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My Podcast Studio (and Home Office) Setup


Neville

I’ve built a combined home office and Video Podcast Studio in one room.

This allows me to work from home and also interview podcast guests with a full 3-camera setup.

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The video podcast has 3 camera angles, and is live-edited by a producer who sits by a video switching board.

You can see the layout of all the equipment here:

studio with call outs

Here's what the 3-camera setup ends up looking like at each angle:

 

 

Camera 1 View (Me):

This is the camera that points at me.

camera that points to nev

Camera 1 View

Camera 1 View

Camera 1 View

 

 

Camera 2 View (Guest):

This is the camera that points at the guest.

guest view camera

Camera 2 Guest View

Camera 2 Guest View

Camera 2 Guest View

 

 

Camera 3 View (Wide Shot):

This is the camera that points at both me and the guest.

wide shot camera

Camera 3 Wide Shot View

Camera 3 Wide Shot View

Camera 3 Wide Shot View

 

 

Cable Clutter 🙄

If you know me, I'm militant about getting rid of unsightly cables....but since we move equipment around all the time, I've just had to accept a certain level of cable messiness.

If all the equipment stayed in one place all the time, hiding cables is easy, but having to shuffle things around makes it harder :-/

podcast room cables

This also allows me to host video podcast interviews

  • Can work out of this room as normal home office
  • 2x sit-stand desks (one for me, one for guest)
  • Video Podcast 3-camera and 2-mic setup
  • Editing station for producer to sit

The office is 14’ x 13’. It also has a closet for storage, and a little nook by the window.

Overall it’s a pretty standard square box of room with a concrete floor.

 

 

Reducing Echo:

This is often the first thing you'll need to do in any home office. Echo sucks in every way, so you must get rid of it.

This office was just all concrete and bare walls.....an ECHO NIGHTMARE!

When I first setup the initial equipment in there the echo was like yelling into the Grand Canyon 😂

home office 1

One of the first things I did was add textured wallpaper to the place. The stuff I used was called "grasscloth wallpaper" which is literally wallpaper with dead grass weaved into it.

This texture diffuses sound waves and stops them from bouncing around:

added wall paper home office

The next thing I did was add a rug to absorb some of that echo from the concrete flooring.

9' X 12' rugs are the largest rugs you normally get, and it covers part of the room but not all.

In retrospect I would've bought 2 single-color fuzzy rugs, and cut them so they essentially "carpet" the office.

add rug home office

home office seats

Just adding the grasscloth wallpaper and the rug made a HUGE difference in echo!

I have a couch that's also supposed to be in this room, but is being used in another room whilst waiting for another couch....and anytime you add soft furniture to a room it further reduces echo.

 

 

Adding decorative stuff:

You can go wild adding whatever decorations to your studio background, but I wanted to keep it simple, so I ended up going with this Article Bookshelf.

I actually just saw this on an Instagram Ad, saved it, and a few days later bought. Online ad spending in action!

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The first things I did were:

  • Reduce echo (grasscloth wallpaper + rug)
  • Light the place up bright (lamps + Hue lighting)
  • Add a full audio/video setup (lots of video/audio gear).
  • Have table/chairs for you and guests (need to find perfect size for your room).

If you have a dedicated home office, you basically setup a small video podcast studio inside of it pretty easily.

There’s a million videos and tutorials how to do this, but it’s highly customized to your needs, and the space you have available.

Also the sky is the limit on your budget.

I’d say all in I spent about $10,000 on this (including all equipment and professional wallpaper installation).

office shot 1

office shot 2

office shot 3

 

 

Lighting:

You have to make sure the room is filled with bright light, but not too harsh. "Soft Light" is the term for this.

Around the room I have 4 floor lamps that aim their light upwards and then radiates that light evenly throughout the room.

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For some softer background lighting that I can move around (and can lay on the floor) I have 4 Philips Hue Play Lights which I can control via remote or my phone.

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There's a million different ways to light up your office....and a lot of great products you can buy now to make that lighting look cool.

 

 

The Full List of Equipment for a Video Podcast Setup:

The setup seems very easy right now....but as I was compiling this list of stuff I realized just how much "little stuff" there is to buy.

Video Podcast Setup:

Noise Reduction & Decoration:

Lighting:

Audio & Mixer Board:

I hope this inspires others to make a cool home office studio!

Sincerely,

Neville Medhora

 


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