We’re often asked by new internet radio DJs and podcasters about the equipment and production techniques we use to make our programmes. Here’s a snap of our studio as it is currently configured with a list of the hardware and software we use. On this page you will also find a simplified summary of our production workflow.

1) Soft foam acoustic wall tiles. Important for eliminating room echo from recordings  >>more
2) Pop shields on microphones. Removes those annoying pop sounds you get when you say P’s and B’s.  >>more
3) Stanton S-306 Instant-Start CD player for playing music beds.
4) Audio Technica AT 3035 Studio Microphone   >>more
5) Jazler Show software for playing jingles, programme idents and promos. This has recently been replaced by an iPad running a free app called iJingle >>more
6) Samsung NC10 Notebook PC.
7) Roland Edirol R-09HR professional WAV and MP3 recorder  >>more
8) SM Pro Microphone stand.
9) PC running SimpleCast streaming software for live broadcasting    >>more
10) Behringer X1204USB mixer with 6 channels  >>more
11) SM Pro Microphone stand + adjustable acoustic foam “Mike Thing” for recording V/O’s  >>more
12) Audio Technica AT 3035 Studio Microphone  >>more
13) Technics RP-F350 stereo headphones & Beyer Dynamic DT250 headphones.
14) HP Pavilion G6 laptop – wirelessly connected for incoming emails, scripts and running order.

Studio Configuration:
Our mixer has inputs for two microphones, CD deck and Notebook PC running Jazler software (for injecting MP3 idents and jingles). The mixer outputs everything as a single audio stream to our Roland Edirol R-09HR, which records the show as a high quality WAV file. If we play records we use software called RadioBoss on the laptop and connect it to a spare channel on the mixer.

Post Production:
The recorded WAV file is imported into a piece of audio software called Protools LE with MBox
Using this program the show is edited (if required) and re-mixed. The “raw ” audio is put through Protools plug-ins that add compression and equalization (EQ) in order to improve the original sound from the studio. The final treated audio is then exported from Protools.

Encoding:
The exported audio file is encoded into a format that can be uploaded to the internet as a podcast (MP3). This is done using the podcast application in Apple’s Garageband Software

Hosting:
The MP3 file is uploaded to our podcasting host Libsyn, where editorial information and metadata are added. The media is then released by Libsyn, and made available to multiple podcast aggregators via Feedburner

Distribution:
Feedburner generate an RSS feed which is submitted to iTunes and to other podcast distributors. This feed automatically updates every time we upload a new show to Libsyn. Go here to learn how to submit a podcast to iTunes

 

 

A Guide to Audio Production by Brian Luff
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