Scoble and I had a new experience a couple of days ago, when we went into a professional recording studio in Menlo Park, CA, called The Annex. It's the same place where George Winston had done all his New Age recording stuff back in the 70s.
We were there as part of an agreement between our publisher and Soundview Executive Book Summaries who creates sort of a trot version of our book in both print and on a CD Disk. We wanted to do it, in part, because some of publishing's home run hitters also do these summaries--Stephen Covey, Seth Godin and Louis Gertner. Also, we get some money credited to our royalty revenues, although we are clueless how much.
But both Robert and I were dazzled as we stepped into the recording room to do an interview and read the summary into the recording equipment. Okay, I had an urge to belt out my rendition of "Louis, Louis," but what was cool was the quality of the sound.
Through our pro-quality headphones, we could hear ourselves and each other and the audio was just so are above what we hear all the time on podcasts, call-ins to commercial radio or when a mike is stuck in front of us in a live venue.
The same thought struck us both at about the same time. Why don't podcasters use studios for the best interviews? Of course, Robert is transitioning into that very business. While I searched for my sun glasses, following the session, Robert had started haggling about price for renting the rooms and maybe their fine engineers for Podtech, his new employer.