Hey Craig,

There's no easy options here, just trade-offs. So you're going to need to 
understand your intended use more. 

Our first studio fit in a rubbermaid box and cost less than 500 Canadian 
dollars. We added things over time as people expressed interest. Now we 
have mobile kit and a studio kit. We just make the room available to our 
subscribers. No extra charge. First come, first served. Treating the room 
also made it better suited to hosting and participating in webinars, 
conferences, and video recording. So we also got a light kit, a green 
screen, and now we're getting into more video work as well. 

Add some versatility to your mic setup by going with the ATR 2100s. You'll 
get a great-sounding mic that works in rooms with some noise, but can also 
just plug into a computer using USB. This makes it easy for someone using 
the studio solo to just hook up direct. 

A mixer will make it easy for people just getting started to use the audio, 
but you'll need an audio interface rather than a mixer if you want each mic 
to be on a separate track. A mixer will take each of those tracks and 'mix' 
it down to two stereo tracks, which then goes into the computer's typical 
sound card. An audio interface takes each input and brings it directly into 
the computer. This means you can enhance each track independently. The 
trade-off is that it's more complicated to edit the audio in some ways 
(more than we have time for here). The long and the short of it is that 
producers will all have different expectations, and you'll need to be ready 
to cater to them and explain how your setup works so that they can decide 
if it's suitable. We found that people with existing shows were already set 
in their ways about how they wanted their setup to operate. One way we 
moved past that at first was we targeted people who had no podcast 
experience and helped them get started. So our gear was the first gear they 

Lastly, you're going to get more bang for your buck by spending some of 
that budget on sound treating the room. How's that set up? 

Happy to assist further if I'm able.

On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:26:34 PM UTC-4, Craig Baute - Creative 
Density Coworking wrote:
> I just had a coworking friend from Charlotte stop by and he mentioned how 
> much their podcasting studio is adding energy to his space. So I talked 
> around and I can feel some of the same excitment building in our community 
> when I bring it up here.
> So we are converting an interior office into a podcast studio. I want it 
> to have professional equipment that is easy to use. This isn't going to be 
> the highest end but good for business to make quality podcasts that sound 
> great. We are doing this for a few reasons:
>    1. The community wants one - granted not many but three members would 
>    use it
>    2. Offices aren't exciting to me. 
>    3. Competition is high in Denver for offices so this interior one sits 
>    up 2 to 3 months out of the year and doesn't pull in much money, $500, 
> even 
>    when it is rented.
>    4. It's new way to get people to create is fun and is a driver to 
>    building a community
>    5. Anytime you give your community a tool to create it builds an 
>    opportunity to bond over.
>    6. It should bring in revenue than the office. I'm hoping for 50% 
>    higher.
> I'm coming at this from a fairly naive perspective right now so I would 
> love some feedback. Here is what I'm thinking. The podcasting studio will 
> cost me around $700 in new furniture, purchased from IKEA. I'm looking into 
> this equipment which will cost me about $1500.
> 4 of these mic set ups, 
> https://www.amazon.com/Rode-Procaster-Booming-Kit-cable/dp/B00D390QZO/ref=pd_sbs_267_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00D390QZO&pd_rd_r=DZAKK8A0ZPHPCEQ2QSS0&pd_rd_w=mr88U&pd_rd_wg=fpqG9&psc=1&refRID=DZAKK8A0ZPHPCEQ2QSS0
> 4 channel mixer
> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EDRUQXC/?coliid=I9QYQX1O17AXM&colid=PMLMWDDYP2ZY&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
> *Does anyone have any experience with a podcasting studio, things to try, 
> pitfalls to avoid, etc?*

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