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Storytelling Podcasts

This show is designed to share whatever is on my mind at the time I record each episode. Call it self-therapy commentary if you like. It also allows me to test various microphones, recording applications, and audio processing methods. For my real podcasts, visit https://www.StressReliefRadio.com for shows designed to help you release stress and creat positive changes in your life.

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United States

Description:

This show is designed to share whatever is on my mind at the time I record each episode. Call it self-therapy commentary if you like. It also allows me to test various microphones, recording applications, and audio processing methods. For my real podcasts, visit https://www.StressReliefRadio.com for shows designed to help you release stress and creat positive changes in your life.

Language:

English


Episodes

Test - SE Dynacaster DCM8 With and Without the Inline Preamp - Reading "As a Man Thinketh"

1/28/2024
In this test episode I've recorded a passage from "As a Man Thinketh" to compare the audio sound from the SE Dynacaster DCM8. One section was recorded with the Dynamite inline preamp activited and one section was recorded with the inline preamp off, using only the audio gain available from the Vocaster One interface. Website: https://stressreliefradio.com - Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com Recoded with an SE Dynacaster DCM8 microphone into Audacity. Reverb reduction was applied with Hush. Leveled with Levelator. Rendered to 18 LUFs with Hindenburg Pro.

Duration:00:06:08

Test of the Sudotack 800 Condenser Microphone

12/15/2023
In this episode I test the Sudotack 800 condenser microphone. This is a USB microphone with a USB type B (printer type) connection. Note: new Sudotack mics may have a different connection. The mic records in 24bit/192khz with a frequency range of 30 hz to 16 khz. This mic typically is sold in a bundle (boom arm, pop filter, etc.) and ranges from about $40 to $60 U.S. on Amazon. The audio in this test was processed with EQ / compression (Hindenburg Pro generic voice profiler), Levelator, Hush noise / reverb reduction and two De-essers. --- Host: Stephen Carter - Website: https://StressReliefRadio.com. Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com. ---

Duration:00:05:40

Comparison - ATR2100X XLR and USB - Raw and Processed

11/24/2023
Comparison of ATR 2100X XLR and USB: Host: Stephen Carter - Website: https://StressReliefRadio.com - Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com -- Technical information: Recorded with Hindenburg Pro. For processed segments: De-esser, EQ, Compressor, second De-esser. Full track processed with Hush to dampen noise and reverb. ---

Duration:00:13:11

DynaCaster Bass Boost Test + Fun Trivia

11/9/2023
Four fun trivia questions plus a brief test of the SE DynaCaster DCM8 bass boost microphone EQ setting. Recorded in Audacity with minimum processing to include Hush noise / reverb reduction, Levelator, and Generic EQ setting and de-essers followed by rendering in Hindenburg Pro. Host: Stephen Carter. Website for regular podcasts: https://StressReliefRadio.com - Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:05:02

Test of SM58, DynaCaster DCM8, and Hush De-Reverb Application

10/16/2023
This is a test podcast where we test microphones, DAWs, plugins, and other tools, recording environments, and related items. In this episode we compare the SE DynaCaster DCM8 with the Shure SM58, with both microphones having basic EQ, compression, de-essing, and noise and reverb reduction using the Hush application. Hush is a Mac only stand-a-lone application (not a plug-in) designed to reduce reverb and noise. Both microphones were recorded and processed with the Hindenburg Pro application. Host: Stephen Carter, email CarterMethod@gmail.com. Main podcast website is https://StressReliefRadio.com.

Duration:00:06:01

Comparing 2 Mics Raw - SE DynaCaster DCM8 and the Electrovoice RE320

9/29/2023
This episode is a comparision between the raw, zero processing, audio sound of the SE DynaCaster DCM8 and the Electrovoice RE320. There is no processing of any kind on the audio file. The audio was recorded with Hindenburg Pro, which does automatically level the file. If you would like to opine about which microphone you prefer, email me at CarterMethod@gmail.com. Listen to regular podcast shows at https://StressReliefRadio.com.

Duration:00:03:33

Comparing Cleanfeed With Twisted Wave Using the Blue Yeti

9/11/2023
This is a test recording comparing two recording applications: Cleanfeed and Twisted Wave. Find Cleanfeed at https://www.Cleanfeed.net. There's a free and paid version. The free version is all that's needed for 99% of podcasters. It can be used to record one person or multiple people through an Internet connection. It provides excellent quality .WAV files you can then process in your DAW of choice. Twisted Wave is a paid DAW that is used by a good number of voice over artists and solo podcasters. Find more info at https://www.TwistedWave.com. Both files were processed in the same way using Hush, Levelator, and Hindenburg Pro. Microphone; Blue Yeti. Host: Stephen Carter. Website: https://StressReliefRadio.com. Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:04:13

Pro AR C 414 Mic Compared to Neat King Bee Mic

8/18/2023
Note: This is a test podcast where I test microphones, DAWs, plugins, and processing techniques. The real podcasts are all available at https://StressReliefRadio.com. In this episode I compare two condenser microphones: the first segment was recorded with the ProAR C 414 and the second segment was recorded with the Neat King Bee. There's no EQ or compression. I used the stock Hindenburg Pro noise reduction filter, the Goyo plugin to lower ambient noise and reverb and also ran one de-esser plugin. Other than those three filters, there's no other processing on the audio file. To comment email me at CarterMethod@gmail.com. Website: https://StressReliefRadio.com.

Duration:00:05:12

Test - ProAr C 414 Microphone | Also Sold as BaiFei Li 414

8/17/2023
This episode is a short audio test for the ProAr C 414 microphone, also sold as BaiFei Li 414. At $79.99 on Amazon (discount code may still be available for 10% off) at the time this episode is recorded, it rivals condenser microphones costing $400 to even $600 according to several reviews by microphone reviewers on YouTube. To listen to my main podcasts, visit https://StressReliefRadio.com. Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com. Technical information: Recorded and initial edits with Audacity. Other edits with Twisted Wave. Noise / reverb reduction with Hush. Leveled with Levelator. Final edits and redericing with Hindenburg Pro.

Duration:00:03:36

Test - RE320 With and Without Windscreen

8/5/2023
Test episode: Testing the EV RE320 without and then with a windscreen. Testing for audio quality differences and any differences with sibilance. Recorded and processed in Hindenburg Pro with: noise reduction, 2 de-essers, generic profile. For true podcasts, visit https://StressReliefRadio.com. Contact host Stephen Carter at CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:03:36

Test - SE DynaCaster DCM8 With and Without Provided Windscreen

8/5/2023
Test episode: Testing the SE DynaCaster DCM8 with and without the provided windscreen. To hear real podcasts, visit my network site, https://StressReliefRadio.com. Technical information: Recorded with Hindenburg pro. Processing includes two De-essers, noise reduction, and generic profile, all part of the Hindenburg Pro built-in tools. Contact host: CarterMethod@gmail.com

Duration:00:04:34

Test - Neat King Bee and Hush Noise and Reverb Removal Application

5/14/2023
In this test episode, we record with the Neat King Bee condenser microphone in an untreated room. The audio was recorded with Hindenburg Pro 2 with the generic profile, slight EQ to remove certain frequency ranges, and two de-esser plugins. The file was then run through the Hush application for noise and reverb removal. My real podcasts are available at https://StressReliefRadio.com. If you would like to contact me for any reason, that email address is CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:04:09

Test of the SE DynaCaster Microphone

4/26/2023
Test of the SE DynaCaster dynamic microphone with the Dynamite inline activator turned on. This mic can be used with or without the Dynamite, but when active the mic requires phantom power. Recorded with Twisted Wave. Basic processing and rendering done with Hindenburg Pro. Noise and reverb application Hush used, set at 60%. Microphone: SE DynaCaster. For regular podcasts, visit https://www.StressReliefRadio.com. Email contact: CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:03:08

Testing Shure MVi Interface and Hush Recording Application

4/9/2023
Test of Shure MVi interface using Audacity, EV320 microphone, and Hush rendering application at 80% reverb reduction. Rendered out with Twisted Wave. Includes Key history events that happened this date, April 9, in U.S. history. To hear my regular podcasts, visit https://www.StressReliefRadio.com. Contact Stephen Carter at CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:04:47

Microphone Test - Maono PD100 Dynamic

3/28/2023
Microphone test of the Maono PD100 dynamic microphone. Recording, editing, and rendering done with Hindenburg Pro 2 (Beta). Generic profile. Noice cancelation. De-esser. Additional subtractive EQ. Second De-esser. Main podcast website: https://StressReliefRadio.com. Email: CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:04:16

Test - Adobe Podcast Beta With Neat King Bee Microphone

3/24/2023
Test episode: Recorded with Twisted Wave and Neat King Bee microphone. Two versions of same file. First version no processing. Second version processed through Adobe Podcast Beta plus generic profile and De-esser in Hindenburg Pro 2.

Duration:00:04:31

Test of Hush Recording Application With Neat King Bee

3/22/2023
Track 1 - Raw file. No processing. Track 2 - 50% setting for Hush application. Track 3 - 100% setting for Hush application. Track 4 - Processed with Hush and Generic Voice Profile and De-esser in Hindenburg Pro. All tracks in Hindenburg Pro. All tracks mastered to 18 LUFS. Microphone: Neat King Bee.

Duration:00:21:37

Hush Processing Application Test

3/21/2023
Test recording. Original recording done with Twisted Wave and subsequently rendered using Audacity. Version 2 was processed at 50% using Hush noise removing software. Version 3 processed at 100%. Version 4 had EQ, compression, and normalization to -3 db added. Microphone: RE320. For real podcasts, visit https://StressReliefRadio.com. Email contact: CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:07:24

Mic Test: EV RE320 Compared to the Zoom ZDM-1 - Processed and Unprocessed Audio

3/15/2023
In this test audio episode you hear the EV RE320 microphone raw (no processing) then you hear the same mic processed with EQ, Compression, Normalized, and De-Esser. Next, you hear the Zoom ZDM-1 raw then processed using the same processing as used with the RE320. All tracks and processing done in Audacity. Real podcasts are available at https://StressReliefRadio.com. Email address to reach me (Stephen Carter) is CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:08:55

Test of the Blue Snowball Microphone

3/14/2023
In this experimental podcast episode you hear the test recording of a Blue Snowball that's more than a dozen years old. For my real podcast shows, visit https://StressReliefRadio.com. Contact email: CarterMethod@gmail.com.

Duration:00:01:40