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Focusrite Scarlett Interface Employed as a Key Component for the Podcast Engineering School and Show


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Chris Curran is leading the charge to make high sonic quality the standard for the burgeoning podcasting industry and Focusrite’s Scarlett interfaces are key to that mission
As both staff and a freelance producer/engineer at leading New York City studios like The Hit Factory and Quad Recording in the 1990s, Chris Curran has accrued credits on recordings for artists such as Foreigner, Ice Cube, Jeff Buckley, Philip Bailey and many others. Curran discovered a passion for podcasting several years ago, and as a podcaster and educator he has brought that deep knowledge and technical understanding to the podcasting world. 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. And one constant piece of the podcast puzzle for Curran throughout his podcast career has been Focusrite’s Scarlett interfaces, the best-selling USB audio interface range in the world.
“I discovered Focusrite microphone preamps when I was still an assistant engineer, working my way up,” Curran recalls. “When the Scarlett range became available, I knew that’s what I wanted to use, because it’s Focusrite, which automatically means it sounds great.” He’s used several of the Scarlett models, including the first-gen 8i6, and second-gen 18i20 and 2i2 (of which he has 4) 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. “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.” Curran also praises the simplicity of design and operation of the entire Scarlett range, which assures that podcasters will get the best sound without having to work at it, allowing them to focus on their content. “When I started podcasting, 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. It has the basic functionality they need and, with those Focusrite mic pre’s, the sound they want, at a price they can afford. It’s solid and reliable. There are other interfaces out there, but Focusrite did it right.”

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Curtis Chan

Senior Editor at Broadcast Beat Magazine
Curtis Chan is President and CEO/Founder and Managing Partner of two high technology Brand Marketing and Public Relations companies, CHAN & ASSOCIATES and COGNITIVE IMPACT, whose clients range from the Global Fortune 500 to venture capital funded startups.

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Mr. Chan is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and angel investor. He played key executive roles early on in helping to pioneer and usher in both professional digital audio and digital video technologies for the recording, broadcast, cinematic and post production industries. He also played key executive roles in helping to develop and market data storage technologies. His expansive background spans four decades in ever increasing executive roles in operations, business development, engineering and sales/marketing in the information technology, media & entertainment, storage and networking, and other related high technology industries.

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A graduate of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo; Mr. Chan is celebrating his 12th year as a Board of Director for the Fullerton College Foundation and recipient of the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service in Business; 17th year as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and mentor for the Small Business Institute at California State University Fullerton and incubators. Additionally, he is a volunteer member of DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America); an advisor to the College of Engineering's Global Waste Research Institute and Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a member of the President’s Green and Gold Society. Passionate about hospice care, he was the past Board President for the Healing Hearts Association; and is a regularly featured speaker at many MBA and Doctorate level lectures around the country. He has presented and published over 30 papers worldwide, is a book co-author, an Editorial Board Member for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Senior Editor for Broadcast Beat Magazine, past Senior Editor for Computer Technology Review, and is a regularly featured Contributing Editor to many US and international trade publications for over 30 years.

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