Whether you are just starting your podcast or you’re an experienced podcaster, choosing the right studio for your recording session is not only important for you as a host or producer, but for your podcast guests and listeners as well. Here are our top tips on how to get the best space possible for your podcast studio hire.
Equipment and Services
If you’re using a podcast recording studio, you can almost always be assured they have equipment for recording. Whether the equipment is of a quality you are happy with is something you need to ask the studio and do your own research before committing. Studios should be able to provide you with microphone hire as well as headphones and a mixing desk for audio production. The aim is to have the best audio quality possible since podcasting is so audio dependent. Some studios do offer more help for podcasting, with things like set up, production, marketing and branding as well as assistance to get set up and noticed on streaming sites like Apple Podcasts to give your podcast a chance to shine.
Space and Location
How big is the space you’re considering for your session? You will need to consider the size of the studio depending on how many guests and interviewers are needed in the space at a time. If the area is small and everyone is squashed in without enough space to move freely, it could detract from the whole experience. Location should also be a consideration when choosing a spot – what is parking like?
Lighting and Acoustics of the Studio
Good acoustics are imperative to making a great podcast production. You should ask if the room has been acoustically treated to make sure that there is no background sound that can be heard when recording. Do you need to video your podcast? If so, lighting is important to factor into your choice of studio. If they have poor lighting available in the space, you can be assured your video output is going to look average at best. Ask the podcasting hire space what kind of lighting they have available if this is something you require.
Ease of access
To make the most of your session, it’s important the podcast studio is easy to find for your own purposes but also your guests. Depending on what your guests needs are, they may require a spot that has accessibility requirements. In this instance, you will need to factor in things like if there are stairs to get to the studio or if the doorways are disability-friendly.
While price shouldn’t be the top of your priority list, it is something worth considering. Does the business you’re looking to engage with have one-off payments and/or monthly payment options? It’s worth shopping around for different prices and inclusions available to make sure you’re getting a fair price with all the inclusions you require.
Well, there you have it! These are just some suggestions on how to find the best studio space for your needs. We recommend you shop around before you commit to a spot so that you can ensure that you’re doing what is best for you and your upcoming podcast. Now get recording!