TPS089: Preamp, Processor and Editing Software

This show’s schedule is erratic at best but that doesn’t mean I think any other podcast should do the same. Not if you want to grow your show to its maximum potential. I think a show should maintain whatever schedule it sets for itself. If you are once a week then try to be there every week. However, for me, this show is a hobby podcast with the aim of producing a good library of how-t0-podcast content. Therefore, if I can’t be here every week it’s ok. Those of you who listen know this and I thank you so much for staying tuned. It’s important to let you know that if you struggle with getting a podcast out on a regular schedule that it’s OK. DBX286sIt’s certainly better than not podcasting at all. So if you feel like you are falling behind, don’t. Anyone creating a podcast in 2015 is still ahead of the curve. Congrats;) But again, if you can, produce regular content on a set schedule. It’s best for your show and your audience.

On this episode you’ll hear me using a new piece of gear, the DBX286s. This preamp and processor is highly regraded in the podcast space and so I had to try it. I think you’ll hear that the audio sounds great. The primary reasons I purchased this device was for the preamp and expander. The compressor, deesser and enhancer are added bonuses. That said, the compressor is quite heavy and will definitely change how your audio sounds. If you’re looking for that “radio voice,” after the microphone and your own voice, this processor will go a long way towards making that happen. Over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate a more subtle, natural sound for podcast production so I don’t know how much I will use the compressor but it’s nice to have.

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TPS088: Compression for Podcasts with Randy Coppinger

Ever wonder when, how or why to use compression when post-processing your podcast? If the answer is yes then this is your episode. Randy Coppinger, professional audio engineer, talks with me about using compression for your spoken word podcast and … [Read more]

Aspen Mics HQ-S Stereo Lavalier Microphone

Aspen Mics* has a new series of lavalier microphones called HQ (High Quality). I first saw these mics tweeted out by @cheesycam who often reviews lower priced gear for DSLR video shooters. For a mic called HQ, these mics had an interesting price … [Read more]

Webcam Lighting Setup

One of the biggest ways to make your Google Hangout or any other type of video look its best is to make sure you have good lighting. Really any lighting that you put a little effort into will do wonders. The key is to get adequate amounts of light in … [Read more]

TPS087: EQ for Podcasts with Rob Williams

Ever wanted to learn how to use the post processing effect EQ? This is two hours of pure EQ talk for your podcast with professional audio engineer Rob Williams. While you still need to get your hands dirty and mess with the settings to truly learn … [Read more]

TPS086: Loudness Normalization with Georg from Auphonic (Part 2)

Loudness normalization of your audio is a "simple" process for measuring and processing for the perceived level of your audio. Perceived levels are how the human ear interprets levels. In recent years, new standards for measuring perceived level … [Read more]

TPS085: Auphonic and Loudness Standards with Georg Holzmann

Post processing your audio podcast can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What effects do you use? How to adjust the effects once you choose them? These questions and many more like them can easily scare a podcaster away from doing any polishing … [Read more]