Podcast Studio Instructions
DK New Media Podcast Studio Instructions
- Please hang your headphones back up.
- Please unplug your microphones and put them back on the shelving.
- Please say “Alexa, turn the Studio OFF” and wait for the device to respond “Okay”.
- If you have questions or concerns, contact Douglas Karr.
Mixer Controls: On Our iPad
A mixer is necessary to configure and tune all of the inputs (microphones) and outputs for great audio. The mixer doesn’t do anything besides that – it doesn’t record, Garageband (or other recording software does). To control the mixer, you can either use a desktop X-AIR application or use the iPad Pro that’s on the table. We have the X-AIR application on the iPad Pro and, as long as it’s on the same network, it will connect to the mixer automatically.
- We have the Podcast Studio integrated with our Amazon Echo. Just say “Alexa, turn the Studio ON” and wait for the device to respond “Okay”
- The mixer controls are on the small iPad kept on the Podcast table.
- Launch the X-Air Application. It will find the mixer automatically. If it does not, make sure you are on the DK New Media 5G network and relaunch the application.
- Unmute the microphones that you are using.
- If you’re using the Mac Mini to connect with your guest, you will need to Unmute the Mac (Inputs 23/14). You’ll probably need to scroll the window to the right to see them.
- Adjusting the Mixer volumes does NOT adjust the audio recording. That setting is a USB output voltage that is preset.
Mixer to USB Input Table
- Microphone 1 / USB Input 1
- Microphone 2 / USB Input 2
- Microphone 3 / USB Input 3
- Microphone 4 / USB Input 4
- Microphone 5 / USB Input 5
- Microphone 6 / USB Input 6
- Wireless Lavalier 1 / USB Input 7
- Wireless Lavalier 2 / USB Input 8
- Wireless Lavalier 3 / USB Input 9
- Wireless Lavalier 4 / USB Input 10
- Digital USB Interface ( Left / Right ) / Input 11 & 12
- Mac Mini ( Left / Right ) / Input 13 & 14
Audio Recording Configuration
GarageBand: On Your Laptop
If you’re an audiophile, you’ll probably know how to configure GarageBand, Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Audacity or any other recording software to record with.
- Download the Garageband master file from here to your local computer. Ensure you have quite a bit of room as a full hour recorded with every input can grow to several Gigabytes.
- Copy the Master file and rename it for the podcast that you are going to record.
- Be sure to have the Mixer’s USB cord plugged in before opening GarageBand, otherwise GarageBand will switch inputs on you automatically.
- Click the record enable button on each track that you wish to record. You can delete the other tracks if you’d like.
- TIP: GarageBand does something really annoying, normalizing your tracks on output. After you’re done recording, I would recommend muting all but one track and outputting each as an AIFF file. Then import each back in. You’ll notice that they’re all normalized to the same amplification level. If you really want to enhance your audio, Douglas has Auphonic leveling software to maximize the quality.
Audacity: On Your Laptop
- Download the Audacity master file from here to your local computer.
- Copy the Master file and rename it for the podcast that you’re going to record.
- Audacity lists all inputs (select 10) regardless of whether or not you’re using them. Our inputs are mapped with Mics 1 through 6 as Inputs 1 through 6, Analog to Digital Mixer for Inputs 7 and 8, and the Mac (Skype) for Inputs 9 and 10.
- Record as usual and then remove any tracks you’re not using.
Using Skype (or another Audio or Video program)
- Using the Roku TV remote, turn on the Roku TV, click the Home button on the remote, and select Computer on screen.
- Login to the Podcast Studio account on OSX utilizing credentials you received from us.
- We’ve configured a special bus on the Mixer to output to the input of the Mac Mini. The reason for this is that we do not wish to return the audio recorded via Skype or other program back through. If we didn’t have it configured, the guest or guests would hear their own voice as an echo. Set the volume output on the Podcast Studio to Studio Output
- Open Skype and go to Preferences to see your video and ensure the inputs and outputs are properly set.
- Input is Studio Input
- Ringing and Speaker is set to Studio Output. This converts the digital output to an audio input on the Mixer.
- Make sure the camera is facing where you’d like it to. Even if you’re just recording audio, video will help you have a great conversation.
- We have a Skype recorder automatically enabled so it records both audio and video with each session.
- Always test Skype by searching for a contact Skype Test. Hit record on GarageBand and watch your mixer to ensure you see audio coming through on Skype. The test allows you to speak as well – and will play your audio back to you. This is a great way to ensure the system is fully running. Do this before every recording.
- If you are having difficulties, you may not have the inputs and outputs set properly. Click the volume icon on the navigation bar on the Mac Mini and select the output.