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.

Also discussed is my recent trials with multiple new pieces of editing software. I recently explored the new Garageband (10.3) and all of its changes as well as Logic Pro X and Adobe Audition CC. In short, the new Garageband still gets the job done. They’ve removed a couple features like easy crossfades and ducking but it’s still a great piece of software if you are on a Mac and don’t want to spend any additional money.

Logic Pro X is the next step up from Garageband. It’s not quite as good as my old favorite, Soundtrack Pro (discontinued) but it’s a robust editor that will do most anything you’ll want to do with your podcast. However, with the lack of a waveform editor and processing like noise removal it definitely lacks some of the power you’ll get from Audition. But Logic’s plugins (effects) are far better than Adobe’s.

Adobe Audition is probably the best paid editor you can get for podcasting. Problem is you have to subscribe to it on a monthly basis. If it’s in your budget it would be my recommended editing software. For those without money to spend on software, Audacity is a fantastic program that will handle all of your podcasting needs.

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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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