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Recording Compositions for Podcasts with BAE Audio

Luis Guerra, the musical director and composer for Malcolm Gladwell’s "Revisionist History" podcast, uses BAE Audio gear to help tell musical stories.

Luis Guerra, musical director and composer behind Malcolm Gladwell’s popular Revisionist History podcast
Luis Guerra is the musical director and composer of Revisionist History.

Los Angeles, CA (June 30, 2020) —Luis Guerra, the musical director and composer behind Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast and other high-profile work, depends on BAE Audio’s 1073MPL mic preamplifier and B15 500 series equalizer to help him tell his musical stories.

“My studio is set up to characterize what people are trying to do through their stories, film and TV,” explained the composer, arranger and sound designer. “It is all about vibe. I am not writing songs, and I work at a very high volume, high pace, fast turnaround model.”

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Guerra is a multi-instrumentalist whose main instrument is a double bass. While he is an accomplished arranger and proficient on many instruments, he uses the Moog One synthesizer as one of his primary musical sketch pads. He runs the stereo outs of his Moog One directly into the BAE 1073MPL and B15 equalizer. “The game changed for me when I started sending out cues using my Moog into my BAE 1073 chain. Suddenly people became really interested in what I was doing,” he said.

“The Moog already sounds amazing, but after it hits these BAE 1073s, it is just so warm and juicy. The transients and the gain-staging all sound great. Also, with the B15, I can shelve the hi-hat a little bit, or if I want a little more growl in the midrange, I can dial that in or notch out a problem in low 200 Hz or 250 Hz. It’s all about workflow for me. You are trying to capture your ideas before they escape your brain.”

Guerra says that at any given time, he will be recording and mixing approximately three pieces of music per day. “I have to always be working on a ton of music to hit my schedules, and it has to sound great without any fuss.” To that end, he says that his BAE kit makes an audible difference. “When I deliver a mockup or a demo, people often say, ‘That’s sounds great. Can we use it?’ when I just intended it to be an idea! Had I known this 20 years ago, I would have invested in the BAE gear a long time ago because it has given me a real competitive advantage.”

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