465. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 2)

Talking about the technical side of making podcast episodes, including fascinating* insights about my recording equipment and an exciting** anecdote game. Includes upbeat music to absolutely guarantee*** that you will not be bored during the episode!

*insights may not actually be fascinating
**management holds no liability for any lack of excitement experienced
***not actually a legally binding guarantee



Here’s a new episode and I’m continuing to talk about how I make episodes of the podcast, and this whole thing is a response to a question sent to me by Carlos from Barcelona

In the last episode I was talking about the creative side of coming up with ideas and making them into podcast episodes. Not that I know what I’m doing really, but a few listeners have asked me about this over the years and I thought it might be interesting to answer those questions and just lift the lid on LEP and let you see how episodes are recorded.

In this one the plan is to talk about the technical side of doing the podcast.


Watch out for vocabulary which will be explained in forthcoming episodes, including uses of get, technical language and other expressions.


Send me a private message with more details.

Please be constructive with your feedback! Thanks :)

  • Vadim Gomza

    Oh, I wasn’t expecting it to be so helpful. I had thought that how a hell of a lot I would need to learn about all the equipment that needs to be put in place so that I could have a proper sound quality. But you have, definitely, made life easier with this episode. I’m really grateful. It was nowhere near boring, bye the bye, and it wouldn’t be if it was all technical, imho.

    I reckon that actress just might not have been in the right mood for talking.

  • Naomi

    Hi,Luke! It’s been a while since these two episodes (#464&#465) were uploaded, I’m sorry to leave a comment now. It was really amazing to know how you produce podcast, even though I’m no good at technology, it was really interesting.I see very well how much you think about your listeners and guests. It’s always excellent both the sound quality and the contents. I really appreciate your hard work. Thank you so much!!
    And I always fascinated by your fast thinking; for example you said “weople” by a slip of the tongue, then you began to talk about weople. It’s fascinating to listen how a word changes and develops so quickly. It’s not easy thing to do!

    Thank you for wonderful episodes! Cheers!

  • Valentine Belets

    Hi Luke, thanks for such an insightful episode!

    It is really great that you are so particular about what you are doing for the people of the world!

    As a continuation of this theme for those who enjoyed this episode I would recommend watching Julian Treasure’s TED talks. On top of that, YouTube has recently recommended to me the documentary film called “The Art of Listening – Music Documentary”. Here is the link: youtu.be/3_5MnvCUvDU

    I hope Master Luke together with LEPsters around the world will enjoy aforementioned stuff.

  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi people, we have finished episode #465. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 2)

    Enjoy it as we did.

  • Marianna

    I’m doing almost that thing you’ve discribed as a jocke in a bus – I’m telling about your podcasr every time someone is listenning to me.. I told to all my friends and relatives who are interested in improving themselves. And now, many of them, including my 86-year old grandma and my retired friend who’s living in the swamp in mid of nowhere, listen to your podcast ))

  • Zack Beatz

    It’s been about 4 months I guess since the first time I discovered your podcasts which I find them really amazing. I know I’m a bit late, cuz I didn’t know what made me hesitate to put a comment all that time, don’t get angry at me Luke, lol !
    Apart from all that, thanks for an amazing espisode which covers all what Podcasters and even Musicians need to make a high quality recording including some of the technical terms like : compression, EQ, distortion…etc., softwares, hardwares.. actually I had quite a long experience with those stuffs. I produced some songs and made some rap beats for rappers before. that’s why I would like to thank you teacher Luke for letting those who don’t know those stuffs get into sound engineering world. And finally, I thank you again, cuz whenever I listen to a new podcast, I learn something new they are really awesome podcasts made with really great efforts and for free. Keep going Luke, I love you so much
    peace and love ;)

    • Cat

      Zack, nice comment! :)
      Your name reminded me a little bit of Paul Taylor’s “Cats and Boots”. :))

      • Zack Beatz

        It’s nice to hear that, nice to meet you Cat :3

  • Peter

    I’m just curious why you are wearing headphones while you recording podcast. How they are help you ? You controll somehow your voice by using it or they allow focus you more on what you want to say ? Regards and thanks for great episode

    • I can monitor the background music or other bits of audio I play during the episodes.
      Also I can make sure that my voice is being recorded properly. If I have guests it helps me monitor their voices (sometimes I have to raise or lower their microphones during episodes).
      If I’m on my own and I’m not using any background music or anything like that I often take the headphones off.
      I hope that solves the mystery. ;)

  • Adam

    Hi Luke,

    I am just finishing my business trip to Romania (no vacation just job in many plants in different places in Europe). Last week I was trying to convince Laurentiu to English – let’s wait and see how it works.
    I have feeling that I have successful infected with LEPoholism my other Romanian colleague – Cristian.
    I hope you are not angry if I try to cure myself with In Our Time podcast?

    Please if you could encourage Laurentiu and he could hear this would be great (see previous podcast comment).


    • I will mention it! Could you help me pronounce his name?

      • Adam

        Hi Luke,

        his name is Laurentiu. I would spell it following:
        L – (l)ord
        a – (a)utomation
        u – a(u)tomation
        r – (r)un
        e – (E)dward
        n – (n)anotechnology
        t – (t)alent
        iu – (you)

        Can you imagine to be so afraid to say more than 3 words and then you jump to your comfort zone – to your language. He is like this ;-(.

        I know following story. 17 year ago the young well educated guy went to interview to get good job in the big American food company. He got as other candidates the case study – the real problem and he gave quite interesting solution to it. Finally he was qualified to the next run. Everything went well until the check of English language. The guy wisely said: I have learned German in one year, so for sure I will learn English, but at the moment I cannot say anything longer that my name is … . The manager seemed to understand, so tried to encourage the guy. The discussion was like this: please say anything and the answer like this – no, no, not now, but I will learn for sure. Eventually the guy was so convincing that the manager could not give the job to him.

        I hope Luke you will not ask who was the guy.
        Thank you in advance.


      • Orion team (Antonio)

        Do we need to ask? did you learn English enough in one year?

      • Adam

        Hi Antonio,
        I have overlooked your questions.

        My German and my English are 2 completely different stories.
        For German I was exposed for one year in foreign country to the language. No Polish colleagues, no family. Just Technical University and 2-3 hours daily of analyzing all types of programs on TV including advertisements, which normally I dislike.

        I have got a job in Poland thanks to my good German and after one year I have started to speak English, because both English and German were equally important. After 17 years I have still feeling that my English in not as good as German.

      • Orion team (Antonio)

        Hi, Adam,

        Yes, when we need to survive we learn faster than at any moment of our life. to maintain a good level in any language people know they must read and speak about their general knowledge or new knowledge in the different languages they want to use. That’s why is not really possible to have the same level in any of them. Forcefully they, you and I, are going to use a language more than another in our life, in our job, in our language studies… the important is: Could we communicate well enough when we speak any of these languages?

        That’s the goal we try to reach.

        Thanks for your answer.