David Hooper – PES 005

David Hooper, host of the RED Podcast
David Hooper, host of the RED Podcast

Listen to session #5 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is David Hooper, host of the RED Podcast, marketing guy, radio host, and author from Nashville, TN.

Check out his equipment page here. It lists all the podcast equipment he uses and has nice pictures and links.

We also discussed David’s vast experience in the music business as well as his iHeart Radio Show.

David's RED Room
David’s RED Room

Here’s some of the equipment David uses:

  • Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
  • Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer
  • Behringer Multicom PRO-XL MDX4600
  • TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder

Thank you, David!

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Jason Cabassi – PES 004

Jason Cabassi and Karen Koppett, hosts of The Walking Dead Cast
Jason Cabassi and Karen Koppett, hosts of The Walking Dead Cast

Listen to session #4 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Jason Cabassi, host of The Walking Dead Cast and founder of Podcastica (podcast network).

Jason handles the recording, editing and publishing for the show and we spoke about his equipment setup and workflow, etc., including:

The Walking Dead Cast

  • Jason’s microphone: Equitek E100S
  • Karen’s microphone: Audio-Technica shotgun mic
  • Has a 2nd Mac computer to use as a soundboard
  • Downloads calls from Google Voice for use on the show
  • Edits in GarageBand
  • Uses FabFilter Pro de-esser and Zimple-Gate
  • Uses Auphonic as a leveler
  • Publishes in the AAC format which includes chapters
  • Audio Hijack – lets you record audio from any source

Thank you, Jason!

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Kate Astrakhan – PES 003

Kate Astrakhan - Owner of Audio Adrenaline

Listen to session #3 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

My guest is Kate Astrakhan, Owner of Audio Adrenaline! Kate also hosts the Make Your Bed podcast. She has a ton of experience in radio and voiceovers – including that famous Greyhound commercial on which she sang, “Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us.”

We talk shop and discuss many audio/podcasting topics including:

  • Kate not using plugins
  • Her Misophonia (see below, it’s related to sound)
  • Her opinion on USB microphones
  • Her love of Behringer equipment
  • Super-detail editing
  • Adobe Audition

She also brought up an amazing use of a de-esser, and hopefully she will share that secret with us in the comments, etc.

*Here’s a bit about Misophonia: also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome, starts with a trigger. It’s often an oral sound — the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle. Sometimes a small repetitive motion is the cause — someone fidgets, jostles you, or wiggles their foot.

Thank you, Kate!

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Luis Congdon – PES 002

Luis Congdon
Luis Congdon

Here is session #2 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

Luis Congdon admits that he’s not the most technical guy on the planet, but he’s been through several audio setups and he shared what he has learned through his production evolution.

He hosts the Lasting Love Connection podcast, and the Thriving Launch podcast.

His audio setup includes a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and MXL microphones. He and his co-host record in the same room, so we talked about how he optimizes that sound.

These days he records into Logic Pro. Previously he tried recording with Ecamm recorder, Garage Band, and Adobe Audition, but he wasn’t satisfied with any of them.

He uses a Blue Yeti when he travels and he started the Podcasters Exchange Facebook group!

Thanks Luis!

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Mary and Blake Larsen – PES 001

Mary and Blake Larsen - Hosts of ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast
Mary and Blake Larsen – Hosts of ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast

And we’re off! This is session #1 of The Podcast Engineering Show! Listen and Subscribe in iTunesGoogle Play, iHeart RadioStitcher, TuneIn RadioAndroid, RSS.

I had a fun chat with Mary and Blake Larsen, hosts of ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast. Mary is also a musician and Blake also makes donuts. They are delightful people; maybe you want to reach out to them and say hello.

Mary has an ear for details. Her previous experience as a TV show host gave her a deep insight into presentation, sound and listener experience. Now she uses those skills to craft great podcasts.

ParentCast

Blake is the audio engineer in the relationship. He built a custom studio in their basement. Over time they have have upgraded their equipment little by little. They didn’t start with great gear.

These days they use Heil microphones and an 8-channel Alesis mixer. They record in Garage Band and edit using Adobe Audition. Blake uses an iPad for playing sound clips while recording episodes.

They mainly use Skype for connecting with guests, and sometimes they use Skype to call their guests on the phone when they are only able to connect by phone.

The Living Reminders

For mixing and mastering in Audition, Blake started with one of the factory presets on his compressor but then he tweaked it to suit their taste.

Some challenges that Blake had were getting a good sound using EQ, and getting good mic levels while recording.

A couple tips:

When you’re adjusting your sound settings to establish good presets, (as well as to train your ears), it pays to listen to your recordings in various places on different speakers. Listen on your studio monitors, listen on your headphones, earbuds, in your car, on a Bluetooth speaker, etc. You will then have a much better idea what your sound REALLY sounds like to other people.

OutlanderCast

Record some dead air with all the mic’s on but no one speaking. This can come in handy later while editing when you need to put a little blank space in between an edit so it doesn’t sound like an edit. You just take a little dead air and insert it there and voila – it sounds natural.

What an awesome session. Thanks Mary and Blake!

Check out their shows: ParentCast, The Living Reminders, and OutlanderCast.

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