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This show focuses on the technical production of audio podcasts. Chris Curran chats with podcasters about their audio equipment, software and workflow to help you learn how to produce better sounding podcasts. You’ll also learn solutions to common audio issues as well as plenty of tips and tricks.

By listening to this show you will gain a TON of knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in your sound quality _and_ save you time!

Subscribe/Follow today and start listening!

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 good 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.

The Podcast Engineering Show Chris Curran | Podcast Engineering School

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    • 4.7 • 36 Ratings

This show focuses on the technical production of audio podcasts. Chris Curran chats with podcasters about their audio equipment, software and workflow to help you learn how to produce better sounding podcasts. You’ll also learn solutions to common audio issues as well as plenty of tips and tricks.

By listening to this show you will gain a TON of knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in your sound quality _and_ save you time!

Subscribe/Follow today and start listening!

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 good 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.

    Nine More Production Tips For You

    Nine More Production Tips For You

    I overview 9 podcast production tips and techniques from recent Daily Goody posts Dec.13, 2021 thru Jan.17, 2022 (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:
    Putting the Finishing Touch on Your Podcast Audio Before Publishing How Much Would You Like To Earn Producing Podcasts, $25k/year? $50k? $100k? Corey Marie Green, Author of The Podcaster’s Audio Handbook – PES 228 Get Fuller Sound by Manipulating Harmonics Do This Before New Years Day Urgent Advice for Any Podcaster Using a Blue Yeti Chris’s Goody Bag – PES 229 Do You Breakdown and Put Away Your Equipment After Recording, Or…? Brainworx bx_console AMEK 9099 Please Don’t Ever Use Your Computers Built-in Microphone for Recording Podcasts Riverside’s Noise Suppression Feature VIDEO: CLA-2A Compressor/Limiter Plugin (Waves) for Podcast Production
    Other Notes:
    If you ever have questions please reach out! The start date for the next PES semester is January 10, 2023! (fyi, the course is delivered once per quarter) 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/ My smaller course for editors/producers who want more good clients: Getting New Clients at Higher Rates
    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything,
    ~Chris

    • 25 min
    Barry Gary Providing Top-Notch Production Services to Organizations

    Barry Gary Providing Top-Notch Production Services to Organizations

    Returning guest Barry Gary shares so many excellent tips for producing podcasts for companies and organizations. Barry is the host of The Louisville Cycling Podcast. He also produces other podcasts including Medchat and Parenting With You. Also, here is Barry’s first appearance on this show.

    Barry and I discussed many things including:

    Equipment: Shure SM7b, Cloudlifter, dbx 286s, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, Yamaha monitors Apps: Adobe Audition, Riverside Processing: Compression, EQ Show development for clients Internal podcasts for clients Workflow changes: Stopped going on-site to record, and now does most of his editing in Adobe Audition now.
    NEWS: In case you missed it, I'm now publishing a YouTube video everyday here on the PES channel. Please consider subscribing.

    Other Notes:
    If you ever have questions please reach out! You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email a few times per week or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. The start date for the next PES semester is January 10, 2023! (fyi, the course is delivered once per quarter) 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/)
    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything,
    ~Chris

    • 44 min
    240: Running a Successful Podcast Production Studio with Zack Hanni

    240: Running a Successful Podcast Production Studio with Zack Hanni

    Enjoy my chat with Zack Hanni, owner and audio engineer at Sounds Like Soma in Philadelphia. He produces podcasts as well as music. We discuss podcast audio production in depth as well as the business aspects of being a podcast producer. Also check out his TikTok and YouTube channels.

    Also check out Zack's first appearance on this show. Ep. 40 HERE

    In case you missed it, I'm now publishing a YouTube video everyday here on the PES channel. Consider subscribing.

    Other Notes:
    If you ever have questions please reach out! You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email a few times per week or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. The start date for the next PES semester is January 10, 2023! (fyi, the course is delivered once per quarter) 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/)
    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything,
    ~Chris

    • 42 min
    Mistakes I’ve Made Producing Podcasts

    Mistakes I’ve Made Producing Podcasts

    Today I’m going to discuss some mistakes I’ve made producing podcasts.

    Microphone: In this episode I’m using my Electro-Voice RE320 microphone plugged into my Neve Portico II channel strip (using compression, EQ and a bit of saturation). The same microphone you see in my daily short videos here.

    I mention a recent hiking experience I had where a guy who saw my shirt (which says Ask Me About My Podcast) and asked, "What's your podcast?" And then immediately added, "JUST KIDDING!” We all laughed and he didn’t ask again so I didn’t mention my podcast at all. HA

    Mistakes I’ve Made Producing Podcasts:
    I published one of my client’s episodes with 30 seconds of silence at the beginning. The client alerted me and I fixed it immediately. During an online recording session, after a participant dropped off and then returned, I forgot to press record again in Squadcast, but of course I was recording a local backup which I ended up using (though it was a bit of a pain because all participants were mixed together in the backup recording). NOTE: Squadcast fixed this issue a long time ago. On an in-person recording session I forgot to hit record and realized it after about 5 minutes so we had to start the episode over again and sort of feign authentic enthusiasm when redoing the intro. I've mixed audio on my monitor speakers while mistakenly using the calibration profile for my headphones. Untold inaccuracies using processors too aggressively, or not aggressively enough — Compression, de-noise, de-plosive, EQ, etc.
    Other Notes:
    If you ever have questions please reach out! You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email a few times per week or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. The start date for the next PES semester is January 10, 2023! (fyi, the course is delivered once per quarter) 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/)
    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything,
    ~Chris

    • 19 min
    238: How To Handle Loudness Properly in All Stages of Your Podcast Production Workflow

    238: How To Handle Loudness Properly in All Stages of Your Podcast Production Workflow

    NOTE: In this episode I’m using a Sennheiser e835 microphone into my Portico 2 channel strip and using these plugins in post: KIT BB N105, Shadow Hills Class A Mastering Compressor, Saturn 2, and Aquamarine 4.

    Here's the summary of what I discuss on How To Handle Loudness Properly in All Stages of Your Podcast Production Workflow:
    Record all raw tracks at a healthy level (not too low or too hot) Set all raw tracks to the same LUFS before bringing them into your DAW. (I do this at the end of my cleanup phase after I remove background noise, plosives, hums, and other blemishes) Use Compression and/or MaxxVolume/Vocal Rider to compress/tame the loud parts as well as boost the lower volume parts. (NOTE: This step will effectively amplify any background noise, so be sure to absolutely minimize the background noise before pressing record!) Adjust the overall level of each participant so they all sound good compared to each other. (as part of your mixing phase, where you can also use other processing like EQ, saturation, etc.) After rendering the final episode audio, process this file so it adheres to the “unofficial” loudness standards of podcasting: -19 LUFS for mono episodes, or -16 LUFS for stereo episodes.
    Other Notes:
    If you ever have questions please reach out! You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email a few times per week or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. The start date for the next PES semester is January 10, 2023! (fyi, the course is delivered once per quarter) 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/)
    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything,
    ~Chris

    • 26 min
    Max Flight and Your Mid-summer Podcast Re-evaluation

    Max Flight and Your Mid-summer Podcast Re-evaluation

    Returning all-star guest Max Flight helps me cover 17 ways to re-evaluate your podcast this summer, and we also discuss Max's latest podcast production workflow, equipment, software and more.

    Max has been producing aviation podcasts since 2008:

    Airplane Geeks (now over 700 episodes!) The UAV Digest (looking at unmanned aircraft or drones) Check out his main site — http://thirtythousandfeet.com/ He was previously on episodes 20 and 39 of this show Check out his equipment, software, services and more below...
    We discuss these 17 ways in which you can re-evaluate and improve your show this summer:
    Update your goals Change the format Start using chapters Personal focus on eliminating verbal crutches. (A short duration of intense focus will provide years of good results) Change and/or add equipment Sell old equipment Treat yourself to that mic you've always wanted Sound absorption and diffusers Add a new segment Cover new yet pertinent subject matter topics Publish in video format as well Publish better shownotes Revamp your marketing Evaluate the shows overall effectiveness Hire a VA Bring on a cohost Decide to end your show??? Perhaps decide you want to become a professional podcast engineer/producer and earn a great living producing podcasts for clients - from home?!
    And here's a lot more detail on Max's production:
    Big changes since PES 20 and PES 39 mostly involve a simplification of the signal path:

    Skype and cohost multi-enders replaced by Riverside.fm Behringer mixer (still going strong since 2009!) replaced with MixPre The MixPre handles all mic pre-amplification Sound clips and pre-recorded segments played through Riverside, replacing an iOS soundboard Backup recording is handled by the MixPre
    Current equipment:

    Sound Devices MixPre-6 Also use a MixPre-3 Gen 2 for field recordings Zoom H5 for field recordings, too Heil PR40 Sennheiser MD46 interview mic Dell XPS 16 and MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2018 model, 2.9GHz i9 32 GB laptops Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones Yamaha HS5 monitors
    Software:

    Riverside.fm (was Skype then Squadcast) Hindenburg Journalist Pro Audacity (yep!) iZotope RX 8 Advanced ID3 Editor for tagging
    Services:

    Media hosting: Blubrry and Libsyn Website hosting: Bluehost and SiteGround
    Notes from Max:

    I'm retired and traveling more which makes weekly podcast production a bit more difficult. Biggest current problem: At the home studio I mix/master with my Yamaha monitors, which I love. I can't master properly with the Audio Technica headphones when traveling.
    Other Notes:
    If you ever have questions please reach out! You can sign up to receive Daily Goody’s in your email a few times per week or a weekly roundup. Sign up here. The start date for the next PES semester is Sep. 13, 2022! (fyi, the course is delivered once per quarter) 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/)
    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything,
    ~Chris

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

iMatt1980 ,

Awesome show!

Chris has a unique ability to take complex ideas within audio and make them accessible for anyone. Whatever stage you are in your podcast production, I highly recommend this show! Must listen.

DaveGerhart ,

“Yeah...oh yeah...”

As a podcast producer with a background in audio engineering, I really appreciate Chris and his dedication to help others make better sounding podcasts. I’ve learned a number of great tips that I was able to implement into the podcasts that I produce. Recommended for anyone interested in podcasting and wants to SOUND GREAT!!

SteeleEmpire ,

Podcasting Magic

This show is a must subscribe for anyone thinking of podcasting or already podcasting.
Learn from a professional, don’t waste your time with other hacks. Chris is the real deal as you will quickly learn after listening.
With excellent guests who share their unique setups and laughs along the way as Chris keeps it real and relatable.
One of my few must listen shows.

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