My love of podcasting probably stems from when I was very young. I pretended I was a radio DJ. I’d have a mini boombox, I say ‘mini’ boombox because we didn’t have a lot of money so she got me a boombox with one speaker, and an all-in-one stereo (turntable, radio, cassette player). I’d put the boombox on top of the stereo. The stereo would play the music from the radio station, I could turn up and down the volume as if to do fade ins and stingers, and the boombox would record my show to tape cassette. If only video recording was as easy back then as it is today, I’m sure I’d be quite amused to see my earlier ‘performances’.
My First Podcast
I actually started a podcast over 10 years ago called The Grumbling Dwarf Podcast. It was short-lived, only releasing four episodes before it podfaded. I used a condenser microphone I bought at Guitar World along with an M-Audio usb interface. I used Mixcraft to record. A piece of software rarely referenced in podcasting today.
Audio Resume and Credentials
My career took a turn when I went from the role of corporate recruiter to information security. I spent 18 months doing security awareness and risk, but realized that I may not be able to go back to human resources after my previous HR position had been backfilled. I took it upon myself to better position my re-entry into technical recruiting by launching Talent Jockey. A show for recruiters, job seekers and hiring managers. Talent Jockey not only allowed me to provide guidance and insight into the world of talent acquisition, but it also gave future employers a deeper look at my expertise beyond the resume.
Picked My Passion
One of my hobbies is playing tabletop role-playing games. You know, Dungeons and Dragons. In order to have a podcast that goes past the first seven to fourteen episodes you need to have a topic that you’re passionate about. I proposed the idea to a friend and we started Gaming and BS RPG Podcast in 2014. We have 300+ episodes and are still going after releasing a one-hour show every week for the last 6 years! (ok, we missed one week when I was in a motorcycle accident. Cut me some slack, that hurt!)
In September of 2018 I attended Chris Curran’s Podcast Engineering School. My hope is to expand upon my existing knowledge of audio production and become a professional podcast engineer. While Litter Box Studio is the studio I use, Podcast Engineering House is my podcast consulting and production business.
The podcast journey has been an awesome experience. I consume podcasts about podcasting and my knowledge of the medium has deepened quite a bit since the 2008. Audio engineering, compression, eq, loudness/LUFS, db, condenser vs dynamic microphones, and a variety of software are no longer completely lost on me.
Some podcast gear that I have used includes:
- Heil PR40
- Electro-Voice RE 320
- Audio-Technica ATR2100
- GTD Audio Cordless
- Samsun Q2u
- BOYA BY-M1 lavalier
Mixers and Audio Interfaces
- Scheps Omni Channel
- Vocal Rider
- WLM Plus Loudness Meter
- Pro-Q 3
- Pro-L 2
- Pro-C 2
While audio has been my forte, recently delving into live streaming and Youtube, I am becoming familiar with Hitfilm Express and Davinci Resolve.