Friday, July 8, 2011

Inside the Podcast Studio: GeoWoodstock IX

I've had a few people asking about the gear we brought out to GeoWoodstock IX for the Podcast Studio (especially following the "Several Unsung Heroes of GeoWoodstock IX" post by HeadHardHat on his blog) so I thought I'd post a list of the equipment list for what we actually used (I'll be leaving out all the spares, cables, stands, brackets, and the gear for the streaming since that wasn't set-up). While most of the recording gear was mine, much of the gear was borrowed or purchased. With the rentals, hotel, gas, tolls, and such (but not including the sponsorship or food), this expedition cost well over $3,000 out of pocket just to get a studio and sound reenforcement rig for seven hours of shows. So what was there?
  • Control Rack
    • dbx 166A 2 Channel Compressor/Limiter/Gate
    • Furman Power Conditioning
    • Marantz PMD570 Recorder
    • 3 x Aphex 240 2 Channel Logic Assisted Gated Compressor
    • Aphex 320D 2 Channel Compellor
  • Mackie ONYX 1640
  • 6 x Sennheiser MD 46 Dynamic Microphone
  • 6 x Sony MDR-7505 Headphones
  • 2 x Aphex 454 HeadPod 4 Channel Headphone Amplifier
  • Audio Cart
    • MacBook Air with SoundBoard
    • M-Audio Fast Track Pro
  • Prompter/Show Notes
    • MacBook Pro 15" with Presentation Prompter & Google Docs
  • Sound Reenforcement
    • Soundcraft GigRac 600
    • Electro Voice SX 200 Loudspeakers
Happily all this gear has been returned to their usual locations. Our podcast studio is up and ready to record more interviews with Geocachers tonight. The other equipment is out visiting company events, productions, and occasionally a wedding. If we were to set-up this system from scratch I wouldn't have used some of this gear (it's designed for studio use rather than field use and didn't like the temperatures late in the day). Of course there would be changes to this kit if we were to attempt another event studio. The big question is when and whether we'd do this again. That answer remains to be seen.

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