How I Make My Podcast Sound Dope as Shit
I’ve been asked how I master my podcast to make it sound so clear. This is a quick blog post to explain the process, since I can’t fit it in a tweet.
1. Here is how I have my gain set on my mic.
Btw: this mic is a Blue Yeti.
I try to keep my mouth around 6-18 in. away from the mic.
2. I record, edit, and export my episodes with Adobe Audition, which is part of the Adobe Creative Suite.
If you don’t have Audition, you can get by with the free Audacity. I don’t use it, but you may be able to replicate some of the settings I’m using here.
After recording, I’ll export the main body of the episode as a 192kbps MP3. Sure it’s a quality loss vs. WAV, but an hour-long WAV is huge. Not worth it.
Then I’ll import this file into the Audition timeline, where I’ve got my intro, outro, and other effects waiting on different tracks.
For the main audio’s track (Track 1), I’ve got a custom suite of effects built:
Here are my Graphic Equalizer settings:
And here’s my setting for the Dynamics Processing.
After everything is edited to my liking, I do Export->Multitrack Mixdown->Entire Session. Here are my export settings:
128kbps might be a little high for a mostly voice-only cast, but I think it’s worth it. I may experiment with lower bitrates in the future if listeners ever complain about download sizes, but this is working well for now.