Designing a Recording Studio For Home Studio Recording

Creating your own home recording studio is the perfect way to make professional quality music, in the comfort of your own home environment. To ensure that you have the best home studio setup, there are many factors that have to be taken into consideration.

Designing a Recording Studio For Home Studio Recording

This article with provide you with some valuable tips when building your own home studio that will save you valuable time and money.

Choose The Best Room For Optimal Sound Quality

The average home is not designed for the purpose of doing home recordings. Many new build properties have a greater tendency of having low ceilings, and wooden floors. The room shape may also be irregular, and there may also be a variety of different surfaces that may hinder the quality of your recording. But with that being said, some rooms work better as a home studio than others.

When deciding on which is the appropriate room in your property for building a home recording studio, and your studio design, choose one room that has a hard surfaces, a solid door, the least amount of windows that bring in natural light, and a carpeted floor. A room with these attributes will prevent sound from echoing around the room, and will also deter outside noises. Once you have decided on the room that you intend to use for your home recording studio, the next step is to ensure that give it the right acoustic treatment.

How To Sound Proof Your Home Studio

Acoustic Treatment

How To Sound Proof Your Home Studio

You need to ensure that your home studio that the right acoustic treatment to prevent reverberating sound. You can achieve this by purchasing good quality acoustic panels that go on the walls and ceilings that will deaden the sound, and will ensure that the sound does not echo. Purchasing acoustic panels is a very important part of your recording studio design. When using acoustic panels as part of your acoustic treatment, this will prevent your recording studio from sounding like a hollow empty room.

Bass Traps

Another very good method of acoustic treatment for your recording studio is purchase special sound absorbers that go in all four corners of the room that are called bass traps. Bass traps are good for absorbing low frequencies that can be problematic, especially in a home recording studio. It is best to position bass traps in the corners or along the wall joints of your home studio where low frequencies tend to build up.

For the best sound quality and to ensure that your home studio has the most effective acoustic treatment, we recommend that you purchase good quality acoustic panels from a specialist professional recording studio supplier. This will give you peace of mind that your home studio has been properly acoustically treated. But if you have a limited budget, you can use lower quality foam or thick fabric sheets or blankets for soundproofing as a method of diy acoustic treatment.

Diffusers

Another good method of acoustic treatment for home studio is using good quality sound diffusers. Diffusers work well in small spaces, and prevent the sound waves from bouncing around your recording room. This will help to improve the sound quality when doing studio recordings.

Vocal Recording Booths

Setting a professional recording studio vocal booth can be an expensive process. But there are means and way to create a good quality vocal recording on a small budget.

Vocal Recording Booths

Closet Recording Booths

You can make a good quality vocal recording booth from a small closet in one of rooms in your home. For example, a bedroom closet. Ideally, you want a medium sized closet space, as a space that is too large or a small space may affect the quality of your recording.

The next step is to ensure that you your closet is acoustically treated using the same process that you would use for you home studio. Once you have given your recording booth the appropriate acoustic treatment, the next step is to research the best dynamic microphones, microphone stand, and studio headphones that are required for your own studio.

Studio Equipment

Purchasing the right studio equipment for your home recording studio, there many factors that you have to consider. Some of the fundamental pieces recording equipment that you purchase will be determined by your budget, the size of your recording studio, and the genres of music that you are producing.

If you have a small budget for your recording studio. You have to ensure that factor in what is the total cost of all of the necessary equipment required to make your own music from start to finish. We also advise that you avoid purchasing every new piece of studio recording equipment that comes onto the market as you end up with too much gear that you have little to no use for in the long run.

Studio Equipment

When purchasing studio equipment for a home recording studio that is in a small space, it is a good idea to measure the area to ensure that you have enough room for all of your outboard gear and that your studio design will have the acoustic set up. You maybe tempted to purchase that beautiful 64 track studio mixer, but you don't have enough floor space to accommodate other stuff that is required.

The genres of music that you will be producing in you recording will also play an important part in your studio design, and in the choices that you make then purchasing audio gear.

For example, if you are producing folk, or rock music, you may have to prioritise in purchasing good quality acoustic guitars, guitar amps, and condenser microphones. Whereas, a drum and bass music producer may focus on purchasing a a good quality midi keyboard, and a digital audio workstation like pro tools.

Studio Monitors

Purchasing the right studio monitors along with the right studio monitor stands for your home recording studio is probably one of the most important decisions that you have to make. When deciding what will be the best studio monitors for your home recording studio, we recommend that you purchase studio monitors that play back a natural sound.

If you purchased studio monitors that are good for playing back low frequencies, you might not be able to get the best sound quality for your mastered recording.

Studio Monitors

Most musicians music producers that produce electronic dance music like hip hop, house music, and drum and bass purchase two sets of studio monitors. One set of studio monitors are dedicated for audio playback like a subwoofer, and the other set of studio monitors would be used for the final mix-downs and for mastering.

Studio Monitor Stands

When making a decision on purchasing your studio monitor stands, again, you would have to factor in your budget, room space, and studio design If you have a small space, then you may consider purchasing wall mounted brackets for your studio monitors, whereas if you have more space, then you can consider purchasing good quality studio monitor stands.

Studio Monitor Stands

The height and the position of your studio monitors will play a vital part in your room sound. It is important that your studio monitors are positioned evenly apart from each other alongside the front wall for the best listening position, and not the rear wall of your home recording studio.

It is also important that your studio monitors are positioned at ear height that will enable you to correctly monitor high frequencies. Your speakers should form an equilateral triangle with your listening position to ensure that you are hearing the frequencies in your music correctly.

Audio Interface

The main purpose of an audio interface, record clean audio signals from the various pieces of equipment in your music studio, and to send them on separate tracks to your computer.

Audio Interface

An audio interface can be purchased in addition to your studio mixer, or you may find a studio mixer that already has an integrated audio interface. Prices of an audio interface can vary from $50 - $200, depending on the brand other whether you purchased it new or second hand.

Midi Keyboard

This is a device that sends an audio signal when you press one of the keys. Unlike an electronic keyboard or a piano, a midi keyboard can send any sound or signal that has been assigned. This piece of kit enables you to simulate music that would have been played by a full band. You can easily layer chords, pads, and to sequence complex drum patterns at the push of a button.

Midi Keyboard

The prices of a midi keyboard range from anything between £50 - $1,000. Depending on the layout of your home studio setup, you may also have to consider purchasing a keyboard stand.

Studio Headphones

Studio headphones is a very useful piece of kit to hame in your home studio and studio design. An audio engineer is able to do music production in their home studio throughout the night with causing a disturbance. It makes sense to invest in a good quality pair of studio headphones, as they can be used for various purposes.

Studio Headphones

If you are recording multiple musicians at the same time, they could get distracted by the sound of the other instruments. They are also very good for solo recording of vocals. The singer can hear the backing track through the headphones whilst in the vocal booth of the home studio.

Prices can vary for studio headphones. Can spend anything between $40 - $1,500, so we advise that you do some research before making a purchase

Mixing Desk

A studio mixing desk is vital piece of kit to have in your home studio or in any music studio as a matter of fact. The function of a studio mixer is to balance the volumes and frequencies of the various audio signals and vocals from your music production.

There are two main types of studio mixers, analogue and digital. An analogue studio mixer require that each channel has an a cable for sound input from your outboard device. There, required good cable management if you have a large studio mixer.

Mixing Desk

Analogue studio mixers tend to have less outboard effect units, but does have the advantage of being cheaper in price than it's digital counterpart.

Digital studio mixers tend to have more functionality in comparison to analogue mixers. You can save and recall mix set up's, which can be handy during a live performance. Another added feature of a digital mixer is that some come with wireless connectivity.

They also tend to have more outboard affects, will be higher in price in comparison to an analogue mixer.

Microphones

If you are making music in your home studio where you are recording vocals, then it is important that you purchase a good quality microphone that caters for your needs.

There are 3 types of microphones that you can purchase, dynamic microphones, condenser microphones, and ribbon microphones.

Dynamic microphones are good for recording vocals, and are also good for live performances. Dynamic microphones are very popular with musicians because they are quite robust, and can handle high audio volumes.

Microphones

Condenser microphones are very popular with music producers because they are extremely versatile. A condenser mic can be used for recording vocals, and practically any music instrument making this the ideal choice for anyone with an home studio setup.

Ribbon microphones are very good for if you want to capture the natural sound of your voice or instrument. They may not be as versatile and as robust as the dynamic and condenser microphones, but are most definitely a good investment for any recording studio that has acoustic instruments.

Digital Audio Workstation

Your Digital Audio Workstation or DAW Software which is the abbreviated term is one of the most important pieces of kit for home studios. Your DAW Software will enable you to sequence, arrange, and to edit the various tracks and vocals that have been played and recorded.

When it comes to choosing the best DAW Software, it is important to consider your budget and more importantly, your musical requirements. Some DAW Software is better for music producers who record live bands in their home studios.

Digital Audio Workstation

Other DAW Software is better for producers of electronic dance music like drum and bass, house music and hip hop.

Even though DAW Software has evolved and improved over the years, there are still just a few major brands that have been leading the way. Pro Tools to name a few is still one of the leading DAW Software tools out there on the market.

 

Conclusion

When it come to building your own studio, you need to ensure that your recording studio design suits your room perfectly. The general idea is to consider what your budget is, what music you are making, and how much space that you have for your music studio. You can still create music that sounds like it was created in a professional recording studio in small rooms if you get your home studio setup right.

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