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Interview With Mastering Engineer - Daniel Rowland

Interview With Mastering Engineer - Daniel Rowland

June 17, 2022

I had the excellent fortune to be able to interview Daniel Rowland, Oscar-winning, Grammy-nominated Engineer/Producer & Head of Strategy & Partnerships at LANDR Audio. He is also a professor at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) in Nashville. He's worked on projects as varied as Nine Inch Nails, Seal, Meek Mill, Phillip Glass, Gwen Stefani, and The Sandbox (metaverse/game), along with dozens of Disney properties such as Star Wars and Marvel.

Daniel is wealth of information on all things audio recording and has some amazing information to share. And LANDR (landr.com) is a service you WILL want to use, not matter what kind of recording you do - music, voiceovers, podcasts - anything. Get your projects mastered by their AI. But then have it distributed to the major streaming platforms. And check out must-have DAW plugins and royalty-free sample packs.

If you don't learn something helpful in this episode, it's probably because you didn't listen to it ;-).

Live From PodFest 2022 - Interview With Bryan Entzminger

Live From PodFest 2022 - Interview With Bryan Entzminger

May 29, 2022

As promised last time, this is the second episode in a week! I'm at PodFest Expo 2022 and had the privilege of interviewing Bryan Entzminger. He is the founder of the Hindy Users (Unofficial) Facebook group, the creator of the course “Hindenburg Lite Quick Start.” 

Bryan is a pocast editor and an expert on the audio recording and editing software called Hindenburg.

You can find Bryan's contact info and links to his course and social media profiles here: https://toptieraudio.com/ 

Recording From Podfest and New Voice Recording Course Is Ready!

Recording From Podfest and New Voice Recording Course Is Ready!

May 26, 2022

I'm recording from Podfest Expo in Orlando! So that means I'll do 2 episodes in one week! Can you believe it?

Also, the voice recording course - Professional Talkers: How To Record High Quality Audio For VoiceOvers, Podcasts & More - is finally done and ready!

Recording Your Podcast With Zoom - Should You?

Recording Your Podcast With Zoom - Should You?

March 25, 2022

This episode looks at when - if ever- it might be appropriate to record your podcast using Zoom, the popular online meeting service. I compared some audio recorded with a USB mic (Samson C01UPro) direct to my computer with audio from a Zoom recording using the same mic and computer. Take a listen and see how you think they compare. 

I have a definite opinion on this. But you'll have to listen to this VERY short episode to find out what that is :-).

The RODE Wireless Go II Wireless Microphone System (Lapel Mic)

The RODE Wireless Go II Wireless Microphone System (Lapel Mic)

February 10, 2022

Last time, I tested some wired lavalier (lapel) mics for improving Zoom call audio quality. And I promised I'd do a wireless test for this episode. So here we "go" (:-P). I tested the RODE Wireless Go II microphone system. Notice I didn't say "lavalier system." That's because the Go II transmitter boxes have built-in microphones and clips on them. So you really don't need the traditional lavalier mic that clips to a tie or lapel. You can clip one of these boxes on as well. That keeps it truly wireless in that you don't have to worry about a wire going from a lavalier to a transmitter box. But you CAN buy a separate lavalier. I got a RODE Lavalier Go to do the tests.

This episode has audio samples from using the Go II on a Panasonic Lumix G7 camera, an iPhone 11, and a Zoom call. That's the cool thing about this system. It can be used on pretty much any device - computer, mobile device and of course, a camera. 

How To Improve Zoom Meeting Audio With an Inexpensive Wired Lapel Mic

How To Improve Zoom Meeting Audio With an Inexpensive Wired Lapel Mic

January 6, 2022

After someone asked me for a recommendation on a lavalier/lapel microphone to improve the audio quality of Zoom calls, I got ahold of a couple and did a test. You'll hear the audio in this episode!

I used only wired lavs for this episode because it turns out wireless is hard :-). I'll do a wireless lav test for the next episode.

For this test, I used the MOVO M1 and the Sennheiser XS USB-C. Both are super inexpensive.

Take a listen to the result here in the episode, along with my recommendation.

Quickly and Easily Improve The Audio Quality of the Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Quickly and Easily Improve The Audio Quality of the Blue Yeti USB Microphone

November 2, 2021

The Blue Yeti is an excellent USB microphone popular with podcasters, and other folks recording voices for any reason. But for some reason, a lot of recordings made on Yeti mics sound terrible. Why is this? I think I know. And here are ways to fix things quickly and easily so your Yeti can make you sound much more professional.

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio, Pt 5: The Accessories

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio, Pt 5: The Accessories

September 8, 2021

Now that you have the mic(s), the recording interface and the software, you'll need some additional things to be able to use your gear. Here is a list of those accessories, along with some suggestions.

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio, Pt 4: The Software

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio, Pt 4: The Software

June 30, 2021

What software should you use to record and produce your audio? This episode gives you some ideas, starting with a free program! So you can get started right now without having to buy anything. I also talk about Reaper and Adobe Audition. 

How To Set Up A Home Recording Studio, Pt 3

How To Set Up A Home Recording Studio, Pt 3

May 31, 2021

In part 3 of this series, we talk about microphones and recording interfaces.

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