Hello everyone. Today we have a very special guest post from my husband. Ever since I started this site my husband has been wondering about starting one of his own, he really seems to like the idea of it. We figured he should write about something that he knows well but still had some of my work in it – the natural fit was designing and building his home music studio. We hope you enjoy!
Designing a Comfortable Home Music Studio
Written by Mark
Whether you are a musical hobbyist or the next rising star, you may want to create a studio at home. Perhaps you feel more comfortable creating your own personal studio rather than visiting someone else’s. You can pull it off if you have the budget, the equipment and a few tips and tricks of the trade. You don’t have to spend a million dollars to create a home studio. You just have to remember these things:
Choose a Quietly Logical Location
The first step is to find the best room to set up your studio in. You’re going to either choose the garage, an extra room, or more ideally, the basement. The reason that the basement is a good idea is that the noise is minimal. The room that you choose needs to have as little noise coming into it as possible. In other words, don’t choose the room that’s next to the kid’s room, the bathroom or near the street if you live on a busy road. Select the quietest room you can choose in your current situation. You can then try to manufacture some additional soundproofing.
Soundproofing and Acoustics
The soundproofing and acoustics are going to be what gives your sound its quality. You can buy the most expensive microphone in the world, but if your acoustics are poor, your sound is going to be poor, as well.
Soundproofing keeps the external noise from getting into your recording area, so you want to try to do that first. It’s easier to add mass to a room when you’re building from scratch, but an existing room will require you to add something to the walls. You can add sheet block to your walls to get the sound out. You’ll also want to caulk any air gaps and separate things that vibrate when they touch each other.
Improving your acoustics requires you to add bass traps and acoustic panels. That will give you the sound you need when you record your audio, even if you don’t have the superexpensive equipment.
Those are just a few tips and tricks to building a home studio. There’s a lot more to it, but you can get started with these concepts. The most important part of the entire process is making sure that you are happy inside of your studio. If you are happy, then you can produce some amazing music for the world to hear.
Don’t forget about gear
With your soundproofing and acoustics in place, it’s time to think about gear. This is always the most fun part, but also where it starts to get expensive! Keep an eye on your budget and stick to it, or your project will end up on halt.
All disclaimers aside, the most important things to pay attention to are the components in your signal chain prior to the audio-digital converter, such as the cables, microphones etc.). Your guitar’s pickups, for example, can often be lower quality and may hold your recordings back (see www.pickupplug.com). Keep in mind that you’re putting all of this effort into the music studio – if you have the ability to use better quality gear more power to you.
Prepare the Flooring
Laminate flooring is the best flooring for a music studio. It’s what professionals use, and you want to get as close as possible to the professionals while you still stay within your budget. You could go with carpeting, however, because it will give you better acoustics. You see, with the right acoustics, you can get a high-quality studio sound because you can manipulate your creations easily once you remove the reverb from them. Too much carpeting can off-balance your acoustics, so an ideal arrangement would e a mix between laminate flooring and carpeting. That would bring your studio almost to perfection when it comes to your acoustics.
Appeal to Yourself Visually
You’ll want your personal studio to inspire you. Therefore, you should make sure that you use color schemes that motivate you to make music. Your design should align with the type of music you make, as well. If you’re a gospel singer, you may want to paint some clouds in your studio. If your style is dark, then you might want to reflect that in dark paint colors or dim lighting. Whatever you do, make it something that you love because you will spend a lot of time in your personal studio.