Is there parking at the Podcast Garage?
Lots of it! The PRX Podcast Garage is attached to a large free parking lot that generally has plenty of available space. There is also public parking along Western Ave.
Do I need to be a member to record?
Not at all! Anyone can reserve our studio. Then again, you should check it out — our membership comes with some sweet perks, including cheaper studio time.
What equipment is in the recording studio?
Our 4-person studio is a Wenger SoundLok sound-isolation room, which is outfitted with:
- 4 Shure SM7B Vocal Microphones
- 4 Sennheiser HD 280 PRO headphones
- Cloudlifter CL-4 Mic Activator
- A dedicated phone line for a remote host or guest, through a Telos digital hybrid telephone interface
- Support for a remote host or guest via Skype
- Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixing board (for operation by an engineer)
- Allen & Heath Qu-Pad for in-studio control of the QU-16
- Genelec 8010A monitors for accurate mixing and mastering
- Multitrack recording directly to Hindenburg, Pro Tools, Audition, or GarageBand
- Full multitrack backup recording to a dedicated hard drive
- Talkback to all hosts and guests from the control room
- 27" Intel i5 iMac with multiple DAW options for mixing and post-production work
Do I need an engineer for my recording session?
A staff member will always be available to start and finish your session. This includes a sound check, starting the recording, and transferring your files to the USB that you bring. If you are new to recording, we can also help you with good microphone practices. The Podcast Garage does not have an engineer on staff. If you do need an engineer, we are happy to provide information on how to hire an independent engineer.
If I'm an audio novice, can I still use the studio?
Absolutely! Our studio is designed with you in mind. You won’t need to touch any mixing boards or configure any recording software during your session.
That said, we only provide the recordings. We recommend that you take some time prior to reserving studio time to learn basic editing skills in a program like Hindenburg, Reaper, or Audacity. YouTube, Lynda.com, and many other websites have great resources to learn the basics of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering with those applications. Hindenburg has an entire library of video tutorials covering a wide array of topics.
How does my audio get recorded during the session?
In the studio, we record each individual channel (i.e. each microphone, Skype, the telephone) to a computer using standard digital audio software, and to a second hard drive as a backup. Our system records at 48,000 Hz and 32 bit.
Do I need to bring anything to my session?
Just your USB or hard drive, your notes, a credit card, and yourself!
Please note: we sell USB drives if you don't have one to take your files.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my session?
Please cancel or reschedule more than 24 hours before your session. Otherwise, we will charge you for the session that you originally scheduled as it prevents someone else from booking during that time.
Can people remotely participate in recording sessions?
The 4-person studio supports remote participation through a standard telephone line and Skype, patched into the studio headphones. We do not have an ISDN line.
If you plan to utilize either the telephone or Skype, please make a note when you make your reservation. For telephone, you will need to provide us with a a phone number to call directly from our studio telephone line. For Skype, you will need to ask your participants to add the studio on Skype (username: prxpodcastgarage.)