Author: Matthew Boudreau

How to Use Compression in Audio: What is a Compressor?

In this article we’re going to look at how to use compression in podcasting. It’s a tool that’s often talked about, and even more often misunderstood. But, used right, it can really improve your audio. So, let’s get to know the humble compressor, starting with the obvious question… What is a Compressor? Recording voice, instruments and other sounds can result in large differences in the recorded dynamics (volume levels over the course of the performance). This leads to some very loud and some very soft sounds in a performance. These variances are difficult to mix or sometimes inaudible in...

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Recording Skype Calls on Your PC using Voicemeeter

One of the many hats I wear is producing Radio Drama Revival.  Frequently, host David Rheinstrom interviews guests about the medium, their process and interesting details about their lives.  As a producer for the podcast and a number of show of my own, I have a number of tools for working worldwide with guests and cast members. Today’s method is for PC Only, and uses a piece of software from VB-Audio called Voicemeeter What is Voicemeeter? VB-Audio refers to Voicemeeter as a virtual mixing board.  And it is.  But it’s much more.  Voicemeter acts as a virtual audio cable,...

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Tools of the trade: Equalizers (EQ)

This series, Tools of the Audio Trade by Matt Boudreau, is designed to help podcasters boost their audio skills from intermediate to advanced. Browse the index below for the full series. Audio Interfaces | Audio Cables | Signal to Noise | Microphones | Equalizers (EQ) I’ve been working with my friend Peter Van Riet on a mix for his band, Raketski. Peter is a masterful composer, but also an incredible piano player. Which got me to thinking about the incredible similarities between EQ and a piano, and the differences that craft and experience bring to the tool. Equalizers are one of the most fundamental tools in...

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A Guide to Audio Interfaces for Voice & Podcasting

This series, Tools of the Audio Trade by Matt Boudreau, is designed to help podcasters boost their audio skills from intermediate to advanced. Browse the index below for the full series. Audio Interfaces | Audio Cables | Signal to Noise | Microphones | Equalizers (EQ) What factors can we look at to determine our studio needs when it comes to an audio interface? What technical considerations are important? Over the course of my education and career, I have likely purchased more audio interfaces than any other piece of equipment. Here, I’ll attempt to pass on everything I’ve learned along the way. What is an Audio Interface?...

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What is Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)? What to look for & how to use it

This series, Tools of the Audio Trade by Matt Boudreau, is designed to help podcasters boost their audio skills from intermediate to advanced. Browse the index below for the full series. Audio Interfaces | Audio Cables | Signal to Noise | Microphones | Equalizers (EQ) I’m asked this a lot: what is signal to noise ratio, or SNR, or S/N? It’s a tricky one to describe, so lets go down Analogy Alley for a second. Imagine you’re meeting a friend. You haven’t seen one another in a very long time, or perhaps it’s your first time meeting in person. You would like to spend time catching...

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Finding The Best Audio Cables: The (Not So…) Fascinating Truth

This series, Tools of the Audio Trade by Matt Boudreau, is designed to help podcasters boost their audio skills from intermediate to advanced. Browse the index below for the full series. Audio Interfaces | Audio Cables | Signal to Noise | Microphones | Equalizers (EQ) Cables! They plug your stuff together. What’s more to know? Right? As unsexy and unfulfilling as cables are, they are probably the most common piece of equipment type in your studio. There are all kind of different cables. You’ve got power cables, mic cables, speaker cables and instrument cables. Lightpipe and digital coaxial cables. And once you realize the volume and...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Microphones for Voice

This series, Tools of the Audio Trade by Matt Boudreau, is designed to help podcasters boost their audio skills from intermediate to advanced. Browse the index below for the full series. Audio Interfaces | Audio Cables | Signal to Noise | Microphones | Equalizers (EQ) Searching for a new microphone can be a daunting task. The style and quality of microphones differs greatly, and the old standby that you get what you pay for isn’t necessarily true anymore. With great quality microphones available across the price spectrum, cost is no longer a reliable characteristic in determining a microphone’s quality. So what qualities should podcasters and producers be looking...

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