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Each week we talk to active podcast engineers and go behind the scenes. We learn how they are getting things done - their equipment, their workflow, and some of their ultra-secret tricks! And along the way you'll hear solutions to common engineering issues. My background is in the world of music engineering and production. For years I had the honor of making records with famous artists and accumulating a ton of album credits. When I entered podcasting about 4 years ago, I noticed that most podcasters have very little or no audio engineering skills, which virtually cripples the quality of their sound from the very beginning. This show, and more so the Podcast Engineering School, will be changing that for thousands of podcasters.




PES 063: Steve Stewart

My guest is Steve Stewart, owner-operator at Steve Stewart Podcast Productions and creator of Podcast Editor's Club (Facebook group). Steve also offers an Audacity workshop. We talked a lot about editing including advanced techniques like using very short fades to make edits feel natural, finding zero crossings, off-mic noise, keyboard shortcuts, breathing, joining half words, random noises, etc. *Note: Here's the link I mentioned to an older episode of Social Media Unscrambled where I...

Duration: 01:04:02

PES 062: Michael Pettersen

My guest is Michael Pettersen, Director of Corporate History at Shure Inc., and btw over the years he’s held many other positions at Shure. We discussed microphones in depth from every angle, I think. Listen to the full episode for all the amazing stories Michael told ;) Thanks for being a wonderful guest, Michael! 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...

Duration: 01:18:47

PES 061: Travis Hill

My guest is Travis Hill - host of Navigate Life Radio as well as microphone tester/reviewer at We had a really fun session. Enjoy Here's some of what we discussed: Audio Technica AT875RRode BroadcasterAudio-Technica BP40Audio HijackScreenflowLogic Pro 10An Exciter in Logic Pro called SilverShure SM7Bdbx 286sScarlett 2i2Video recording with iPhone 6S+ Listen to the full episode to get the full effect ;) Thank you, Travis, for a wonderful session! DID YOU KNOW........We...

Duration: 00:59:44

PES 060: Jason Sanderson

My guest is Jason Sanderson, podcast producer and audio engineer. He works on several extremely popular shows including The Art of Charm. His website is Here's the mammoth list of what we discussed in this session: Neve preampAmek preamp/compressorUsing the Abbey Road Test Disc for reference (specifically Alan Parson's voice)RX 6: de-clip, spectral de-noise, de-reverb, leveling, dialogue isolate, deconstruct (removes distortion)AKG 701 headphones (Quincy Jones...

Duration: 01:09:02

PES 059: Steve Cherubino

My guest is Steve Cherubino, long time podcaster and producer. Some topics we discussed: MXL 990 micMogami cablesAvid M-box 3 interfaceHow your computer sample rate can cause a problem with some audio VoIP services by not matching up. (see below for how to check your computer and adjust your machine's sample rate)Studio One software, version 3KRK Rokit Powered 5 Generation 2 Powered Studio MonitorShure SRH440 headphonesRouting a guest out and back into Steve's computer24 bit WAV mixdown...

Duration: 00:56:37

PES 058: Alex Knight

My guest is Alex Knight, producer/engineer at Hologram Radio, podcaster, and product manager at FeedPress. Partial list of the topics we discussed and the wisdom that flowed in this session: Shure SM7B, into a Warm Audio WA-12 mic pre (which models an old API), into a dbx 266 (for a little bit of compression)Aphex 204 aural exciterMackie VLZ1604, analog mixer with 8 direct outsAvid M-box 3 (interface)Pro Tools, sometimes AuditionStudio in living room with L-shaped IKEA desk, some...

Duration: 01:02:32

PES 057: Billy O

My guest is Billy O - podcast host and producer, audio engineer and mixer. Obviously his show is The Billy O Show! Some of the schtuff we talked about: SM7B, and multiple people in one roomSapphire Pro 40 interfaceMacbook Pro with external Thunderbolt hard driveHis DAW: Logic Pro XSennheiser HD280 headphonesMixing on Sennheiser HD700 headphonesEQ'ing voices - cut wide band, boost narrow band Listen to the full episode to hear all the fun and stellar info. Thanks for being a great guest,...

Duration: 01:07:29

PES 056: The Ralph, PES, New Plugins, PM17, Podcaster’s Toolbox

Mr. Ralph M. Rivera joins me once again and we cover a lot in this session! He's the man behind Podcaster's Toolbox (btw there's a woman behind there with him). They both host the Carbon Based Business Units podcast, too. We discussed: The Microphone Test Drive Booth at the upcoming Podcast Movement conference (which I will be running). The launch of Podcaster's Toolbox! It's a suite of tools that removes podcasters' headaches associated with coordinating guest bookings, organizing...

Duration: 01:16:11

PES 055: Taking a Break - Back on Aug.3, 2017

After this session we will go on break until August 3, 2017. So enjoy this session and enjoy life and enjoy all our previous sessions! Note* FYI, I now use and recommend Zencastr instead of CAST. As you listen to previous sessions you'll hear me mention CAST from time to time but their service has gone downhill badly and Zencastr is now the best in that space, in my opinion. First, I reflect on this show - A Walk Down Memory Lane! Session 1 - March 10, 20162016 break from Thanksgiving...

Duration: 00:51:44

PES 054: Arik Levy

My guest is Arik Levy - Law Enforcement Officer, Host of Firearms Nation Podcast, Creator of Shooter's Summit and the Firearms Nation YouTube channel. We had a fun discussion. Here is some of the equipment that Arik uses: Rode PSA1 Boom Armdbx 286sFocusrite 2i2Macbook ProLogic ProZoom H6Rode NT-1He wants to try the Rode Broadcaster microphoneAlso interested in the upcoming release of Sound Devices MixPre 3 and MixPre 6 Listen to the full episode to hear all the fun and great...

Duration: 00:49:43

PES 053: A Lighter Episode

Welcome to session #53 of The Podcast Engineering Show! I'm solo this week.... well of course Barry is still with me! YEAH OH YEAH Some of my meanderings: Appreciation to previous guests, podcasting friends - Thank you all! Dave Jackson (School of Podcasting) rules. Pod to Pod weekly email rules. Music I've been listening to lately - Dopes to Infinity by Monster Magnet, Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple, Plans by Death Cab for Cutie, OU812 by Van Halen, and Mozart on Pandora.Rabbits...

Duration: 00:38:21

PES 052: Stephen

My guest is Stephen, a mix engineer working on mostly hip hop, rock, and alternative music. We talked about many aspects of audio engineering that will definitely help podcast engineers/producers, including: Processing the human voiceRode NT-1Neumann TLM-103ProTools 12.5EQ'ing firstPultec EQDe-esser before and/or after EQMultiple compressors in series:The first one having slow attack and fast releaseThe second one having fast attack and slow release (around 3 full seconds!)Listening on...

Duration: 00:54:16

PES 051: Ric Viers

My guest is Ric Viers - Sound Designer, Sound Effects Producer, Author of The Sound FX Bible and The Location Sound Bible, Full Sail University Hall of Fame Inductee, and Creator of The Detroit Chop Shop web series! Ric is the Master of Sound FX. And I gave him the most over-the-top introduction EVER. (Can you tell what movie it's from??) We discussed so much about recording sound effects and audio on-location: Using Multiple mic's simultaneouslyShotgun mic's, including one of Ric's...

Duration: 01:05:46

PES 050: Roy Stegman

My guest is Roy Stegman - Audio Engineer, Podcast and Audiobook producer, and Host of The Complete Audio Producer podcast. We had a blast discussing the following items and more: SM57 with a wind screenOriginal PreSonus Blue TubeFastTrack UltraTC Electronics Loudness MeterSSl E Channel PluginLegacy LA2A pluginNigel Amp simulator pluginUAD1 and UAD2 - signal processing units from Universal AudioMarking edit spots in Adobe AuditionWhat is 32 bit float and where is it used? Thanks for...

Duration: 01:03:23

PES 049: Updates and More New Stuff

Today I'm using my new microphone for the first time! Actually it's over 30 years old - a vintage RE20 from the 80's I believe, and courtesy of Marc Johanssen. (join his Facebook group here). Yesterday I recorded session #50 with Roy Stegman using it, too, but that was before I spent time dialing in the settings on my channel strip to make the mic sound tip-top. NEWS: I'm proud to announce that I am now a resident expert (of audio engineering) in the Podcasters' Society! It's a...

Duration: 00:34:45

PES 048: Kirk Bowman

My guest is Kirk Bowman, host and producer of The Art of Value Podcast. Kirk is seriously on top of his game in the area of podcast production. We had fun discussing his equipment, workflow and processing, etc. (list of topics is below) I asked Kirk to send me the stock settings for the Broadcast preset in the multiband compressor which comes with Adobe Audition (because tons folks use this preset). See the show notes for a screenshot. Kirk also told me about a channel strip which has a...

Duration: 01:04:18

PES 047: Second Chat with Mary Mazurek

My returning guest is Mary Mazurek! She is an audio engineer with 25 years experience, radio producer at WFMT Chicago including the “Live from WFMT” show, and instructor in the Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics at Columbia College in Chicago. We discussed: Recording ping pong balls being poured into an open piano!Recording and broadcasting classical ensembles in studio and on locationIdentical stereo pairs of AKG 414's and Sheps mic's capturing the room in stereoSpot mic's on each...

Duration: 00:56:55

PES 046: Mike Murphy

My guest is Mike Murphy, host and producer of Mike Murphy Unplugged. He also created the Podcaster Toolkit (resources and tutorials for content creators), which btw is very completely different from our friend Ralph Rivera's Podcaster's Toolbox ;) Equipment, workflow, processing, production time-savers... We discussed all of these, including: The Essential Sound Panel in Adobe Audition (match loudness feature, etc.)Recording resolution (32 bit, 44.1 kHz)EQ'ing by rolling off lows and...

Duration: 00:53:51

PES 045: Rob Greenlee

My guest is Rob Greenlee, Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker, host of the Spreaker Live Show, and co-host of the New Media Show. Also FYI, here's the link to Rob's post titled Nine Evolutions of Podcasting In 2017. Rob has been involved in podcasting for many years so he had a lot to share above and beyond his equipment and workflow. Topics discussed included: Doing sessions on his Surface Tablet w/USB hubSM7b and ATR2100Mackie MixerDigimax 220 USB...

Duration: 00:52:40

PES 044: Patrick Keller

My guest is Patrick Keller, host and producer of The Big Seance Podcast. He also teaches vocal music and music production and technology at a middle school. Note: We talked a bit about EVP's (electronic voice phenomena), which are basically audio recordings of ghosts and spirits! Check out one of Patrick's episodes where he plays some of this audio. We had a blast discussing various production situations and solutions, as well as all of his podcast production equipment and workflow...

Duration: 00:58:29

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