It’s not easy to find a good home studio, and it can take time, effort, and money to create a professional one for yourself. Whilst it’s possible to get started with pretty much any space, there are a few things that you need in order to get the most from your recording sessions. In this article, we’ll provide some expert tips to help you create the perfect home studio.
Do Some Online Research
Before buying things and setting everything up, it’s important to check out the internet. Look at the websites and blogs that discuss this topic, as they will have tons of free expert advice and tips. This will give you a good grounding in the basics, and help you understand what kind of equipment you need to purchase. Once you have a general idea of what’s involved in setting up a home studio, start thinking about your specific requirements.
Ask yourself: What type of music do I want to produce? What are the acoustics like in my recording space? Do I need to be able to record vocals as well as instruments? As your needs become more focused you can look at more specialized websites. If you need DJ speakers you can check the online reviews, compare product specifications and star ratings before you buy. There are sites that will explain the pros and cons of each product, as well as provide handy FAQs and price information.
Choose A Suitable Room
Your key decision is whether you have enough room for a studio, or whether you’ll need to rent one. It may be that you can choose a spare room in your house that can be easily converted into a home studio. If so, consider the size of your space and make sure you will have enough room for all your gear. Then you’ll need to find out how much it will cost to renovate.
You should think about building a recording booth with soundproofing so you don’t disturb your household or your neighbors (or have background noise on your recordings). Check out such things as absorption foam or insulation, acoustic panels, bass traps, and airlock entrances. Make sure you have suitable power for all your equipment, and if it’s an extremely large studio, consider using a central control unit so that all your gear can easily be accessed.
Create A Good Working Environment
Keep your workspace clean and organized so you’re not overwhelmed by clutter when trying to find what you need. You won’t want wires all over the floor, so find a good place to keep your microphones, headphones, guitar leads, etc. Think about buying storage bins or tubs, racks, shelves, cabinets, and somewhere to place your trash. Make sure the room is well-ventilated and install an air conditioner and some form of heating system so you can control the temperature.
Keep your studio well-lit to avoid eye strain while you’re reading music or viewing computer screens. If you can, add some natural light to make it feel less like a cave. Create an ergonomic workstation with a proper chair and desk, especially if you’ll be sitting on your computer for extended periods of time. If you invest in furniture made specifically for audio recording, it will make the setup easier and more professional-looking.
Use The Right Equipment
You’ll need to think about what kind of computer system or software you’ll be needing, and a good internet connection will also be vital. Some essential equipment to consider include microphone(s), headphones or speakers for playback and monitoring purposes, and cables/cords.
During the early stages, it would be wise not to overspend on equipment, especially if you’re unsure whether the studio is something you will continue long-term. Try to find a happy medium where you can get the most for your money without compromising on quality.
Remove The Distractions
Be disciplined about your working time and don’t let yourself get distracted by smartphones (especially social media) or other things that will take you away from productivity. Find a space that is free from noise and leave these things outside your studio so you can find it easier to focus.
Once you’ve created a game plan, itemize everything that you need and create a budget that you will stick to. Set aside some spare money in case you need to pay an engineer or producer to help you produce your finished tracks. Over time you may have some amazing hours recording music in your studio, and all the time and money you’ve invested will have been worth it.