The theme of the podcast is Uncertainty. Every episode will explore some facet of this broad topic: gambling and chance to fear of death to the world of physics such as The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. We just recorded one episode, which I'm still editing.
The first technical challenge was how to make a decent-quality audio recording. We needed to find a way to situate a shotgun mic over the hot tub and capture our conversation while being comfortable in the waters.
The jets will always be off during the recording. Eventually, we might replicate this setup for multiple microphones and a better-quality sound mix
By the way, the episodes aren't available for download yet, but we do have a Twitter account: @hottubcast. We will update you with episode downloads as they become available.
Step 1: Get Your Audio Recording Gear
Step 2: Gather the Rest of the Parts
Step 3: Attach Shockmount to the Threaded Rod
We chose a shockmount that has a threaded female joint. Then we went to the hardware store with the shockmount in hand and found a threaded rod that fit it.
Additionally, we used a bolt that serves as a standoff. We screwed the shockmount to the threaded rod, then hand-tightened the bolt to prevent it from slipping.
Step 4: Weight Down the Outside Foot
We put the tripod over the hot tub and weighted down the outside leg. Professionals use sandbags for this, but we repurposed two five-pound ankle weights.
Step 5: Zip-tie the Threaded Rod to the Handle
Step 6: Assemble the Audio Gear
We could loosen, position and tighten the tripod to position the microphone just where we wanted it.
Once again, the Twitter account — stay tuned for podcast episodes in the following months — is @hottubcast