Author: Matthew Boudreau

How to Monitor Your Sound When Recording & Editing a Podcast

Speakers and Headphones and Monitors (Oh my!) Monitors are probably the most important audio device in our pursuit of professional sound and audio clarity. To be effective when mixing, studio recording technicians, engineers, sound designers and producers need to be able to hear the sound represented as accurately as possible. Only then can they create a universally listenable production, whether the audience listens through earbuds, stereo speakers or in a car traveling down the highway. So what are monitors? How do they different from speakers? What about headphones? And what do I need to know to make good monitor...

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Is Cable Crossing a Bad Thing in Audio Recording?

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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing Is Cable Crossing a Bad Thing? On the Care and Feeding of Cables: Don’t Cross the Streams. When beginning in audio, you’re often told that cable crossing is a bad thing, and to avoid crossing power cables with audio cables. So let’s dispel some myths and talk about best practices to keep...

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

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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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?...

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Recording Skype Calls on Your PC using Voicemeeter

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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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...

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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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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....

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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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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...

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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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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...

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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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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...

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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) | Call Recording | How to Use Compression | Cable Crossing 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....

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