A World Famous Guide To Setting Up A Podcast Studio

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Here is a quick video series that will show you everything you need to know about building and setting up your podcast studio. If you’re looking for big time professional sound, then consider this your first class ticket to prime time.

In this video you will learn the equipment needed and how to make the hardware connections

In this video you will learn the recommended Skype settings for podcasting and how to test for sound quality.

In this video you will learn how to set up a professional podcast studio with multiple inputs and sources.

 

Products mentioned in these videos:

RE20
PreSonus 16.0.2
Zoom H4n
Tascam DR 680
iMac
Mac Book
Behringer USB Sound Card
Monster Cable

 

 

 

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11 comments
JenR
JenR

Hi. I know this is an old thread. I hope it's not too late to ask a few questions about the UCA22. 


I'm currently recording Skype via the audio out on my Mac Pro using a Hosa 3.5 mm TRS to Dual 1/4 inch TS Stereo Breakout Cable, connected to the line in channel 7/8 of my Mackie ProFX8 V2. There's a lot of noise coming from this channel when I record audio from my computer. To remedy this, I am considering  a U-CONTROL UCA222 instead of my sound card. I saw your video on YouTube and thought this device might work for my set up as well. 


If I connect my mixer to the UCA222 via RCA cables, what cables would I need specifically for this application? Would Pro Co DKQR-3 work? https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Co-DKQR-3-3/dp/B0010CLZ74/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470432314&sr=8-1&keywords=Pro+Co+DKQR-3


I'm not sure how it works. Can the computer send audio out through the USB on this UCA222 so I can pipe it in via the RCA cables into my mixer? Can it send and receive using the same UCA22 device? Or do I need two? Is that why you had to use two of these external sound cards? 


Thank you for clarifying. And thanks for the great video tutorial.



MattZweier
MattZweier

Does anyone know of any other mixers similar to the PreSonus that cost less? I am still pretty new to podcasting and not 100% sure if I am going to stick with it. I need a mixer that would allow me to hook up 4 Shure SM48 mics and the second computer for audio cues. I have seen cheaper mixers from other companies (ie: Behringer and Alesis) but I'm not sure what companies to trust the quality of their product.

DanielOrtego
DanielOrtego

Thanks for posting such helpful content by making the process simple to understand. I can't count how many so-called instructional videos I watched whereby podcasters unsuccessfully address the subject. Your format on the other hand, takes it from A to Z in a very direct and uncluttered approach. Moreover, you do it in the span of a few minutes in each video! 

I've been racking my brains on selecting equipment and I have already returned this, ordered that, all the while thinking "this is the one" only to find that I was better off with my first choice.  I figured in the last month I lost probably 300 bucks just on mistakes and shipping charges.

Okay now for one tiny criticism.  Why oh why did you not post the date of your material? This is something that has baffled mankind since the beginning of podcasting!  I mean, it's very hard to make equipment choices when the viewer has no idea when the video was made and hence, has no idea how relevant the material may be at the time that I view it. Believe me, you're not alone as it seems several podcasters are in the same boat. I'm sure there has to be a logical explanation for this, so please enlighten me.

Art Of Podcasting
Art Of Podcasting moderator

@DanielOrtego Hey Daniel.  Sorry for the late reply.  Looks like Livefyre failed to notify me.  


I don't post dates because most of the articles and video material I produce is evergreen content.   While the computers and operating systems may change, my hardware doesn't.  For example, I may upgrade my Mac, but my Aphex channel will be my voice processor of choice regardless of the computer.  Same goes for my mixer.  

By limiting the software that I use to make the podcast, and relying on external hardware, I know that my set up will always work  

 

glennarcaro
glennarcaro

Hey bud. Thanks for the article.  I'm looking to do a rather sophisticated setup.  Kind of like Joe Rogan does in his studio with multiple cameras on the people our studio etc...  We would also want to be able to bring guests in on skype as well like you show here.  Do you have an post on this type of setup?  Thanks much! 

Art Of Podcasting
Art Of Podcasting moderator

@glennarcaroI don't have a video demo but I do run a similar set up.  


I recommend two computers.  One to record video and handle live broadcast and one for audio recording.  

You should run your mixer audio into the camera for perfect sync.  

You will also need a switcher.  Here is the one Joe Rogan uses:  http://bit.ly/19Ph1or

mariohn
mariohn

How much did the set up cost, minus the imac and macbook and external drive.

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