The Podcast Engineering Show | Professional Podcast Production - Recording, Mixing, Editing, Mastering
About This Show
Each session Chris chats with a podcast producer or audio expert about their equipment, software and workflow. You will learn step-by-step how they are producing episodes as well as solutions to common audio issues and plenty of tricks and tips. By listening every week you will glean A TON of audio engineering knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in the quality of your sound, not to mention save you a lot of time.
Your host Chris Curran has a background in podcast production (J&J, Forbes, Dun & Bradstreet), as well as music engineering and production. For years he had the honor of making records with well-known artists and accumulating lots of album credits. When he entered podcasting about 7 years ago, 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 the Podcast Engineering School, helps producers and podcasters reach professional levels of podcast production.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
PES 098: Chris Solo
3 days ago
My guest is myself. hehe I cover many topics that can help your podcast production, and a quick fyi that the next semester of PES starts Sep.18 and early-bird pricing is available for the rest of July. Oh, and Podcast Movement is next week and I’ll be streaming Live from there. Check out all the platforms I’ll be streaming on and follow/subscribe on whichever platform is your favorite: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/live/ Here are the things I cover in this episode: NIGHTMARE SESSION segment: Lately, I've faced more of the usual - guests connecting in non-optimal ways, having bad mic technique, computers running lots of programs, etc. NEXT PURCHASE segment: Mine may be the Sennheiser MKH416 shotgun microphone when it comes on sale again ;) And btw I just bought another Scheps Omni channel plugin for my old production machine. Mixing INTO your mastering multiband compressor. A recent email from Allan Tepper: "Sadly, Forecast (Podcast MP3 encoder with chapters) downsamples our 48 kHz master to 44.1 kHz :( Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Fortunately, Hindenburg Journalist Pro respects 48 kHz when encoding MP3, as do Fission, RX6 and even iTunes. Hindenburg Journalist Pro also has built in chapter creation with graphics." Recently observed: Removing everything below 30-40 Hz DOES NOT affect the overall LUFS level of the audio. I remove those frequencies in RX6, usually 30 Hz and below, because those frequencies are barely audible and not very relevant to the human voice. My new fave: Waves CLA-76 plugin - Bluey mode (as opposed to Blacky). Does a really great job of bringing a voice closer and more in your face in a very transparent way. My response to a listener commenting that he doesn't use that much compression because less compression sounds more natural. "Yes, less compression sounds more natural, or course, but real-world listening environments are not dead quiet, and so compression makes the audio more intelligible in those noisy environments. If you listened to a pop music radio station in a very quiet environment you would not like it, but the compression and limiting that the station uses helps the audio be more audible over the road noise, etc." Idea to play around with: For folks with bad mic technique, in addition to processing their main track, send their signal to a separate track and use a multiband compressor on it. Crush the signal, and then mix in a bit of that crushed signal with the original. You probably want to heavily gate it first, too. I’ll be doing this on one of my upcoming streams, if you'd like to tune in. I hope that my thoughts and suggestions help you produce better sounding podcasts in less time :) Sound great! DID YOU KNOW........We exist for the purpose of helping you, so please comment below with any questions or remarks. Thanks for listening! Want to Start a Business or Have a Career as a Podcast Producer/Engineer? Listen and Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, Android, RSSRead more »