New Studio Redesign – July 2011

by Cliff Ravenscraft on July 27, 2011

I have spent the past two weeks, between several projects, working on a complete redesign of the Answer Man studio. I am happy to announce that the studio redesign is finally complete.

I took a few hours this morning to shoot and edit the following video to give you a look into what has changed. If you have not seen the previous studio setups, please be sure to check out

If you take the time to watch this video, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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  • Great video!  Any thoughts about releasing it through the feed?  (I know you normally don’t do that.)

  • Looks wonderful – of course the previous design looked great to me too and my favorite is the one of you living in the sit room amidst all those wires. That is a *classic* photo, Cliff. Anyway, thanks so much for sharing and for the transparency into your headquarters where it all happens. Very inspiring!

  • Wow. Really complex. Thanks for sharing yet another studio tour. Someday I hope to have half the equipment you do Cliff!

  • This one, I’m going to leave as a video blog post and promote in the podcast over the next few weeks.

  • Thank you Farnoosh. I love to share my experience online.

  • Glad you enjoyed the tour. You going to the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago? Pat Flynn and I are going!

  • Unfortunately it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to go. Major bummer.

  • That is a bummer. Perhaps we’ll have an opportunity to meet at another time and another place. Thank you again for leaving a comment on the site!

  • Cliff, you’re really starting to edge away from the competition. I love what you do and it’s a blast having a compadre with the same passion for life as I have.

    What with Leo Laporte moving into the Brick-Built Studios this past week too, you’re both really paving the way for podcasting inspiration. Keep up the awe!

  • Thanks for the tour and thank you for your continued transparency
    and generosity to share your pursuit of excellence with the rest of us. As someone
    who has done a fair amount of wiring and tie-strapping, I first recognize your
    studio makeover as a masterpiece of planning and certainly a professional model
    for organization and functionality enhancement.

    In your pursuit of excellence you often encourage the rest
    of us to go higher. I think your studio redesign is a great example of that.
    Boy! What a difference going 30 inches higher, from a floor of tangled and
    confusing wires, up to the underside of a studio table and desk!

    If you decide to bottle your motivation and discipline and
    add it to your product offerings, then please consider this a pre-order. Thanks
    much Cliff!

  • Thanks Dave! Leo’s always been a source of inspiration for me as well.

  • Barry, it is always such a pleasure to hear from you my friend. Thank you for your very kind and encouraging feedback.

  • Michael

    Nice job, Cliff.  Question:  What type of APC surge suppressors, equalizer, and rack do you use?  Also,  I noticed that you are using a power conditioner from Furman.  It looks like the M-8x Power Conditioner.  Can you confirm?  This looks like a must have given all of the equipment that you want to protect.

  • Here’s a link to one of the APC backups that I am using:

    This is the rack that I use:

    The Fruman Power Conditional is the Model M8.

    The best part is that everything in my studio except for the studio lights and laser printer are all on battery backup and all sound gear is double power surge protected. 🙂

  • Remblem

    Fascinating tour! Well done Cliff0.
    Thanks for the mention re your wall display, I had forgotten sending that postcard ages ago.
    Best wishes
    Richard Emblem

  • I’ve been trying to figure out a better setup for my studio, too. Your video gives me a couple ideas. Unfortunately, I’d probably need to get a new desk to make anything work well.

    How did that desk cost?

  • Yep, I show of your podcast to everyone who comes and visits the studio. 😉

  • I think delivery and everything was just under $700

  • Great video showing your studio set up! As a self-confessed OCD personality type (neat-freak as my kids would say), I really appreciate the neatness of your installations with minimal wire mess. Good work and thanks for the inspiration. So far my studio is a Roland-R-05……….but as I acquire more equipment I will be using your ideas.

  • Thanks Gary. Glad you enjoyed the video and that it gave you some ideas on how to mange those wires as you bring them into your work space.

  • Michael

    Cliff, great job on the studio.  You should be proud.  I noticed that you mentioned your use of an equalizer in your rack.  Is this the same as the Behringer MDX4600 that you talk about in your podcasts?  Or is this separate from the MDX4600?

  • David

    Ohhhh I stopped at 01:02…Cliff that new camera is great.
    Ive started getting an Itchy itch…ummm wonder if the wife will let me scratch it?

    David 🙂

  • Michael, No, the EQ is not something I really ever mention. It was given to me as a gift a very long time ago. However, I may have found a use for it in my chain with my JK Audio Broadcast Host. I may talk about this in the near future. 🙂

  • It is a lovely camera. I think I’m going to have some more time to play with it later this month. 🙂

  • To use a camcorder as a webcam you need a capture card. I’m not sure if they make stuff for Macs, but I’ve gotten great results with the AverMedia brand.

  • Thanks John. So far, I’ve not found a good mac solution for video capture for live streaming. I’m sticking with my Web Cams for now. But my Canon Vixia HF G10 is AMAZING for the video projects I’ve been working on.

  • kbieda

    What is the shelf that you have your iMac on? And is your desk this desk by any chance?

  • fathersr2

    I just want to thank you for all that you do to promote podcasting and your help in getting us dummies going on the right path.  I already have made a mistake however:  I had purchased an MXL-90 Mic and now I find out it is a condenser mic.  Looking at the Heil PR-40  I just can NOT affored $600 plus dollars for that mic.  I only get a small pension from the VA after being wounded in Vietnam.  It is a shame how this country treated us back then and even NOW.  It is tough to live on what I get:  I am ashamed to even tell you how much it is.  Thank you again for all your help.

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