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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Rob Greenlee – PES 045

Welcome to session #45 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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.

And here’s the link to Rob’s post which we discussed at the top; it’s 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 – PES 044

Welcome to session #44 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Jason DeFillippo – PES 043

Welcome to session #43 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 042

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

Welcome to session #42 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Chris’s New Stuff – PES 041

Pacman, Ghost and Sennheiser e835

Welcome to session #41 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Zack Hanni – PES 040

Zack Hanni – audio engineer and owner of Soma Recording Studios

Welcome to session #40 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 😉

Soma Recording Studios
  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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