A visit to Maximum Fun headquarters


36 Responses to “A visit to Maximum Fun headquarters”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness, I somehow thought Jesse would be perpetually dressed in a tweed jacket with a pocket square! Why who knows? he may even occasionally wear flip-flops!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So… it really is “produced by speaking into microphones!”

  3. Jesse Thorn says:

    Usually I am wearing a pocket square – though not always tweed! It’s hot in LA! And I do wear flip-flops – at the beach.

  4. Anonymous says:

    let’s clean up those wires

  5. RSF says:

    Jesse’s studio looks amazing for a home studio. He looks so happy in that picture. It is very inspiring to me and helps me to visualize my future studio.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You forgot to mention pop filters. Please spread the word about pop filters! They’re cheap and obvious but I’ve heard too many PPPPodcasts where PPPPPop filters are not PPPPPart of the setup and the audio is PPPPainful to listen to!

  7. Jesse Thorn says:

    You volunteering, Anon :)?

  8. bobledrew says:

    Shurely someone could run down the gear pictured?! Pleeze?

  9. bobledrew says:

    Mark and Jesse — To paraphrase Abba: thank you for the geekness.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What kind of dog is coco? Please!

  11. Anonymous says:

    And Jesse’s sister program, “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” is one of the most consistently hilarious podcasts on the planet. Highly recommended!

    • Davin says:

      Seconding Anon’s comment! JJGo is one of the best things in podcast comedy, up there with esteemed company like You Look Nice Today.

      As a Happy Mutant, I can safely say that the BoingBoing crowd will be right at home with JJGo and TSOYA :)

  12. Pantograph says:

    Loving this.
    I’m not particularly interested in audio recording and have never heard this particular podcast (apparently I’m missing out), but I’m a sucker for people geeking out over their equipment.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love the way the Sound of Young America sounds, and as soon as my own podcast budget allows I may move to the Shure mic. I’ve seen a few I like for cheaper, but after an incident involving lawnmowers and uncontrollable laughter of my co-hosts, I think the money might be well spent.

    One thing though…may I recommend some cable organization? There are SO many varieties to be had, and I daresay it would look even more professional without the cords to trip over! Container Store is a good place to look, but I’m sure Target or Walmart has something as well.

  14. alternativeguy says:

    The idea that public radio is somehow lavish is pretty idiotic. Sure there’s a place for Jesse-types in the future, but you need more of an organization, a structure to get to the larger scale truth. God help us if radio becomes just guys in bedrooms with equipment.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Let us be clear. Jesse is still completely within his “essential clothing” repertoire. A gray crew neck sweatshirt is still in good form.

    Well executed, sir.

    Coco, still looking very dapper also.


  16. Jesse Thorn says:

    Thanks, guys, very nice of you.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Great post.

    I was just wondering the other day how the quality sound of Jesse’s crossover episode with Stop Podcasting Youself was conceived.

    I assumed ISDN was pretty expensive and even if Jesse had one, Dave and Graham probably didn’t.

    Mystery solved, “tape sync” it is.

  18. Monograeme says:

    Damn it all! I’ve gone to some moderate effort to keep Jordan and Jesse’s faces unknown, preserving the mystery, if you will. Even the cartoon profiles on the JJGO shirts at TopatoCo were TMI! Now it’s just weird.

  19. Jesse Thorn says:

    Cocoa is a mutt. We think she’s part chihuahua and part terrier – probably at least some schnauzer. She was a street dog in Tijuana before she was rescued. Now she’s our best pal!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Is that the same sweatshirt recently featured on putthison.com from the gap? Looks good, I expected it to be bulkier.

  21. Warren Frey says:

    @alternativeguy No, Dawkins bless us if radio becomes guys in bedrooms with equipment. It already is, and it’s become 100 times more awesome in the last 5 years, as long as you lump in podcasts with radio.

    I haven’t listened to over-the-air radio in years. An iPhone full of podcasts, ranging from the BBC and NPR to 1UP and a bunch of “guys in bedrooms” suits me just fine.

    • alternativeguy says:

      I agree that a range of podcasts is good, but if there were no BBC or NPR, just guys in bedrooms, as the comment seemed to imply, God help us all. You need large scale structure to produce stuff at the high end. And that’s expensive. Most home-made podcasts I’ve listened to could use a hell of a lot of (expensive) editing and editors… they waste your time never getting to the point. The concision that comes with NPR and the BBC comes at a price. As Mark Twain once wrote (paraphrasing): “Sorry this letter is so long. It would have been shorter if I had more time.”

      • devophill says:

        Jesse has an editor (now full time) and his show sounds fantastic. It is also on terrestrial radio, btw. His show does not have large scale structure yet it is definitely high end. “Guy in his bedroom” is a sliding scale.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m only familiar with JJGO from their crash and burn interview with the penny arcade creators. It’s a level of audio discomfort that could elicit confessions from people simply to make it stop.

  23. doggo says:

    Feh! You call those cables disorganized?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Another excellent mic that is fairly cheap and very forgiving is the Electro-voice RE-20. A lot of “professional” radio stations use them, as well as recording studios, etc. (nice on a kick drum).

  25. Anonymous says:

    Podcasts from independents are going to destroy public radio. It’s the old ‘time / money / talent’ triangle, with time and talent being augmented by the sheer number of individuals working on their own projects.

    This recent article in our old friend the Grauniad tolls the death knell for radio drama following the recent misguided axing of R4′s drama slot, for example: http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/jun/20/radio-drama

    It then goes on to link to a bunch of indie podcasters whose output dwarfs that of R4.

    Want zombies? http://www.zombiepodcast.com/

    Like your comedy sci fi multimedia? (Broadcast to a schedule, though – how quaint.) http://www.earth101.net/

    General drama? http://www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk/

    There is a whole bunch of others linked from the article and in the comments.

    It’s not all about straight talk-radio style podcasts, although that seems to be in the majority because it’s easier to produce.

  26. amswitch says:

    The SM7 is a great mic, as is the RE-20 and the Sennheiser 421. The SM7 has less of an issue with proximity effect and popping naturally because of the huge grill under the foam. The Mackie VLZ preamps are most definitely NOT know for their clean sound at all, or high gain. Once you get the preamp past about 12 o’clock it gets pretty hairy. You need to step up to the next level for anything resembling that kind of reputation. Mackies are known for being cheap and pretty reliable when you take care of them. The ONYX is a good board though.

  27. BadIdeaSociety says:

    1) Jesse Thorn is one of three radio/podcast hosts who look exactly like I expected him to look.

    2) Um… did you take that photo of Coco using a camera designed to look like a cupcake? He/She has the cupcake dog look in his eyes.

  28. Artimus Mangilord says:

    A comment on the SM7B – it’s got a decent metal shield underneath the foam windscreen, and so is a good selection if you’re working in close quarters with a ton of, say, monitors, that can otherwise introduce a noisy electromagnetic hum in your signal.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Without a doubt Jesse is one of the best interviewers alive. Always brings insightful, thoughtful questions. Keep it up Maximumfun.org family!

Leave a Reply