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The DBS 286X vs Aphex 230 Master Channel

Before I even start, you do NOT need either one of these to start podcast. It's a nice piece of icing on the cake. It makes you sound better, but you will not gain a single subscriber by using these. If you have poor content, great sounding garbage is still garbage.

I've got the older version of the DBX 286 (I have a 286A which has now been replaced by the 286S). Likewise I recently picked up a used Aphex Master Voice Channel (which is now replaced by the Aphex Channel Master

What's the difference?

Cost: The Aphex is 999, the DBX is 199. So you are looking at $800 difference. As I write this there is a “not new” DBX on Sale at Same Day Music for $179

The Aphex's gives you more options in regards to inverting polarity, changing the phase polarity. It also offers a low cut filter.

The Aphex noise gate is super easy to set and sounds great. You simply talk and turn the dial until a red light illuminates, and then turn the other knob to scale back any background noise. I love the sound of the gate more than the DBX. Anytime I set the DBX to be aggressive, the cutting in and out was a bit more noticeable. Yes, you can hear the Aphex's gate, but to me, it's less noticeable.

With the DBX you have low and high enhancers. You have the same thing on the Aphex, but you can choose what frequency to boost. You also have a parametrix equalizer so you can find a frequency that you either want to boost or cut from your voice and the determine how much you want to cut/boost. This is the same for the Aural Exciter on the Aphex. It does what the DBX does with more control. You can “tune” what frequencies you want to boost on the high end.

I never will get de-essers. I know what they are supposed to do, I don't hear any difference on either unit. I swear this is a feature that manufacturers build into units so they can charge more.

While appreciating what the unit does, for the money, I would recommend the 286 for most people unless you really, really want total control.

Video Podcasting? How Would I Go About Doing This?

I currently don't do any video podcasts, but that doesn't mean I don't think they are worth doing. I just know they take more time. So how would I do it if I did?

Video Podcasting Software

If you're on a mac, try Screenflow or even iMovie.

If you're on a PC check out Sony Vegas or Camtasia.

What Format?

I would create my video for my podcast (downloads)  you are exporting a “LD” version for phones, so you could go 640X480. You can do this in QuickTime if you want to as there are tons of presets. I would try to stick with mp4 if possible as it seems to have less conflicts. You take this format and put it in your RSS feed, so it goes to subscribers. You might put at the begining of the video that to see ah HD version go to your website (and provide a pretty link so they don't have to search for it)

The Format For Your Website

Now you create an HD version (1280X720) that you can upload it to YouTube (it's free, let them eat the bandwidth) and put that video on your website. Now your subscribers don't hate you for sending a 5 gig file to their phone, and your visitors get an HD version that also happens to be on the #4 search engine.

Podcasting Lessons I've Learned From My Cat

I'm a dog person. Always have been. I inherited a cat in my recent divorce, and I love Bernie, but I do hate cleaning the litter box. I actually hurt my back cause I was leaning over so much, and for an extended period of time. I just hate, hate, hate, cleaning the litter box. I did it about once every 5-7 days. I thought to myself, “Dogs are so much easier as I don't have to deal with this.” Then it came to me.

What a pain it would be if my dog only got to “do his business” once every 5-7 days. In thinking about it, I would take my dog out three to 4 times a day. So I started treating my cat like a dog, and checking his litter box in the morning, when I got home, after dinner, and once before bed. Now it takes me seconds to clean his cat box and it's not a big deal.

So what does this have to do with Podcasting?

If you wait until the last second to record your show, you're going to have to do all the prep, recording, editing, promotion, at the same time. It's a lot of work, and it can be overwhelming. So instead, start planning it earlier in the week. Start writing show notes during the week and flushing out the best parts of your topic. Then later record it, and edit it. Then publish on another day. By doing a little every day, it's not that big a deal, and it's not so cumbersome of a job. It will avoid burning out and quitting your podcast.

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Owner of the School of Podcasting. Also produces the "Ask the Podcast Coach." He is also the author of the book "More Podcast Money" and is a regular speaker at podcasting and media conventions.
3 comments on “DBS 286 Vs Aphex Channel Master – Video Podcast Settings – Advertising Platforms
  1. Just wanted you to know how right on you are about pacing yourself on podcast production. Like keeping the litter box clean, doing a little more often makes a huge difference.
    I knew I wanted my kids involved in my podcast, so waiting until after bedtime wasn’t an option. To keep to a regular schedule I decided on an every other week show and have a routine:
    -the kids are to have a topic picked at least a week before
    -I get the show script prepared by Tues.
    -the kid’s report gets recorded during Thurs. nap
    -the main recording happens Fri. naptime
    -heavy editing (from c. 60 minutes of audio down to 30) happens as I can before Sat. night
    -Upload/release and shownotes get written and posted Mon. afternoon
    Catch breath, rinse and repeat
    I’ve been late by a day twice in 31 episodes developing this system, and my 7 kids still like me!

    Thanks for being so real with us and making the time to find out what works so I can get up to speed quickly. Plus, your show is just plain fun. 🙂

  2. Thanks Cheri, what a great story. Dan Klass does the bitterest pill. It’s been awesome when he started his podcast his son was 6. Now he’s 17. I’ve been able to listen to him grow up.

  3. After hearing a lot of podcasters on Podcaster’s Roundtable (great show, by the way) tout the DBX 286s, I decided to get one. I found a company on Ebay that allows you to “Make an Offer.” I got one brand new in the box for $180. Looking forward to checking it out next week.

    Totally unrelated, but some of your prior episodes that you’re promoting on Twitter (and others I’ve looked for on my own) have no player in them. Here is one:

    Finally, I enjoyed your appearance on As a fledgling podcaster and podcast producer, I find these deep dives into gear and workflow absolutely fascinating.

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