AudioMango: The sound of podcast innovation
Find out how podcast enthusiasts AudioMango are making waves with their one-of-a-kind mobile recording studio – and a little help from Mercedes-Benz Vans…
And it wasn’t just the sound production that Gavin felt was lacking; the inharmonious nature of conversations recorded over loudspeakers and zoom calls felt stilted and less comfortable to listen to. “That togetherness, that energy had disappeared,” Gavin says, recalling the vibrancy of post-pandemic podcasts. “But this is how things are now – and so I was asking how we can still keep doing what we like doing in this different world.”
Self confessed audiophile turns ordeal into opportunity
The spark of an idea had been ignited and, after a conversation with a friend, Gavin’s solution came to life; AudioMango, a mobile recording studio which would allow a group of people to have natural, comfortable, real-time discussions in a professional setting. Gavin and his team set to work to see how they could make this dream a reality with their Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer. “Mobile audio studios are usually based on just one user who is usually a singer or MC,” Gavin points out. "I wanted to make an environment where up to 5 people can talk about whatever they want, face-to-face”, Gavin explains. “I think it's the only true way to get an honest and passionate conversation recorded. We can then post-produce the content on-location, making it ready to be streamed. We use established studio quality recording technics, like capturing each microphone separately so we have total control in post-produce, which we do on-location - so the finished professional sounding content is ready to be streamed within minutes.
Top-quality broadcasting – in COVID-secure style
The professional production and potential for flowing conversations were a clear sell for AudioMango – but bringing people together in a pandemic was another challenge Gavin had to face. “I had to respect COVID because that was the real reason that studios were closing,” he says. “You couldn’t just nip into Soho and record your content all day, you couldn’t go to someone’s house to set up. That’s where the COVID screens and the plans for the sections all started to take place… the idea is that we’re self-contained.”
Equipped with top-of-the-line recording and editing apparatus, including five microphones, comfortable seating and even a fridge for chilled refreshments, the mobile studio offers a secure, convenient way for podcast creators to carry on working. It’s based on a Mercedes-Benz Approved Used Vito Tourer 119 CDI SELECT, with an extra-long body and modifications to allow for the team’s high-calibre equipment as well as a smooth driving experience. After all, says Gavin, “if people want to get that quality, why not give them the ultimate van? I knew I had to offer something that clients would be very impressed with on a visual level. There’s a premium-ness to it, and we wanted to give people the experience of their own VIP capsule. I had the van in mind all along before I even knew how to make it work – I knew I wanted a Vito.”
The future of podcasting is on the move
Already, AudioMango has seen success with a wide range of clients and companies, from established podcasters looking for an alternative to their home set-ups, to comedy and music venues wanting to support new talent. The team are also working with events, such as a radio station producing a 24-hour livestreamed charity show, and are looking forward to the return of festivals across the UK.
Looking to the future, Gavin is keen to expand the operation with more vans to give clients even greater possibilities for podcast creation. This drive for progression, he explains, is key to the success of any entrepreneur. “There are two types of people,” he says. “Doers, and procrastinators. Don’t be the second type! Speak to people, reach out, put your time and your all in – no-one else is ever going to go all-in for you.”
The Mercedes-Benz Vito has more than enough space for a mobile podcasting studio
The Audio Mango studio is fully integrated into the Mercedes-Benz Vito
The team edit the audio sessions on site