio, fast attack, pretty fast release Baxter EQ (more cutting than boosting) Waves NS-1 for noise reduction (it’s a one fader plugin) Stereo mic: AT 2022

Thanks for being a great guest, Ben!

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PES 090: Aaron Dowd

Apr 26, 2018 01:13:47

Description:

Aaron Dowd

My guest is Aaron Dowd - Podcaster Success Lead at SimpleCast and host of The Podcast Dude

Great conversation covering lots!:

Shure Beta 87a microphone Scarlett solo - audio interface Logic Pro DAW RX Dialogue De-noiser and De-clip Loudness meter plugin aiming for -16LUFS Bussing all voices to a single channel and adding effects to that channel, which effects all the voices simultaneously -- dialogue de-noiser (light setting), some EQ, de-esser, an RMS Compressor, and adaptive limiter.  Editing in Logic Pro HD 600 headphones Using the Forecast app to convert to MP3 and add chapters. During production he marks where chapters will be, usually when the host asks a question, etc. Link to a tutorial on using Forecast and podcast chapters: https://medium.com/simplecast/forecast-by-marco-arment-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-why-podcasters-should-take-a-look-ba446ffa8a35

Thanks for hanging out with us, Aaron!

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PES 089: NAB Show Recap

Apr 19, 2018 37:34

Description:

A Neewer mini microphone

I recap my experience at NAB last week, including our Mic Test Drive Booth and lots more including:

BIG thanks to my booth brothers: Michael Helms, Josh Wade, and Landen Hardy! Our 10 mics, Mackie 1642VLZ4, MixPre-6 borrowed from Sound Devices, and a BP40 borrowed from Steve Savanyu at Audio-Technica. Sennheiser’s upcoming wireless clip on mic, and the Neumann U67 at their booth! My birthday gift - a Neewer mini microphone! Watch Bandrew Scott's video on this mic here. The Venue was HUGE - Las Vegas Convention Center. Booth traffic was OK. And I was interviewed twice - one audio and one video. I also mentioned my drive out there - TO Vegas via New Mexico and Arizona, FROM Vegas via Utah and Colorado.

And it was great to hang out with:

Rob Walch - Libsyn Todd Cochrane, Mike Dell, MacKenzie - Blubrry Jennifer Crawford and Vernon Ross - Podbean Rob Greenlee - Voxnest Eric Larsen - Tascam Sean and Ira - Samson Podfest guys - Chris Krimitsos, John Dennis Podcast Movement guys - Jared Easley, Dan Franks Allan Tepper Emma Victoria Austin Dillman - REV Angela Copeland

Other stuff:

Skype Has a Big Announcement for Content Creators: Skype was proud to announce the new Skype for Content Creators, which looks to be what podcasters have been asking for, for years. The new feature is available in preview form now (at NAB) and should be widely available in the summer for both Mac and Windows 10 users. Skype for Content Creators records calls directly through NDI-capable software like Wirecast, Xsplit, and Vmix. The feature provides "clean" copies of all call participants that you can quickly drop into audio and video production apps, so you can focus more on the content and publishing of your show, and less on double-checking everyone's recordings.

I detail how I mixed an episode using the wrong Sonarworks profile, and then had to correct it. Because I had already done many edits, it wasn’t an option to go back to the mix and adjust the individual tracks.

Lastly: Congrats to the current students enrolled in PES! Next semester starts June 26th and super-early-bird pricing still available.

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PES 088: Ashley Lehmann

Mar 29, 2018 44:20

Description:

Ashley Lehmann - audio engineer and audiobook editor

My guest is Ashley Lehmann - audio engineer and audiobook editor. She also records classical music on location. She's also a musician, singer, and songwriter. And at the end of this session you'll hear a song by her band, All Night Drivers!

We discussed:

Ashley's audiobook production workflow Soundgirls and Weathervane Music - two nonprofits that are helping with audio education ProTools 12.6 Waves Limiter, Maximizer, DeEsser, and Q1-Q10 EQ Izotope RX6 and Ozone 8 Shure SM57 Onyx Blackjack - 2 input interface iMac Adobe Audition AKG K240 headphones Live recording with a pair of Rode NT5’s - setup high in the room

Thanks for being a great guest, Ashley!

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PES 087: Paul Kafasis

Mar 15, 2018 01:04:41

Description:

Paul Kafasis, CEO of Rogue Amoeba

My guest is Paul Kafasis, CEO of Rogue Amoeba!

We talked about A LOT this session - these show notes don't do our conversation justice.

*PC users: We are going to talk a lot about Rogue Amoeba's software which is only available for Mac currently, although some of the functionality we talk about may be available for PC at some point. You're welcome to hang with us or skip this session.

Here are the Rogue Amoeba software we discussed:

Audio Hijack (flexible and powerful recorder) Loopback (route any audio anywhere) Piezo (simple recorder) Fission (audio editor) - editing, metadata, chapters, and lossless editing on lossy files! Chapters - set different art and URL or each chapter. Farrago (soundboard) - note: it's not currently able to be controlled by any midi controllers yet. SoundSource (simple sound control)

Paul also answered some questions from Twitter fans:

Loopback lacks an essential professional working environment feature: a straight forward backup utility for all defined/saved virtual devices. Currently you must dig into the file system and save copies of Preference/.plist files. It works. On the other hand, it's clunky. (Paul Figgiani @produceNewMedia) How to run my mic through a channel strip plugin so effects can go through Skype/FaceTime live. (Travis Hill @PodcastMic) They’re so good at native Mac app, I’m surprised they don’t take advantage of the CloudKit API and sync that with iCloud. (Alex Knight @ZeroDistraction)

Thanks for being a great guest, Paul!

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PES 086: Niel Guilarte

Mar 8, 2018 01:06:51

Description:

Niel Guilarte, Founder of Wildstyle Media

My guest is Niel Guilarte, founder of Wildstyle Media working on high-end video production, film, podcast production, and audio for gaming. He is also the Director & Editor of The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary!

We discussed a lot, including:

Rode Procaster microphone Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre audio interface Logic Pro X software Waves plugins iZotope RX Focusrite plugins Softube Machina - plugins Behringer X-touch controller Producing episodes for The Horse Radio Network Tascam portable recorder - DR-701-B w/ SMPTE timecode, Final Cut Pro for video editing Motion 5 for graphics After FX

Thanks for such a fun conversation, Niel!

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Feb 22, 2018 09:27

Description:

A couple quick announcements...

PES 085: Tim Cumings

Feb 15, 2018 01:05:23

Description:

Tim Cumings

My guest is Tim Cumings - Producer of the Cooking in the Dark podcast!

We discussed:

GoldWave Ferrite noise suppressor Presonus Audiobox iTwo audio interface into a PC Sennheiser HD202 headphones Audio-Technica BPHS1 broadcast headset CAD GXL-3000 condenser microphone Plantronics audio 995 USB multimedia headset with noise cancelling microphone Mackie 802 vlz3 mixer PLEXTALK Pocket- Portable Daisy-MP3 Player and Voice Recorder Triton Audio Fethead Microphone Preamp VOX  Pop Stop Microphone Filter RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm Studio: Spare room / computer/guest room Auphonic

Thanks for hanging out with me, Tim!

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PES 084: Brandon Gonzales

Feb 8, 2018 01:04:01

Description:

Brandon Gonzales

My guest is Brandon Gonzales - host of Podcasting on a Plane. He's also an Air Traffic Controller!

Some of what we discussed:

Kaotica Eyeball Apogee MiC - $200 small diaphragm condenser iRig Pre-HD Side tone CAD E100s mic for home studio use Apple Mac Mini Zoom H6 to record as well as using it as a USB audio interface Logic Pro (Brandon recently "upgraded" from Garageband) AKG K702 Headphones Blue Everblue Bluebox - in ear monitor The Auphonic Mobile App. Brandon said, "It Records 24/48 WAV, -16 LUFS, and your file goes straight to Auphonic server from your phone for processing if you wish. Georg is a damn genius!" ATR-2100 mic

And here's the picture of the Kaotica Eyeball hanging in Brandon's car! (as we discussed)

Thanks for being a great guest, Brandon!

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PES 083: Sam Matla

Feb 1, 2018 49:37

Description:

Sam Matla

My guest is Sam Matla - host of The EDM Prodcast and Electronic Music Producer at EDMProd.

Here's some of what we discussed:

Ableton Live Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones Blue Bluebird - Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone CAD pop filter Focusrite 2i2 iZotope Ozone for mastering Volume automation if there’s louder or softer parts Podtrac for analytics Zencastr Macbook pro 2015 Compression EQ Saved chain for Sam’s track Music tracks and transitions Splitting tracks for different topics for shownotes times Mix to MP3 128kbps Soundcloud - that’s where his community is/was. That’s changing now; they're mostly on Spotify now ;)

NOTE: Here are the three exceptional albums Sam mentioned when I asked him what his favorite music was:

BT - This Binary Universe Koan Sound & Asa - Sanctuary EP Mat Zo - Damage Control

Thanks for sharing so much, Sam!

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PES 082 - The Return of Arik Levy

Jan 25, 2018 01:07:26

Description:

Arik Levy - Firearms Nation Podcast

My returning guest is Arik Levy - Law Enforcement Officer, Producer and Host of Firearms Nation Podcast, Creator of Shooter's Summit and the Firearms Nation YouTube channel.

Since his last appearance on the show, Arik has upgraded his production gear and workflow significantly. I was happy to chat with him about all the gory details.

A small portion of what we discussed:

Rode Broadcaster Using his dbx 286s again Sound Devices MixPre6 Switching from Logic Pro X to Adobe Audition The difference that replacing an XLR cable can make… iZotope plugins: Nectar 2 (Arik uses the gate), Neutron, Ozone, RX 6 Zencastr Using video and Skype for his Shooter's Summit

Thanks for hanging with us again, Arik!

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PES 081: Noah Chelliah

Jan 18, 2018 49:33

Description:

Noah Chelliah

My guest is Noah Chelliah - host of The Ask Noah Show, and President at Altispeed.

From his studio he sends his show audio to the FM station from which it's broadcast. He also records locally and publishes the podcast version later. When he’s on the road, he hosts his show remotely by sending uncompressed audio back to his studio which then is sent to the FM station. Also fyi, he built his broadcast studio with 100% Linux. 

Some of what we discussed:

Axia Broadcast Console - preamp and processing YellowTec M!ka Arm Telos HX Telephone Hybrid Tieline Via Remote IP Codec (for on location) Lexicon Alpha Interface Marantz PMD580 AES3 Recorder OBS software RE20 PR40 Sony 7506 headphones

Thanks for so many insights, Noah!

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PES 080: Simon Barber

Jan 11, 2018 01:10:40

Description:

Simon Barber

My guest is Simon Barber - cohost and producer of Sodajerker On Songwriting, as well as musician, songwriter, academic and researcher.

We discussed:

Recording interviews on location, as well as the necessary post-production Apogee Duet audio interface ESI Record M. Multitrack Auphonic Amadeus Pro Audio Hijack Rode NT USB microphone (cardioid condenser w/ pop shield) Zoom H6 Shure SM 58's iZotope RX 6 Shure SM 57 with the A81WS windshield (as mentioned in our previous session with Allan Tepper)

Thanks for sharing so much great information, Simon!

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PES 079: Chris Updates, 2017 Reflections and 2018 Plans

Jan 4, 2018 44:59

Description:

iMac Pro

Note: This is not a standard TPES episode - this is me sharing lots of cool info. Here's what we covered:

End of year purchases:

iMac Pro MixPre6 Pistol grip for my AT8035 shotgun mic Ralph M. Rivera purchased Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones - bluetooth sounds great - very comfortable and light - can use them to talk on the phone too - $350

Configuration of the iMac Pro:

3.0GHz 10-core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory 2TB SSD Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB of HBM2 memory

My plans for the iMacPro:

Have one production space instead of a recording table and a mixing desk. Live streaming with video and several participants. Green screen. Webinars and screen captures. Move all plugins from current production computer to the new one. Sennheiser MKH416 would be nice.

PES 2017 reflections:

First 2 semesters of PES went extremely well. PM17 was good but working a booth made it a blur. As always, some clients came and went.

2018 plans:

Podcast Movement - not sure if I’ll be doing the Microphone Test-Drive Booth again. Four Podcast Engineering School semesters starting Jan.9, Apr. 3, Jun. 26 and Sep. 18 Podfudge!

My upcoming PechaKucha talk at Podfest:

Title: EQ - What You Need to Know about Equalization Description: Learn the fundamentals of why, what and how to use EQ. Hear examples of good and bad audio. Audio examples: Too much low end, too much high end harshness, harsh esses, phone sound, road noise with uncompressed voice getting lost in it at times, too much reverb, huge dynamic range raw and then compressed

How I processed Hardcore History episodes for my road trip:

Why? Prius is a light car with more than average road noise. Batching in RX 6 and Sound Forge Pro Saved to mono first (to half the processing time for all subsequent steps), then leveling and loudness. - created awful sounding MP3’s. Should have done everything in RX 6 first, exported as a WAV, then opened in Sound Forge Pro and saved as a mono MP3.

Podcasters’ Society: A truly awesome community

Experience with the Pause Your Life podcast:

Producer always worked in mono only and converted all music to mono. Suggestion: You should always leave stereo music stereo because it doesn't hurt anything and you can always render to mono. Fixing a harshly EQ’d voice - Fabfilter MB multiband compressor in the 3-10k range

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PES 078: The Personal Aspects of Production and Productivity, with Dave Jackson

Dec 28, 2017 01:13:43

Description:

Dave Jackson

This is the first ever mostly non-technical session of this show because we cover many important topics for podcasters and podcast producers including productivity, time management, experimenting with new gear, as well as business aspects.

My returning guest is Dave Jackson, podcast coach, owner of School of Podcasting, and host of many shows including Podcast Rodeo Show. Also, here's the link to Dave's first appearance (session #11) where we discuss his equipment and workflow, etc.

Some of what we discussed:

What time of day/night we get the most work done Multitasking while working on audio Getting work done vs experimenting with new gear/stuff Family considerations Working ON your business vs producing the actual audio The latest you've ever stayed up producing an episode What do you drink during recordings? Organizing folders, backups, Dropbox, Backblaze, restarting your machine Line levelers and surge protectors Dave's video setup Update on my Mac research and plans…

Thanks for so many insights, Dave!

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PES 077: Bandrew Scott

Dec 21, 2017 01:06:08

Description:

Podcastage - Bandrew Scott

My guest is Bandrew Scott - creator of Podcastage, a YouTube channel that provides gear reviews and tests to help you improve your podcast and YouTube audio/video. He also hosts The Bandrew Says Podcast.

Enjoy listening; we discussed:

Arturia AudioFuse Mac mini Logic Pro X Final Cut Pro Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Waves plugins iZotope RX 6 Shure SM7B Mogami cables Cloudlifter CL-1 dbx 286s

*This session was mixed and edited by PES graduate Christopher Whittaker! Great job Christopher!

And check out Bandrew's "tiny mic" video which we discussed in this session!

Thanks for being a great guest, Bandrew!

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PES 076: Danny Ozment

Dec 14, 2017 01:25:14

Description:

Danny Ozment

My guest is Danny Ozment - audio engineer, editor, mixing and mastering engineer, podcaster and podcast producer. He is the owner of Emerald City Productions and the host of Recording A Capella.

Danny produces lots of podcasts and music projects. He and I went deep into lots of gear, software and workflow. Enjoy listening!

Hardware we discussed:

Millennia TD-1 preamp UA Apollo interfaces (Twin and 16) PhantomFocus System monitors (with two 12" subwoofers) Macbook Pro Shure SM7B

Software we discussed:

Pro Tools iZotope RX 6 HOFA-Plugins Fabfilter de-esser Pro Tools stock plugins Waves de-esser Wave Arts "Trackplug"

Danny's mastering  chain:

Slate buss compressor Slate tape emulation Ozone multiband dynamics Waves L1 limiter

Other topics:

Using two compressors in series and what setting to use on each Landr mastering website GIK Acoustics

Thank you Danny for so much valuable knowledge and information!

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PES 075: Have Another Slice of Audio.Pizza Baked by Garth Humphreys

Dec 7, 2017 01:25:52

Description:

Audio.Pizza - Garth Humphreys

My returning guest is Garth Humphreys, host and producer of Audio PizzaAussie Mac Zone and iBlindTech.

Garth and I go deep and get technical - and of course we make it practical and relevant to your podcast production, too ;)

Before Garth and I got rolling, I first explained how I recently rescued some bad sounding audio using various steps: Putting it through Auphonic first (noise reduction, low end filter, leveler), then processing the resulting Flac file in iZotope RX 6 (phase, de-reverb, and de-click), then more processing in Reaper including EQ'ing and de-essing.

Then we discussed:

Garth's new Yamaha HS7 6.5" Powered Studio Monitors Compression: Going through all the parameters, what they mean and how they work. LUFS: Understanding how it's calculated and what it’s measuring. FLAC file format: Benefits of using it for recording and archiving. Phase trick: A cool way to hear what a plugin is actually doing to your audio. It also works for checking impact of MP3 encoding.

Then I told the entire story of my recent purchase of the Rode Broadcaster microphone, and why I returned it quickly. (Note: It's NOT because it's a bad mic)

I also talked about the two Fabfilter plugins I bought recently: The Pro-DS (de-esser) and the Pro-MB (multiband compressor).

Thanks for hanging out with me again Garth and sharing so many tasty slices of audio pizza!

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PES 074: Allan Tepper

Nov 30, 2017 01:16:50

Description:

Allan Tepper

My guest is Allan Tepper - Pro Audio/Video Specialist, Tech Journalist, Broadcaster, author and consultant.

We discussed:

Audient iD14 audio interface Shure 545SD-LC Cardioid Dynamic microphone Shure A81WS Gray Large Foam Windscreen for SM81 and SM57 Pyle-Pro PDMIC78 microphone Hindenburg Journalist Pro, and how it levels each clip automatically IK Multimedia iRig Pre HD Auphonic mobile app to record 48kHz .WAV files Zoom H5 for field recording Skype recorders MixPre-3 with perhaps the cleanest mic preamps Rode Broadcaster

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PES 073: Mike Russell

Nov 23, 2017 01:17:31

Description:

Mike Russell & Izabela Russell

My guest is Mike Russell, Founder and Creative Director at Music Radio Creative where he produces podcast intros, radio jingles, commercials and more. He also hosts the Music Radio Creative podcast - audio episodes since 2012, and now also streaming Live daily to various platforms including YouTube and Facebook.

*Most importantly, check out Mike's YouTube channel for tons of instructional videos.

A fraction of what we discussed:

Microphones: TLM 103, AT 4033, Heil PR40 dbx 286s channel strip Soundcraft Signiture 12 MTK mixer iMac 27" (late 2015) Adobe Audition, including the remix tool, waveform view, spectral frequency display, spot healing tool Plugins: MeldaProduction MFreeFXBundle and Ring Modulator, Waves Meta Flanger and Tune Light iZotope Neutron and Vocal Synth OBS Studio

Thanks for sharing so much helpful information, Mike!

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PES 072: Corey Coates

Nov 16, 2017 01:00:50

Description:

Corey Coates

My guest is Corey Coates - podcast producer, consultant, and Chief Expectations Manager at Podfly.

Corey has a ton of experience producing podcasts as well as internet radio, and on top of that he's consulting with huge companies on their podcasting plans and strategies.

Here's a partial list of what we discussed:

In-the-box recording on a Mac Steinberg UR44 audio interface Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack, Loopback  and Nicecast software Sound Devices MixPre-6 Shure SM7B microphone Shure Beta 87A microphone dbx 286s channel strip Adobe Audition

Thanks for hanging out with us, Corey!

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PES 071: Mike DelGaudio

Nov 9, 2017 01:08:41

Description:

Mike DelGaudio - voice actor

My guest is Mike DelGaudio - voice actor, narrator for The NY Times, Atlas Obscura and Audible, and an absolute YouTube rockstar! Check out his Booth Junkie channel on YouTube.

We go deep into:

Voiceover recording Whisper Room booths Sennheiser MKH 416 mic Neumann TLM 103 mic CAD E100S mic Roles headphone amp Audient iD22 audio interface Recording into Reaper on a Mac Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones Shure E215 in-ear monitors Apogee Duet interface Waves X-click plugin

Thanks for sharing soooo much knowledge, Mike!

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PES 070: Paul Isaacs

Nov 2, 2017 01:01:26

Description:

Sound Devices MixPre-6

My guest is Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management and Design at Sound Devices. We discussed the MixPre-6 in lots of detail, and also covered a lot of other audio topics.

In the right circumstances, the MixPre-6 could be a really valuable piece of gear for podcasters. It's a high quality recorder, interface and mixer. The microphone preamps are super-high quality.

I was able to try the unit courtesy of Sound Devices, but you won't hear that episode session for a couple weeks.

Thank you for being so helpful, Paul!

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PES 069: Rob Rogers and Anton Helman

Oct 26, 2017 01:12:31

Description:

Rob Rogers - medical educator and host of Medutopia

Welcome to session #69 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guests are Rob Rogers and Anton Helman - both emergency room medical doctors!! As well as serious podcasters ;)

Rob Rogers is also a medical educator, and his podcast is called Medutopia. Oh, and the amazing event he's organizing next year is called Ikigai Med Ed (I'll be there!).

Anton Helman is also a medical educator, and his podcast is called Emergency Medicine Cases.

Anton Helman - medical educator and host of Emergency Medicine Cases

I met these wonderful gentlemen in Lexington earlier this year when they asked me to speak at their podcast training conference.

Here's some of what we discussed:

Microphones: PR22, Sennheiser Clip Mic Digital, SM7B, AT2020, RE20, PR40, AT2005, H390 Logitech Headset Recorders: MixPre-6, Zoom F8, iPhone 6 Software: Sound Studio, Logic Pro X, Garage Band, Auphonic Other: Room treatment, EQ, compression, Logic Pro library of clips and music, noise reduction, Spreaker

Thank you for sharing so much, Rob and Anton!

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PES 068: Doug Kaye

Oct 19, 2017 01:06:07

Description:

Doug Kaye

My guest is Doug Kaye, audio engineer, self-proclaimed recovering veteran podcaster (hehe), and full-time amateur photographer. Doug was also one of the primary people responsible for the development of the popular software called Levelator as Executive Director of The Conversations Network.

We covered a lot including some awesome history of podcasting, digital audio and more, including mono vs joint stereo MP3's, how much compression to use, what a compellor is (!), and ISDN lines.

Equipment he currently uses:

Steinberg CI2 audio interface Heil PR40 Mac computer and that's it!

Thanks for a wonderful session, Doug!

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PES 067: VaShaun Jones

Oct 12, 2017 01:05:52

Description:

VaShaun Jones

My guest is VaShaun Jones, audiophile, host of The Delivering Access Podcast, and owner of Fedora Outlier, LLC. He's been podcasting for 5 years and LOVES great audio gear.

We discussed a lot of the gear that VaShaun owns and uses. Here's a partial list: (listen to the entire session for the full effect ;)

Mictek CV3 microphone Aphex Master Channel Strip PreSonus StudioLive AR12 USB Mixer and Audio Interface iMac Yamaha HS5 monitors with subwoofer JBL 8" monitors MXL CR89 microphone Shure Beta 58 wireless RE20 microphone Sennheiser ew 100 wireless system with Lavalier microphone Yamaha AG-06 Garage Band PreSonus BlueTube (with 2 preamps) X-Touch control surface

Thanks for hanging with me and sharing so much, VaShaun!

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PES 066: Steve O'Neill

Oct 5, 2017 01:07:35

Description:

Steve O'Neill

My guest is Steve O'Neill, host and producer of Sharp (podcast).

Listen to the full episode; we discussed SO much, including:

Creative Commons and Freesound.org Rode Procaster Rode NT1 (for Voiceovers) Shure SM58 AT 3350 lav dbx286 strip (little compression, gate, de-esser) Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 Adobe Audition Zoom H5n Windows laptop PreSonus Eris E5 5" Powered Studio Monitors Sennheiser 280 Pro Studio in the corner he built himself with a gobo around the side Noise gate Multiband compressor EQ Levelling to - 16 LUFS

*Also, here's Steve's post we mentioned titled Making an acoustic ‘gobo.’

Thanks for sharing so much, Steve!

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PES 065: Kyle P. Snyder

Sep 28, 2017 01:13:14

Description:

Kyle P. Snyder

My guest is Kyle P. Snyder, Lecturer at Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies, freelance engineer and consultant for White Coat Audio, and Chair of education for the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

Kyle and I got deep into many audio engineering subjects that are key to producing podcasts. Enjoy listening to the full session.

We also talked about:

"Painting a sonic portrait" - which is what Kyle teaches his students at Ohio University Sound Walks Fixing bad audio A Media in Medicine Podcast called Rotations

Partial list of his gear and software:

TLM 103 mic Yamaha Nuage - digital desk Neve preamp Nuendo DAW (Steinberg) Sound Devices USBPre 2 Neumann U87 Grace preamps Auralex Microphone Isolation Shield for Vocals and Voiceover Lavalier mics DPA d:vice™ Digital Audio Interface

Btw, Kyle also hosts and produces the AES Journal Podcast.

Thanks for hangin' with me and delivering the goods, Kyle!

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PES 064: Curtis Judd

Sep 21, 2017 01:04:10

Description:

Curtis Judd

My guest is Curtis Judd, creator of Light and Sound Media. Especially check out his YouTube channel where he publishes a new video every week covering lighting, sound, and camera gear to help folks produce better video and film.

Audio is a vital component of video and Curtis really takes his audio seriously.

We discussed:

RE20 Orion Studio audio interface (Antelope Audio) Focal Solo6 Be 6.5" Powered Studio Monitors Adobe Audition ProTools Analog vs Digital limiters in recorders Using multiple passes with less noise reduction in iZotope RX 6 iZotope Ozone 7 iZotope Nectar Linear phase EQ

Listen to the full episode for all the goods ;)

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PES 063: Steve Stewart

Sep 14, 2017 01:03:29

Description:

Steve Stewart

My guest is Steve Stewart, owner-operator at Steve Stewart Podcast Productions and creator of Podcast Editor's Club (Facebook group). Steve also offers an Audacity workshop.

We talked a lot about editing including advanced techniques like using very short fades to make edits feel natural, finding zero crossings, off-mic noise, keyboard shortcuts, breathing, joining half words, random noises, etc.

*Note: Here's the link I mentioned to an older episode of Social Media Unscrambled where I initially forgot to press record and so we had to restart the episode, which was sooooo awkward. Listen to that craziness HERE.

Here's a partial list of Steve's equipment and software:

ATR2100-USB mic Audacity Backup recorder Ecamm call recorder Levelator iZotope RX 6 (de-breath, de-mouthclick, etc.)

Thanks for sharing so much valuable info with us, Steve!

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PES 062: Michael Pettersen

Sep 7, 2017 01:18:10

Description:

Michael Pettersen

My guest is Michael Pettersen, Director of Corporate History at Shure Inc., and btw over the years he’s held many other positions at Shure.

We discussed microphones in depth from every angle, I think. Listen to the full episode for all the amazing stories Michael told ;)

Thanks for being a wonderful guest, Michael!

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PES 061: Travis Hill

Aug 31, 2017 59:46

Description:

Travis Hill

My guest is Travis Hill - host of Navigate Life Radio as well as microphone tester/reviewer at PodcastMic.com. We had a really fun session. Enjoy

Here's some of what we discussed:

Audio Technica AT875R Rode Broadcaster Audio-Technica BP40 Audio Hijack Screenflow Logic Pro 10 An Exciter in Logic Pro called Silver Shure SM7B dbx 286s Scarlett 2i2 Video recording with iPhone 6S+

Listen to the full episode to get the full effect ;)

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PES 060: Jason Sanderson

Aug 24, 2017 01:08:21

Description:

Jason Sanderson

My guest is Jason Sanderson, podcast producer and audio engineer. He works on several extremely popular shows including The Art of Charm. His website is PodcastTech.com

Here's the mammoth list of what we discussed in this session:

Neve preamp Amek preamp/compressor Using the Abbey Road Test Disc for reference (specifically Alan Parson's voice) RX 6: de-clip, spectral de-noise, de-reverb, leveling, dialogue isolate, deconstruct (removes distortion) AKG 701 headphones (Quincy Jones model) Plugins: EQ in ProTools, Waves Renaissance De-esser, Waves 1176 (Blue Stripe), Scheps 73, SSL Mix Buss Compressor, Pultec EQ, ProTools Limiter, Master Fader Loudness monitor Cutting the high-mid whistle around 3.10, 3.11 or 3.12kHz ProTools HD Auphonic cross-gating function, sometimes RE20 Zoom H4 This session Jason is using an SM58

Listen to the full episode for all the goods ;)

Thanks for sharing SO MANY awesome tips, Jason!

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PES 059: Steve Cherubino

Aug 17, 2017 56:13

Description:

Steve Cherubino

My guest is Steve Cherubino, long time podcaster and producer.

Some topics we discussed:

MXL 990 mic Mogami cables Avid M-box 3 interface How your computer sample rate can cause a problem with some audio VoIP services by not matching up. (see below for how to check your computer and adjust your machine's sample rate) Studio One software, version 3 KRK Rokit Powered 5 Generation 2 Powered Studio Monitor Shure SRH440 headphones Routing a guest out and back into Steve's computer 24 bit WAV mixdown file Final MP3 at 192kbps Mono dbx 266 XL compressor/gate Plugins: Pro EQ Waves NS1 Studio One Limiter on stereo buss

Here are the instructions I mentioned on the show - how to check and change your computers sample rate:

On a Mac you can do it via the Audio Midi Setup application: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202968 For windows, in the audio settings for recording devices (Win 7 example but I believe this hasn't changed): https://forums.adobe.com/thread/973133

Listen to the full episode for all the oozing of audio wisdom and wisecracks ;)

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PES 058: Alex Knight

Aug 10, 2017 01:02:20

Description:

Alex Knight

My guest is Alex Knight, producer/engineer at Hologram Radio, podcaster, and product manager at FeedPress.

Partial list of the topics we discussed and the wisdom that flowed in this session:

Shure SM7B, into a Warm Audio WA-12 mic pre (which models an old API), into a dbx 266 (for a little bit of compression) Aphex 204 aural exciter Mackie VLZ1604, analog mixer with 8 direct outs Avid M-box 3 (interface) Pro Tools, sometimes Audition Studio in living room with L-shaped IKEA desk, some acoustic panels, mic boom arms 6 channel headphone amp A 14U rack of gear and a patch bay! wow dbx 286 channel strip FabFilter Pro-Q 2 (for some low cut filtering) Using Compressors, de-essers, expanders Normalize each track to -19 LUFS Music pre-loaded in a template LM-Correct 2 (Loudness plugin)

Listen to the full episode for all the juicy production tips ;)

Thanks for hangin' with me and delivering the goods, Alex!

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PES 057: Billy O

Aug 3, 2017 01:07:04

Description:

Billy O

My guest is Billy O - podcast host and producer, audio engineer and mixer. Obviously his show is The Billy O Show!

Some of the schtuff we talked about:

SM7B, and multiple people in one room Sapphire Pro 40 interface Macbook Pro with external Thunderbolt hard drive His DAW: Logic Pro X Sennheiser HD280 headphones Mixing on Sennheiser HD700 headphones EQ'ing voices - cut wide band, boost narrow band

Listen to the full episode to hear all the fun and stellar info.

Thanks for being a great guest, Billy O!

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PES 056: The Ralph, PES, New Plugins, PM17, Podcaster’s Toolbox

Jul 27, 2017 01:16:12

Description:

Ralph M. Rivera

Mr. Ralph M. Rivera joins me once again and we cover a lot in this session! He's the man behind Podcaster's Toolbox (btw there's a woman behind there with him). They both host the Carbon Based Business Units podcast, too.

We discussed:

The Microphone Test Drive Booth at the upcoming Podcast Movement conference (which I will be running).

The launch of Podcaster's Toolbox! It's a suite of tools that removes podcasters' headaches associated with coordinating guest bookings, organizing images and show notes, regularly sharing previous episodes, and much more. You'll need an invitation to start using it for free, so stop by their booth at Podcast Movement or ask me for an invite ;)

Recap of Podcast Engineering School class of 17A, and a preview of the next PES course which starts Sep. 26th. 

Ralph’s new headset setup using the Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset with Dynamic Boom Mic.

My new Sonarworks headphone and speaker calibration software.

Ralph and Carol Lynn's groovy podcast: Carbon Based Business Units

My new plugins:

Manny Marroquin Triple D (De-boxy, De-harsher, De-esser) Parallel Particles (Air, Sub, Bite, Thick) Fabfilter Pro-Q 2 (awesome!) CLA-76 (Blue stripe and Black face) CLA-2A SSL E-Channel strip PuigTec EQP1A and MEQ5 PuigChild 660 and 670 CLA Mixdown

Listen to the full episode for all the fun and info.

Thank you Mr. Ralph M. Rivera XVIII!

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PES 055: Various Production Scenarios and Finer Points

May 4, 2017 49:48

Description:

Mixer

Note* I now use and recommend Zencastr instead of CAST. As you listen to previous sessions you'll hear me mention CAST from time to time but their service has gone downhill badly and Zencastr is now the best in that space, in my opinion.

First, I reflect on this show - A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Session 1 - March 10, 2016 2016 break from Thanksgiving to the New Year 2017 start - Session 38 with Garth Humphreys - January 5, 2017

Thanks/Shoutouts:

I am continually delighted by so many emails, tweets, and friendships that this show inspires. I appreciate all of you!

Lexington friends - The Podcasting Course (Emergency Medicine): 

Anton Helman Rob Rogers Salim R. Rezaie Scott Weingart Jess Mason Anand Swaminathan Will Sanderson Gita Pensa Julie Derringer

2017 Previous Guests: 

Arik Levy Stephen Ric Viers Roy Stegman Kirk Bowman Mary Mazurek Mike Murphy Rob Greenlee Patrick Keller Jason DeFillippo Adron Buske Zack Hanni The Return of Max Flight Garth Humphreys - host and producer of Audio.Pizza

Current PES Students: 

Ben Bryan Erika Hunter Jim Josh Landen Luke Ralph and Carol Lynn (also my mastermind partners!)

Potential 17B participants: 

Dennis Chris Jeff Jason Brad Wendy

TOPICS this session:

Recording with my Zoom H6 at the Pause Your Life retreat. AT 8035 shotgun mic. Also resumed my gawking at the Sennheiser MKH 416 - and sad that I didn’t buy it when it was on sale for $600 (normally $1,000). Arik Levy (last session, #54) “The Rode Broadcaster is the best mic ever!  Out of the box amazing. With no EQ I sound rich and smooth.  NT1 going back…” Describe my PES class recording and production process Zoom - record with this but don’t use it unless Camtasia fails Camtasia - the system audio is recorded very low PPT, Reaper, Soundforge, Ozone, RX 6 RX 6 Advanced (I upgraded from 5) --- 50% discount for PES Students Voice De-noise Phase Loudness EQ De-click De-hum

As I mentioned in the audio, here's my affiliate discount link for Podcasters' Society: https://podcasterssociety.com/pes/ . It's a wonderful community for podcasters and producers who have already launched their show(s) and are ready to improve their show(s) big time. It's WAY more helpful than your average Facebook group, and I'm not knocking any podcasting Facebook groups because they are awesome, it's just that Podcasters' Society goes way deeper and wider in so many ways.

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PES 054: Arik Levy

Apr 27, 2017 49:44

Description:

Arik Levy

My guest is Arik Levy - Law Enforcement Officer, Host of Firearms Nation Podcast, Creator of Shooter's Summit and the Firearms Nation YouTube channel.

We had a fun discussion.

Here is some of the equipment that Arik uses:

Rode PSA1 Boom Arm dbx 286s Focusrite 2i2 Macbook Pro Logic Pro Zoom H6 Rode NT-1 He wants to try the Rode Broadcaster microphone Also interested in the upcoming release of Sound Devices MixPre 3 and MixPre 6

Listen to the full episode to hear all the fun and great info.

Thanks for hangin' with me and Barry, Arik!

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PES 053: A Lighter Episode

Apr 20, 2017 38:22

Description:

Podcast Engineering School

Welcome to session #53 of The Podcast Engineering Show!

I'm solo this week.... well of course Barry is still with me! YEAH OH YEAH

Some of my meanderings:

Appreciation to previous guests, podcasting friends - Thank you all!  Dave Jackson (School of Podcasting) rules.  Pod to Pod weekly email rules.  Music I've been listening to lately - Dopes to Infinity by Monster Magnet, Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple, Plans by Death Cab for Cutie, OU812 by Van Halen, and Mozart on Pandora. Rabbits podcast - my impressions after listening to 3 episodes. If you know someone who would be a good guest on this show, please introduce them to me. Email: info@podcastengineeringschool.com Tomorrow morning I leave for Lexington! (The Podcasting Course) Podcasting trending up means more business to be had for podcast engineers.  Zencastr vs. CAST vs. Ringr... Update on the current batch of Podcast Engineering School! Podcasters' Society: A community of experts and podcasters focused on helping you improve all aspects of your podcast after it's launched.

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PES 052: Stephen

Apr 13, 2017 54:17

Description:

stxfn

My guest is Stephen, a mix engineer working on mostly hip hop, rock, and alternative music.

We talked about many aspects of audio engineering that will definitely help podcast engineers/producers, including:

Processing the human voice Rode NT-1 Neumann TLM-103 ProTools 12.5 EQ'ing first Pultec EQ De-esser before and/or after EQ Multiple compressors in series: The first one having slow attack and fast release The second one having fast attack and slow release (around 3 full seconds!) Listening on different speakers in different environments FGX mastering software by Slate (he used to use Ozone 7) Constant Gain Monitoring

Thanks for having fun with us on the show, Stephen!

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PES 051: Ric Viers

Apr 6, 2017 01:05:47

Description:

Ric Viers

My guest is Ric Viers - Sound Designer, Sound Effects Producer, Author of The Sound FX Bible and The Location Sound Bible, Full Sail University Hall of Fame Inductee, and Creator of The Detroit Chop Shop web series!

Ric is the Master of Sound FX. And I gave him the most over-the-top introduction EVER. (Can you tell what movie it's from??)

We discussed so much about recording sound effects and audio on-location:

Using Multiple mic's simultaneously Shotgun mic's, including one of Ric's favorites, the Rode NTG3 Ambience mic's, including the stereo mic Rode NT4 Large diaphragm mic's including Rode NT2A, NT2000, NT1 Blimps Dead cats and wookie condoms Ric's trusty Fostex FR-2 recorder 24 bit, 96 kHz recording resolution Post-production using Soundforge Pro Editing Normalizing Other software Ric uses, including Vegas and Acid Subtractive EQ

Thanks for being an awesome guest, Ric!

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PES 050: Roy Stegman

Mar 30, 2017 01:03:24

Description:

Roy Stegman

My guest is Roy Stegman - Audio Engineer, Podcast and Audiobook producer, and Host of The Complete Audio Producer podcast.

We had a blast discussing the following items and more:

SM57 with a wind screen Original PreSonus Blue Tube FastTrack Ultra TC Electronics Loudness Meter SSl E Channel Plugin Legacy LA2A plugin Nigel Amp simulator plugin UAD1 and UAD2 - signal processing units from Universal Audio Marking edit spots in Adobe Audition What is 32 bit float and where is it used?

Thanks for having fun with us, Roy!

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PES 049: Updates and More New Stuff

Mar 23, 2017 34:46

Description:

RE20's, RE320, PR40, SM7B

Today I'm using my new microphone for the first time! Actually it's over 30 years old - a vintage RE20 from the 80's I believe, and courtesy of Marc Johanssen. (join his Facebook group here). Yesterday I recorded session #50 with Roy Stegman using it, too, but that was before I spent time dialing in the settings on my channel strip to make the mic sound tip-top.

NEWS: I'm proud to announce that I am now a resident expert (of audio engineering) in the Podcasters' Society! It's a wonderful community founded and facilitated by Daniel J. Lewis, a former guest on this podcast ;)

It's a wonderful community for podcasters and producers who have already launched their show(s) and are ready to improve their show(s) big time. It's WAY more helpful than your average Facebook group, and I'm not knocking any podcasting Facebook groups because they are awesome, it's just that Podcasters' Society goes way deeper and wider in so many ways.

*As I mentioned in the audio, here's my discount/affiliate link for Podcasters' Society: https://podcasterssociety.com/pes/

NEW GEAR: I purchased a Zoom H6 for on-site recording among other things. I especially like the solid build, the different microphone attachments, and most of all the backup recordings on the L and R which record at 12 db lower than the main recordings to provide a safety net in case there is some distortion on the main L and R channels.

I also reflected briefly on Podfest again. Love that conference...

It's getting close to Podcast Engineering School which starts online on April 4th. I commented on all the training modules and topics that will be covered. Even if you don't attend the course, these are some areas where you can improve your production value a lot.

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PES 048: Kirk Bowman

Mar 16, 2017 01:04:19

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Kirk Bowman, Host and Producer of The Art of Value Podcast

My guest is Kirk Bowman, host and producer of The Art of Value Podcast. Kirk is seriously on top of his game in the area of podcast production. We had fun discussing his equipment, workflow and processing, etc. (list of topics is below)

I asked Kirk to send me the stock settings for the Broadcast preset in the multiband compressor which comes with Adobe Audition (because tons folks use this preset). See the show notes for a screenshot.

Kirk also told me about a channel strip which has a phase 'rotation' function (which is different than the much more popular phase 'inversion'). See the show notes for a screenshot.

Here are some other things we discussed:

MOTU 1248 interface 4 XLR inputs Routing matrix AVB (audio over ethernet used to connect multiple interfaces together) Thunderbolt to Mac Built-in effects Match Loudness in Adobe Audition Multitrack recording Processing each track to -18 LUFS using Auphonic Multiband compression during mixdown Editing Upgrading equipment as he grew

Thanks for being a great guest, Kirk!

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PES 047: Second Chat with Mary Mazurek

Mar 9, 2017 56:56

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Mary Mazurek

My returning guest is Mary Mazurek! She is an audio engineer with 25 years experience, radio producer at WFMT Chicago including the “Live from WFMT” show, and instructor in the Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics at Columbia College in Chicago.

We discussed:

Recording ping pong balls being poured into an open piano! Recording and broadcasting classical ensembles in studio and on location Identical stereo pairs of AKG 414's and Schoeps mic's capturing the room in stereo Spot mic's on each musician including KM 184, DPA, Shure's Blending close mic's and room mic's Lexicon 300 Phasing, space between mic's, etc. F5 Fusion 8 channels of Grace mic pre's Recording to Tascam flash recorders as well as a CD burner ProTools mastering and MP3 creation On location ISDN line

And here are two other programs that Mary engineers: The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, and Live from WFMT.

Thanks for hanging out with us again, Mary!

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PES 046: Mike Murphy

Mar 2, 2017 54:18

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Mike Murphy

My guest is Mike Murphy, host and producer of Mike Murphy Unplugged. He also created the Podcaster Toolkit (resources and tutorials for content creators), which btw is very completely different from our friend Ralph Rivera's Podcaster's Toolbox ;)

Equipment, workflow, processing, production time-savers... We discussed all of these, including:

The Essential Sound Panel in Adobe Audition (match loudness feature, etc.) Recording resolution (32 bit, 44.1 kHz) EQ'ing by rolling off lows and adding "air" on top Shure SM7B mic Rode NT-1 mic Rode PSA-1 boom arm CL-1 Cloudlifter Allan and Heath ZED-10 mixer Sony MDR 7506 headphones Recording into a Macbook Pro Normalization

Thanks for being a great guest, Mike!

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PES 045: Rob Greenlee

Feb 23, 2017 53:07

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Rob Greenlee

My guest is Rob Greenlee, Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker, host of the Spreaker Live Show, and co-host of the New Media Show.

Also FYI, here's the link to Rob's post titled Nine Evolutions of Podcasting In 2017.

Rob has been involved in podcasting for many years so he had a lot to share above and beyond his equipment and workflow.

Topics discussed included:

Doing sessions on his Surface Tablet w/USB hub SM7b and ATR2100 Mackie Mixer Digimax 220 USB Interface Levelator Soundforge Editing Recording directly into the Spreaker platform and many more details...

Thanks for being a great guest, Rob!

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PES 044: Patrick Keller

Feb 16, 2017 58:56

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Patrick Keller (Host and Producer of The Big Seance Podcast, www.BigSeancePodcast.com)

My guest is Patrick Keller, host and producer of The Big Seance Podcast. He also teaches vocal music and music production and technology at a middle school.

Note: We talked a bit about EVP's (electronic voice phenomena), which are basically audio recordings of ghosts and spirits! Check out one of Patrick's episodes where he plays some of this audio.

We had a blast discussing various production situations and solutions, as well as all of his podcast production equipment and workflow processes:

Behringer Q802 USB Mixer dbx 286s channel strip Heil PR40 mic MXL 990 mic Audacity Auphonic Zoom H5 recorder Editing a lot! Making teasers Generating the MP3 using iTunes

Also, we talked about using foam in your studio to deaden the room sound, including one really good place to put the foam (behind you).

Thanks for having so much fun with us, Patrick!

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PES 043: Jason DeFillippo

Feb 9, 2017 55:30

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My guest is Jason DeFillippo - producer of The Art of Charm podcast, cohost of Grumpy Old Geeks podcast, Podcast Editor, and host and producer of Does It Have Legs.

Jason has an awesome podcast studio setup - listen for all the details. We discussed his equipment, workflow, processing and lots more.

Here's some of what we covered:

PreSonus 192 interface 2-3 Mac mini’s for connecting guests and hosts Ecamm call recorder Apollo 8 Zoom H6 RE20 RE27 ND AT-2005 Logic Pro Zencastr Rolls MS111 Mic Switch (cough button) Cloudlifter Contour Design ShuttlePRO v2 MX Master mouse

Then there's his road kit:

Two RE27’s Apollo Twin interface Laptop running Logic Pro Zoom H6 Two Rode PSA1 boom arms Headphones Rolls MS111 Cough buttons

Thanks for sharing so much with us, Jason!

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PES 042: Adron Buske

Feb 2, 2017 01:05:55

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Adron Buske

My guest is Adron Buske, host and co-producer of the Nerd for a Living podcast, and co-founder and creative director at Armadian Creative.

We had a riveting conversation about his equipment and workflow, which he was nice enough to outline for us here:

GEAR Mixer - Alesis Multi-Mix 8 - USB Pyle 4 channel headphone amplifier Backup - M-Audio MobilePre Amp (2 channel) Mics MXL 990 - main interview mic (large diaphragm condenser) AudioTechnica AT875R condenser mic - narration mic Sterling S50 condenser mic - secondary interview mic MXL 2006 condenser mic - new interview mic in testing Sennheiser boom mic - location recording with Rycote Softie windscreen Zoom H4n recorder - on location recording Monoprice Acoustic Isolation Shield - narration station Boom Arms - NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand Pop Guards - Sterling Audio mesh filters, plus a cheap on-mic windscreen COMPUTER & SOFTWARE iMac - 27-inch, Late 2012 - 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 - 32 GB ram Adobe Audition (Creative Cloud) Tagr / ID3 Editor PROCESS Record interview via Skype with ECAMM Recorder plug-in Make sure to get 15 seconds of room-tone before we start Use ECAMM Movie Tools to split track and process into WAV Modular editing process Capture Noise Print from raw WAV file, and run Noise Reduction Process Have to be careful with this, because it can cause some tinny, odd sounds if over-processed Edit the episode, and export a “RAW INTERVIEW” without additional processing Import the raw edit, and re-export to WAV with processing: Hard limiter Multiband compressor DeHummer (if necessary after noise printer or to alter sound) Automatic click remover DeEsser (rarely necessary) Record my intro/outro narration directly into Audition, using my “narration station” (AudioTechnica mic and isolation shield) Edit narration and export to WAV with processing: Noise Print Capture / Reduction Process Hard limiter Multiband compressor DeHummer (if necessary after noise printer or to alter sound) Import Interview and Narration WAVs into MASTER EDIT template In Master Edit: Piece together narration over music beds Insert sponsor messages Layer in “Theme Song” Insert interview edit Add Outro and music beds Adjust audio levels Usually 6 tracks, plus Master track Occasionally use an FFT Filter to adjust tone on interview - frequency adjustment Export Master to: MP3 - 96K - CBR - MONO OGG - VBR Quality 40% Edit MP3 with ID3 Editor or Tagr to add info and graphic

Thanks for sharing so much with us, Adron!

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PES 041: Chris’s New Stuff

Jan 26, 2017 01:08:20

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Pacman, ghost and Sennheiser e835

FYI, here are the links to what Chris initially mentioned: Podfest in Orlando Feb.23-25,  The Podcasting Course in Lexington, KY, Apr.21-22,  and Podcast Engineering School in Denver, Apr.2-7.

Chris also did a speed round on his own equipment and workflow! (which he has never done before on the show)

Then he spoke in detail about his new stuff, including:

Why he tweaked his Neve Portico II channel strip settings New monitors: Neumann KH 120 A New software and plugins: (which PES students will get ridiculous discounts on) RX 5 Advanced (went through list of features) Ozone 7 Advanced (went through list of features) Neutron Advanced (Track Assistant, Dynamic EQ, etc) Sheps 73 (emulating the Neve 1073, 12k high shelving, Mid-Side mode) Abbey Road Plates Abbey Road J37 Tape VComp (emulating Neve 2254 hardware compressor) and VEQ4 (both part of the Gold bundle) Zynaptiq ZAP Bundle Unfilter Unveil Unchirp Pitchmap SPL De-esser Dual-band (Male 6k, Female 7k, HIgh band 11k)

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PES 040: Zack Hanni

Jan 19, 2017 01:01:02

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Soma Recording Studios

My guest is Zack Hanni, audio engineer and owner of Soma Recording Studios. He engineers/produces music so it was nice to talk with him about some of the production processes and tricks he uses. Fyi, he majored in Audio Production and minored in Entertainment Technology at Middle Tennessee State University.

We discussed several topics in great depth: (listen to the audio for the FULL experience.....the shownotes for this show are just the tip of the iceberg ;)

Impedance (Hi-Z and Lo-Z, mic's and instruments) EQ (addressing some common issues) Compression (Multiband, including release times, auto-release and alternatives to compression) Introducing distortion to add some high frequency presence Zack’s typical vocal processing chain: EQ w/ hi pass filter at 80-150 Hz Light Compression Via a Send to a return track: EQ Heavy and harsh Compression Overdrive Limiter Presonus FaderPort - has a single motorized fader Izotope Nectar - chorus, pitching, and a lot more

Thanks for sharing so many insights with us, Zack!

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PES 039: The Return of Max Flight

Jan 12, 2017 01:07:41

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My guest (for his 2nd appearance) is Max Flight, host of Airplane Geeks Podcast, co-host and producer of The UAV Digest and the #PaxEx Podcast.

Max continues to amp up his production quality, equipment and workflow so I wanted to speak with him about his new toys and plugins. (check out his first appearance here)

We covered:

How Max and I eliminated some slight distortion from his signal just before recording this session Aston Microphones “Spirit" (A 20% coupon helped. Max likes it, though it's obviously different than his Heil PR40 in many ways. Certainly requires different EQ - mostly a 3 or 4db bump around 4K, to his ear) Warm Audio WA12 mic pre (Max saw it at a Guitar Center, "Look honey, it's orange!" and Googled the reviews, so he bought it at a really good price) Waves DeBreath plugin Spitfish de-esser (one of his guests on Airplane Geeks had a huge sibilance problem)

Thanks again, Max! FYI, follow Max on Twitter @MaxFlight

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PES 038: Garth Humphreys

Jan 5, 2017 58:06

Description:

Audio Pizza

My guest is Garth Humphreys, host and producer of Audio Pizza, iBlindTech and Aussie Mac Zone. Garth lives in Australia and we had a fun session.

We discussed his equipment and workflow, including:

Rode NT-1 Amadeus Pro Audio Hijack Pro FX Chains on individual tracks as well as the main mix bus Auphonic to append and prepend music, intro, etc. Editing tips

We also covered 3 handy functions in Reaper (they are also possible in most other DAW's):

Allows for 3 states of ripple editing (we cover all 3) SWS/BR: Normalize loudness of selected tracks to -23 LUFS Item: Auto trim/split items (remove silence)

One more interesting tidbit - when Garth sent me his local recording he sent it in FLAC format (Free Lossless Audio Codec). Digital audio compressed by FLAC's algorithm can typically be reduced to 50–60% of its original size and decompress to an identical copy of the original audio data. It's handy for sharing large audio files as long as the receiving person has the ability to decompress the file back into a WAV file, for instance. (many software programs can do this)

Thanks for all the great info you shared, Garth! And for having a fun time with me on the show ;)

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PES 037: The Wisdom of Audio Processing

Nov 17, 2016 53:14

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Chris Curran

Announcement: We will be taking a break for the holidays, so after this episode we will be back on Jan. 5th.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando, Florida from Feb. 23-25, 2017 The Podcasting Course in Lexington, Kentucky from April 21-22, 2017 Podcast Gear Group (Facebook group led by the incomparable Marc Johanssen)

First I mention and explain what I’m using to record this episode - a Shure SM7B right into my Mackie mixer - no processing before recording, which is different than my normal setup at home. With regards to peaking/distorting, setting my recording level when the mic is "raw to tape" is much more difficult than when I'm using a compressor before recording.

Then I discuss these 4 topics:

1. The Wisdom of Audio Processing

Silk mode on my Neve Portico II - RED/BLUE - Tweaking my EQ & Compression on my new RE20 Dbx 286s “Enhancer” section - LF Detail, HF Detail Using a multiband compressor on a voice - compressing the low end as well as boosting the level of that low end

2. Debrief Last Week’s Episode Production

Too much compression, especially with a reverby room Ralph & Carol Lynn were very close to their mic’s Using gates to tape Auphonic Multitrack crossgate function

3. Matching/Balancing the Sound of Voices Within Episodes

The Real Brian - had to remove lots of low end to match Skype and phone calls

4. Upgrading Your Equipment Over the Holidays

Not in terms of good deals, but strategy For deals and info visit Podcast Gear Group on Facebook Mike Michalowicz upgrading to 4 mic inputs - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to 18i8. (He's the host of the Profit First Podcast)

Enjoy a wonderful Holiday season! Be with you again on Jan. 5th ;)

And be sure to send me pics of your new gear!!!

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PES 036: Carol Lynn and Ralph Rivera

Nov 10, 2016 59:33

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Ralph Rivera's mobile rig

My guests are Ralph Rivera and his wife Carol Lynn! They are podcasters, as well as developers of The Podcaster's Toolbox, and lovely people.

We recorded this episode using their brand new custom mobile podcasting rig! They are going to be travelling a lot over the next year so they put together a top quality mobile rig which they can take anywhere to record.

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It houses many pieces of equipment, as well as all the cables and power cords already connected and ready to record. Just pop off the covers of the road case, plug in one power cord, plug in the mic's, and start recording!

Equipment inside:

Four dbx 286s Zoom F8 multitrack recorder Eight channel headphone amp Two big drawers to hold the mic's Four Heil PR-40's And just in case, a Behringer Multicom Pro-XL MDX4600

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We also talked about their workflow and post-production process.

Thanks for inviting me over and showing me your awesome mobile rig, Ralph and Carol Lynn!

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PES 035: The Real Brian

Nov 3, 2016 01:03:16

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The Real Brian

My guest is The Real Brian, host of The Real Brian Show, and Arrow Squad!

BTW-- I laughed so much listening to his recent episode where he spoke with the legendary JP Sears.

In this episode we discussed:

Signal chain - PR 40 mic, Mackie 1202 mixer, Behringer MDX 4600, Roland R-05, Zoom H5 Mixing to AIFF file Stereo vs Mono final MP3s Audacity Plugins - AU, peak limiter, noise reducer Levelator

Thanks for sharing so much with us, The Real Brian!

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PES 034: Greg Heist

Oct 27, 2016 01:00:37

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Greg Heist

My guest is Greg Heist, producer and cohost of The Future Stir, and Chief Innovation Officer at Gongos.

FYI, the website for The Future Stir uses a really cool WordPress theme called Soundbyte Podcast/Audio Template. Take a look at their site here.

Greg and I discussed:

Focusrite Mixcontrol Drawner S73 plugin on master bus Feeding Stems into Auphonic Multitrack 2nd generation Focusrite 18i20 audio interface SM7B Cloudlifter CL-1 Zoom H5 Recording in Adobe Audition at 32 bit 48kHz! Fuhrmann power strip Behringer 1800 microphones (3 for $39!) Blue Encore 100 mic Focusrite RED plugins

Thanks for a wonderful session, Greg!

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PES 033: Jonathan Messinger

Oct 20, 2016 01:04:32

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Jonathan Messinger, producer and host of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, and founder of Typedrawer Media

My guest is Jonathan Messinger, producer and host of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, and founder of Typedrawer Media producing interactive story podcasts for kids.

I loved learning exactly how Jonathan creates the robot voices for the various characters on his show.

We also discussed:

Jonathan uses a PR30 (not a PR40 like many many others) Background music levels and ducking Panning Hindenburg Journalist Pro Pre-loaded session templates Where to find music: CreativeCommons.org, FreeSound.org, AudioJungle.net, SoundSnap.com "Robot voice" plugins: Waves SoundShifter, and Sound Toys "Little Alter Boy" Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 Microphone

Thanks for sharing so much with us, Jonathan!

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PES 032: Brian Adoff

Oct 13, 2016 01:05:03

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Brian Adoff

My guest is Brian Adoff, owner of Riveting FM, and producer of Drink Drank Drunk as well as the upcoming show, Unlocked...

We talked about SO much, including:

SM7B's Lipsmacks Keyboard shortcuts Using two Audition templates WAV files with 3 channels instead of 2! FX chains Bussing 3-4 voices to a vocal track w/ loudness meter Adding a tiny bit of reverb Waves Silver bundle Cloudlifter dbx 286s Zoom H4 Field shotgun mic: AT 875-R condenser

Thanks for being a great guest, Brian!

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PES 031: Scott Weingart

Oct 6, 2016 56:49

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Scott Weingart

My guest is Scott Weingart, producer and host of The EMCrit Podcast, as well as a physician (MD, FCCM) and Editor-in-Chief of EMCrit.

Scott is not your average podcast producer and we really learned a lot from him about his equipment, workflow and processing.

I also got to tell a cool story about a sweet monitoring trick I learned from the immortal audio engineer Andy Wallace from his sessions with (also immortal) singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley at Soundtrack in NYC in 1994.

Additionally, I spell out one elaborate method of taming nasty "P's" popping after they've been recorded.

Here's some of what Scott and I discussed:

Shure 87A microphone Sound Devices USB interface The usefulness of a dog clicker! Noise reduction within Adobe Audition Hi-Pass filter Tube-model compressor Hard limiting Loudness Radar LKFS

Thanks a ton for hanging with us, Scott!

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PES 030: Cliff Ravenscraft

Sep 29, 2016 57:15

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Cliff Ravenscraft

My guest is Cliff Ravenscraft, the Podcast Answer Man! I actually got my start in podcasting by watching his tutorial videos ;) He began podcasting in 2005, and since then he has trained many, many people how to start and produce their podcast.

Enjoy this episode!

We discussed Cliff's hardware setup and workflow, including:

Noise reduction Mackie VLZ4 MDX-4600 Roland R-05 iJingle Pro - app to play sound clips Using the audio from a Snapchat video on an audio podcast Adobe Audition (single track editor, broadcast preset of multiband compressor)

Thanks for a great chat, Cliff!

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PES 029: Cody Boyce

Sep 22, 2016 01:02:20

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Cody Boyce

My guest is Cody Boyce - podcaster, podcast producer, and founder of Podcast Masters.

Commander Cody is also a cohost on the Rogue Squadron podcast.

Some of what we discussed (which Cody uses):

Soundflower -to- OBS -to- Twitch AKG C1000S dynamic microphone EQ - hard filter at around 120 Hz on every voice (which he adjusts to taste) Logic Pro How Cody uses Shure 57's Motu Traveler WNS - Waves Noise Supressor WLM - Waves Loudness Meter Side-chaining - Waves C1

We covered a lot in this episode - enjoy listening!

Thanks for being a great guest, Cody!

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PES 028: Bryan Orr

Sep 16, 2016 58:30

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Bryan Orr

My guest is Bryan Orr, independent narrative audio producer and host/producer of the Dialed In podcast. An all-around cool guy who's actually involved in other shows and his own business as well.

Fun times discussing Bryan's equipment, processing, and narrative-style production philosophy and workflow.

Listen for all the details. (fyi, my written show notes here are always just the tip of the iceberg)

Some of what Bryan uses:

A cool EQ trick for pushing music to the background AT 8035 shotgun microphone, usually with a Rode shock-mount pistol grip. Zoom H5 EV RE20 through a cloud lifter Roland R-05 Reaper (like me!) ReaDelay plugin to create stereo bounce delays, etc. Vocal Rider

Thanks for being a great guest, Bryan!

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PES 027: Ray Ortega

Sep 8, 2016 01:01:22

Description:

Ray Ortega

My guest is Ray Ortega, host of The Podcasters’ Studio, and Podcasters’ Roundtable.

Ray has been an incredibly helpful force in the world of podcasting since 2007. Enjoy listening to this episode full of tips, equipment and workflow details straight from one of the podcasting masters!

Oh, and here's the link to the Vocal Rider plugin we mentioned:

Thanks for hanging on the show with us, Ray!

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PES 026: Joshua Rivers

Sep 1, 2016 01:01:25

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Joshua Rivers

My guest is Joshua Rivers - Owner of Podcast Guy Media and host the Creative Studio Podcast.

It was fun hanging with Josh. BTW- he (and his children!) are fans of Barry, too! YEAH OH YEAH

Josh's equipment and workflow include:

PR40, AT2100USB Behringer Q802USB Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Headphones Adobe Audition iFree Skype Recorder Multiband compressor Hard Limiter

We also discussed the production workflow which Josh is using for the narrative style episodes that he is producing now on season 4 of the Creative Studio Podcast. Give it a listen ;)

Thank you for having so much fun with us, Josh!

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PES 025: Liza Miller

Aug 25, 2016 01:04:14

Description:

Motorcycles & Misfits podcast

Have you ever recorded a podcast with 16 people in one room - all on the show simultaneously?!?! Liza Miller has.

My guest is Liza Miller, host and producer of the Motorcycles & Misfits podcast. She used to do live sound in clubs, many moons ago, and now she is having a blast with so many friends doing Motorcycles & Misfits. 

Btw, she found a pretty solid, inexpensive purchase: 3 Behringer XM1800S microphones for $40! When you have 12 mic's open in a room you have to keep costs down ;)

Special note: After the outro music, she gives me a microphone challenge - she uses 2 different inexpensive mic's and asks me which one I like better. Listen to the very end to hear if I chose the $30 mic or the $13 mic!

We also discussed:

Behringer XM8500 microphone Shock mount mic clips Mackie 1642 VLZ Pro Alesis 3630 dual channel compressor Power conditioner Behringer U-control audio interface Adobe Audition HA-400 headphones Soundbooth program Tascam DR-11G (recorder for backups and remote recordings)

Thank you for having so much fun with us, Liza!

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PES 024: Alan Mead

Aug 18, 2016 54:58

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Alan Mead

My guest is Alan Mead, dentist and host of The Dental Hacks Podcast. Don't let the whole dentist thing mislead you - he has a bad ass audio setup and he records multitrack the same way I do! 

We talked about a lot of cool tips. 

He uses:

Rode Broadcaster microphone Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Four windows laptops Four dbx 286s's iMac running Adobe Audition Backing up original track files

Thanks for being a tremendous guest, Alan!

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PES 023: Chris Saunders

Aug 11, 2016 47:08

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Chris Saunders

My guest is Chris Saunders, host of Return to Camp Blood - a Friday the 13th fan podcast. Chris has a very practical and low cost setup, and he makes the most of it! (Btw, his show is super niche in that they only talk about Friday the 13th movies...lol)

He produces his show from start to finish and regularly has 2-3 other co-hosts who are all in different states. They connect via Skype and record with Pamela call recorder. He pans himself hard left and all other co-hosts hard right. They all use ATR2005's and Chris has a Behringer XENYX X1204USB mic that he uses if his roommate or someone else is hosting with him at his house.

Then he brings the raw .WAV file into Adobe Audition, separating the stereo file into two mono tracks. He normalizes the levels for both tracks and removes background noise, and maybe adds a gate if the background noise is still an issue. He also truncates long periods of silence using a preset he made. Any period of silence more than 550 milliseconds long gets truncated to 550 ms. Then he edits and mixes down to 16 bit 44.1kHz .WAV file at -19 LUFS. Then, in another separate session in Audition, he adds intro/outro music, any other audio clips, and then exports to MP3.

Thank you for being a great guest, Chris!

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PES 022: Georg Holzmann

Aug 4, 2016 01:03:00

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Georg Holzmann

My guest is Georg Holzmann, founder of Auphonic. He lives in Austria.

We went deeper than usual into audio processing including:

Machine learning Compression Noise reduction Loudness levels Handling multiple voices Crossgating

We spent time going line by line through the fascinating Audio Processing Statistics that Auphonic provides after you process a piece of audio. During the show we discussed the screenshot shown here, which contains these data:

Programme Loudness Max Peak Level Loudness Range (LRA) Max Momentary Loudness Max Shortterm Loudness Leveler Gain mean Leveler Gain min Leveler Gain max SNR mean Background Level mean Signal Level mean

I also asked him about how voices with different EQ appear different in loudness, as well as if there are cases for which I should process the audio a bit first before using Auphonic.

We appreciate you hanging with us, Georg!

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PES 021: Mary Mazurek

Jul 28, 2016 01:00:26

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My guest is Mary Mazurek - audio engineer with 25 years experience, radio producer at WFMT Chicago including the “Live from WFMT” show, and instructor in the Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics at Columbia College in Chicago. 

Because she's doesn't host her own podcast show yet (coming soon!), she joined the show from her makeshift studio in her closet including a homemade pop filter using a knitting hoop and panty hose! 

We had an awesome conversation about many vital topics: 

Trying out her new microphone - Shure MV-51 USB EQ frequency bands and how they affect the sound Fletcher–Munson curves Compression philosophy and tips Microphone choice Microphone placement Proximity effect

Thank you for being a wonderful guest, Mary!

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PES 020: Max Flight

Jul 21, 2016 01:03:20

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Max Flight

My guest is Max Flight, host of Airplane Geeks Podcast, co-host and producer of The UAV Digest and the #PaxEx Podcast.

We talked about all phases of his podcast production. This is an overview of what Max's engineering in his own words from an email he sent me:

I'm involved with 3 podcasts, all aviation-related:   Airplane Geeks: Co-founder (2008), host, and producer (since 2009). The UAV Digest: A spinoff from Airplane Geeks. I co-host and produce. The PaxEx Podcast: Co-host and I produce it up to the MP3, after which I hand it off. All shows are over Skype with co-host(s) and guest. Mix-minus, 2 laptops, record into both hardware and software, soundboard on iPad. I record in my home studio, in hotel rooms, at conferences and public events (annually at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum). So depending on the situation, I use the Heil PR40, Sennheiser e835, AudioTechnica ATR2100, and a Sennheiser MD 46 interview mic.   Other gear: TritonAudio FetHead, Marantz PMD620 and Zoom H4n recorders, Focusrite Scarlett Solo, a bunch of Behringer UCA-2xx audio interfaces, Sennheiser A380 and Sony MDR V6 headphones, Monster Cable 3500, Yamaha HS5 monitor. I've used a Presonus Tube-pre in the past, but not lately.   For software I use Audacity and Hindenburg Journalist Pro. I love Hindy. It's really a different model for a DAW. I like to record clean at proper levels with no effects (and little to no noise floor). Each person on their own track, EQ by track, global compression, loudness at -16 LUFS.   

Thank you for being a wonderful guest, Max! FYI, follow Max on Twitter @MaxFlight

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PES 019: Recap of My Q&A Session at Podcast Movement

Jul 14, 2016 57:27

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Ralph M. Rivera

My pal from New Jersey, Ralph M. Rivera, hangs with me in this session. A bit of fun was had by all. He is the cofounder of Podcaster's Toolbox, host of the Web.Search.Social podcast, and a wonderful marketing guru. He and his beautiful wife, Carol Lynn, had a booth at Podcast Movement encouraging folks to get on the "Beta train" for Podcaster's Toolbox. You can too.

We discuss many of the questions I got from folks in my Q&A session on audio engineering at Podcast Movement. Listen for all the answers and tips! Here are some of my notes:

What to do when you compress an already-kind-of-noisy signal and the noise becomes really loud? (try smashing it on top using high threshold with high ratio!) Multitrack software programs are just tools, and for podcasting it’s more important HOW you use the tool than having the most expensive, feature-rich program. Marc Johanssen’s Podcast Gear Group on Facebook Video tutorials: Dave Jackson, Carey Green, Fixing things…..The golden rule of audio engineering: Record it right the first time! How to process audio that has a lot of room reverb on it, and get rid of the reverb? What is EQ exactly? Frequencies, adjusting to taste... Gating, expanding Speaking directly into the mic or speaking on an angle past the mic? MP3 quality of final episodes. (128kbps stereo, 64kbps mono) Best way to make sure 3 people in the same room sound good and don’t bleed too much? (1. Everyone very close to their mic, 2. Mic’s pointed away from each other (120 degrees is optimum for 3 mic’s), Multitrack Auphonic’s crossgate feature) One attendee mentioned Levelator, and another attendee said it's still around but is not being updated so it’s slowly dying kinda. LUFS (origin, what does it mean, levels of music, tv commercials, etc)

Listen to this entire session for all the goods, including AFTER the music fades -- Ralph and I briefly discuss our wild plans for our shared double booth at Podcast Movement 2017 in Anaheim, California!

Thanks for hanging with me, Ralph!

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PES 018: Jason Bryant

Jul 7, 2016 01:01:15

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Jason Bryant

My guest is Jason Bryant, founder of Mat Talk Online and the Mat Talk Podcast Network. We had a great chat - listen to get the full effect ;)

Here's an overview of Jason's equipment and workflow (taken from an email he previously sent me):

I host 10 different shows (of the 14 on the network)

Using a MacBook Pro with an AT2005 microphone for my home set up. Routed through a Yamaha MG102C and a FocusRite 2i2. I use the AT2005 based on it’s sound and flexibility. I record for triple redundancy. I use Adobe Audition as my main recording option, but also record externally out of the Yamaha board into a Zoom H5 (my audio in one channel, caller’s audio in the other). I also use ECamm Call recorder as a backup. The ECamm/Skype is using the USB portion of the AT2005, while the mixer and Focusrite are using the XLR portion of it — so if any channel goes out, I don’t have to stop the interview, I can keep going with three relatively clean copies of the recording.

With the Skype setup, I’m running a mix-minus from the aux send through a Behringer U-Control, so when I play back other call audio to the guest, they can hear it, same with music, effects and drops, which I’ve got lined into the Yamaha from another MacBook Pro.

Most of my shows are hosted on Libsyn, but I have three that are hosted on Blubrry (two of them archived or retired shows).

On the road, I’ve used the H5 with the add-on so I can get 4 XLR mics (they’re either AT2100’s or AT2005). When I’m doing interviews in press conference situations, I’m using a Sennheiser MD46. It’s a dynamic mic with an elongated handle with room for a mic flag and it works well with the long time you have to hold the mic.

Thank you for being a great guest, Jason!

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PES 017: Daniel J. Lewis

Jun 30, 2016 44:56

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Daniel J. Lewis

My guest is Daniel J. Lewis who is one of the four individuals on my personal "Mt. Rushmore of Podcast experts and educators." (see his full bio and links below)

We talked in depth about his personal podcast production workflow and equipment, including his:

Microphone choice (he recently switched over to an RE-320, which I think might be the next mic that I try) Behringer mixer (X1832 USB) MDX4600 (4-Channel Expander/Gate/Compressor/Peak Limiter with Dynamic Enhancer and Low Contour Filter) Zoom H4N Fast SD card Audition (DAW) Cool way to use Overcast PowerPress (including the "Feed Episode Maximizer" feature) Libsyn More about Daniel:

As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis help others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success. Daniel creates training resources (like SEO for Podcasters) and podcasting tools (like My Podcast Reviews); he offers one-on-one consulting and a premium podcasting community (Podcasters' Society); he is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and Daniel hosts a network of award-nominated shows covering how to podcast, clean-comedy, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time. Daniel also writes about entrepreneurship and technology.

Thank you for being a great guest, Daniel!

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PES 016: Drew Smith

Jun 23, 2016 55:07

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Drew Smith

My guest is Drew Smith, host of the Under Ten Fitness podcast, Radio DJ and producer, personal trainer and power lifter.

In this episode, Drew tried to stump your host by playing 3 different pre-recorded sound clips recorded with 3 different microphones, and then asking which sound clip was which mic. The 3 mic's are a Sennheiser e835, an EV RE-20, and an EV Cobalt Co9. Play along - listen and guess for yourself! Pause the podcast right before I make my guesses.

We discussed Drew's podcast equipment and workflow in depth, including his MXL 990 condenser microphone, PreSonus AudioBox, Adobe Audition, and more.

We also briefly discussed (and I got to check out in person!) a new piece of equipment Drew recently purchased, the Zoom R16.

Thank you for being a great guest, Drew!

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PES 015: Steve Savanyu

Jun 16, 2016 01:05:51

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Steve Savanyu

My guest is Steve Savanyu, Director of Educational Services at Audio-Technica U.S. Steve has over 40 years of professional audio experience in live sound, studio and broadcast applications. He has worked on large live and broadcast events including the Presidential/Vice Presidential Debates (2008 & 2012), and the 2008 New York City Papal Visit.

Steve schooled us (in deep detail) on the technical differences between these types of microphones:

Dynamic Condenser Ribbon Carbon Ceramic Crystal

We also talked about:

Diaphragm sizes Pickup patterns (and how phase cancellation is manipulated) Mic output levels Preamps What XLR actually stands for! Do YOU know? Listen for the answer. Also the difference between the famed ATR2100-USB and the ATR2500-USB.

I also asked a selfish question about a super small mic that I want for a specific application. Steve suggested the BP8-96 or AT8-99.

Thank you for being a great guest, Steve!

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PES 014: Kevin Farkas

Jun 9, 2016 01:08:13

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Kevin Farkas

My guest is Kevin Farkas, Founder and Executive Producer of Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, and Founder of The Social Voice Podcast Network (TSVPN).

We discussed his podcasting equipment and workflow, including Zoom F8, RE 320, Internet Archive, digital recorders, Blubrry, Presonus V2 Tube Preamp, and more.

I also went DEEP into the weeds regarding sample rates, bit depth, precision EQ'ing, frequencies and more.

Thank you for being a great guest, Kevin!

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PES 013: Joel Boggess

Jun 2, 2016 45:02

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Joel Boggess

My guest is Joel Boggess, Podcast and Book Launch Expert, Host of ReLaunch. He is the author of Finding your Voice, as well as a podcast news and tech contributor for HuffPost and Success.com. 

Joel is a rockstar with regards to podcast content, launches and marketing, but here we discussed Joel's technical setup, equipment and workflow including his custom studio setup, editing, Heil microphones, Mackie mixer, Behringer Multicom PRO-XL MDX4600.

Thank you for being a great guest, Joel!

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PES 012: Carey Green

May 26, 2016 43:42

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Carey Green - founder of Podcast Fast Track, host of Podcastification

Listen to session #12 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunes, Google PlayStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Carey Green, founder of Podcast Fast Track, host of Podcastification, and creator of an Audacity video course.

We discussed:

Templates Auphonic Keyboard shortcuts Digital Spitfish (de-esser function)

Thank you for being a great guest, Carey!

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PES 011: Dave Jackson

May 19, 2016 56:09

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Dave Jackson

My guest is Dave Jackson, Podcast Consultant and Coach, Owner of School of Podcasting, and host of many podcasts.

We discussed SO much, including:

RE320 dbx 286s Aphex 230 - channel strip Behringer mixer Zoom H5 Adobe Audition Hard Limiter processing in Audition Dave's weekly Live show: Ask the Podcast Coach Listen to the full episode for all the details.

Thank you for being a great guest, Dave!

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PES 010: Justin Crossley

May 12, 2016 50:09

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Justin Crossley

My guest is Justin Crossley, founder of The Brewing Network and host of The Session.

Topics included:

Arc 8 - his mixing board that is actually for broadcasting Preamp: dbx 286s Mac mini sends the live stream Nicecast Adobe Audition Writes his own XML for every episode dbx 266XL stereo compressor

Listen to the full episode for all the details.

Thank you for being a great guest, Justin!

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PES 009: Mike McAllen

May 5, 2016 45:51

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Mike McAllen

My guest is Mike McAllen, co-founder of Grass Shack Events & Media, and host of Meetings Podcast.

We discussed:

Incorporating audio from events AT-3035 mic Alesis Multi-mix 8 (USB mixer) Levelator Hiring audio editors His new studio space

Listen to the full episode for all the details.

Also, here is Stephen Christopher's podcast which I mentioned but couldn't remember the name: Business Revolution

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PES 008: Todd Cochrane

Apr 28, 2016 52:01

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Todd Cochrane

My guest is Todd Cochrane, Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee, CEO of RawVoice / Blubrry, and co-host of the New Media Show.

We discussed his equipment and workflow including his:

Blue "Mouse" microphone Solo 610 Tube Preamp Mackie mixer EQ insert (dbx) Compressor/Gate (dbx 266xl) Aphex Big Bottom Out of Mackie mixer via Firewire to PC Adobe Audition Auphonic In-ear Shure molded earbuds

Listen to the full episode for all the details.

Thank you for being a great guest, Todd!

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PES 007: Darrell Darnell

Apr 21, 2016 01:03:07

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Darrell Darnell

My guest is Darrell Darnell, Owner of Pro Podcast Solutions and Golden Spiral Media Podcast Network.

Listen to the full episode where Darrell and I discuss his podcasting equipment, workflow, shows, editing philosophy, time-saving tips and seriously lots more.

Thank you for being a great guest, Darrell!

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PES 006: Rob Walch

Apr 14, 2016 52:27

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Rob Walch

My guest is Rob Walch, VP of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn, and host and/or producer of the following podcast shows:

Podcast 411 The Feed Today in iOS KC Startup 411 Even his son Porter has a podcast! Porters Podcast Rob also helps produce WelchCast

We spoke in detail about Rob's technical setup for each of his shows.

Along the way Rob had some great tips for all of us: (Listen to the episode for all the nitty-gritty)

Record your Skype audio on a different device instead of on the same computer which you're using to Skype. Then there's no risk of over-taxing that computer's CPU He loves his Marantz 660 digital recorder - rock solid Sound Soap (plugin to clean up audio) - $150, works in GarageBand When making Skype calls, the call will be smoother if the call is initiated from the person with the fastest internet connection When linking to your show's iTunes presence, there is a way to have your show open directly in the place where your listener can click 'Subscribe.' *Here are the steps: 1. Append &LS=1 to your iTunes show URL 2. Then create a Bitly link for that link 3. Then use that Bitly link to promote your show in iTunes

BTW- try clicking the one of the two iTunes links in this post and see where it opens ;)

Also, while recording this episode we had a disconnection/crash of CAST, which we were using to connect and record. I am digging CAST and learning how to use it.......and how NOT to use it - like closing the tab of a session and then trying to get back to that session (which you can't)

Thank you for being a great guest and helping us so much, Rob!

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PES 005: David Hooper

Apr 7, 2016 47:41

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David Hooper's RED Room

My guest is David Hooper, host of the RED Podcast, marketing guy, radio host, and author from Nashville, TN.

Check out his equipment page here. It lists all the podcast equipment he uses and has nice pictures and links.

We also discussed David's vast experience in the music business as well as his iHeart Radio Show.

Here's some of the equipment David uses:

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer Behringer Multicom PRO-XL MDX4600 TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder

Thank you, David!

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PES 004: Jason Cabassi

Mar 31, 2016 46:12

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Jason Cabassi

My guest is Jason Cabassi, host of The Walking Dead Cast and founder of Podcastica (podcast network).

Jason handles the recording, editing and publishing for the show and we spoke about his equipment setup and workflow, etc., including:

Jason's microphone: Equitek E100S Karen's microphone: Audio-Technica shotgun mic Has a 2nd Mac computer to use as a soundboard Downloads calls from Google Voice for use on the show Edits in GarageBand Uses FabFilter Pro de-esser and Zimple-Gate Uses Auphonic as a leveler Publishes in the AAC format which includes chapters Audio Hijack - lets you record audio from any source

Thank you, Jason!

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PES 003: Kate Astrakhan

Mar 24, 2016 47:23

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Kate Astrakhan

Session #3 with Kate Astrakhan, Owner of Audio Adrenaline! Kate also hosts the Make Your Bed podcast. She has a ton of experience in radio and voiceovers - including that famous Greyhound commercial on which she sang, "Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us."

We discussed many audio topics including:

Kate not using plugins Her Misophonia (see below, it's related to sound) Her opinion on USB microphones Her love of Behringer equipment Super-detail editing Adobe Audition

She also brought up an amazing use of a de-esser, and hopefully she will share that secret with us in the comments, etc.

*Here's a bit about Misophonia: also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome, starts with a trigger. It’s often an oral sound -- the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle. Sometimes a small repetitive motion is the cause -- someone fidgets, jostles you, or wiggles their foot.

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PES 002: Luis Congdon

Mar 17, 2016 42:13

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Luis Congdon

Luis Congdon admits that he's not the most technical guy on the planet, but he's been through several audio setups so we learned from his production evolution.

He hosts the Lasting Love Connection podcast, and the Thriving Launch podcast.

His audio setup includes a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and MXL microphones. He and his co-host record in the same room, so we talked about how he optimizes that sound.

These days he records into Logic Pro. Previously he tried recording with Ecamm recorder, Garage Band, and Adobe Audition, but he wasn't satisfied with any of them.

He uses a Blue Yeti when he travels and he started the Podcasters Exchange Facebook group!

Thanks Luis!

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PES 001: Mary and Blake Larsen

Mar 10, 2016 01:05:58

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Mary and Blake Larsen - Hosts of ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast

And we're off!

In this first session I chat with Mary and Blake Larsen - Hosts of ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast. Mary is also a musician and Blake also makes donuts. They are delightful people; maybe you want to reach out to them and say hello.

Mary has an ear for details. Her previous experience as a TV show host gave her a deep insight into presentation, sound and listener experience. Now she uses those skills to craft great podcasts.

Blake is the audio engineer in the relationship. He built a custom studio in their basement. Over time they have have upgraded their equipment little by little. They didn't start with great gear.

These days they use Heil microphones and an 8-channel Alesis mixer. They record in Garage Band and edit using Adobe Audition. Blake uses an iPad for playing sound clips while recording episodes.

They mainly use Skype for connecting with guests, and sometimes they use Skype to call their guests on the phone when they are only able to connect by phone.

For mixing and mastering in Audition, Blake started with one of the factory presets on his compressor but then he tweaked it to suit their taste.

Some challenges that Blake had were getting a good sound using EQ, and getting good mic levels while recording.

A couple tips:

When you're adjusting your sound settings to establish good presets, (as well as to train your ears), it pays to listen to your recordings in various places on different speakers. Listen on your studio monitors, listen on your headphones, earbuds, in your car, on a Bluetooth speaker, etc. You will then have a much better idea what your sound REALLY sounds like to other people.

Record some dead air with all the mic's on but no one speaking. This can come in handy later while editing when you need to put a little blank space in between an edit so it doesn't sound like an edit. You just take a little dead air and insert it there and voila - it sounds natural.

What an awesome session. Thanks Mary and Blake!

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Description:

I'm Chris Curran, and I'm on crusade against horrible sounding podcast audio! In general, podcasters and producers tend to have weak (or non-existent) audio engineering skills. That's where this show can help. By listening to this show every week you will gain an unfair advantage in the world of podcast production. Each week we will talk to a podcast engineer/producer and learn how they're producing podcasts - their equipment, their workflow, and advanced tips. Plus, we have fun ;)

Me: Chris Curran, founder of Podcast Engineering School and Fractal Recording.

http://podcastengineeringschool.com/

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