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Stitcher Outfits its New Studios

The podcast distributor’s new WSDG-designed studios are outfitted with a slew of Allen & Heath desks.

New York, NY (September 10, 2019)—Podcast creator and distributor Stitcher’s new studios in Manhattan, designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG), include Allen & Heath Qu-16 and Qu-32 digital mixers in the control rooms.

John DeLore, senior production manager for Stitcher’s studios, says the company’s previous facility was limited to a single studio with control room and interview room: “We needed more capacity and studio space, and our new studios needed top of the line sonic quality—lots of flexibility and acoustic isolation from each other and the outside world.”

The new studios, fully isolated and tuned for consistent a sonic quality from studio to studio, have been nominated for a 2020 NAMM TEC Awards in the studio design project category.

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Stitcher’s previous facility had used the Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer. WSDG’s Judy Elliott-Brown says, “They were very comfortable with the Qu-16 because it enabled them to produce their podcasts along with mix-minus feeds for remote interviews, so we specified a second Qu-16 and a larger Qu-32 for music recording.”

DeLore explains, “We have the Qu-32 in Studio A. In that room, we utilize the layers and scenes for podcasts like the Marvel Wolverine series, and for recording original scoring. It works as an interface with Pro Tools, so everything is one-to-one. And, we love the Q-Drive function. We’re recording to Pro Tools, but the Q-Drive gives us a multitrack backup. Guest engineers can set up the mixer the way they need; then we return it to the studio’s standards with a programmed soft key.”

He adds, “The Allen & Heath mixers really work well for what we do. We like the way they sound, and we like the ease of operation. Our end product is audio, and from where I sit as a producer, we have a beautiful suite of studios nicely equipped to deliver a high-quality product.”

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Stitcher’s new studios will be a featured tour during this year’s AES Convention in October. Stitcher’s John DeLore and WSDG’s Romina Larregina will also be featured on a Podcast Production Studios panel at AES.

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