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Inside Podcast Engineering School

After starting out working on Ice Cube and Jeff Buckley albums, Chris Curran has turned his sights to podcast education.

Los Angeles, CA (December 19, 2018)—Formerly a recording engineer in New York City, Chris Curran discovered a passion for podcasting several years ago, for which he adopted Focusrite’s Scarlett interfaces.

As both staff and a freelance producer/engineer at New York City studios like The Hit Factory and Quad Recording in the 1990s, Curran accrued credits on recordings for artists such as Foreigner, Ice Cube, Jeff Buckley, Philip Bailey and many others. More recently, as a podcaster and educator, he has brought his deep knowledge and technical understanding to the podcasting world.

Pro Audio Answers Podcasting’s Call

After relocating to Colorado Springs in 2015, he decided to exchange ideas with the proliferating base of podcasters through his Podcast Engineering School, disseminating practical audio understanding through live interactive online training and mentoring from his studio, Fractal Recording.

When Curran started podcasting, he says, “I’d see other podcasters sticking a microphone on a table between four people and just going for it, so I knew there was a need for education around how to get the best sound for podcasting. With the Scarlett 2i2, they can spend more time on the podcast itself, knowing that Focusrite is helping them get good sound quality.”

Curran has used several of the Scarlett models, including the first-gen 8i6, and second-gen 18i20 and 2i2 (of which he has four) units he currently works with, along with a Focusrite Red 3 dual compressor/limiter. But he says that the Scarlett 2i2 is the unit best suited to the broadest range of podcasters.

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“It’s small, it’s affordable and it has two microphone inputs, which is exactly what the vast majority of podcasters need,” he explains. “And you know you’ll have great sound right from the start, because of the audio quality that Focusrite brings to it.”

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