The Podcast Engineering Show

This show focuses on the technical production of audio podcasts. Chris Curran chats with podcasters about their audio equipment, software and workflow to help you learn how to produce better sounding podcasts. You’ll also learn solutions to common audio issues as well as plenty of tips and tricks. By listening to this show you will gain a TON of knowledge and skills that will make a HUGE difference in your sound quality _and_ save you time! Subscribe/Follow today and start listening! Your host Chris Curran has a background in podcast production (Forbes, Dun & Bradstreet, J&J, etc) as well as music production (Sarah McLachlan, Jeff Buckley, Foreigner, etc). When he entered podcasting in 2012, he noticed that most podcasters (and producers) do not have a good understanding of fundamental audio engineering concepts, which sabotages the quality of their sound from the very beginning. This show, as well as Podcast Engineering School, helps podcasters and producers reach professional levels of podcast audio production.


episode 245: Normalization vs Compression vs Limiting (With Audio Examples)

I define and discuss the differences between normalization, compression and limiting. Also the usefulness of each and when to use them. And I play audio examples!

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Here are the plugins I referred to (by category):


  • Scheps Omni Channel —
  • CLA-2A —
  • CLA-76 —
  • Abbey Road RS124 —

Channel Strips: 

  • Scheps Omni Channel —
  • Focusrite SC —
  • SSL E Channel — —OR—

Upward Compression: 

  • MaxxVolume —
  • MV2 —
  • Fabfilter Pro-MB —
  • Neutron 3 —
  • Oxford Inflator —

Vocal Riders: 

  • Vocal Rider —
  • MAutoVolume —
  • HoRNet AutoGain Pro MK2 —
  • DynaRide2 —
  • GainRider3 —
  • Outlaw —
  • POWAIR —


  • Pro-L 2 —
  • Scheps Omni Channel —
  • CLA-2A —
  • Focusrite SC —
  • SSL E Channel — —OR—
  • Pro-MB —

Dual Stage Compressors: 

  • Aquamarine 4 —
  • Shadow Hills Class A Mastering Compressor —

Multiband Compression: (great for people who move on and off mic a lot)

  • Pro-MB —
  • C6 —
  • Neutron 3 —
  • Ozone 9 —

Other Notes:

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 2023-03-28  27m