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

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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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The Return of Max Flight – PES 039

Listen to session #39 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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Garth Humphreys – PES 038

Welcome to session #38 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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

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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The Wisdom of Audio Processing – PES 037

Chris Curran in Colorado

Welcome to session #37 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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

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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Carol Lynn and Ralph Rivera – PES 036

Ralph Rivera's mobile rig

Welcome to session #36 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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