TPS 072 – FetHead In-line Microphone Preamp

Do you have a microphone, mixer or recorder that requires you to turn up the gain settings really loud in order to get a good signal? The FetHead might just be your answer to bringing those gain levels back down and reducing the hiss and noise you’re getting in your podcast’s audio.

To be clear, the FetHead is not a device you need. If you’re looking at getting an in-line preamp it’s likely that you take your podcast production pretty serious and you are now fine tuning your production gear in order to get the absolute best quality possible.FetHead

On this episode I talk more about why and when you might use an in-line preamp like the FetHead and demonstrate what it can do for your podcast setup. You’ll hear two audio samples that were recorded in order to demonstrate the preamp’s ability to bring down gain levels thus reducing the amount of hiss caused by cheaper preamps on a lot of mixers and recorders.

Recently I had the opportunity through my job as a podcast producer to travel to Manchester, England to live stream a podcast that is part of my job’s podcast network. It was an amazing opportunity and I made sure to make the most of it. I arrived in England a couple days early so that I could visit London as well. I took the train south and met up with fellow podcaster Mike Russell of Music Radio Creative. We had a great time drinking ale and touring the city despite the snowy conditions.RayandMikeLindonPub

Thanks to Mike for showing me around his city and thanks to podcasting for providing friends all around the world. Before podcasting I would have never been able to call up a friend in another country and arrange a meetup. Now, after years of producing my own shows and interacting with listeners and other producers, I could repeat this story in countless countries accross the globe and that is an amazingly powerful statement about how cool podcasting is.London

Mike from called in and asked about integrating a standup desk into a your workspace/studio. I recommended and mentioned that I’ve actually looked into this as an option for my own studio and will likely be adding an Up Desk to my studio in the near future.

Ty from the Kauai Podcast called to ask about podcasting on Android devices. He mentioned that he was asked by a listener what to use for getting podcasts on a Droid and he wasn’t sure what to tell them. I recommended he check out BeyondPod and Pocketcasts.

Finally, a last minute update about FeedBurner. The delete option now includes a permanent redirection as opposed to just 30 days which is what it used to be. This makes it much easier to move your feed away from FeedBurner (to alleviate the concerns over their possible shutdown) and be sure that most if not all of your audience subscribed to the FeedBurner podcast feed will be moved over to your new RSS feed.

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About Ray Ortega

Full-time podcast producer and host of The Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable, I enjoy sharing my ten years of experience making podcasts to help others improve or start their own show.