The Podcast Engineering Show
ChrisCurran|PodcastEngineeringSchool
Chris chats with podcasters and audio experts about their podcast production equipment, software and workflow. You will learn step-by-step how they are producing podcasts, solutions to common audio issues, and plenty of tips and tricks. By listening every week you will glean A TON of audio engineering knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in the quality of your sound, not to mention save you a lot of time. Your host Chris Curran has a background in podcast production (Forbes, Dun & Bradstreet, J&J, etc) as well as music production (Sarah McLachlan, Jeff Buckley, Foreigner, etc). When he entered podcasting in 2012, he noticed that most podcasters (and producers) do not have a solid understanding of fundamental audio engineering concepts, which sabotages the quality of their sound from the very beginning. This show, as well as the Podcast Engineering School, helps podcasters and producers reach professional levels of podcast audio production.
My guest is Harry Morton - podcast producer and founder of Lower Street. We discussed podcast audio production IN DEPTH including these topics: AKG C414 microphone Bunch of AT835b mics SM57/58's of course AKG lavalier  mic Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 Zoom H4n An old Allen & Heath 16 channel mixer for music MacBook Pro Pair of Yamaha HS8s monitors ATR2100 mic Squadcast Marantz PMD recorder ProTools 3rd party Plugins: Fabfilter: Compressor, EQ Waves: Vocal Rider, L3 for mastering iZotope RX7: De-noise, De-reverb, De-plosive Generates MP3 mixes straight out of ProTools, Stereo 128kbps Transistor for media hosting Descript - he loves it Getting back into producing music: SH01A synthesizer, Drum machine, modular synthesis, JAMUARY!!! Thanks for being a great guest, Harry! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher,

I overview recent Daily Goody's from July 3 - July 16 (see list below). Don't forget you can sign up to receive Daily Goody's in your email every day or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. Here are the Daily Goody posts that were discussed in this episode: Listen to Your Own Podcast in All These Places Because… I WANT THIS MIC SO BAD! AEA KU5A Hypercardioid Ribbon Microphone Studio Monitor Placement El Rey, Compressor Plugin Forgetting to Press Record How to Use a Multiband Compressor to Remove Plosives Crossfading When Editing Audio Podcast Producers Being Credited at the End of Their Clients’ Episodes Podcast Gym website by Andy Wang, Host of Inspired Money Listen Very Carefully to Two of Your Favorite Songs and…

My guest is Jeni Wren Stottrup! She is a Podcast Producer and Coach, and Owner of Gritty Birds Podcasting. Her expertise includes multimedia journalism, audio production, content production, and she's a vocalist and songwriter. We discussed podcast audio production in depth, including: Scoring and sound design Tape Sync - bring her equipment to record someone at their location Shure Beta 87a RME Babyface Pro Macbook Pro, 1 TB SSD Adobe Audition Hindenburg Journalist Pro iZotope RX 7 Shure SM7b Cloudlifter Audio Technica BP40 Shure MV88+ Condenser attached to iPhone Compression De-reverb Editing in Hindenburg: Umms, long pauses, crossfading Thanks for being a great guest, Jeni! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, 

I overview recent Daily Goody's from June 19 - July 2 (see list below). Don't forget you can sign up to receive Daily Goody's in your email every day or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. Here are the Daily Goody posts that we discussed in this episode: BEWARE of This Nonsensical Squadcast “Feature” Every Time a Participant Drops off a Session Keyboard Typing “Thumps” Coming Through the Mic Riverside.fm Records Audio and Video Locally for Each Participant Avoid Constantly Saying “Mm-Hmm” or “Uh-Huh” Finishing a Mix the Next Day If Your Ears Are Getting Too Fatigued Do You Leave Any Blank Space at the End of Episodes? Waves WLM Plus Loudness Meter NPR’s Signature Sound [VIDEO] Podcast Episode Post-Production: Dan Hughley of Focusrite on The Podcast Engineering Show Ep.186

My guest is Drew DeVore - podcast host, producer and audio engineer for Jupiter Broadcasting. Here are the podcasts he hosts: Linux Headlines, Linux Unplugged, Self Hosted, and Jupiter Extras. We discussed a ton including: Interfaces/Mixers: Behringer X32, Focusrite Scarlett (couple different models and generations), Zoom H5, U22, Mackie Onyx Artist interface Records dry, adds effects later Mics: RE20, RE320 (didn’t prefer it), MXL990, Sennheiser MD46 All recording into Linux-based computers. Less audio proficient hosts use Audacity, more proficient (myself, studio, couple of other hosts) use Reaper. Headphones: Typically records with AT M40x closed back, mixes with ATH-AD700. Restores audio using a mix of software depending on what's wrong, and usually contains a mix of iZotope RX7 Advanced and Acon Digital products iZotope RX7 Advanced Reaper Mixing and effects done "in the box" while editing Host Track Mixing - Compression, EQ, De-ess Master Bus Mixing - Glue compression, Limiting Mastering - FabFilter Pro-Q3, Pro-MB, Saturn 2, and Pro-L2 iZotope Ozone 9 Dynamic EQ in Fabfilter Pro-Q 3 ALL Fabfilter plugins including Pro-MB, Saturn and the rest! Master’s episodes in a new session Automation system for publishing: Render to FLAC, Upload FLAC to castablasta which generates various copies of it, MP3 goes to Fireside, Version goes to Youtube. Thanks for being a great guest, Drew! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in

I overview recent Daily Goody's from June 5 - June 18 (see list below). Don't forget you can sign up to receive Daily Goody's in your email every day or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. Here are the Daily Goody posts that we discussed in this episode: De-breath Plugins How Much Blank Space Do You Leave at the Beginning of Episodes? How to Set Your Per-Episode Pricing to Ensure That You Reach Your Annual Income Goal? Don’t Blindly Emulate Everything That Popular Podcasts Do Zencastr’s New Video Beta Platform – Join the Waitlist Audio Trivia Friday – June 12, 2020 What is a Decibel? Loupedeck CT and Loupedeck+ Controllers One Viable Way to Get New Potential Clients Into Your Local Physical Podcast Studio Announcements: The start date for the next

My guest is Daniel Abendroth - Podcast Editor, Producer and Consultant at Roth Media Podcasting. We discussed a TON including: Dell desktop computer Audio-Technica 2005 USB and 2100 Zoom H6 iZotope RX6 for initial clean-up (Voice De-noise, Mouth De-click, De-Plosive, some EQ, De-Reverb if needed) Reaper's Auto-split/trim (shortcut Alt-S) Vocal Rider ReaComp (Reaper's built-in compressor) API 2500 compressor plugin SWS Extensions in Reaper Waves WLM on Master Buss Auphonic sometimes ID3 Editor for MP3 tagging Captivate for hosting Simplecast for hosting Thanks for being a great guest, Daniel! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, RSS,

I overview recent Daily Goody's from May 22 - June 4 (see list below). Don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. Be sure to check out the Focusrite Scarlett series of audio interfaces, the world’s best-selling USB interface range with over 3 million units sold worldwide. Choose from 6 different interfaces with 1, 2, 4, or 8 microphone inputs. Works with the recording software you’re already using and works with any type of XLR microphone. New unique Air feature adds brightness and presence to your voice. Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode! Here are the Daily Goody posts that we discussed in this episode: [VIDEO] 5 Experienced Podcasters Give a Guided Tour of Their Post-Production Software and Processes! Additional Features and Capabilities of Your Software, Plugins and Hardware Echo vs. Reverb Sennheiser e835 Microphone RØDECaster Pro Accessories When a Guests’ Non-Participating Colleague Wants to Join a Recording Session to “Listen In“

My guest is Dave Hamilton, Co-host of Mac Geek Gab, Gig Gab, and The Small Business Show. He is also the Co-founder of The Mac Observer and BackBeat Media. We discussed tons of valuable info, including: Heil PR40 - since 2016 Presonus Quantum 2626 - the thunderbolt line Audio Hijack - to record the fully mixed audio LIVE Logic Pro Sending everything to a buss sent to BlackHole (what Soundflower was, creates 2 audio devices) Squadcast input set to BlackHole ICON Platform M+ --- external control surface, 9 faders, ~$450, least expensive WITHOUT motorized faders, He tested the Presonus Faderport 8 which is ~$1,200 Without motorized faders: Korg nanoKONTROL Studio Mobile MIDI Control Surface Processing in Logic Pro: EQ, noise gate, compressor, de-esser Mastering chain: Compression - quite heavy, de-esser, limiter Adding a touch of reverb to “put everyone in the same room.” Used to use an ART outboard reverb unit. In Logic he uses Chromaverb. Auphonic for leveling, processing, adding metadata, chapters (add manually or import a text file!), convert to MP3, send directly to FTP server. CashFly for media hosting Feed generated from PowerPress Thanks for being a great guest, Dave! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify,

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from May 8 to May 21, see list below). Don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. Be sure to check out the Focusrite Scarlett series of audio interfaces, the world’s best-selling USB interface range with over 3 million units sold worldwide. Choose from 6 different interfaces with 1, 2, 4, or 8 microphone inputs. Works with the recording software you’re already using and works with any type of XLR microphone. New unique Air feature adds brightness and presence to your voice. Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode! Also, at the end of this episode I discuss the competition that I was planning but then cancelled, the Podcast Audiolympics, as well as the Podcasters' Lounge and upcoming shorter courses from Podcast Engineering School. Here are the Daily Goody posts that we discussed in this episode: iZotope Article: 8 Tips for Editing Dialogue with RX 7 People. Process. Tools. Amplitude iRig Pro Duo I/O Best USB Hubs for Connecting Various Devices? Reaper Can Record to Two Different Drives Simultaneously

My guest is Jason Sheesley - owner of Abridged Audio providing audio production for podcasts and audiobooks, etc. Check out his site for some cool resources. He also runs Alphatone Audio offering custom audio cables for musicians and lots of other stuff. We discussed a ton, including: Shure SM58 microphone RME Babyface Pro audio interface Macbook Pro computer Thunderbolt 3 hub Wavelab Elements from Steinberg - 2 track editor Pro Tools Monitors - Mackie 626 MkII, powered Sennheiser HD600 headphones FabFilter Pro-Q3 for EQ , sometimes as a "de-esser," and sometimes using a dynamic band around 100-300 Hz to bring that area down if and when someone gets close to the mic. Also Tlit mode and Match EQ to match guest with host. FabFilter Pro-DS de-esser FabFilter Pro-C2 in clean mode, uses it lightly w/ 4:1 ratio, fastest attack time possible, knee halfway, FabFilter Pro-L2 with slower attack in Transparent mode Vocal Rider - only to turn down the signal The close relationship between compressor and limiter Slate Digital plugins - some color the sound quite a bit! Revival - a sonic enhancer from Slate Digital Using a Tape Emulator to kinda de-harsh things Master buss:Waves WLM Thanks for being a great guest, Jason! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora,

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from April 24 - May 7). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. Announcements: The start date for the next PES will be July 7, 2020 and the semester after that will start in September. Due to my severe lack of marketing skills, please consider sharing this episode with any podcasters you know - you could send them a note saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful.” You are welcome to support my content creation if you so desire. What did you learn in this episode? Let me know by commenting below. I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :) If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them. DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora,

My guest Dan Hughley - Marketing Manager at Focusrite, Audio Engineer and Producer, host of The Focusrite Pro Podcast (for which the post-production is done by PES graduate Bryan Entzminger from Top Tier Audio!). Dan is also the Executive Producer of the infamous Johnny Podcast Podcast (Spotify, Facebook, Apple). We discussed a ton, including: SM7b Soyuz Launcher gain booster - by design it colors the sound a bit (normally uses a DM1 Dynamite) Scarlett 2i2 3rd gen. WITH the Air button engaged. (He normally uses a Clarett) Hindenburg Journalist Pro (EQ, Magic Levels, saved profiles, etc.) Squadcast Ampify (to create the intro music for The Johnny Podcast Podcast!) Thanks for being a great guest, Dan! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, 

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from April 10 - April 23). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. Announcements: Regarding all the stress caused by the virus and other sad events, you may want to check out my Mystic Show which explores spirituality, mindfulness and meditation. Due to my severe lack of marketing skills, please consider sharing this episode with any podcasters you know - you could send them a note saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful.” You are welcome to support my content creation if you so desire. The start date for the next PES will be July 7, 2020 What did you learn in this episode? Let me know by commenting below. I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :) If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them. DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify,

My guest is Ray A. Rayburn - Audio and Acoustic Consultant, Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, and Member of the Acoustical Society of America. His audio "specialties" include legislative sound systems, church sound & acoustics, acoustic measurements, audio DSP programming, standards development for the AES and InfoComm. Check out Ray's articles, resume, and business selling mics and such: Superlux Microphones. We discussed a TON including: Attending monthly AES meetings in NYC early in his career. In 1984, Ray's involvement in upgrading Saturday Night Live's control room from mono to stereo. In 1992, Ray's involvement in installing the first all digital sound system in the world in the US Senate Chamber! A huge mix-minus setup with 100+ inputs and 100+ outputs! Settings drift - due to temperature and age. What should new podcasters know? Minimize the sound of your room's noise and reflections. Get the mic close to your mouth. Use pop filters/windscreens. Speech intelligibility is dependent on 2 things - BG Noise and Reverb. Wireless mics - mic, transmitter (limited power), receiver Tiny microphones Thanks for being a great guest, Ray! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora,

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Mar.27 - April 9). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. *This episode was recorded while I was streaming LIVE on Twitch! Follow me there if you're a "Twitcher"  ;) Announcements: Regarding all the stress caused by this virus, you may want to check out my Mystic Show which explores spirituality, mindfulness and meditation. My lack of marketing skills - please share this Podcast Engineering Show with any podcasters you know - you could send them a note saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful.” You are welcome to support my content creation if you so desire. The start date for the next PES will be July 7, 2020 What did you learn in this episode? Let me know by commenting below. I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :) If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them. DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in

My guest is Hannes Andersson, Marketing Manager at oeksound Ltd. in Helsinki, Finland! He is also a songwriter, music producer and mixer. We discuss two awesome oeksound plugins - soothe2 and spiff! We discussed: Hannes's personal equipment setup: Shure SM7b, UA Apollo 8p (he loves the Unison preamps), Precision channel strip, Distressor, 1176 compressor, Knifaudio.com K804 (2 different capsules - U67 and C12) soothe2 - a dynamic resonance suppressor: Taming harsh resonance, how it works, what it’s used for, parameter controls, best practices, methods for dialing in settings, CPU usage, Sharpness, Selectivity, and moving nodes up and down for sensitivity. spiff - an adaptive transient processor: How it works, what it’s used for, and methods for dialing in settings.  Thanks for being a great guest, Hannes! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Mar.13 - Mar.26). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. FYI, here are the two plugins I mentioned - my two newest plugins which I will be discussing more soon ---> Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC and Sonnox Oxford Inflator V3 Announcements: In this episode I used my RØDE NT1 microphone. Regarding all the stress caused by this virus, you may want to check out my Mystic Show which explores spirituality, mindfulness and meditation. My lack of marketing skills - please share this Podcast Engineering Show with any podcasters you know - you could send them a note saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful.” You are welcome to support my content creation if you so desire. The start date for the next PES will be July 7, 2020 What did you learn in this episode? Let me know by commenting below. I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :) If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them. DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening.

My guest is Martins Popelis, Co-Founder of Sonarworks! Having achieved success with delivering reliable reference sound to over 30,000 music creators worldwide with Sonarworks Reference product, Martins is now a firm believer of delivering individually perfected sound to all music listeners, thus eliminating sound translation problem at its core. Note: I'm a proud user of Reference 4 and I also bought Sennheiser HD650 headphones from Sonarworks which included a customized calibration profile ;) Martins and I discussed: Sonarworks Reference 4 (How Reference 4 works, various ways it helps production, various use cases and equipment setups) Speakers, headphones and the room you're listening in effectively "EQ" the sound. Measurement microphones (37 measurement points) Re-measure after moving furniture, etc.? Yes. Headphone profiles - Sonarworks has calibrated hundreds of headphone makes and models to create profiles for each. Using Reference 4 Systemwide vs. within your DAW Systemwide: Virtual instrument, ~20 ms latency Sound ID - Research in consumer sound preferences. Machine learning asks user what sounds they like, then creates a profile for them. Audio perception Thanks for being a great guest, Martins! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts,

I overview recent Daily Goody's (from Feb.28 - Mar.12). Here's the link to view all those blog posts. And don't forget that you can sign up to receive the Daily Goody in your email every day or once per week. Sign up here. Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode! If you haven’t checked out the new Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen. series of interfaces yet, you can see them here. Announcements: In this episode I used my RØDE NT1 microphone. Regarding all the stress caused by this virus, you may want to check out my Mystic Show which explores spirituality, mindfulness and meditation. My lack of marketing skills - please share this Podcast Engineering Show with any podcasters you know - you could send them a note saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful.” You are welcome to support my content creation if you so desire. The start date for the next PES will be April 28, 2020 What did you learn in this episode? Let me know by commenting below. I appreciate you listening, and if you have any questions please let me know :) If you know anyone who would like to learn more about the technical production of podcasts, please share this show with them. DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. We appreciate you listening. Want to