Building a podcast studio
I have a little studio that fits into a small handbag and if I remember to switch it on properly, the sound of recordings is great. Once I interviewed a Swedish legend singer and songwriter, Tomas Ledin, and I am a great fan. Annoyingly enough I forgot to turn on the sound on my fancy equipment and only realised when I got back home... My most recent project is to record a podcast where I interview interesting people with the same mission as us, to spark kids passion for science. Remind me to create a checklist and actually use i before I start interviewing people here in the UK.
Since I have recorded sound for some years now, primarily for our experiment videos but also video interviews, I have learnt a few things as the self taught amateur I am. YouTube is brilliant and I have watched numerous and great tutorials there. Initially I started by recording interviews with my iPhone, then got a video camera but the level of noise in central London is crazy and intense and it almost drove me crazy having to re-record everything a million times. The noise does not disappear fully with this setup but it is massively reduced and the quality of sound is great.
Being a startup with a tight budget we can not afford renting a pro studio, plus moving kids and people to interview them at a certain place is nowhere near practical. Luckily I came across a great sound store in Stockholm, Scandinavian Photo, who guided me to a cheap and professional way of recording sound.
I bought this equipment and have used it for about a year now and I love it. This is what I keep in my sound recording handbag:
To avoid running out of battery, storage or loosing small items, I always keep these extras:
microphone tie clip
microphone foam windscreen