Folks interested in radio and podcasting are always asking me about what tools I use. While I assure you it’s all about content and not about the tools, I admit that it’s hard to produce professional content without tools that are up to the task. So here, due to popular demand, are the tools that I use to produce my work.
1 – Mac Pro – This is an 8 core version with 10 gigs of ram and 2 TB of drives inside. It’s where most of the production work happens.
2 – iMac 24 – This is my workhorse. This is where I do most of my day to day tasks… maintaining my websites… publishing all my shows… staying on top of everything on the Internet.
3 – Final Cut Studio – Apple’s finest software. I could do ALL of my work with this software, and just may one day.
NOTE: I am now using Final Cut Pro X on my video work and I really love it. It makes a lot of what video I do much easier.
4 – Adobe Audition – Truly the finest audio production software for the kind of work I do available… bar none. It is the ONLY reason I run Windows. (NOTE: When I originally wrote this it was true but now there is a Mac Version of Adobe Audition and I no longer run Windows at all.)
5 – The Heil PR40 microphone. I switched to this microphone from one costing more than twice as much, because it simply worked better for me. Microphones are very personal.
6 – OC White – They make those flexible microphone arms that all the big boys use. They are worth every penny if this is what you do.
7 – Mackie ONYX 1220 mixer. If you want an immaculately quiet, good sounding mixer… you won’t go wrong with Mackie.
8 – Frontier – Alphatrack – Control surface. I use it for all my audio and video software. It always does the job.
9 – Korg K25 – Midi Keyboard & Controller – What can I say… I need a quick and easy and inexpensive way to get my musical ideas laid down.
10 – Focusrite Trackmaster Pro microphone preamp – It was my first mic preamp and it really does the job.
11 – TC Helicon Voiceworks – I can’t begin to explain how cool this piece of audio gear is. Listen to this.
12 – Aphex 230 – If the big one was coming, and I could only save one piece of audio gear. This would be it. It does everything, and it does it extremely well. It is the secret ingredient of many.
13 – Auralex acoustic foam – If you want to do what I do you need to control your environment.
14 – Swiss Army Knife – How else can you be ready to open beer or wine at any time?