Georg Holzmann – PES 022

Georg Holzmann - founder of Auphonic
Georg Holzmann – founder of Auphonic

Listen to session #22 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Georg Holzmann, founder of Auphonic. He lives in Austria.

We went deeper than usual into audio processing including:

  • Machine learning
  • Compression
  • Noise reduction
  • Loudness levels
  • Handling multiple voices
  • Crossgating

We spent time going line by line through the fascinating Audio Processing Statistics that Auphonic provides after you process a piece of audio. During the show we discussed the screenshot shown here, which contains these data:

Auphonic "Audio Processing Statistics" Screenshot
Auphonic “Audio Processing Statistics” Screenshot
  • Programme Loudness
  • Max Peak Level
  • Loudness Range (LRA)
  • Max Momentary Loudness
  • Max Shortterm Loudness
  • Leveler Gain mean
  • Leveler Gain min
  • Leveler Gain max
  • SNR mean
  • Background Level mean
  • Signal Level mean

I also asked him about how voices with different EQ appear different in loudness, as well as if there are cases for which I should process the audio a bit first before using Auphonic.

We appreciate you hanging with us, Georg!

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Mary Mazurek – PES 021

Mary Mazurek - audio engineer, radio producer at WFMT Chicago
Mary Mazurek – audio engineer, radio producer at WFMT Chicago

Listen to session #21 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Mary Mazurek – 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. 

Because she’s doesn’t host her own podcast show yet (coming soon!), she joined the show from her makeshift studio in her closet including a homemade pop filter using a knitting hoop and panty hose! 

We had an awesome conversation about many vital topics: 

  • Trying out her new microphone – Shure MV-51 USB
  • EQ frequency bands and how they affect the sound
  • Fletcher–Munson curves
  • Compression philosophy and tips
  • Microphone choice
  • Microphone placement
  • Proximity effect

Thank you for being a wonderful guest, Mary!

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Max Flight – PES 020

Max Flight - host of Airplane Geeks Podcast
Max Flight – host of Airplane Geeks Podcast

Listen to session #20 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Max Flight, host of Airplane Geeks Podcast, co-host and producer of The UAV Digest and the #PaxEx Podcast.

We talked about all phases of his podcast production. This is an overview of what Max’s engineering in his own words from an email he sent me:

I’m involved with 3 podcasts, all aviation-related:
  • Airplane Geeks: Co-founder (2008), host, and producer (since 2009).
  • The UAV Digest: A spinoff from Airplane Geeks. I co-host and produce.
  • The PaxEx Podcast: Co-host and I produce it up to the MP3, after which I hand it off.
All shows are over Skype with co-host(s) and guest. Mix-minus, 2 laptops, record into both hardware and software, soundboard on iPad. I record in my home studio, in hotel rooms, at conferences and public events (annually at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum). So depending on the situation, I use the Heil PR40, Sennheiser e835, AudioTechnica ATR2100, and a Sennheiser MD 46 interview mic.
Other gear: TritonAudio FetHead, Marantz PMD620 and Zoom H4n recorders, Focusrite Scarlett Solo, a bunch of Behringer UCA-2xx audio interfaces, Sennheiser A380 and Sony MDR V6 headphones, Monster Cable 3500, Yamaha HS5 monitor. I’ve used a Presonus Tube-pre in the past, but not lately.
For software I use Audacity and Hindenburg Journalist Pro. I love Hindy. It’s really a different model for a DAW. I like to record clean at proper levels with no effects (and little to no noise floor). Each person on their own track, EQ by track, global compression, loudness at -16 LUFS.
Thank you for being a wonderful guest, Max! FYI, follow Max on Twitter @MaxFlight

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Recap of My Q&A Session at Podcast Movement 2016 – PES 019

Ralph M. Rivera - Cofounder of Podcaster's Toolbox, Host of the Web.Search.Social Podcast
Ralph M. Rivera – Cofounder of Podcaster’s Toolbox, Host of the Web.Search.Social Podcast

Listen to session #19 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My pal from New Jersey, Ralph M. Rivera, hangs with me in this session. A bit of fun was had by all. He is the cofounder of Podcaster’s Toolbox, host of the Web.Search.Social podcast, and a wonderful marketing guru. He and his beautiful wife, Carol Lynn, had a booth at Podcast Movement encouraging folks to get on the “Beta train” for Podcaster’s Toolbox. You can too.

We discuss many of the questions I got from folks in my Q&A session on audio engineering at Podcast Movement 2016. Listen for all the answers and tips! Here are some of my notes:

  • What to do when you compress an already-kind-of-noisy signal and the noise becomes really loud? (try smashing it on top using high threshold with high ratio!)
  • Multitrack software programs are just tools, and for podcasting it’s more important HOW you use the tool than having the most expensive, feature-rich program.
  • Marc Johanssen’s Podcast Gear Group on Facebook
  • Video tutorials: Dave Jackson, Carey Green,
  • Fixing things…..The golden rule of audio engineering: Record it right the first time!
  • How to process audio that has a lot of room reverb on it, and get rid of the reverb?
  • What is EQ exactly? Frequencies, adjusting to taste…
  • Gating, expanding
  • Speaking directly into the mic or speaking on an angle past the mic?
  • MP3 quality of final episodes. (128kbps stereo, 64kbps mono)
  • Best way to make sure 3 people in the same room sound good and don’t bleed too much? (1. Everyone very close to their mic, 2. Mic’s pointed away from each other (120 degrees is optimum for 3 mic’s), Multitrack Auphonic’s crossgate feature)
  • One attendee mentioned Levelator, and another attendee said it’s still around but is not being updated so it’s slowly dying kinda.
  • LUFS (origin, what does it mean, levels of music, tv commercials, etc)

Listen to this entire session for all the goods, including AFTER the music fades — Ralph and I briefly discuss our wild plans for our shared double booth at Podcast Movement 2017 in Anaheim, California!

Thanks for hanging with me, Ralph!

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Jason Bryant – PES 018

Jason Bryant - founder of Mat Talk Online
Jason Bryant – founder of Mat Talk Online

Listen to session #18 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Jason Bryant, founder of Mat Talk Online and the Mat Talk Podcast Network. We had a great chat – listen to get the full effect 😉

Here’s an overview of Jason’s equipment and workflow (taken from an email he previously sent me):

I host 10 different shows (of the 14 on the network)

Using a MacBook Pro with an AT2005 microphone for my home set up. Routed through a Yamaha MG102C and a FocusRite 2i2. I use the AT2005 based on it’s sound and flexibility. I record for triple redundancy. I use Adobe Audition as my main recording option, but also record externally out of the Yamaha board into a Zoom H5 (my audio in one channel, caller’s audio in the other). I also use ECamm Call recorder as a backup. The ECamm/Skype is using the USB portion of the AT2005, while the mixer and Focusrite are using the XLR portion of it — so if any channel goes out, I don’t have to stop the interview, I can keep going with three relatively clean copies of the recording.

With the Skype setup, I’m running a mix-minus from the aux send through a Behringer U-Control, so when I play back other call audio to the guest, they can hear it, same with music, effects and drops, which I’ve got lined into the Yamaha from another MacBook Pro.

Most of my shows are hosted on Libsyn, but I have three that are hosted on Blubrry (two of them archived or retired shows).

On the road, I’ve used the H5 with the add-on so I can get 4 XLR mics (they’re either AT2100’s or AT2005). When I’m doing interviews in press conference situations, I’m using a Sennheiser MD46. It’s a dynamic mic with an elongated handle with room for a mic flag and it works well with the long time you have to hold the mic.

I also use a giant squid audio lav mics, this is the two lav mic into one 1/8 jack. I typically use this when I don’t have room for mic stands or I’m in a situation where we’re at a restaurant and mics getting in the way are a pain. I’ve used this in various environments.

I also use a Roland R-05 when my H5 is in use another way. Example: When at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, I run an XLR to 1/8 inch cable to the roland, hit record and leave. That XLR is from the breakout box that typically sit in the back of press conference rooms so I can capture clean audio direct from the source rather than trying to use the onboard condenser mics.

I can essentially record from anywhere. I’ve even used Bossjock when my batteries went dead, using the AT2005 and the lighting camera connection kit.

The only set-up i haven’t yet tried is recording remotely directly with the Focusrite, which I’ll actually be trying this weekend in Oklahoma when I have numerous interviews for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Thank you for being a great guest, Jason!

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Daniel J. Lewis – PES 017

Daniel J Lewis
Daniel J. Lewis

Listen to session #17 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Daniel J. Lewis who is one of the four individuals on my personal “Mt. Rushmore of Podcast experts and educators.” (see his full bio and links below)

We talked in depth about his personal podcast production workflow and equipment, including his:

  • Microphone choice (he recently switched over to an RE-320, which I think might be the next mic that I try)
  • Behringer mixer (X1832 USB)
  • MDX4600 (4-Channel Expander/Gate/Compressor/Peak Limiter with Dynamic Enhancer and Low Contour Filter)
  • Zoom H4N
  • Fast SD card
  • Audition (DAW)
  • Cool way to use Overcast
  • PowerPress (including the “Feed Episode Maximizer” feature)
  • Libsyn
More about Daniel:

As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis help others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success. Daniel creates training resources (like SEO for Podcasters) and podcasting tools (like My Podcast Reviews); he offers one-on-one consulting and a premium podcasting community (Podcasters’ Society); he is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and Daniel hosts a network of award-nominated shows covering how to podcast, clean-comedy, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time. Daniel also writes about entrepreneurship and technology.

Thank you for being a great guest, Daniel!

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Drew Smith – PES 016

Drew Smith - Host of Under Ten Fitness
Drew Smith – Host of Under Ten Fitness

Listen to session #16 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Drew Smith, host of the Under Ten Fitness podcast, Radio DJ and producer, personal trainer and power lifter.

In this episode, Drew tried to stump your host by playing 3 different pre-recorded sound clips recorded with 3 different microphones, and then asking which sound clip was which mic. The 3 mic’s are a Sennheiser e835, an EV RE-20, and an EV Cobalt Co9. Play along – listen and guess for yourself! Pause the podcast right before I make my guesses.

We discussed Drew’s podcast equipment and workflow in depth, including his MXL 990 condenser microphone, PreSonus AudioBox, Adobe Audition, and more.

Zoom R16
Zoom R16

We also briefly discussed (and I got to check out in person!) a new piece of equipment Drew recently purchased, the Zoom R16.

Thank you for being a great guest, Drew!

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Steve Savanyu – PES 015

Steve Savanyu - Director of Educational Services at Audio-Technica U.S.
Steve Savanyu – Director of Educational Services at Audio-Technica U.S.

Listen to session #15 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Steve Savanyu, Director of Educational Services at Audio-Technica U.S. Steve has over 40 years of professional audio experience in live sound, studio and broadcast applications. He has worked on large live and broadcast events including the Presidential/Vice Presidential Debates (2008 & 2012), and the 2008 New York City Papal Visit.

Steve schooled us (in deep detail) on the technical differences between these types of microphones:

  • Dynamic
  • Condenser
  • Ribbon
  • Carbon
  • Ceramic
  • Crystal

We also talked about:

  • Diaphragm sizes
  • Pickup patterns (and how phase cancellation is manipulated)
  • Mic output levels
  • Preamps
  • What XLR actually stands for! Do YOU know? Listen for the answer.
  • Also the difference between the famed ATR2100-USB and the ATR2500-USB.

I also asked a selfish question about a super small mic that I want for a specific application. Steve suggested the BP8-96 or AT8-99.

Thank you for being a great guest, Steve!

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Kevin Farkas – PES 014

Kevin Farkas - Founder of The Social Voice Podcast Network (TSVPN)
Kevin Farkas – Founder of The Social Voice Podcast Network (TSVPN)

Listen to session #14 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Kevin Farkas, Founder and Executive Producer of Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, and Founder of The Social Voice Podcast Network (TSVPN).

We discussed his podcasting equipment and workflow, including Zoom F8, RE 320, Internet Archive, digital recorders, Blubrry, Presonus V2 Tube Preamp, and more.

I also went DEEP into the weeds regarding sample rates, bit depth, precision EQ’ing, frequencies and more.

Thank you for being a great guest, Kevin!

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Joel Boggess – PES 013

Joel Boggess - Host of ReLaunch
Joel Boggess – Host of ReLaunch

Listen to session #13 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Joel Boggess, Podcast and Book Launch Expert, Host of ReLaunch. He is the author of Finding your Voice, as well as a podcast news and tech contributor for HuffPost and Success.com. 

Joel is a rockstar with regards to podcast content, launches and marketing, but here we discussed Joel’s technical setup, equipment and workflow including his custom studio setup, editing, Heil microphones, Mackie mixer, Behringer Multicom PRO-XL MDX4600.

Thank you for being a great guest, Joel!

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