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73 minutes | 2 years ago
103: THE SM7B - Popularity, Noise, & First Mics
Have you thought about getting the *Shure SM7B? Does it seem like every podcaster is using this microphone or saving up to buy one? On this episode you'll hear the SM7B, learn some of its history and why it's an industry standard and a podcasting favorite. Why did I buy this microphone and should you get one? Let's dive into the SM7B and find out why I think it's the most used microphone in podcasting. Full writeup at thepodcastersstudio.com/103 Links mentioned: My podcasting classes on CreativeLive.com: The Gear You Need to Create a Podcast and How to Make Your Podcast Sound Great SM57 on Steroids: The Shure SM7(B) Story SM7B Output Level and Preamp Gain Specifications Multichannel CloudLifter iZotope RX Elements Version 7 Patreon which includes "Overheard", the Patron only podcast. Sign up to the TPS list and never lose contact with the show. I post lots of behind the scenes content and gear tests between regular content. Follow me at your favorite! Subscribe via YouTube TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM PATREON
84 minutes | 3 years ago
102: Preamps, Noise, Preamp Noise!
See http://thepodcastersstudio.com/102 for complete links and video! Do you have more noise in your podcast audio than you'd like? Do you know what is causing that noise? Is it your mic? How about your studio or maybe it's your preamp...if you use one. I'm talking with Julian Krause all about the latter but of course we dive into many related topics surrounding preamps and noise, including: How to test a preamp for noise or find out what its noise floor measurement is. How the noise you're hearing might be coming from your mic (if it's a condenser) before it comes from your preamp. Dynamic vs condensor microphones. Several audio recorders to include the Mixpre, Zoom H5, H4n and H4n Pro, Zoom f8 and more. Microphone impedance and some of the standard mics you may have used or are currently using. And how the device Julian made works for testing a preamp and how to make one of your own. Comparing preamps to other preamps in terms of noise floor specs. And how not to test a preamp. Measuring noise levels (of a preamp) in software. Using low cut filters during recording vs post production. Gain staging—how to get the most out the device you’re using cause the noise floor exists regardless of your recording level. Can you simply lower your level to lower the noise? Not really. You’ll end up needing to boost levels in post production and the noise will then be audible because it was always there; you just couldn't hear it in your headphones while recording at lower levels. Follow on Instagram to see lots of behind the scenes content and gear tests between episodes. Subscribe via YouTube for more BTS videos and podcast tutorials.
82 minutes | 4 years ago
101: How To Start a Podcast (2020)
Podcasting 101, learn everything you need to start a podcast right now. From choosing your topic, naming your podcast, choosing gear, recording clean audio to editing, publishing and submitting to Apple Podcasts. Start your podcast today! Visit ThePodcastersStudio.com/101 for a complete transcript and to watch the accompanying video series.
125 minutes | 4 years ago
100: All the Podcasting Tips
The first Podcasters' Studio that doesn't start with a zero (ex: 001, 099)! Episode 100, we made it! Thank you to everyone who has ever listened and helped the show reach this milestone. This is a mighty episode filled with all the still relevant tips from the last 99 episodes of The Podcasters' Studio. I relistened to every episode (that was painful) and culled all the tips that I thought would still be useful in 2017. There is plenty of good content left in each of the episodes, I don't include them all here but the tips on this episode are ones that you can take back to your own show right now and grow the show you already have or start the podcast you've always wanted. Most of the lessons in this episode where culled while listening to most of my back catalog of content. I scrubbed through all my past podcast episodes picking out those things that made me think I could of done it differently or want to change moving forward past episode 100. See all the notes and links at thepodcastersstudio.com/100 Sign up to the TPS list and never lose contact with the show. If you want the best podcast media hosting, these are the two services I recommend. You can use *promo code: podcasthelper on checkout to get your first month free. Subscribe via YouTube TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM PATREON *all links should be considered affiliate links. Using these links helps support this content. I always encourage you to shop around for the best prices at the time you are viewing this. You can read my ethics statement via http://thepodcastersstudio.com/ethics. Thanks for the support!
106 minutes | 4 years ago
099: Lessons Learned
99 podcast episodes is a lot. Hopefully, when you reach that milestone, you’ve learned a thing or two about how to make your podcast better. This episode is a collection of lessons I’ve learned over those 99 episodes. First lesson, be your own best critic. But if you’re a creative type, you probably already are;) In that case, give yourself a break, create, learn, repeat. Most of the lessons in this episode where culled while listening to most of my back catalog of content. I scrubbed through all my past podcast episodes picking out those things that made me think I could of done it differently or want to change moving forward past episode 100. Here are the highlights or perhaps in this case they are lowlights?;) Get reliable hosting from the start. I had to migrate from free hosting when it closed. Not a shock since it’s hard to keep the lights on for free. The migration can be a headache, especially if you have lots of episodes and it may end up costing you all the money you “saved.” A how-to show, like mine, would benefit by telling the audience to listen in reverse chronological order to get the most recent info. Consider whether or not you may need to teach your audience how to listen. ...see the complete list The biggest thing I’ve learned on this 99 episode journey is to stick with it! Yes, producing a show once a week consistently, is ideal but if you fall off that mark, don’t burn down the house you spent so much time building. Don’t stop. Produce more episodes when you can. Your true audience will keep you in their feeds. It took way too long for me to get to this episode and many times I’ve thought it was time to stop TPS over guilt of not being here as often as I should be or that I might not have anymore to say but I know that I still love the show and still love being a voice in podcasting so I move forward and give special thanks to everyone that continues the ride along with me. I approach this show as a hobby, its goal is not to generate the income I live off of, I don’t need it to make any money, its nice when it pays for itself but through 99 episodes that hasn’t been why the show is here. The show is here so that I can share my experience as a podcast producer with those of you who are also producing podcasts or are interested in doing so. There’s nothing you could hire me to learn that I don’t teach on this show. So with an approach like that, just keep going. It’s better to have produced some episodes every year than to produce nothing at all. I might give different advice to a show that was a marketing tool for a business but for most podcasters, keep going, do your best and make sure your podcast is something you enjoy doing not something you feel like you have to do. And be proud. Just starting a show and trying is a big accomplishment that most others will never achieve. Sign up to the TPS list and never lose contact with the show. If you want the best podcast media hosting, these are the two services I recommend. You can use *promo code: podcasthelper on checkout to get your first month free. Subscribe to The Podcasters' Studio Podcast I post lots of behind the scenes content and gear tests between videos. Follow me at your favorite! Subscribe via YouTube TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM PATREON *all links should be considered affiliate links. Using these links helps support this content. I always encourage you to shop around for the best prices at the time you are viewing this. You can read my ethics statement via http://thepodcastersstudio.com/ethics. Thanks for the support!
70 minutes | 5 years ago
098: The Last TPS? How Do You Stay Motivated? iTunes and Mixer Updates.
Is this the last Podcasters’ Studio? No. But staying motivated after years of talking about the same subject will be a challenge every podcaster faces if you do it long enough. How do you stay motivated? In most cases, listener feedback and a love for the topic will keep the show going for as long […]
42 minutes | 5 years ago
TPS097: Cheap Gear, Advertising and Being Niche
On this fairly opinionated episode, I discuss my thoughts on “cheap” gear, advertising rates, audience numbers and who your podcast’s intro should serve. “Cheap” Podcast Gear Cheap gear is not the same as affordable gear. One I have a problem with, the other I do not. Gear that is made poorly and creates issues like noise […]
41 minutes | 5 years ago
TPS096: Multichannel Output and Input
Recording multichannel audio is the best way to take total control over your audio. However, it can be difficult and/or pricey to achieve. Technically you can do multichannel with any mixer, even the cheapest ones. How many separate channels you’ll get is a different story. On this episode I talk about how to use an analog mixer to […]
55 minutes | 5 years ago
TPS095: Auphonic and Where to Submit Your Podcast
You’ve created your podcast ready RSS feed so what’s next? You need to send it out to the world! There are many places your podcast can be found however you need to submit your show’s RSS feed to multiple directories and apps in order to have people find you. On this episode, I talk about […]
15 minutes | 5 years ago
Podcasts Are Coming to Google!
Google is getting their own podcast directory and they want you to submit your podcast now! In exciting news, Google is finally jumping back into podcasts by announcing that podcasts will be added to Google Play Music. “Podcasts” and “Google” are not two words that have gone together very well over the last five or so […]
71 minutes | 5 years ago
TPS094: International Podcast Day and the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
International Podcast Day is September 30th, find out what you can do to support and grow the medium of podcasting. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4* audio interface is a great little device for plugging analog gear (microphones, mixers, etc.) into your computer and getting clean sounding, high-quality audio. On the previous episode (TPS093) I discussed how […]
65 minutes | 6 years ago
TPS093: Get a Mix-minus into a Smartphone and overview of the Mackie 402VLZ4
How do you get audio from your phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) into your mixer? The simple answer is you plug it in. You can use a basic stereo cable (I prefer this “Y” cable*), plug one end into your phone’s headphone output and place the other end into an available channel on your mixer and now you […]
48 minutes | 6 years ago
TPS092: Social Sponsorships and the Behringer Q802USB Mixer
What’s the value of a new podcast subscriber? Would you trade 20, 50, 100 dollars an episode for a new subscriber? Two new subscribers? A podcast sponsorship can be a hard deal to negotiate and for many smaller shows it’s not likely worth the tradeoff; having to put ads in your content for a small […]
49 minutes | 6 years ago
TPS091: Gain Staging Any Mixer
Setting up a mixer can be a difficult task. Even on the smallest mixers there are numerous buttons and knobs that all affect the audio you put into it. Knowing exactly which knobs to turn and when can be confusing at best and can wreck your audio at worst. In this episode I talk about how […]
67 minutes | 6 years ago
TPS090: Replacing Media Files and Behringer Xenyx UFX1204 Mixer Review
Of the many benefits of having a great podcast media host, having the ability to seamlessly replace a file is a nice option. With both Libsyn and Blubrry (use code: PodcastHelper for a free month at both), you have the ability to insert a new file in place of an already published one. This allows you […]
49 minutes | 6 years ago
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 […]
162 minutes | 6 years ago
TPS088: Compression for Podcasts with Randy Coppinger
Ever wonder when, how or why to use compression when post-processing your podcast? If the answer is yes then this is your episode. Randy Coppinger, professional audio engineer, talks with me about using compression for your spoken word podcast and just as importantly, when not to. We talk about what compression can do for your audio, how […]
117 minutes | 6 years ago
TPS087: EQ for Podcasts with Rob Williams
Ever wanted to learn how to use the post processing effect EQ? This is two hours of pure EQ talk for your podcast with professional audio engineer Rob Williams. While you still need to get your hands dirty and mess with the settings to truly learn EQ, this episode will help remove the first barrier to […]
76 minutes | 7 years ago
TPS086: Loudness Normalization with Georg from Auphonic (Part 2)
Loudness normalization of your audio is a “simple” process for measuring and processing for the perceived level of your audio. Perceived levels are how the human ear interprets levels. In recent years, new standards for measuring perceived level have arisen out of a lot of research and engineering. Georg Holzmann and I discuss the history of measuring loudness […]
80 minutes | 7 years ago
TPS085: Auphonic and Loudness Standards with Georg Holzmann
Post processing your audio podcast can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What effects do you use? How to adjust the effects once you choose them? These questions and many more like them can easily scare a podcaster away from doing any polishing of their audio podcast file. But if you’re interested in […]
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