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Here is a quick video series that will show you everything you need to know about building and setting up your podcast studio. If you’re looking for big time professional sound, then consider this your first class ticket to prime time.

In this video you will learn the equipment needed and how to make the hardware connections

In this video you will learn the recommended Skype settings for podcasting and how to test for sound quality.

In this video you will learn how to set up a professional podcast studio with multiple inputs and sources.

 

Products mentioned in these videos:

RE20
PreSonus 16.0.2
Zoom H4n
Tascam DR 680
iMac
Mac Book
Behringer USB Sound Card
Monster Cable

 

 

Grab the PDF guide: How to set up a professional podcast studio

 

 

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After replacing the tube and recording in studio I found the unit was still acting up. I’m pretty confident my install was done correctly which leaves me no choice but professional repair.

I called the authorized repair center for Aphex and they advised fixing the unit could run somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 to $400 dollars.

This was discouraging news to say the least; and It’s also why I’m sharing this story with you.  I’m a firm believer in being completely transparent with my audience. I have never held anything back when it comes to the gear I test and recommend regardless of the outcome.

Just to be sure

I took the additional step and reached out to both Mark Jensen and Randy Cantrell to see if they ever had any problems with the Aphex Channel. I needed to understand if my problem was isolated or reoccurring.

I’m happy to say that both Mark and Randy gave nothing but praise for their units and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Aphex to fellow podcasters. Randy flat out told me if he every had a problem with the Channel, he’d find a way to get it fixed or just buy another one. Simple as that.

In the meantime, I made contact with Aphex and I’m confident I’ll be able to work something out and test a new unit. In my case I bought the Channel used and got a lemon. Don’t let my experience stop you from buying a new Channel. They come new from the factory with a great warranty and Aphex stands behind their products.

There’s no doubt I would still recommend the Aphex Channel.  Once I get mine fixed, I’ll  be doing some live reviews and posting the results for everyone to see.  Stay tuned!

 

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telefunken tube

Replacing the tube is really a piece of cake.

No special tools are required other than a very small Phillips head screwdriver that will be used to remove the top metal piece of the Aphex Channel enclosure.

I also recommend you grab yourself a pair of rubber gloves and wear them when handling the tube. You want to make sure you don’t put any fingerprints on the glass area of the tube. Doing so, can cause the tube to over heat and decrease longevity and sound quality.

Once you have the top piece removed from the Aphex, it’s time to gently remove the copper fastener that holds the tube firmly in place. Go easy here. You don’t want to bend any of the copper prongs on the bottom of the tube. I found that pulling upward while at the same time using constant pressure to remove the base of the tube from the socket works best.

Reverse the process to install the new tube and test everything before finally sealing up the Aphex Unit.

Congratulations! Everything should be good to go.

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