How We Record Rise of the Demigods

July 29, 2019

Hey, people!

A lot of you have asked us about the recording and editing setup we use to produce Rise of the Demigods, so we put together this post to walk you through our process.

Audio

  • Zoom L-12 ($600): We have been FLOORED by the quality of our raw audio with the Zoom L-12. The ability to record 8 separate XLR inputs (and other inputs if needed) along with five headphone jacks makes this board invaluable for podcasting. The onboard compression and vocal FX make it legendary. Do not hesitate to pick up this wonder.
  • Audio-Technica BPHS1 ($200): DM Vartian started to use this headset after seeing the livestreamers on Geek and Sundry employ theirs, and absolutely loves it. It needs a bass boost in final editing, but the ability to move freely without being stuck behind a microphone is worth the extra effort.
  • Shure SM58 Microphones ($80-100 each): Legendary, nearly indestructible microphones that have a small pickup, helping to keep table noise and other voices out of each individual track.
  • Rode NT1 ($270): A powerful, sensitive microphone that we use for voice overs, intros and outros, and for the show Of Now And Then. It records clear, gorgeous sound but only works in a relatively isolated environment; this microphone picks up way too much to be used at the gaming table.
  • Monoprice Isolation Shield ($65): A sound-absorbing half moon that folds up when not is use and can be positioned on a desk or mounted onto a gear pole. It works well but it is extremely heavy; you won’t be dragging this around to your weekly gaming sessions.


Video

  • Canon 70D ($800 each, body only): A pair of Canon 70D cameras with Magic Lantern installed compose the left and right shots. DSLR cameras are great for recording, but can only capture 30 minutes at a time. By using the Magic Lantern firmware we can force the cameras to immediately begin recording again, but it always leave sa few seconds gap as it restarts.
  • GoPro Hero Black ($400): A dependable and impressive little camera, the GoPro allows us to continuously record a flat wide shot that is always in focus and works well with indoor light.
  • Fotivec Light Panels ($300): A pair of bi-color LED light panels flood my studio with adjustable and dimmable light that perfectly matches the rest of my illumination.

Editing

  • Reaper ($60): We had to be drug kicking and screaming into a new editing suite, but once we got there we bemoaned not making the transition sooner. The editor is powerful, completely customizable, relatively easy to learn, and has a vast library of optional plugins that can make you podcast sound truly professional while shaving hours off your editing time.
  • iZotope RX ($130-1200): It isn’t cheap, but there is nothing out there that can hold a candle to the audio cleaning and repair abilities of iZotope.
  • LG 34″ Ultrawide ($430): You don’t need a super-wide monitor for podcasting, but it is simply wonderful for scrolling through podcast edits.
  • Vocal Rider ($70) A brilliant plug-in for Reaper that automatically adjusts the volume sliders of any track to keep the audio within a certain range. It saves us hours of work every single edit.

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