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 just as importantly, when not to.compressor

We talk about what compression can do for your audio, how it can damage it and all the factors that go into the results you’ll get from a compressor including your microphone.

After that we dive into how you might want to set up a compressor or at least where to start. If you feel lost when you look at a compressor, don’t worry, we all were at some point.

The key element is practice. You just need to start turning the knobs. This episode will help you understand what to listen for when using compression and how to improve your post processing techniques for your podcast.

Some of the other topics regarding compression that Randy and I cover include:

  • compression misconceptions
  • stacking order – where to place a compressor in the audio chain
  • settings common to most compressors
  • peak vs RMS threshold
  • various types of compressor – standard vs multiband
  • Loudness standards
  • how to know you’ve gone too far with your compression
  • the secret to getting great sounding dialog

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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.

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