The Briefcase

a podcast by Benjamin Welch

About this site

The Briefcase is an autobiographical, narrative podcast. Part music project, part memoir, part recommendations. The world is a confusing place. I’ll do my best to sort it out for you and me. One episode at a time.

This site would not be possible without the help of coffee, computers, and the internet.

Portrait of Benjamin Welch

Portrait by Tim Van Damme

About me

I make stuff. This site is a place for me to do just that.

Currently, I work at Typekit and they’re the coolest group of people I’ve ever worked with. I do my best to make life a bit easier for our customers. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

Thanks so much for listening.

Publishing

This site is happily hosted on Linode and published using a customized version of Nanoc. The typeface is Neue Haas Grotesk from Font Bureau.

Computers

My current machine is a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display (2017), 32 gigs of RAM, and 512GB of flash storage. This is the best computer I’ve ever owned.

I use an iPad Pro 10.5. This thing is insane. I’ve found it to be a fantastic tool for research, writing, and making music.

The device that never leaves my side is an iPhone 6s.

Recording

Logic Pro X

The software I use to record, arrange and make all things audio.

Ableton Live

Used for it’s session view and excellent midi routing.

Clarett 4Pre

A great thunderbolt audio interface with 4 mic preamps.

Heil PR 40

A great, broadcast quality mic. This is for everything voiceover.

AT-4050

A great condenser mic. I just this for all things singing and musical.

Instruments

I use a bunch of different things to make music. Many of them are software based. This is some of my favorite hardware.

Elektron Analog Four MKI

This is an amazing four-voice analog synth and incredible four-track sequencer.

Elektron Digitakt

8 voice digital drum computer & sampler. If you’re curious, watch this first look.

OB-6 Desktop

6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer. It does something surprising every time I turn it on.

Komplete Kontrol S25

A smallish midi controller that has some really neat features.