April 22, 2017 at 2:24 am #2532
Ok, I admit it… I’m a conspiracy geek. But I’m also a gear geek!
As a guitarist and at-home recording enthusiast I’m very interested in your workflow and the gear chain that you use when podcasting. I’ve been recording for years and have my favorite go-to pieces of hardware and software, and I’ve often debated whether to apply my audio skillset in the realm of podcasting (for an entirely unrelated niche).
Any chance you might be willing to share a bit of behind the scenes insights??April 22, 2017 at 7:15 am #2533
It’s all pretty minimal, just mics, headphones, and Skype. We were using a podcasting service to record the shows, but the audio quality wasn’t that great. As for the details, I’ll defer to Adam to answer as he’s the “gear guy” of the two of us.April 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm #2538
Let’s see… My workflow is all Mac. Microphones are ATR2100s. We talk via Skype (at least lately), and record with Ecamm Call Recorder. I use Loopback to create composite inputs and outputs (this allows us to play audio clips through Skype). I use Audio Hijack to record audio clips from the browser (or any app, really). I also use a small app called SoundSource, which lets me hear what I’m inputting through the Mac’s audio input (oddly enough, that’s not a built-in Mac feature).
I have a first generation iPad hooked up via the audio input (your basic 3.5mm mini jack). I play those annoying morning-show sound effects using an inexpensive app called Center Stage (OSX soundboard apps are surprisingly pricey).
I always take notes while we’re recording so I can quickly go back and make any small edits that may be necessary. I split both sides of the conversation using the Ecamm Call Recorder tools that come with the app. I edit in GarageBand. Upon export I run it through the Auphonic audio processing app. This does a nice job of balancing sound without requiring too much work on my part.
Really, we should be editing with files recorded on both ends, for optimal quality. We just haven’t gotten around to setting up the recorder on John’s side – plus he’s on Windows, so there’s that added complication.
We’re always tweaking stuff, though. Everything I just wrote could be obsolete this time next month.April 25, 2017 at 11:54 pm #2571
Good stuff, Adam! I might have to look into the ATR2100. You guys sound pretty great. If I recall correctly, the ATR2100 has XLR capability, also. I can see that being useful. And thanks for the thorough run down of software. I’ve heard of some of the tools you’re using, but I’ll have to look into Audio Hijack.
As it relates to audio clips, are you guys working within the notion that everything is “fair use” for the use of critique and commentary? I’ve always wondered how you make the judgement call. Some clips might be short, some long. And there always seems to be a lot of gray area within the subject of fair use rights. Any (non legal) advice in this area?
April 27, 2017 at 8:02 am #2589
- This reply was modified 9 months ago by Brad.
Here’s a good synopsis on the “Fair Use” doctrine:
That said, the legal world is an ever evolving one, but we stay within these guidelines and use common sense when it comes to these things. Generally, if there’s any doubt about something we don’t do it. For example, using a popular song or copyrighted music in the bumper. That would be a big NO NO unless you secured the rights.
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