Noah Chelliah – PES 081

Welcome to session #81 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 080

Welcome to session #80 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Chris Updates, 2017 Reflections and 2018 Plans – PES 079

iMac Pro

Welcome to session #79 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

Note: This is not a standard TPES episode – this is me sharing lots of cool info.

Here’s what I 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.

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

Thanks for listening!

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

Dave Jackson

Welcome to session #78 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Bandrew Scott – PES 077

Welcome to session #77 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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

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.

This was a fun session; 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

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 – PES 076

Welcome to session #76 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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

Welcome to session #75 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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.

Garth Humphreys – host and producer of Audio Pizza, iBlindTech and Aussie Mac Zone

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 – PES 074

Welcome to session #74 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, SpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 073

Welcome to session #73 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 072

Welcome to session #72 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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