I get a good number of questions about how I record everything. So I Figured I’d pass along an update: I have been fortunate in always having been able to obtain a reasonable level of sound quality in my podcasts. However, over the last few weeks I have been trying to figure out how to get the best sound possible. This turns out to be really hard. (And involves a lot of reading for the non sound engineer.)
It is particularly difficult because the final step – encoding to mp3 causes all kind of issues with quality vs. file size. Don’t get me wrong – the good news is anyone can get a good sounding podcast with a minimal amount of effort. That is where we all started – heck, listen to some of the early podcasts. The first step is to start. My problem is I can never approach anything without going overboard.
In my quest for audio fidelity I have made some changes. Over the last month I have moved my recording off my laptop and onto a dedicated digital recorder. I use a Marantz PMD670. I couldn’t be happier. The thing works like a champ and completely eliminates all the issues with recording on the laptop (dropouts, hiccups, hard disk anomolies). I am a big proponent of a dedicated recorder! I pair it with a Behringer Eurorack UB802. Great little unit – perfect for podcasters. This week I upgraded my mic to a Electro Voice RE20. Following some suggestions I received I paired the mic with a Symetrix 528E Voice Processor. So how does it all sound? I don’t know I haven’t recorded a podcast with it yet, but when I do I would appreciate any feed back you have. This equipment gives you lots of control over everything – so it may be a few podcasts before I’m done tweaking and settle into the sweetspot. If I have any recording engineers or former broadcasters who listen I’d love to hear from you.
If there is sufficient interest I’d be happy to do a podcast about the podcast. Let me know via comments.
Here are some pics:
Everything is recorded down in the theater – that is why you see all the speakers and flat grey painted walls.