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 EQ, this episode will help remove the Parametric EQfirst barrier to becoming great at using EQ…knowledge.

The best part of this interview (to me) is the focus on dialog and the human voice. You can find many tutorials for using an EQ to post process your audio but as podcasters we have specific needs. Rob and I dive specifically into what those needs are and how to use an EQ for podcasting (spoken word).

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Soundation Adds Audio Recording and Editing to G+ Hangouts and Hangouts On-Air

UPDATE: Soundation is limited to a ten minute record time which essentially makes this unusable for podcasting. I’m talking with the devs to see if there is a solution moving forward for podcasters. Stay tuned.

Soundation is a new Add-on for Hangouts and Hangouts On-Air that lets you record audio inside a Hangout. Why is that so cool? Cause you can produce a high quality podcast with separate channels of audio for post production all inside the wonderful UI of Hangouts/HOA.soundation

It’s essentially an easy system for doing double-ender recordings with anyone in a Hangout!

BOTTOM LINE: This workflow is not for the average podcaster but for those who are trying to get the top quality productions, G+ now gives you the ability to produce a high quality, fully featured podcast (720p video, .wav audio, all live-streamed) wow.

I might sound a little more excited than reasonable but that’s because this is something I’ve been wanting to see for awhile now; so much so that I almost had it created on my own. I’m excited someone built it and built it well.

Here’s my walkthrough video showing how I will use this for the production of one of my shows, Podcasters’ Roundtable.

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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…]

TPS Ep. 058 – Audio Post Production with Joe Gilder (part 1)

There’s lots of training online for audio post production. However, most of the information is focused on mastering audio for music. As podcaster’s our main post production concerns involve techniques related to mastering for voice only. Joe Gilder is an audio engineer who masters music for a living however Joe Gilder playing guitar  he’s also a podcaster. So I brought Joe inside The Podcasters’ Studio to talk about post processing as it applies to podcasting.

Joe runs a great site over at Home Studio Corner where he posts video tutorials and articles demonstrating many of the same effects that we use in podcast post produciton such as compression and EQ.

On this episode (part 1 of 2) Joe and I focus mostly on the things you need to do before you even open your audio editor of choice. Some of things we talk about are:

  • The subjective versus objective techniques for working with audio
  • Getting it right at the source – start with the best audio possible
  • How a cheap mixer might affect your sound
  • Obtaining a baseline sound you’d like to achieve by listening to your peers
  • Software (audio editors) and their importance

In part 2, Joe and I will dive deeper into the audio editor and talk a lot more about the actual effects that you’ll want to consider when post producing your audio.

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TPS Ep. 057 – The Benefits of Using a Mixer

Adding a mixer to your podcast studio will allow your productions to grow along with your show.

As you get further along in your podcasting venture, you’ll likely want to add in more capabilities such asdesktop rack mount Skype hosts and guests, more in-studio microphones, and built in capabilities for backing up recordings to avoid loss of your audio. Having a mixer in your studio allows you to easily add in these and many more features as your skills and productions progress over time.

On this episode I explain the many ways a mixer allows you to easily expand your studio’s capabilities and what features you might want to look for when choosing your first mixer or upgrading your old one.

PQT – Increase Your Podcast’s Credibility by Using Other Voices



Sean Allen sent in a guest Quick Tip detailing how he increases the credibility of his podcast by using voice overs.

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TPS Ep. 043 – Royalty Free Music and Using Your Basic Web Hosting Plan to Deliver Your Podcast

On this episode I debut my new show intro and talk about how my new podcast music can affect your show’s production value.

I also introduce a few new elements to the show’s introduction including an episode number and a tag-line. Learn how you can improve on your show intro and opening from a great post by Daniel over at The Audacity to Podcast.

I was recently interviewed on Ryan’s Top Shelf about my podcasting story and experience. You can listen to the his new show where he interviews other podcasters and asks them ten core questions related to their own podcasting experience. Check out episode 004 to listen to the questions that Ryan asked during my interview.

In an ever increasing attempt to keep your show evolving and improving, I introduce you to the idea of purchasing your own show music. There are many ways to get music for your podcast including Creative Commons, Garageband, having original music produced for you, etc. I talk about how purchasing affordable Royalty Free music can take your show to the next level.

Finally I talk about whether or not it’s a good idea to use your basic web hosting (typically what you use to host your website) service to host and deliver your podcast. I wrote up an entire blog post including conversations I had with two separate hosts in an attempt answer this question once and for all.

Links mentioned in this episode:
TAP30 – Show Introductions and Openings
Ryan’s Top Shelf Interview with Ray
Shockwave-sound.com (Royalty Free Music)
Neosounds.com (Royalty Free Music)
Bluehost Web Hosting
Lunarpages Web Hosting
Ray’s Blog Post Regarding Podcast Hosting on Basic Web Hosting Plans
Libsyn (Podcast hosting) Get your first month free using promo code: PodcastHelper

Additional resources
Danosongs.com (Royalty free music)

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PQT – Make Full Use of Your Resources

Whenever possible ask friends, family to help you out with your show. Podcasting requires many resources most of which is your time and energy. If you have friends or family that are willing to help you produce your show even if just once in awhile, it creates more time for you to create new content instead of focusing too much on marketing, production and whatever else you have to do to grow your show.

This is especially helpful for video podcasters. Having someone to help you monitor audio and other things occurring on set can really help the production values of your video podcast.
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TPS Ep. 009 – Creative Commons and Podcast Production Resources

pic courtesy Flickr user: TilarX

pic courtesy Flickr user: TilarX

On this episode of The Podcasters Studio I talk about Creative Commons Licensing, what it is, why you want to use it as a podcaster, and how to use it.

Also I talk about some of my favorite free resources that I use to produce my podcast and as a result of Creative Commons you’ll benefit from these resources as well.

music used for this episode: 37hz “Spiral Song”, Adam Woodall Band “Runaway”,  3ce “Outside-Inside” – All songs are licensed via CC license and found at music.podshow.com.

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