The 2016 PodShed Holiday Gift Guide

The 2016 PodShed Holiday Gift Guide

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01: Manfrotto Pixi Tripod

Perfect Lightweight Tripod
I use it with Gift #2 for iPhone Video
Buy on Amazon ($25)

02: MeFoto SideKick 360

Phone Cradle & Tripod Adapter
I use this with iPhone 6
Buy on Amazon ($30)

03: Rode Smartlav Plus

Lavalier Mic for Smartphones
Awesome Sound & Price ($79)
Buy on Amazon

04: MeFoto Tripod

Small & Lightweight Tripod
Buy on Amazon

05: Zoom H1

Handy Recorder
Stereo Mics w/Headphone Output
Easy & High Quality
Buy on Amazon

06: Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

My Podcast Headphones
Great Sound & Design
Comfortable & Affordable
Buy on Amazon ($79)

07: Anker Portable Charger

Portable ‘Lipstick’ Charger
3200 mAh
Up to 2 iPhone Charges
Buy on Amazon ($10-15)

08: Tools of Titans

New book by Tim Ferriss
Tools, Habits & Routines of Successful People
Release Date: 12/6/16
Buy on Amazon

09: Canary Security Camera

Wi-Fi Security Camera
HD 1080p Camera (Great low-low-light camer)
Monitor your home from iPhone or iPad
Buy on Amazon

10: K&M iPad Holder

Holds iPad Pro 9″ & 12.9″
Mount to light or microphone stands
I use for stop motions
Buy on Amazon


Shure SM58 Dynamic Micrphone
Great for podcasting & all-purpose voice work
Always in my mobile podcasting kit
Buy on Amazon

12: Rode Wireless Lavalier System

Wireless Lavalier System for DSLR Cameras
Get great audio in you camera with no wires
Range: 300 ft!
Buy on Amazon

13: TritonAudio Fethead

Mini-preamp adds +27dB of clean gain
Use with ‘gain hungry’ dynamic microphones (SM7B, RE-20, SM58)
Great for mobile podcast kit
Buy on Amazon (Should only be $89. Go to B&H if not)

14: Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries

Eneloops are what the pro photographers use for everything
Retain charge for a long time
Dependable and come in AA & AAA
Buy on Amazon ($20 for 8 batteries)

15: Anker USB 3.0 Hub

Portable USB 3.0 Hub
Stylish, aluminum and really small
Bus-Powered, so no power cord
Buy on Amazon ($15)

16: SanDisk Memory Cards

SanDisk Extreme Pro
Read Up To 95MB/s/ Write Up To 90MB/s
4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160p); Full HD (1920 x 1080p)
Buy on Amazon (Prices all over the place $20-40)

17: NutriBullet

Magic Bullet Nutribullet Mixer
Blends raw fruit and veggies
Comes with specialty Mixers and recipes
Buy on Amazon ($80 and up)

18: Scarlett 2i2

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
USB Audio Interface
Small & Perfect for Mobile Podcasting
Buy on Amazon ($149)

19: Baron Fig Confidant

The Confidant Ideas Notebook
5.5″ x 7.5″
Blank, Ruled or Dot Grid Paper
Baron Fig Website ($16)

20: Wacom Intuos Tablet

Wacom Graphics Tablet & Pen
Small, Medium & Large
Loved by Creative Professionals
Buy on Amazon ($288)

21: Logitech c922

HD Webcam
1080 & 60fps
Designed for Live Streaming
Buy on Amazon ($88)

22: DJI Osmo

Gimbal for Smartphone
For smooth hand-held video shooting
Perfect for Vlogging or Live Streaming
Buy on Amazon ($299) or Apple Store.

23: LaCie Rugged

LaCie 2TB Rugged External Hard Drive
Thunderbolt & USB 3.0
Perfect for Video Editors & Laptoppers
Buy on Amazon ($199)

My Adobe Audition Podcast Workflow

My Adobe Audition Podcast Workflow

My Podcast:

Mike Murphy Unplugged teaches one man bands and creative entrepreneurs how to podcast and create online content. I teach the tools I use and love.

Episode 56: The Adobe Audition Show I introduced the Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, that I use to record and edit my podcasts.

This is a summary of my workflow from Episode 56.


Adobe Audition is a Digital audio workstation, more commonly known in the audio world as DAW or D-A-W. Audition CC is the latest version and it is the software I use to record and edit each podcast episode.

Adobe Audition:
A professional audio workstation for mixing, finishing, and precision editing.
Audition is used to Mix, edit, and create audio content with a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.

How much does it cost?
$19.99/month A la Carte
$49.99/month full Adobe CC (best deal)

Tip: Give the full Adobe CC a test run with a free 30 day trial to try everything out and if Audition CC is all you need, you just saved yourself $30 bucks/month

My Podcast Workflow Using Adobe Audition:


Shure SM7B dynamic microphone

Audio Interface/Mixer:
Allen & Heath Zed 10 Mixer

*Affiliate Links to benefit podcast happiness fund.

Set Audio Hardware Preferences In Adobe Audition CC:

Set Audio Hardware Preferences Default Input & Output are mapped to my USB Interface CODEC (which is my mixer)

Audio default exports_auditionHardware Preferences

Default Input: is the microphone or device going into Audition. Input…IN. What device is pumping sound into Audition?
Default Output: is the sound going out of Audition and your computer. Where do you want the sound to playback from? Headphones? Speakers? Computer Speakers? I plug my Sony MDR–7506 Headphones into mixer, so Default Output is the same as my Default Input (USB Codec)


MY AUDITION WORKFLOW (The Simple Version):

For each podcast episode:
1. Create a master folder for each episode.
Inside I have two folders: Audio & Artwork (thumbnails).
2. Open Adobe Audition
Set Default Output & Input to map to Audio Interface/Mixer.

3. Create new blank audio file by going to
File > New Audio File. (Cmd + Shift + N)

4. Add Title:
Sample Rate:44,100.
Bit Depth: 32-bit Float

5. Save File to Audio Folder

To Show Levels: Hit option + i to show input levels of your microphone. Set levels between –18db & –9db (approximately)

6. Record Podcast & Save this Original File.

7. Make Duplicate of Original:
I save Original to have a clean untouched backup
To make copy: Go to Edit>Copy To New


8. Edit & Clean up on Duplicate Copy

9. Create New Multitrack Session (Cmd +N)
Create MultiTrack Session from Template
Intro & Outro in Template


Tip: Audition cc allows you to create templates, so for me when I create a new multitrack session, I choose the Mike template and my intro and outro are in place and I just need to add my voice track and line it up. Since my podcast is roughly the same length each week, this is about a 2 second ordeal.

10. To Process & Add Polish:
Use the new Audition CC Essential sound panel.

11. Export Multi-Mixdown as .mp3 (44.1, 32-bit float, 128kbps, Mono)
Bit rate (128) will affect file size, so you may want to bump down to 96 kbps and it will reduce file size. I like the higher quality and my shows are only 15 minutes, so I keep it at 128kbps.






12. Use Match Loudness and make sure the file meets the Broadcast standards of –19LUFS for mono podcasts or –16LUFS for stereo

And that is the speedy version of my entire workflow in Audition.

Mike Murphy Unplugged
I help podcasters and content creators figure things out.

Mike’s Toolkits

Mike’s Toolkits

Mike's Toolkits

Learn. Create. Move Forward.

Podcast Toolkit: Mike’s Gear

Podcast Toolkit: Mike’s Gear

The Podcast Kit (Shure SM7b)

Mike's Podcast Kit

This is my main podcast setup. I also have an Allen & Heath Zed 10 mixer, but I think the Focusrite 6i6 has slightly better preamps. This is a Pro Level setup and may be more than you need. I do have beginner and intermediate packages available. Let me know if you have questions on any of these products.


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Tutorial: How To Create Podcast Templates in Adobe Audition

Tutorial: How To Create Podcast Templates in Adobe Audition

How To Create Podcast Templates in Adobe Audition
(Speed up your podcast workflow)

In this video you will learn:
How to create templates in the Multitrack view of Abobe Audition so you can save the intro & outros of your podcast and every element that you use in every podcast. Session Templates are a major timesaver and very easy to do in Adobe Audition.

How To Create Template in Multi-Track in Adobe Audition:
File > Export > Session As Template

To use template:
Create New Multitrack Session
Choose Template
Select your Podcast Template


Have a tutorial request or question ?

Ask Mike Anything.

Tutorial: How To Start A New Recording in Adobe Audition

Tutorial: How To Start A New Recording in Adobe Audition

How To Create A New Audio File in Adobe Audition
(Settings I use for each new podcast episode recording)

Here are the settings I use to record each new episode of my podcast, Mike Murphy Unplugged.

Preferences>Audio Hardware (Select Input & Output)
File>New Audio File
Settings I use:
32-bit Float

For levels meter: Option + i
To Record: Shift + Spacebar
To Stop Record: Spacebar
To Playback Recording: Spacebar
For the Mike Russell video on 32bit float:

(this is on the Mike Russell VIP channel, which I highly recommend as it’s only $1.50/month and Mike is an awesome teacher if you are looking to get better at audio.)

Ask Mike Anything.