At iZotope, we love audio in all its shapes and forms. “The New Audio Podcast” is a forum for iZotope to have candid, spirited, and informal conversations with audio engineers, producers, and musicians. We’ll get to the bottom of things, chat about industry trends, music, and even meet some of iZotope’s talented core of audio professionals. If you like well-informed and wide-ranging discussions about the world of audio, this podcast is for you.
Episode 15: Aaron Bastinelli and Michelle Mancini
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In this month's The New Audio Podcast, iZotope’s Community Manager Sean Greenhalgh and Product Specialist Geoff Manchester interview a pair rarely found in the wild together: a mix engineer and a mastering engineer. More specifically, Brooklyn Producer/Engineer Aaron Bastinielli (Noah Cyrus, Matt and Kim, The Roots, Bono, and The Hold Steady) and his mastering partner in crime, LA Mastering Engineer Michelle Mancin (Fitz and The Tantrums, Portugal The Man, Fifth Harmony, Jessie J, and Noah Cyrus). These two have spent many years enhancing and finishing each other’s musical ideas. Sean and Geoff chat with them about the careful conversations between mix and mastering engineers, achieving depth and dynamics in their work, as well as touching on how male engineers might be allies to female engineers in audio production.
Alright audience, kick back, relax and be whisked away to the magical world of The New Audio Podcast.
Episode 14: Twenty Thousand Hertz's Dallas Taylor
In this month's The New Audio Podcast, iZotope Product Specialist Geoff Manchester interviews Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast host Dallas Taylor. Dallas first cut his teeth as a sound designer/mixer for networks including NBC, Fox, G4, and Discovery. He then went on to launch Defacto Sound where he’s led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster video game trailers and advertising campaigns, to Sundance award-winning films and major television series.
So, pack your bags, it's time for The New Audio Podcast!
Episode 13: Harry Shearer
Our guest this month is the inimitable Harry Shearer, an actor, comedian, bassist, musician et al whose voice you’ve definitely heard if you’ve ever watched an episode of The Simpsons. Harry also starred as bassist Derek Smalls in what is perhaps the most influential comedic movie of all time, Spinal Tap. Besides inventing the mockumentary format alongside his co-star Christopher Guest, the members of Spinal Tap wrote their own hilarious, satirical songs in a takedown of rock’n’roll pomposity and self-importance of the early 80’s. As the voice of a handful of iconic cartoon series, The Simpsons, greatest characters (Mr. Burns, Smithers, Flanders, and Principal Skinner) Shearer cemented his place in American pop culture for good. These days Harry hosts his own podcast, Le Show, lives in his adopted city of New Orleans, and is about to release a new star-studded Derek Smalls album. We talked to Harry about the creative links between comedy and music, dealing with performance anxiety, and even Wayne's World II. Oh, and he loves iZotope plug-ins! Excellent!
In this months Can/Am Games segment, co-hosts Sean and Geoff get into it over using 4 tracks versus using infinite tracks in one’s recordings. And on our Song Imploder segment, our two hosts finally agree about something in their discussion of the production of Radiohead’s recently released b-side “I Promise” from OK Computer.
"I Promise" - Radiohead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFvFVkeGVg
Episode 12: Guy Lawrence from Disclosure
In the latest episode of The New Audio Podcast, iZotope stalwarts Sean Greenhalgh and Geoff Manchester interview Guy Lawrence from the UK house duo, Disclosure. Guy has some great insights about learning production through his use of Ozone, throwing out the music production rule-book, and even calls out VocalSynth as being a cool new tool. Later in the show, Sean and Geoff bicker, er, debate drummers vs. drum machines and even weigh in on the new Kendrick Lamar track "Pride" (off of his newest album, Damn) which was produced by 18 year old phenom Steve Lacy using his iPhone. There's tons of #content here, so dig in!
Low quality production...from Izotope?!
First, I shouldn’t have to reach for the volume knob to turn this podcast up. It’s much lower than most podcasts I subscribe to...and the volume between guests is inconsistent. I would expect a podcast from Izotope to be superior (but yeah, recording during a pandemic isn’t ideal, I get it.)
Secondly, I can’t get past the producers call to include the “alcoholics anonymous” joke in the opening of this last episode. How is that funny? It’s insensitive and completely unrelated to audio. Have some class.
In a budding podcast industry that is becoming a new subset of the audio industry this podcast is on one of the lowest rungs of production quality. Which is counterintuitive since it is a podcast about some of the greatest plug-ins that could make it one of the best produced podcast audio quality wise. This is yet another podcast that proves we need an internet steaming/content loudness standard. Most episodes are in a round-table discussion format where level between each person is extremely inconsistent, leaving you turning your output up and down constantly. On top of that there seems to be no editing, and no recording techniques even considered.
Productions is also lacking in content. The episodes go on and on with ramblings and inside jokes that only employees of iZotope would get. I expected a commercial whenever I signed up for a audio podcast based on iZotope products, but even that isn't in this as much as you would expect.
There really no excuse for hoe bad this is.