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RME Fireface Fuels Crooked Media Podcast Efforts

A pair of RME Fireface UFX+ interfaces serve as system centerpieces at Crooked Media’s Los Angeles Studios.

Kyle Seglin, lead audio engineer and studio manager at Crooked Media's LA studios.
Kyle Seglin, lead audio engineer and studio manager at Crooked Media’s LA studios.

Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2020)—All podcasts produced in-house at Crooked Media’s Los Angeles studio, including Pod Save America, are recorded through RME Fireface UFX+ interfaces. The units were part of an overall studio gear upgrade that began last year when Kyle Seglin joined the podcast network as lead audio engineer and studio manager.

Founded in 2016, the network produces a variety of shows including Pod Save America; Lovett or Leave It; Pod Save the World; Keep It; The Wilderness and a daily podcast, What A Day. All of that is produced out of the two studios onsite.

“When I came to Crooked Media, I upgraded our equipment to feature the two RME units as a core component of both studios,” Seglin said. “I went with RME largely because of TotalMix FX, because it allowed me to do everything that I would do with a large-format console, but without the physical routing connections and massive physical footprint.”

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The TotalMix FX software is used to handle monitoring and routing for the company’s podcasts without the need for a console, and as it turns out, it was the key differentiator for Seglin to opt for RME interfaces. “It was the TotalMix FX Software that pushed the Fireface UFX+ over the edge, for me,” he noted.

With both of Crooked Media’s LA studios now outfitted with an RME Fireface UFX+, Seglin’s current setup includes four desk/host mics, which he sends to a separate four-channel mic preamp before feeding it into the Fireface UFX+ via the unit’s ADAT input. Seglin plugs a talkback mic into one of the Fireface UFX+ preamps and a room microphone into another.

“The other two RME preamps are open for whatever needs might arise,” he added. “In addition to the microphones, I have two phone lines coming line-in to the Fireface via a Telos unit, as well as a Skype feed, first using the virtual inputs in TotalMix to run directly off my main computer, then using TotalMix to route that signal wherever I need it to go. I also have a Bluetooth audio receiving unit and an auxiliary input coming into the Fireface through line inputs. All of these things are connected at all times.”

“The outputs I use largely to send mix-minus feeds back to phone lines and VoIP lines. I love that the Fireface UFX+ used alongside TotalMix FX gives me the ability to have independent submixes for each and every output. Essentially, I can have my studio set up and ready to go with everything in place, and with no need to re-patch anything, due to the I/O.”