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Podcast Recording Studio Opens in Astoria Event Space

 QED opened the space in its basement, with rates starting at $30 an hour.
QED opened the space in its basement, with rates starting at $30 an hour.
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DITMARS — Are you the next Ira Glass or Sarah Koenig

Astoria comedy spot and event space QED has turned its basement into a recording studio specifically designed for podcast creators and voiceover artists, the venue announced recently.

QED Studios, as the new space is called, offers aspiring audio mavens affordable access to recording equipment, with the ability to record up to four people at once and the option of a technician to walk patrons through the process.

"Podcasting has become such a popular medium in recent years, but a lot of creative-types are still intimidated by the idea of starting their own show because they don’t know where to start equipment-wise," QED staffer Chris Gersbeck said in statement.

"This studio allows anyone to sit down, hit record, and leave with an incredible sounding episode."

The price for a one-hour session is currently $30, while 90 minutes costs $45 and a two-hour visit runs $60. Participants can also pay ahead of time for four-session blocks for a 25 percent discount.

The studio is the latest addition at QED, which opened in 2014 on 23rd Avenue and 28th Street and bills itself as "after-school for grown-ups," hosting things like crochet workshops, comedy shows and other events.

Founder Kambri Crews is an author and professional storyteller who's performed on The Moth podcast and other shows. 

The recording studio will operate Monday and Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Those who want to use the space should make a reservation online.