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I'm incredibly thankful for my fellow HTF Podcaster @Brian Dobbs for getting me into the hobby. I've learned so much and know there is so much more to learn, and I'm not even doing the editing, that's all Brian's domain. Recently the company I use for my recorder, Zoom, launched a new mixer and I thought it was a pretty kickass bang for the buck new product.

https://www.zoom-na.com/products/production-recording/live-sound-recording/zoom-livetrak-l-8

https://www.amazon.com/Zoom-L8-LiveTrak/dp/B07YYQ93BT





https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/L8--zoom-livetrak-l-8-8-channel-digital-mixer-recorder

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1512381-REG/zoom_zl8_livetrak_l_8_8_channel_digital.html
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explor...-mixer-multitrack-recorder-with-6-mic-preamps

So here's the thing. I don't NEED a mixer for what I do podcast wise, the Zoom H-5 works great for that!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KCXMBES/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

But it got me to wondering: Anyone else here at HTF podcasting? What are you using to capture audio, edit and produce your show? Are you overkill on gear or going bang for the buck or extreme budget? Do you record phone/Skype conversations? What are you using for sound isolation, if anything?
 
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I recently switched from velour based headphones to better sealed high quality Audio Technica cans.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HVLUR86

In early episodes I caused extra work for Brian by having sound from my headphones bleed over into what I was recording. Swapping to these cut ALL of that out.

But these do not have a built in mic. We use seperate mics for our conversation over skype and record the actual voices with higher quality mics into Zooms. So I hooked up an old Yeti to my iMac for the skype convos.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VA464S

I've had this since 2012!
 

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I produce (and host) podcasts for work so this kind of best practice sharing is very, very welcome. Cheers, Sam!

Well of course we knew you were an EXPERT interviewer Neil, I've learned so much from reading the ones you post here! But I had no idea you did Podcasts too! Are you allowed to say which ones?
 

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Well of course we knew you were an EXPERT interviewer Neil, I've learned so much from reading the ones you post here! But I had no idea you did Podcasts too! Are you allowed to say which ones?
Oh, they are all internally shared Podcasts for employees of the financial institution I work for, but we are currently designing a podcast proposal that we're hoping could be shared externally with clients and others, so will let you know if that comes to pass.

I started producing podcasts for employees in our large department (about 2,300), we did 13 episodes and then I redesigned the concept and approach and we now make our podcast available to the entire company - which is way more fun.

My podcasts typically involve an interview or two and I tend to head out to where the interview subject works so need to be fully mobile. Right now we record in the best sounding room available, and where we have just an okay room, I do what I can in post-production (using Adobe Premier Pro CC) to eliminate echo or other audio anomalies. I also use a Behringer Xenyx 1202 mixer for commentary/intro/outro recording in my home studio (which is just my home office that I create a 'booth-like' area to record. I also do training audio voiceovers and use the same set up.

As we expand out Podcast footprint and production offerings at my company, I will be looking to upgrade my equipment and also take advantage of the company's official studio facilities in the future. I love Podcasting!
 

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And let me know when the HTF Podcast does an episode on the site's reviewers - I'd love to 'call in' and chat :)

Will do. We have a backlog of topics and are working our way through them. Trying to keep it to stuff both Brian and I have strong feelings on. Since he's not a reviewer not sure how that topic would work, but can add it to the list for discussion. Episode 6 is in the can and Brian is editing now. =)
 

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Will do. We have a backlog of topics and are working our way through them. Trying to keep it to stuff both Brian and I have strong feelings on. Since he's not a reviewer not sure how that topic would work, but can add it to the list for discussion. Episode 6 is in the can and Brian is editing now. =)
Oh, I was half joking but if you decide on a left-field episode about critiquing movies and hearing from reviewers, I can’t be alone in being willing to chat :)
 

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Oh, I was half joking but if you decide on a left-field episode about critiquing movies and hearing from reviewers, I can’t be alone in being willing to chat :)

I think there could be some interesting back and forth. Even among us that review just here there are differing approaches to the material and I think that could yield a fascinating discussion.
 

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