Chris Curran chats with podcasters about their audio equipment, software and workflow. Learn step-by-step how they are producing podcasts, solutions to common audio issues, and plenty of tips and tricks. By listening every week you will gain a TON of audio production knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in the quality of your sound, and also save you time. Your host Chris Curran has a background in podcast production (Forbes, Dun & Bradstreet, J&J, etc) as well as music production (Sarah McLachlan, Jeff Buckley, Foreigner, etc). When he entered podcasting in 2012, he noticed that most podcasters (and producers) do not have a solid understanding of fundamental audio engineering concepts, which sabotages the quality of their sound from the very beginning. This show, as well as Podcast Engineering School, helps podcasters and producers reach professional levels of podcast audio production.
My guest is Jeremy Enns - Podcast Producer and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative. And here are the resources Jeremy mentioned including a free mini-course "Grow Your Audience Through Podcast Guesting" - find everything HERE.
We discussed SO MUCH, including:
KRK V6 monitors Sony noise cancelling headphones ATR2100 Shure SM7b - uses a Gorilla tripod to hold the mic when traveling Zoom H4n - with preamp gain maxed out Macbook Pro Pro Tools - And all his subcontractors use Pro Tools Quicktime to record local audio (all hosts and guests!) Zoom connection for interviews Waves plugins iZotope suite - noise removal, etc. Fabfilter Pro Q-3 Multiband compressor 1176 The Age Old Question Revisited: Is Content or Audio Quality King? What the Hell Is Semiotics and Why Does It Matter for Your Podcast Audio? Marketing Ideas: Collaborations with other creators where we promote each other, Cross promotion, Guesting on other podcasts
Thanks for being a great guest, Jeremy!
Chris’s Goody Bag
I overview 9 recent Daily Goody‘s from Oct. 2 - Oct. 21 (see list below). You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email every day or a weekly roundup. Sign up here.
Daily Goody posts that I discussed in this episode:
Remind Guests To Stay on After the Interview Ends Advice for Speaking Into a Lavalier Microphone? Zoom PodTrak P8 Hooke Lav Trivia: What Compression Ratio Do I Use on My Channel Strip on the Way “To Tape?” EQ then Compress, or Compress then EQ? Should You Edit a Boring Speaker Differently Than an Exciting Speaker? Metadatics – An Advanced Audio Metadata Editor for Mac OS X Podcast Editors: Beware of Negotiating Your Price Down
I appreciate you listening and if you ever have questions please reach out! The start date for the next PES semester is April 20, 2021 I started a community on Locals.com called Podcast Production. I’ll be publishing short videos where I screen share and talk you through various production processes including recording, cleanup, mixing tricks, plugins, and other tips, as well as personal messages from me pertaining to the business of podcast production. And there’s a bunch of podcasters on there already including Eric Hunley, Bryan Entzminger, Mike Wilkerson, Darrell Darnell, Bandrew Scott, Ross Brand, Roy Stegman, Heather Welch, Daniel Abendroth, the mighty Ed Sullivan, Leslie Martin, Paul you know who, Jason Sheesley, Jason Bryant, Carrie Caulfield Arick, John Bukenas. If you’d like to share this show with any of your podcaster friends, feel free to send them a message saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful” with this link: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/subscribe/ If you're still active on Facebook, here are the two groups I mentioned that you may want to join: The Podcasters’ Lounge and Pause Your Life
Michael Garfield, Host of Complexity
My guest is Michael Garfield - host of Complexity, host of Future Fossils, musical artist, and Social-Media-Strategist-Podcast-Producer at the Santa Fe Institute.
We discussed SO MUCH, including:
M 88 TG: Dynamic Microphone (Hypercardioid) Shure PG 42 USB Scarlett 4i4 2nd Gen. with AIR button Ableton Live “Make It Loud” compressor preset iZotope plugins - De-noise, De-reverb, and more. Squadcast - for both his shows Zoom is a nightmare Macbook Pro Billie Eilish has used an AT 2020 Roland cables Yeti Nano -- for dropping the mic at the guests house. ***Hear it on the Scott Otrtman episode of Complexity. Beats Studio Pro headphones Simplecast Uploads Stereo MP3’s Vocal Synthesis! Sub-vocalization Grimes and Endel - AI powered lullaby, baby music, depending on time of day, Deep-learning musical synthesis Open AI jukebox project GPT-3, people are talking to GPT-3??? Mubert - music generator app Reface - swap your face into a movie Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans by Melanie Mitchell Conceptual abstraction, Alpha Go can’t apply what it’s learned to other games - it can't analogize
Thanks Michael for being a great guest!
Special: Your Blunt Pep Talk for 2021
In this special episode Steve Stewart and I discuss 5 areas of your life where immense progress is possible for you. We wish you the best possible 2021!
Steve Stewart is a podcast editor, instructor and community leader in the Podcast Editors Club (Facebook Group) and Podcast Editor Academy. Say hi to Steve :)
Finances Skills/career (education) Family/relationship Health Podcasting
Podcast Editor Academy Getting New Clients at Higher Rates Podcast Engineering School - full online program iZotope RX7 for Podcasts (Carrie Caulfield Arick) Hindenburg Journalist Quick Start (Bryan Entzminger)
Chris’s Goody Bag
I overview recent Daily Goody‘s from Sep.18 - Oct. 1 (see list below). You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email every day or a weekly roundup. Sign up here.
And, in this episode I switch back and forth between the Heil PR 30 and Heil PR 40 for you to be able to hear the difference, which is subtle. Michelle Levitt and I discuss the difference between these two microphones in the previous episode.
*SPECIAL* Focusrite has a limited time partnership with Shure offering an SM58 along with a Scarlett 2i2 and a pair of SRH440 headphones at a discount with select dealers! Find all the details of this “Create and Cast bundle” HERE! And be sure to check out the Focusrite Scarlett series of audio interfaces -- 6 different interfaces -- works with the recording software you already use -- works with any type of XLR microphone -- new unique Air feature adds brightness and presence to your voice. Thanks to Focusrite for sponsoring this episode!
Daily Goody posts that were discussed in this episode:
Specializing in Producing/Editing Podcasts in a Specific Niche NEW Course Announced! “Getting New Clients at Higher Rates” What is Dynamic Range Processing? Noting Down Your Hardware Settings Where To Buy Sound Absorption Blankets and Acoustic Room Treatments? iZotope RX 8’s New Loudness Control Module
The start date for the next PES semester is January 12, 2021. VIDEO: Audio Cleanup and Processing Andrew Gelina's Voice Using Various Audio Plugins Join the Podcasters’ Lounge Facebook group If you’d like to share this show with any of your podcaster friends, feel free to send them a message saying, “Btw, here’s a show about podcast audio production you may find helpful” with this link: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/subscribe/ Daniel Hager did a STELLAR job revamping the PES website! He was my guest on episode 109, he's the host of Let’s Talk Re-Touching, and he's the owner of Hager Media. THANK YOU DANIEL for making the site amazing! My other podcast -- The Mystic Show (I hope to publish new episodes soon)
New plugins I bought after Black Friday / Cyber Monday:
EMI TG12345 Channel Strip MaxxVolume MV2 CLA-3A Compressor / Limiter Abbey Road Chambers IR1 Convolution Reverb (we discussed this type of reverb in episode 168 with Pascal Wyse) AMEK EQ 200 Trackspacer by Wavesfactory Level Magic by Flux Jünger dearVR PRO Phil's Cascade Unfiltered Audio TRIAD bx_console N channel strip Melodyne 5 assistant by Celemony Quadravox by Eventide Decapitator by Soundtoys
Michelle Levitt from Heil Sound
My guest is Michelle Levitt - Creative Marketing Director at Heil Sound and podcast producer. She has performed many roles in podcasting over the years including being CEO of her own podcast studio in Buffalo, NY.
NOTE: Post-production on this episode was done by PES graduate Jesse McCune! Great job, Jesse!
NOTE-2: On next week's Daily Goody episode, I’ll be demonstrating and comparing the Heil PR30 and PR40!
We discussed SO MUCH, including:
In-ear monitors: “Ultimate Ears” Capital Studio Reference Allen and Heath ZED-10 mixer (uses no EQ, effects or pre-processing when recording) iMac computer Adobe Audition Various Heil microphones including the PR30 and PR40 Pop filter: BSW Re-pop (fits the PR40 and PR30 nicely) When demoing microphones at shows or online she doesn't use any EQ or compression because she wants people to hear each microphones individual character. Check out the presentation Michelle did titled Microphone Technology: Understanding Your Sound Her advice to hosts who move around too much demonstrating bad mic technique: Put your chin or nose on the windscreen to always keep close to the mic. Also wear headphones so you can hear your volume change if/when you drift off-mic which will remind you to get back on mic. Recently launched PR37 microphone -- a dynamic mic for Live sound Bob Heil doing Live sound for the Grateful Dead, The Who, early ZZ Top, etc. even though he came from a broadcast background. Heil Sound started in the 60s as a music store -- Ye Olde Music Shoppe (sp?) Sony HD camera and running her local audio through Cam Link 4k thru HDMI cable
Thanks for being a great guest and sharing so much with us, Michelle!