Converting newly emptied office spaces into podcast studios poses noise issues that weren’t previously realized before hybrid offices began. Experts recommend considering location, nearby noise sources, and ways to absorb sound to make an effective studio.
Thanks to hybrid working models, offices are less busy and less noisy, which means that recording spaces can be used more often, and newly empty private offices can become podcast studios.
But existing spaces present multiple acoustic challenges – single-glazed windows, nearby noise sources, and limited available floor space, to name a few. According to Indi Savitala of the CSDA Design Group, desks with AV components with frequent audio playback or speakerphone use also prevent recording.
To help you, Savitala and his team offer criteria and recommendations for optimizing check-in spaces.
“Since the offices are partially occupied, people have become more sensitive to noise,” Savitala said. “HVAC and sound masking noise that was previously considered acceptable is now considered ‘noisy’ and customers are asking for lower background noise levels.”
According to their criteria, the focus should be on potential sources of noise. Setting up an indoor office can be advantageous if it is away from open spaces and the surrounding offices are not used often. Outdoor offices may have less adjacent noise pollution but may be exposed to traffic noise.
“Adding minimal absorbent treatments will make a huge difference to the recording,” Savitala said. “Selecting podcast-friendly microphones and pop filters can make a huge difference and doesn’t have to be an expensive or high-end product.”
The team recommends considering the visual component of recording studios.
“It’s popular for podcast shows to have an accompanying video for social media posts,” Savitala said. “Therefore, it is important to provide aesthetically pleasing room finish treatment options.”