How To Setup Your Podcast Studio – A walkthrough at The Toy Box Studio with Lij Shaw

I walk you through my podcasting setup at The Toy Box Studio in East Nashville TN. I set this up for my inaugural interview to launch my new podcast, RecordingStudioRockstars.com

Treat your setup like you are preparing for a live event. Make sure you have everything you might need at your fingertips. So that you dont have to break up the flow of the interview. You want to keep the energy just right.
Lij Shaw
Podcast Professor

I prefer to set for an interview standing If I can. It keeps the energy upbeat. Sitting can cause me to get sleepy of lose my train of thought. Standing keeps me focused.

I also stand so that I see the computer screen (but my guest can't). I don't want them to be self conscious during the interview. But I do want to see the computer screen to be confident that it is still recording (sometimes it can drop out of record and that is a serious bummer!).

I set up two music stands so that we can each have a place to put things or take notes. And for notes we have clip boards with paper and sharp pencils. I find it too hard to take notes on a computer. So I keep it old school and use paper.

Really I just want to write down any thought that might lead to the next question. I also bought battery powered clip on stand lights on Amazon.

I also keep a bluetooth keyboard ready for dropping markers in the recording in real time​ in case we have dead air or make a mistake.

The important thing with editing from those markers later is that I you start at the end and work your way backwards. If you are in shuffle or ripple edit mode then you don't want to accidentally move those markers out of place when you remove audio pieces. Going backwards helps to prevent this slipping out of place.

The best markers are none at all! If you are prepared for your interview and keep the energy up then you wont have to go in a remove anything later. And you will be able to produce far more content more easily for your podcast.

For Show notes when I can I have my intern or assistant listen in on headphones in the other room and write down everything that should be part of the show notes for later.

Benjamin Benekos is ready to take notes and grab relevant URL links during the interview. This saves a ton of time later. When I am am done editing the show I wont have to go back through and listen again looking for links. I will have those ready to go. Thanks Benjamin!

Here are some of the key elements to the studio

  • Two mic stands. Miktek PM9. and quality mic cables.
  • I use external mic preamps for a great quality sound! (You can use built in preamps on your audio converters.)
  • Two music stands for note taking and questions. Also holds my bluetooth keyboard for markers.
  • Clip on music stand battery powered lamps
  • Be able to see the computer screen to verify recording.
  • Be able to see the timer/counter so you know how long your interview is going. Make sure you set it to Min:Sec counter (not beats and bars)
  • Have assistant listen in on headphones and take show notes.
  • Use Google Docs to easily keep your show notes and questions organized.
  • Print out your questions, and intro from guest's bio.
  • Use plugins like a gate and compressors to make your recorded voices sound awesome!
  • Have fun!!

For this interview I used the Miktek PM9 microphones plugged into Acusound mic cables then the Khan 2242 mic preamp (vintage) going into Protools HDX 11. This is my top of the line setup. You can also use the Miktek plug and play Procast SST for a simpler but totally pro sounding setup.

The Miktek SST is an easy plug and play microphone and interface that is perfect for recording yourself and your guest. It's also an audio interface that connects to your laptop, iPad, or computer with a single USB cable. It draws power directly through the USB cable and is capable of recording running only on battery power.

You can now take your professional podcasting studio into the field to record a studio quality show wherever you go. Lij shows you how easy it is to connect the SST to a MacBook Pro and Protools 11 and get recording right away .

Lij Shaw

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