Los Angeles, CA (February 26, 2019)—Adam Carolla’s name may be on the title, but making The Adam Carolla Show, his eponymous podcast, happen is a team effort, as the affable host is backed by executive producer Chris Laxamana, who oversees production from creation to distribution.
“We try to keep the shows true to Adam’s radio roots, so we record everything straight to tape and we release the show in mono 64kbps, which is just crazy,” said Laxamana. “We want it to be a fast download and easy to stream for people using their cellular data. And we want to make sure that every word is clearly understood, and it sounds good even on a phone anywhere you go.”
The podcast has been on the air for 10 years and the studio’s analog mixer was starting to get a little long in the tooth; with that mind, Laxamana began researching a replacement desk, looking for clarity but also benefits that a modern digital desk brings to the table, such as snapshots, since the desk would be used by visiting engineers to record other podcasts. “With the SQ-6, we could record scenes for our guest engineers and call them up with the push of a button,” he said, “and, with all its compressors, gates and EQ, the SQ-6 was a no-brainer.”
An Allen & Heath SQ-6, purchased from FL Logistics in Anaheim, CA, is now used to record every show. Laxamana noted, “We do a lot of music cues and, with the SQ-6, we can group all the mics in a mix, all the sound effects in a mix and give everyone their own headphone feed. Then, each engineer pulls up their own scene with a soft key. And, the board is so intuitive that we don’t need to oversee them through their show to make sure they’re doing it right. It’s really easy to run.
“We are in the business of being heard and the SQ-6’s sound is phenomenal,” he said. “That helps make us the best sounding podcast in the business.”
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