TPS093: Get a Mix-minus into a Smartphone and overview of the Mackie 402VLZ4

How do you get audio from your phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) into your mixer? The simple answer is you plug it in. You can use a basic stereo cable (I prefer this “Y” cable*), plug one end into your phone’s headphone output Mackie402VLZ4and place the other end into an available channel on your mixer and now you can take audio from the phone into your recordings.  But what if you want to also send all the audio from the mixer (your mic, your co-host, sound FX, etc.) back to the person on the phone without them hearing themselves? That’s called a mix-minus and you can use a couple different devices to achieve this setup.  [Read more…]

Behringer Xenyx Q802USB Mixer Overview

The Behringer Q802USB mixer* is a great choice if you are looking for a mixer that can handle most podcasting applications for less than $100.

A good preamp is where a good mixer starts. The Q802USB has Behringer’s Xenyx preamps and they perform very well in this mixer. With plus 60DB of gain, the preamps in this mixer are enough to power most dynamic microphones including the Heil PR40 and the ATR2100, two of my microphones that require the most gain. Even at the top range of this preamp, I was able to get clean audio.

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TPS Ep. 059 – Part Two – Audio Post Production for Podcasters with Joe Gilder

We’re back in the Studio with Joe Gilder, audio engineer and Joe Gilder playing guitar podcaster, for part two in our discussion about audio post production for podcasters.

On this episode (part 2 of 2) Joe and I open up the audio editor and take a look at the effects we use when post processing our audio for podcasting. Specifically we take a look at:  [Read more…]

DIY Desktop Rack Mount

I tackled another DIY podcast studio project today (see detailed pictures at the bottom of this post) and I’m happy with the results thus far.

I built a desktop rack mount which I’m calling the Podcaster’s Rack Mount because of it’s relatively small footprint. Designed to fit a mixer and two rack mountable pieces for recording in a home studio environment.

I created this rack because it couldn’t be purchased. This is the smallest rack mount for a desktop that I’ve seen. The unit is only 13″ tall, fitting standard rack units (19″ wide). I also included a base that tilts the mixer towards the user making it much easier to monitor levels and adjust knobs. [Read more…]

PQT – Provide Feedback to Podcasts

Today I’m asking the listeners of Podcast Quick Tips to submit their very own Podcast Quick Tip that I can play on the show. If you have a 2 to 4 minute tip about how to podcast that you would like to share on this show, please submit that tip by calling 925-567-3335 or better yet, send in your audio tip via email at

This is not only a request for content and a way for me to promote your show, creating valuable content for my own show but also a great tip to podcasters who want to get the word out about their own show. If you have some helpful feedback that you can provide to another podcast that you listen to, whether that podcast is in your niche or not, send in your audio or written feedback and likely you will get the chance to be exposed to that show’s audience.

Not only will the podcaster appreciate your insight and feedback but you could reap the benefits of having another show promote and market your own show.

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TPS Ep. 011 – Successful Twitter Strategies for Podcasters

Successful Twitter Strategies for Podcasters – How to Find, Engage, and Build Your Audience via Twitter

Learn how to find the exact people your show is targeting. Get quality followers and build your shows audience with my method for using Twitter effectively.

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TPS Ep. 001 – A Welcome to The Podcasters Studio

Hello Podcasters or anyone simply with an interest in podcasting!

This is the first post on this blog site and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you what this site is all about.

The Podcasters Studio primary goal is to take you behind the scenes of podcasting. What gear do podcasters use? Where do they record or film their shows? How do they get their show from the studio, which could be as simple as a spare bedroom or as complex as a professional studio, to the web?

This inside look will be accomplished in many ways. There will be blog posts with pictures and diagrams as well as audio and even video! I’ll have video interviews with podcasters and get an inside look at their studios, their lives, and their techniques.

I developed this site because I like to help people learn about my passion, podcasting. I also enjoy producing podcasts and as a result this will also serve as a place to not only read about The Podcasters Studio but to watch as well. The podcast that will compliment this site will be of the same name.

The secondary goal of this site is to share everything that I learn about podcasting with you, the viewer or fellow podcaster. I spend countless hours on the web learning techniques, tips, and tricks about how to produce a podcast and all the elements that surround this emerging media.

The plan is to populate this site with any and all podcasting related material. As I learn something new, I will post it here. When I find a new great tutorial, I’ll make it a new blog post. I’ve also had lots of experience producing podcasts and often gives talks regarding all the techniques you will find here.

I currently work on four different web shows including this one as well as occasionally helping others with their own shows. You can check out all these shows by visiting the “My Web Shows” section located on the right. Enjoy, explore, and contribute!