German-Swiss-US-based Podcast Uses Virtual Mixers
The podcast “Geek-Week.de” was one of the first to produce their shows completely with Lawo’s virtual radio mixing software. Geek-Week reports on a weekly basis on hot technology topics – especially focusing on developments from the Silicon Valley.
What’s special about the 1-hour podcast: the hosts – three journalists – are based in Portland (Oregon, US), Bern (Switzerland) and Munich (Germany).
In the past, the bloggers Frederic Lardinois (techcrunch.com), Marcus Schuler (Bavarian Broadcaster / BR) and Jean-Claude Frick had to mix a variety of analog and digital sources when recording their podcasts. They already used LUCI Live for VOIP telephone contributions, but the digital signals from Bern and Portland were fed into an analog console, and from there again into a digital recorder. That’s changed, however: the tech-podcast now uses Lawo virtual radio mixer/router software.
“We are very happy and proud that we were able to be part of the beta-phase”, says Marcus Schuler, 43, journalist and podcaster. “[Lawo’s virtual mixer] brings the analog radio-feeling to our monitors. On the touch-screen-monitor you have all the incoming signals available and you can focus on what really counts – creating your show. The real innovation is that the software has access to all the signals of your Windows-PC and makes them available as faders on your virtual mixing console – without additional hardware.”
For the creators of the tech-podcast, the production of their shows became much easier. All signal paths remain digital from start to finish. And the Geek-Week makers can now work without an additional console and other sound devices. “We need less technical equipment, now. And the first-time installation is really easy, even for non-tech users. The user interface is foolproof”, explains Schuler (formerly a presenter at the German radio station SWF3).