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A podcast about podcasting. Learn how to create high quality audio and video podcasts from professional podcast producer Ray Ortega.




TPS101: How To Start a Podcast (2017)

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 for a complete transcript and to watch the accompanying video series.

Duration: 01:21:41

TPS100: 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...

Duration: 02:04:46

TPS099: 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;) […]

Duration: 01:45:37

TPS098: 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 […]

Duration: 01:09:31

TPS097: Cheap Gear, Advertising and Being Niche

On this fairly opinionated episode, I discuss my thoughts on “cheap” gear, advertisingrates, 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 […]

Duration: 00:41:45

TPS096: Multichannel Output and Input

Recordingmultichannel 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 howto usean analog mixer to […]

Duration: 00:41:04

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 […]

Duration: 00:55:11

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 gonetogether very well over the last five or so […]

Duration: 00:14:30

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 […]

Duration: 01:10:57

TPS093: Get a Mix-minus into a Smartphone and overview of the Mackie 402VLZ

How do you getaudio 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 […]

Duration: 01:04:53

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 […]

Duration: 00:47:44

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 audioat worst. In this episode I talk about how […]

Duration: 00:48:29

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: PodcastHelperfor a free month at both), you have the ability to insert a new file in place of an already published one. This allows you […]TPS090: Replacing Media Files and Behringer Xenyx UFX1204 Mixer Review is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 01:06:36

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 […]TPS089: Preamp, Processor and Editing Software is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 00:49:24

TPS088: Compression for Podcasts with Randy Coppinger

Ever wonder when, how orwhy 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 […]TPS088: Compression for Podcasts with Randy Coppinger is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 02:42:02

TPS087 – EQ for Podcasts with Rob Williams

Ever wanted to learn how to use the post processing effect EQ? This is two hours of pureEQ 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 […]TPS087 – EQ for Podcasts with Rob Williams is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 01:56:49

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 formeasuring perceived level havearisen out of alot of research and engineering. Georg Holzmann and I discuss the history of measuring loudness […]TPS086: Loudness Normalization with Georg from Auphonic (Part 2) is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

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 […]TPS085: Auphonic and Loudness Standards with Georg Holzmann is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 01:19:33

TPS084: USB Power and When Do You Need a Mix-Minus?

You’ve decided you want to record Skype interviews or a remote co-host and you’ve heard about using a mix-minus setup. How do you know if this applies to your podcast? On this episode I talk about how to know when you need a mix-minus as well how I’m using a new piece of gear to […]TPS084: USB Power and When Do You Need a Mix-Minus? is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 01:05:50

TPS083: Setting Up a Mix-Minus and Hosting Pitfalls

If you want to record Skype using a mixer you’re going to need how to setup a mix-minus. The video below will show you how to go about setting that up and the linked post below will describe the entire process as well as show you detailed photographs of how to setup a mix-minus for […]TPS083: Setting Up a Mix-Minus and Hosting Pitfalls is a post from: The Podcasters' Studio

Duration: 01:00:06

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