Category: audio recording

information about audio recording software for podcasting

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How to Remove the Bounce In Your Podcast Studio

I was just on the community forums and someone was asking about room control for podcasting. As a musician, I’ve seen it all. Foam, egg cartons, carpeting, and more on the walls.  But what is the cheapest and aesthetically pleasing way to do it? I remember one time I went to a friends house to lay down some drum tracks. We weaved through the house into the basement to a room stuffed in the back corner. He opened the door to a room filled with burlap hung from the ceiling and floor. The burlap had couch foam inside it and...

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Time to Clean Your Podcast Gear! How to Improve Microphone Contacts

Not too many people think about it, but after a few years of podcasting, I understand the importance of keeping the gear cleaned up. Especially if you run a mixer with effects rack. The realization of doing this post actually hit me two-fold. In the last couple weeks I noticed an issue in my gear where I would hear some static come through. I also talked with someone about the Behringer MDX compressor where people have noted problems while recording. I look at my mixer and it does have a layer of dust on the surface. The plugs face up...

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Video Software to Record Audio Podcasts – Premiere Pro, Sony Movie Studio, iMovie

I got a message from a friend who said he had a program die on him. He was trying to figure out why the podcast software was not working (it wouldn’t render) but asked me if there was other software he could use in the interim to get a podcast out. I knew he did video as well, so I just suggested “why not use the video software?” He agreed and successfully got his podcast out. He then found the problem with his audio software (bad .dll) and didn’t miss any deadline. I started thinking about this: which is the...

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Monoprice 8-Channel Mixer

[slider] [/slider] Over on Geekazine I talked about the Monoprice 615808 mixing console. This is a sub – $100 8-channel mixer that is small enough to be portable and good for any home podcaster. The mixer has an auxilary output that will turn channel 5/6 or 7/8 into an effects channel. The Monoprice 615808 mixer also has phantom power to +48 for any microphone that needs it. I used my MXL FR-351 microphone to capture some room recordings to it. With a compressor/gate, you can get some really good results. I also talked about the USB port in the mixer...

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Switch to 24 bit Audio in Windows [How To]

In podcasting, most people just plug in a microphone and start recording. While the end result is good with you, others might notice differences. “Audiophiles” are people with a finely-tuned ears. They can hear imperfections you might not be able to. The biggest complaint of audiophiles is the sound of the audio after it gets compressed even to 128 kbps. Recording a show in the highest quality helps when you finalize your podcast. We’re going to look at how you can record your RAW files at high quality so you can make the best sounding show possible. The Difference Between...

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Using Sony Acid Music Studio 9 for Podcasts

I have been using Sony products for podcasting ever since I started. The price is right ($50-100), it works better than Audacity and I have many options for expansion and creating templates. Best yet – I’ve been using this product for over 10 years to not only make podcasts, but also record music tracks for podcasts and other needs. Back in May, I created a how-to video on using Sony Acid 9.0. This first video introduces you to Sony Acid and how you can use it to build a podcast. It’s part of a series, which I spent the summer...

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Podcast with Hosts in Multiple Locations

There are a lot of podcasts out there where the hosts are not in the same room. Some are not even in the same state or even country. “Skyping in a podcast” is one way to have guests and hosts on a show. There are also other great options for audio and video podcasts that could improve quality. With my show This Week in Google Glass, co-host Luke Wallace is in Texas while I’m in Wisconsin. Every week we connect up and record with minimal issue. Especially nowadays when there are multiple ways to connect and communicate. Here are some...

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How to Make a Vocal Pop Filter

When you are recording content, you might need to control the vocalist a little – get them away from the microphone or control what are called vocal plosives. A pop filter is one way to do it. Creating one is pretty easy and can be complete once you come back from the craft store. I show you how you can make your own pop filter for podcasting. What is a Vocal Plosive? Say “Bubba”. Now Say “Pappa”. Two more words – “Sassafras” and “Changling”. These are plosive words. when you say them, the B, P, S or Ch sounds will...

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Use Multiple USB Microphones to Record [How to]

When I consult podcasters that want to use 2 or mor microphones for podcasting, I recommend a mixer like the Alesis MultiMix 8. Sometimes the podcaster doesn’t want to deal with anything more than what a USB mic has to offer. So they ask if you can connect more than one USB mic to your computer to record. The answer is you can  with a little bit of work at the beginning How USB Microphones Work Normally by plugging in a USB microphone you are turning that sound device into the primary. The secondary or tertiary sound source is not...

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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX: for All Your Podcast Needs [Review]

If you have a podcast where you use two or more mics, then might use a mixer. Recently I have been asked on the Podcasters Community about certain types of mixers. I have suggested the one that I actually have used for over 5 years now. Their latest one I might have to get for their upgrades. Alesis Multimix 8 The Alesis MultiMix 8 is part of the Multimix series. Mixers from 6 to 16 channels, you can get one to fit your need. Multimix 8 comes with 4 XLR inputs and 4 1/4 inch (TRS) inputs in shared channels....

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