The Podcast Engineering Showactive
Publisher |
Chris Curran
Each session Chris chats with a podcast engineer or audio expert about their production equipment, software and workflow. You will learn step-by-step exactly how they are producing episodes, solutions to common audio issues, as well as 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 and also 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 famous artists and accumulating lots of album credits. When he entered podcasting about 7 years ago, he noticed that most podcasters (and producers) have very little audio engineering skills, 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.
Country Of Origin |
USA
Produced In |
USA
Premiere Date |
2016-01-28
Related Hashtags |
#podcasting ,
#production
Phone Number |
973-532-2163
Frequency |
Biweekly

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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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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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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

Thanks for being a great guest, Chad!

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Thanks for being a great guest, Allan!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ;)

Thank you for being a great guest, Curtis!

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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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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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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 ;)

Thank you, Travis, for a wonderful session!

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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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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:

  1. On a Mac you can do it via the Audio Midi Setup application: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202968
  2. 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 ;)

Thanks for sharing so much great info, Steve!

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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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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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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:

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

Thank you Mr. Ralph M. Rivera XVIII!

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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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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…”
  3. 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
  4. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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:

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

Thanks for being a great guest, Kirk!

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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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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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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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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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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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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

  1. Mixer - Alesis Multi-Mix 8 - USB
  2. Pyle 4 channel headphone amplifier
  3. Backup - M-Audio MobilePre Amp (2 channel)
  4. 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
  5. Zoom H4n recorder - on location recording
  6. Monoprice Acoustic Isolation Shield - narration station
  7. Boom Arms - NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand
  8. Pop Guards - Sterling Audio mesh filters, plus a cheap on-mic windscreen

COMPUTER SOFTWARE

  1. iMac - 27-inch, Late 2012 - 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 - 32 GB ram
  2. Adobe Audition (Creative Cloud)
  3. Tagr / ID3 Editor

PROCESS

  1. Record interview via Skype with ECAMM Recorder plug-in
  2. Make sure to get 15 seconds of room-tone before we start
  3. Use ECAMM Movie Tools to split track and process into WAV
  4. Modular editing process
  5. 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
  6. Edit the episode, and export a “RAW INTERVIEW” without additional processing
  7. 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)
  8. Record my intro/outro narration directly into Audition, using my “narration station” (AudioTechnica mic and isolation shield)
  9. 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)
  10. Import Interview and Narration WAVs into MASTER EDIT template
  11. 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
  12. Export Master to:
    • MP3 - 96K - CBR - MONO
    • OGG - VBR Quality 40%
  13. Edit MP3 with ID3 Editor or Tagr to add info and graphic

Thanks for sharing so much with us, Adron!

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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)
    1. RX 5 Advanced (went through list of features)
    2. Ozone 7 Advanced (went through list of features)
    3. Neutron Advanced (Track Assistant, Dynamic EQ, etc)
    4. Sheps 73 (emulating the Neve 1073, 12k high shelving, Mid-Side mode)
    5. Abbey Road Plates
    6. Abbey Road J37 Tape
    7. VComp (emulating Neve 2254 hardware compressor) and VEQ4 (both part of the Gold bundle)
    8. Zynaptiq ZAP Bundle
      • Unfilter
      • Unveil
      • Unchirp
      • Pitchmap
    9. SPL De-esser Dual-band (Male 6k, Female 7k, HIgh band 11k)

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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 ;)

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

Thanks for sharing so many insights with us, Zack!

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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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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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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:

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rob Walch

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

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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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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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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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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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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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!

Check out their shows: ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast.

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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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