Today I want to provide osme suggetions for how to setup a podcasting studio space. We’ll look at two types of studios. A permenant studio, and a temporary studio. A premenant studio is a space where you have total control over the environment. A temporary space may be a hotel room, or some one elses office – as space where you have limited control over the environment.
If you follow my suggestions you’ll be able to set up a studio almost anywhere. You’ll be using mobile equipment that does a great job of limiting off-axis, and ambient, noise which means that you can set up studio in many locations in which other podcasters would sound horrible.
PERMENANT STUDIO SPACE
Today I want to provide osme suggetions for how to setup a podcasting studio space. We’ll look at two types of studios. A permenant studio, and a temporary studio.
In your permenant studio space you’ll have the freedom to set up sound proofing. A carpeted space is best as it will prevent reverb from the floors. Also, if a room with furniture is available you’ll have much better acoustics.
Here are my suggestions for sound proofing. If have a lot of money you can buy ACOUSTIMAC Acoustic Panel Kits (or something similar) and hang several of them on your walls. These are thick woodne framed peices of soundproofing fabric. They look nice, and they work well, but you need a lot of them, and they’re expensive. Another option for those with the money is to set up a sound booth with movable room deviding walls – floor to ceiling – covered with soundproofing material.
Unfortunately this is too expensive for most people, but fortunately (if you follow my blueprint) you don’t need to worry about so much soundproofing. You can also set up a green, blue, or white, screen to use as a background for video (if you’re streaming video). This will absorb sound – though not very well.
I mentioned this in a previous episode, but I highly suggest buying a few air mattresses for 20.00 and covering them with some inexpensive blankets. Place them against the walls, or (better yet) around the desk at which you’re recording. This is actually the very best sound proofing in my opinion, and it’s inexpensive. It may be over the top in some cases, and it’s not pretty – but it works very well.
If you’re in a large room with carpeting, drapes, and furniture you probably wont need any extra soundproofing. You’ll likely have a reverb free recording if you’re following my blue print.
If you’re in an uncarpeted room with little furniture you’ll want to get some sound proofing material, and set your recording spot up in as far from the walls as possible – or have something between your recording spot and the walls that will absorb the sound. You should walk around the room and speak outloud to find a spot in the room tht will create as little reverb as possible.
If you’re following my bluerpint for podcasting you’ll only need a small amount of deskpace – in some cases, no deskspace at all – to record at. You don’t even need access to a power outlet as my equipment is self-powered. If you’re recording to your laptop, you’ll need power of course. However, since you’re in a permenant location you might as well set up a nice mic boom arm, and put the equipent on your desk. My suggested equipment hardly takes up any space at all. It’s much better than the suggested equipment by others that takes up lots of space and requires multiple power outlets.
You’ll want to make sure you’re not to close to any noisy electronics, and that your power cables are serperated from your mic cables.
TEMPORARY STUDIO SPACE
In a temporary space you may, or may not, have the ability to set up soundproofing. Again, your best option is some blow-up mattresses and blankets. You can use those if you’ll be staying in a room for a while. I travel a lot, and this works perfectly for me. If you can’t do that, and you have little control over the environment then make due with what you have. First, set up your recording spot in the best sounding area of the room – far from the walls. If you’re traveling, a good option is to purchase a small soundproof fabric box for your mic to fit into. Lot’s of voice over artists do this when they have to record voice overs in similar situations. There are some very expensive options, or you can make your own.
You can also use a jacket, or clothing, to add some soundproofing around the mic. Get creative.
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