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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The Real Brian – PES 035

The Real Brian

Welcome to session #35 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 034

Greg Heist - producer and cohost of The Future Stir, and Chief Innovation Officer at Gongos
Greg Heist – producer and cohost of The Future Stir, and Chief Innovation Officer at Gongos

Welcome to session #34 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 033

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, produced and hosted by Jonathan Messinger
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, produced and hosted by Jonathan Messinger

Welcome to session #33 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 032

Brian Adoff - owner of Riveting FM, and producer of Drink Drank Drunk
Brian Adoff – owner of Riveting FM, and producer of Drink Drank Drunk

Welcome to session #32 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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 – PES 031

Scott Weingart - producer and host of The EMCrit Podcast
Scott Weingart – producer and host of The EMCrit Podcast

Welcome to session #31 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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.

Also, I 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 – PES 030

Cliff Ravenscraft - the Podcast Answer Man!
Cliff Ravenscraft – the Podcast Answer Man!

Welcome to session #30 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

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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