Quoted from ZMeny:
Thanks for the feedback buddy. I’m not hearing a popped P at 42 second mark but likely I have levels a hair too high. Tough to reduce them because then people on some playback devices say it doesn’t get loud enough unless they are using headphones. I use a Shure SM7B which are not known for popping P’s/S’s and to my knowledge it’s recommended not to use a pop filter for it because it’s not needed. Will continue to fine tune audio though and find settings that are buttery smooth.
The example at 41 seconds was the "P" in the word "Pinball" when talking about the Halloween release.
But you're DEFINITELY popping Ps all over the place all podcast long. 100%. Trust me. It's blatant on the audio (dunno why you can't hear it, maybe inadequate speaker range?), but the waveform doesn't lie. ANY mic will pop when faced with a wall of excess air. That's why talking slightly parallel to the mic will alleviate most of it (especially if you're not using a popper stopper). We used $3000 mics in the studio and had popper stopper on them, but STILL had to talk slightly off center on them to not pop them occasionally.
An article I grabbed about this summed up the podcaster issue:
"P-Pops seem to be increasingly common on the radio and in podcasts, possibly because producers and engineers are trusting too much in their microphones’ (inadequate) built-in pop-filtering. Or perhaps they’re monitoring on small speakers, which might not fully reproduce the low frequency bump that is the signature of a P-Pop. Checking your mix on speakers with a wide frequency response, or on headphones, can be crucial in catching problems you might otherwise miss.
Some large-diaphragm dynamic mics, such as classic radio-host mics like the Electrovoice RE-20 or Shure SM7B have mesh or foam wind screens built in, that serve to mitigate plosives. BUT it’s still quite easy to P-Pop those mics, you’ll hear it almost every day on the radio."
Are you not using any audio compression on the mp3? That explains a lot. I mean, you don't want a Death Magnetic situation (http://recordinghacks.com/2008/12/20/metallica-wins-the-loudness-wars/) where they famously went totally crazy with the compression and made a death beam of sound with all volume and no dynamics, but you can definitely make the audio loud enough without riding past the peak indicator all the time. The flat areas at the top of these waveform examples below are clipped - maxed out audio where the actual peak was cut off because it went past the top. You can avoid that by recording lower volume, normalizing/compressing, then raising the volume to fill the waveform space. But because you've compressed, there won't be extreme peaks that get cut off, clipping the waveform.
I'll email you some examples.
Clipping audio waveforms in the podcast all over the place:
clipped audio (resized).jpg
Now with .1dB gap, so it will not max out and peak the meter, this stops the reds, but doesn't improve the audio. Normalizing/compression will make better audio so the tips of the waveforms are not blocked off like square ends: