Building a Video/podcast studio!

To find your own way to have a conversation in the cybersphere is always an issue.
I do not have time and team to blast all over
the Social Media and honestly even not the spirit to be overly invasive on any platform.
Adding to that, not any more so young to ride an electric skateboard (the compulsory activity of any YouTuber ) an never so patient to deal with publishing a blog regularly.

What I instead have noticed that is fitting my habits, is to have a conversation with people, to explore their thoughts, to help them share their views and ideas. Both with genuine interest and the intellectual honesty to consider opinions, even when they radically differ from mine. So I decided that my weapon of choice would be a podcast with video coverage.

And since i like to do it professionally I have built for myself a proper tool: A fully functional recording Studio.

Building a studio is an experience in itself.
Those are the steps that I have done and recommend to anyone that wants to do it as well:
1st- Location
For me, it was to have it as close as possible to my office, well connected by public transport and in a quiet environment. The choice after many viewing falls on an old server room of an industrial building, not very big, but big enough to fit a Studio for two hosts and more space left for tools, tripods and eventually an editor desk.
2nd- Insonorization.
There are many foam or panels available in the market, from cheap to hugely expensive. In my case, I have chosen to build them by myself. It’s not so complicated. You need to build a frame of 120×60 cm and 6 cm deep ( to fit the Rockwool panels that are available in this dimension ).

3rd – Furniture and Equipment.
When you make your own studio I recommend a couple of things. First: choose furniture that makes you feel comfortable. Second: choose equipment that you can learn easily from tutorials on the Internet.
For the furniture, I have used plenty of Ikea staff: cheap and functional. The table especially had to be tall for letting me work standing or sitting high on a tool.
For the equipment, my main staples were the mixer a Behringer q1202 USB and a Shure SM57 microphone.
I have chosen the Behringer because it is the one with the best video tutorials on Youtube among the ones that let you control at least four channels: two studio microphones, a skype call, and a phone call together.
The Sm57 from Shure seemed to be more appropriate since the pattern of the microphone is quite directional and is a further safety against any possible noise of the environment ( plus I like the form of the mike ).

The First Episode: an Interview on IoT is now in the process to be edited and published.