In this episode of The Podcast Reporter Show, we discuss the possible resurgence (after the virus crisis of 2020-2022) of podcast studios (where you see from their picture you do NOT have to wear a face-diaper or mask).
The ad that caught my attention was from the Third Wheel Podcast Studio in West Los Angeles, California. By the way, they also have a location in Hollywood, California, and Seattle, Washington.
In the past, I did examine and pursue other podcast studios that were close to my area. Surprisingly, none of them had anyone inside their address, and soon their web sites had disappeared, in addition to the location of their studios.
But here, this studio is available at what appears to be reasonable fees:
PRO AUDIO RECORDING – $85/HR
1 CAMERA AUDIO & VIDEO – $150/HR
2 CAMERA AUDIO& VIDEO – $195/HR
From the initial $85 per hour rate to the $195 rate (depending upon whether you want pure audio or the selection of one or two cameras for video recording), the amount seems reasonable to even a newer or aspiring podcaster.
As you can see from their web site, they provide a screen backdrop so that you can have an image in the background (for video). And from the photos of the studio, it seems that they are using quality microphones for a podcaster and guest in a co-host setting or for guesting your episode in your podcast.
And, of course, they will record and deliver your files to you.
Now, why do I hesitate in giving them a great deal of promotion?
Well, it seems that podcast studios spring up, grow, and then finally shut down (possibly due to the lack of business and growth). The virus crisis shut down all the studios that I knew about (because of the mask mandate requirements and the physical separation mandates, etc.). But now, it seems that they may spring up again to service those podcasters who want quality from a good studio — from the novice and aspiring podcasters to even seasoned podcasters that want a studio setting and studio services (especially for guesting).
Now, we do not know how long this studio will last in either Southern California or Seattle, but perhaps they can gather enough podcasters to use their facilities for good audio podcasts, as well as for recording videos for both podcasts and youtube videos.
We shall see.
But, for myself, I would be a bit cautious and depending upon the studios for the success of my podcast episodes. I still think that most podcasters have now been used to the post-virus-crisis setting of using their homes or other locations in their settings (e.g., garages converted to studios, extra bedrooms or even closets, etc.) for recording their episodes or videos — and they have also become accustomed to editing and producing their final audio files and video files for upload in their home environment.
In my experience, I had one of my daughters use a studio near her location for recording podcast episodes and delivering final audio files to her — all the way to January, 2021. I even went to see her podcast interview recorded live at a downtown grill and restaurant. But that has all but disappeared — and, again, this may be the fate of podcast studios in this city where the span of existence may be limited.
However, if you happen to be in the California or Seattle area, perhaps you may want to do a quality recording (more for video than audio) for your episodes or videos in the comfort of a reasonably priced studio.
Thank you for listening and for your attention.
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