The Podcasting Gear Show

Revealing the Equipment Podcasters Use and How They Use It

The Podcasting Gear Show - Revealing the Equipment Podcasters Use and How They Use It

003 – Inside the Studio of the Podcast – Doug Payton from the Consider This! Podcast Talks Leveling with Auphonic and the Lame Encoder

Insidethestrudioofthepodcasteralbumart2Doug Payton, from the Consider This! Podcast, joined me once again to talk about Auphonic, an online audio leveling/normalization app that he has been using for the past couple of months. You can hear his thoughts about Auphonic by listening to the show. We also diverge a bit to discuss the Lame Encoder, which the downloadable Auphonic app uses.

Up until I talked with Doug, I had always used Levelator, which was good for what it does. It normalized my audio so that all hosts and guests were speaking at the same level.  But when I tried Auphonic, I realized I had been using the Dodge Omni of leveling instead of the BMW.

Auphonic allows me to grab my .wav files and convert them into a myriade of formats.  If I didn’t do my own editing and blending of my intros and endings, it would do that as well. It will also do all my tagging and metadata (album art, copyright, etc).  I can create a preset of this so that each week, I can just load my preset and not have to retype anything. And one more bonus for me.  When I run my SciFi Diner Podcast files through Auphonic, I can export them from Auphonic in various files types and sizes all at the same time.  I release a slightly higher quality file in the SciFi Diner feed and share a smaller file with the network that the SciFi Diner Podcast is a part of.

Really, take some time to check Auphonic out.  In the long run, it will save you time, something that most of us have in short supply.


Podcasting Recording Terms and Concepts

Insidethestrudioofthepodcasteralbumart2One of my listeners wrote in and suggested a new segment for the show, and I loved the item. This idea wouldn’t add too much to the over all length of the show (my goal is 20 minutes) and seems to fit the overall premise of the show.

Each week starting episode 4, I will review and briefly explain a recording concept or term.  What do things like compression or high pass filters mean?  Hopefully it will help you, and me for that matter, better understand our recording editing programs.

Please e-mail me at if you have any terms you would particularly like me to address.  You can also post them on the Facebook fan page at


002 – Inside the Studio of the Podcaster – Doug Payton from the Consider This! Podcast Talks Audio Editing with Gold Wave

Insidethestrudioofthepodcasteralbumart2Doug Payton, from the Consider This! Podcast, joined me to talk about Gold Wave, an audio editing program he has been using for years. You can hear his thoughts on Gold Wave by listening to the show.  If you listen the whole way through, I can explain how you can obtain a free Gold Wave license.

In my pre-podcasting days in the early 2000’s, I cut my teeth on audio editing through Emagic’s Logic Silver.  When I was first introduced to podcasting in 2008, I favored GarageBand because it was simpler, quick, and played nicely with iTunes. Plus I had begun doing all my audio editing on my MacBook. Due to recent updates in GarageBand, I have decided to move on from Apple’s editing software.

If I had a PC, GoldWave would be one of my top replacements for GarageBand. Its look is cleaner and nicer than that of Audacity, a free software you can use that is great for what it is.  But for $20 dollars a year or $60 dollars for a lifetime of updates, you get a lot more than Audacity offers.

For podcasters who record straight into their machines, GoldWave provides many options, including voice activated recording. While there is a small learning curve, it is fairly easy to use and has a customizable interface.  It can auto level your podcast and export it in any format you desire.  It contains 140+ effect presets and audio effects.  You can do batch processing. Cutting, fading, trimming, crossfade, and ducking are all easily done. You can even filter out the hum or hiss that was bugging you.

I encourage you to check it out the GoldWave website, explore all the features, and, if your working on a PC and looking for good, reliable audio software, download it.  And let me know your thoughts!




PS. Here is a brief introduction to GoldWave.  I claim no rights to this.

Special Edition of Inside the Studio of the Podcaster – Tips and Tricks About Interviewing Guests on Your Podcast

Insidethestrudioofthepodcasteralbumart2So Thursday I appeared on John Mierau’s Serving Worlds Podcast to discuss the art of interviewing guests on a podcast….I appeared with Brad Beaulieu of SpeculateSF, Roche of Dead Robots Society, John Mierau from Serving Worlds, and Dave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast. If your looking for interviewing tips and tricks from all sorts podcasters, then please check it out.


001 – Inside the Studio of the Podcast – An Introduction to the Show and Your Host

Insidethestrudioofthepodcasteralbumart2Welcome to the inaugural episode of the show. In this episode I talk about the premise for the show, share how you can be a guest podcaster on the show, hint at upcoming episodes, and tease you with some upcoming future give-aways.

I also share my podcasting journey, which actually begins in 1993 way before podcasting began, my recording background, and how I encountered podcasting. I share clips from my early days of podcasting and bring you up-to-date by talking about my current podcasts.

Keep podcasting,
Stay learning,
and keep listening.


Welcome to Inside the Studio of a Podcaster

Welcome and thanks for visiting.

It is my hope that both seasoned podcasters and beginning podcasters alike with find this show helpful on their podcasting journey. Most likely, since you are visiting this page, you fall somewhere in there.

We all use different tools in this trade, tools that we find indispensable. It is my goal to highlight the variety of equipment, software, plugins, and apps that are out there. In a sense, to peak behind the veil into the hidden pieces of our studios that no over ever sees

Each episode will run about 20 minutes. I will bring a podcaster on the show to talk about something they find indispensable to their podcasting studio. If you have something in your podcasting infrastructure you can’t live without, then click the Be A Guest link above.