Lets look briefly at how we developed our space plan and what we considered. In the beginning there was a very, very echoey room. It came with an A/C unit at our backs and store front windows facing 4 lanes of traffic to our sides.
|Room sound testing May 2018 at Gainesville Hackerspace.|
With minimal equipment including items like a trusty H4N recorder that had provided me free preamp hum for years, we tested the sound of our room and even some of the techniques our friends from the Nation of Makers Podcast were using. What had worked well for them was quickly seen as a nonstarter for our use case. For a space that anyone could easily learn and use even from an instruction sheet, we decided to go another route.
|Pilot web series intern and host at same location above.|
|Sound dampening walls, ceiling, and rolling|
wall for training. Bonus blue walls chroma key.
Sound that was unusable in the first photo turned into a few hours of work with a guest and host track in the second picture. In the last picture with the blue set, audio edits are more about leveling audio and raising levels for youtube. What sounds better hours in Adobe Audition or minutes with a focus on their quick tools and scrubbing for those deep breathes that drive your listeners nuts?
You don't have to build a set or studio, but isn't better than spending loads of cash for someone else to edit or hours of your life doing it yourself?