I remember as a kid huddled around my parents’ late 1960’s GE stereo, tuned into the sounds of the local radio station as the announcer counted down to the number one hit for the week. I still can remember the silky smooth, deep richness of his voice as he announced each song. When I entered into podcasting in 2008, it was a tone I wanted to achieve.
Dave Jackson, from the School of Podcasting Podcast, shares one of the ways such tone can be achieved. It is true. There many factors that can influence sound. Last week we talked with Wayne Henderson about the Heil PR-40, which in my opinion is one of the best sounding mics out there. Another way is through the use of the DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor.
It seems pretty simple to use and provides the rich warmth so often coveted by podcasters. It delivers pristine compression and has a frequency tunable De-Esser that reduces sibilance and high frequency distortion. Basically it tones down your S sounds. The Enhancer on it, the part that really gives a voice its warmth, increases the detail and definition of the high and low frequencies. And, if you are sick of editing out your breathes, the adaptive Expander/Gate on the DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor is perfect for you. And me for that matter.
Dave demonstrates this on the podcast. If you think this might be a good fit for your studio, you can buy DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor