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Recent Episodes

103: THE SM7B - Popularity, Noise, & First Mics
Have you thought about getting the *Shure SM7B? Does it seem like every podcaster is using this microphone or saving up to buy one? On this episode you'll hear the SM7B, learn some of its history and why it's an industry standard and a podcasting favorite. Why did I buy this microphone and should you get one? Let's dive into the SM7B and find out why I think it's the most used microphone in podcasting. Full writeup at Links mentioned: My podcasting classes on The Gear You Need to Create a Podcast and How to Make Your Podcast Sound Great SM57 on Steroids: The Shure SM7(B) Story SM7B Output Level and Preamp Gain Specifications Multichannel CloudLifter iZotope RX Elements Version 7 Patreon which includes "Overheard", the Patron only podcast. Sign up to the TPS list and never lose contact with the show. I post lots of behind the scenes content and gear tests between regular content. Follow me at your favorite! Subscribe via YouTube TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM PATREON
102: Preamps, Noise, Preamp Noise!
See for complete links and video! Do you have more noise in your podcast audio than you'd like? Do you know what is causing that noise? Is it your mic? How about your studio or maybe it's your preamp...if you use one. I'm talking with Julian Krause all about the latter but of course we dive into many related topics surrounding preamps and noise, including: How to test a preamp for noise or find out what its noise floor measurement is. How the noise you're hearing might be coming from your mic (if it's a condenser) before it comes from your preamp. Dynamic vs condensor microphones. Several audio recorders to include the Mixpre, Zoom H5, H4n and H4n Pro, Zoom f8 and more. Microphone impedance and some of the standard mics you may have used or are currently using. And how the device Julian made works for testing a preamp and how to make one of your own. Comparing preamps to other preamps in terms of noise floor specs. And how not to test a preamp. Measuring noise levels (of a preamp) in software. Using low cut filters during recording vs post production. Gain staging—how to get the most out the device you’re using cause the noise floor exists regardless of your recording level. Can you simply lower your level to lower the noise? Not really. You’ll end up needing to boost levels in post production and the noise will then be audible because it was always there; you just couldn't hear it in your headphones while recording at lower levels. Follow on Instagram to see lots of behind the scenes content and gear tests between episodes.  Subscribe via YouTube for more BTS videos and podcast tutorials.
TPS101: How To Start a Podcast (2019)
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.
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Apr 1st, 2009
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Jan 15th, 2019
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