Taking a Break – Back on Aug.3, 2017 – Enjoy All Our Previous Sessions! – PES 055

Welcome to session #55 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

After this session we will go on break until August 3, 2017. So enjoy this session and enjoy life and enjoy all our previous sessions!

Note* FYI, 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 Humphries – January 5, 2017
  • Now, we go on break again until Aug.3, 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 link for Podcasters’ Societyhttps://podcasterssociety.com/ref/podcastengineer/ . 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 – PES 054

Welcome to session #54 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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A Lighter Episode – PES 053

Welcome to session #53 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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

Some of my meanderings:

  • Appreciation to previous guests and 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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Stephen – PES 052

Welcome to session #52 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 051

Welcome to session #51 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 050

Welcome to session #50 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Updates and More New Stuff – PES 049

Welcome to session #49 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 affiliate link for Podcasters’ Society: https://podcasterssociety.com/ref/podcastengineer/

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 – PES 048

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

Welcome to session #48 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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). Here’s the screenshot with all the settings:

Kirk also told me about a channel strip which has a phase ‘rotation’ function (which is different than the much more popular phase ‘inversion’). Here it is – the Aphex Channel:

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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Second Chat with Mary Mazurek – PES 047

Welcome to session #47 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 046

Mike Murphy, host and producer of Mike Murphy Unplugged

Welcome to session #46 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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