PODTRAK P8 users - Do you process your audio files after or leave it?

Good Morning guys,
I found this forum and immediately i see fellow passionate podcasters in the group. I have atleast 85 episodes in my podcast, 7 months ago i upgraded my set up from zoom h6 to dedicated podtrak p8, after 31 episode using the device im really enjoying the functionality and ease of use. For those who use the device- do you leave the final audio file as is and do not process it further?
my workflow is record with the onboard processing on (compressor, de-esser, limiter)- and sync w/ video after. no post processing on audio for final file. (this the main reason i bought it for), in terms of maximizing the quality, do you guys have another workflow to share? as noob on this group, thank you for your kind response. =D

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Welcome Ben!

I’m using an H6 for in-person recording, and Zencastr.com for online recording. In both cases, I work from (or send out for others to work from) those raw WAV files. My instinct is to say that’s the industry standard way to do it… record in the raw data. Then work on that raw data to create derivative stuff.

That said, I’m a HUGE fan of “minimum viable product.” So if your streamlined process is making it so you can Get It Done, rather than going perfectly insane trying to make things perfect using the “industry standard” — then I’d say your’e doing it purr-fectly.

As for other workflows, we’ve a few other topics here that have some tips… be sure you’ve rapped on the :mag: search icon a bit too.

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thank you for that response craig. i use my H6 for audiobook and side gig VO work, i feel like 48khz and 24 bit WAV is overkill on podcasting, but perfect for some portable diy sound booth gig. podtrak p8 definitely made it easier, not near perfect at all, but it gives me more time to concentrate on the content, one man show (produce, edit) =D, definitely browsing on this gems you got here on the forum! thank you

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re process: have you considered doing a blind taste test? Post (here, in a reply, you should be able to drop player embeds — dm me [in your avatar menu, envelope icon] if you can’t) two episodes here. One that’s your old editing method and one that’s your streamlined Podtrak way… and see if anyone can hear any difference. If it tastes the same, there’s your proof that you’re doing it right.

(just a thought, no pressure)

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sending it your way craig

Really smart workflow @TALKACTIVE. You’ve built a signal chain that leaves little to do in post. Very cool.

I guess the one process that seems to be missing from your workflow is on the mastering side. Once I’ve mixed everything down to a mono or stereo file I Loudness Normalize this master to -19LUFS for a mono file (-16 LUFS for stereo). Are you doing this?

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this is the main reason forums are gems, i have not mastered any of my podcast and not familiar with LUFS. thank you for this! i guess in acx (voice over) its the algo that says you have to raise or lower your db by certain number. again thank you for this info- i will research this next week to add on my macro in audacity

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I so agree @TALKACTIVE !!! Here’s a good place to start.

Come back if we can help more.

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thank you for the link :pray:t5:. much apprecite it! defintely will rbeadding LUFS this coming week/ episode and moving forward. Thank you all!

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