Chicago, IL (January 22, 2020)—While podcasts have been around since the mid-2000s, the portable broadcast format has hit peak awareness in recent years, and with that has come a wave of change that has swept out the amateur production values that were so prevalent in early years, and replaced them with sophisticated audio presentations that include music, guest appearances, sound effects and more. The ability to create that level of audio artistry has resulted in a number of existing recording studios now providing podcast production services.
Chicago-based BAM Studios recently launched its own podcast division, guided by Emmy-winning producer/creative director Chris Olsen. BAM’s intent is to essentially provide one-stop shopping for potential podcasters. While technical offerings are the driving force behind the new division, it also provides a number of other services, from original content development to full production recording, editing and music, as well as final posting to a variety of podcast hosting sources.
The division, however, is mostly centered around BAM’s new podcast recording studio, Studio K. The custom-designed room features a modular mic setup allowing up to four in-studio voices to be recorded simultaneously. Gear on hand includes the ubiquitous podcasting mic, the Shure SM7B, as well as three Electro-Voice RE27N/D broadcast mics mounted on Electro-Voice 309 A shockmounts hanging from Blue Compass desktop boom arms, all leading to a pair of Focusrite RedNet X2P 2×2 ethernet audio digital I/Os. A selection of Fostex T40RP headphones are available for talent.
The studio can also connect clients, guests and hosts from around the world to any session via Skype, digital Phone Patch, ISDN, SourceConnect, Comrex IP and IpDTL, making use of the facility’s TV, film, and commercial capabilities.
BAM Studios has already worked on a variety of podcasts, including ACLU’s Talking Liberties, Ronan Farrow: To Catch and Kill, Chris Olsen’s ShoutBox, Callaway Rogue Moments with Bill Macatee, McDonalds’ The Sauce, and Add Passion and Stir, for which the studio provided voiceover recording, music licensing, sound design, editing and mixing. A slew of corporate podcasts have passed through the facility and soon the studio’s resume will include BAM’s own Bang-Zoom podcast, coming later this year.
The kind of entrepreneurial spirit often found in fledgling podcasts is something familiar to BAM Studios, which marked its 20th anniversary in December. Founded by Brian Reed in 1999 in downtown Chicago, BAM sprang to life when Skyview Studios, a post-production facility he worked at, shut down. Left with a slew of McDonald’s projects that he was still booked for, Reed founded BAM as a single studio, employing one assistant. After several years going it alone, a former assistant, Dave Leffel, joined the team, resulting in a second studio. In time, BAM grew to encompass a half-dozen studios across two locations, with rooms variously designed by Russ Berger Design Group and Threshold Acoustics. Today, the company sports nine employees (including Ellie Bellie, the studio pup) and offers sound design, ADR, voiceover recording and casting, digital patching, mixing, sweetening, re-recording and more.
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