Author Archives: Creaky


Big announcement for Creaky Studios is coming up later! We’re finally getting around to something we’ve wanted to do for years!!
This ain’t the ‘secret project’ previously alluded to…but thankfully that’s rolling again too…expect news on that front at the end of July ;)
Looking forward to this new chapter for the studio :)


“What do you want now, Creaky?”
I’m about to start on a big ass personal project…something I’ve thinking about for about 3 years, designed specifically for TESD listeners and the ant community. It’ll take a long time, involve a lot of people, but in the end we’ll have something truly awesome made entirely by ants, for ants! Having worked on big scale, long duration projects for TESD I’m positive we can get this together. 

“You sound like an X-Files villain…What the hell IS ‘the project’, man?”
I want to be able to SHOW what we’re planning rather than just describe bear with me on that one ;)  At the moment I’m still talking to some key people and getting graphics and information worked out…Trust me when I say it’s something every ant can participate in the creation of and enjoy the end result, and it’ll bring the anthill together like never before- online and in the real world. Once we have the details worked out and some previews made, we’ll kick the cat out of the bag.

“uh….huh….Go on…”
Producing TESD is a 7-day a week vocation, one that I LOVE… but I don’t make a lot from my day job, so to keep the lights on in the Creaky shack during the project, I’m gonna have to start shilling like a mofo. I’ll be putting a few prized possessions up for grabs… like my own red TESD Vinylcast, brand new boxed Sennheiser headphones and some other TESD-related surprises. (ok… it’s just some cheesecake that Gitem made 3 years ago). Details for getting those items will be coming up very soon.
With huge amounts of self-hate and humility I’m also asking anyone who can afford it to please support ol’ Creaky to help get the project off the ground

“This sounds like some kind of leprechaun based scam…but your blue eyes and red beard are so captivating… I’m in..”
You can support using the Donate button at the side on this page (or Paypal directly to TESD never asks us for anything and I hate doing so too…but it’s the only way I can get this off the ground. There’ll be perks for everyone involved, ranging from early access to the finished project, to exclusive TESD items from the Creaky Collection that can’t be obtained anywhere else.

We’ll probably be making a project page on Kickstarter or Patreon when we release the full details in a few weeks…but anyone who contributes in the meantime will be offered first dibs on the reward levels we’ll be putting up (up to the value you donate).

“I’m as poor as you, asshole. I think I’ll spend my money on other frivolous crap like food and rent”
Even if you can’t donate, there’s going to be a part for everyone who wants to be involved…and once it’s released it’ll hopefully become one of the best tools the ants have :) We’ll be opening for volunteers and posting more information in a few weeks time, until then please stay tuned on my twitter account (@dequinn) for updates, plus details for getting that sweet-ass red Vinyl!

“Too Long, Didn’t Read”
Gimme money gimme money gimme money gimme money.

“Fuck off, Creaky”
Fine, back to the showers with me. Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Update- We got enough to get things off the ground, put together a roadmap and commissioned a concept artist…progress slowed at that point so we recently had a meeting of project leads to re-boot efforts on all fronts. We’ve decided the key to moving forward is involving more skilled people willing to volunteer their services, as this project is large in scope and ambition, and working more closely with TESD to that end. Stay tuned for an announcement soon

Get Your Creak On Give Away!

Podcasters! Creaky Studios is having its first give away! Entering is simple, if you have an established (regular) podcast, simply ask 3 other podcast runners on twitter to check out the educational and professional services available at 5 entrants will be randomly selected to receive a free professional mastering session on their podcast, worth $35, AND one of the podcasts you recommend will also be issued a credit for a free mastering service!

To enter simply include the hashtag #CreakOn in your tweet! Winning Podcasts will be selected in 7 days on Friday March 29th.

We look forward to being able to give our 5 selected podcasts the professional Creaky Studios touch!


Welcome to the Help and Information Section!

Were still finishing our first batch of guides but check back soon for new help sections and the first of our published guides.

Coming out soon:

(Beginner) How to podcast on no budget: We cover tips, tricks and free services for getting the best sounding podcast with the tools you already have, and the best ways to distribute and promote your podcast for free!

(Beginner) Time to Record: We show you how to set up your home recording studio to get the best recording quality and take you step by step on setting up and dialing in your audio hardware, pre-recording checklists and much more

(Beginner/Intermediate) Choosing the right equipment: We cover the different types of recorders, microphones and mixers and cover which set up is best for your budget.

(Intermediate) Dynamic Range, and how to manage it: In this guide we cover one of the most important and overlooked aspects to recording. Are you losing your mind adjusting your gain/mixing desk only to find people still can’t hear what you are saying? Check out this comprehensive guide to managing the dynamic range of your recordings, your listeners will thank you!

(Intermediate) Ground loops, and why you don’t want them. So you invested your life savings in all new microphones & equipment for your podcast….but you still have noise on your track. Ever consider the electrical wiring in the room itself is acting like a giant antenna for interference?! We’ll show you know to find and prevent this often overlooked problem.

(Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) Help!: We cover the most common problems encountered by podcasters and the best ways to address or avoid them. There will be a Q&A section where podcasters can submit their questions and get sound advice from a sound engineer!

There will be much more coming soon…. in the next few weeks we will cover the best microphones for different podcasting scenarios, recommendations for digital recorders and accessories and guides for how to publish your podcast. We want to build this site into the premier resource and support destination for podcasters big and small. Please bookmark us and check back regularly for updates!

Help you can help
The guides and support are provided by one self employed and very creaky sound engineer!, and running the help and information service means I’m not working on projects. Your donations are hugely appreciated towards giving me the resources to dedicate myself to education and support for the podcast community and hopefully grow the site to be the number one destination for information and assistance for podcasters. Thank you! -Creaky

Also don’t forget to submit your questions using the contact form, they will be used to shape upcoming guides and support :)