Are you tired of trekking across town to use a recording studio? Are you ready to have a quiet, soundproof space in your own home? Choose an unused room in your house, and with these easy-to-follow steps and remodeling tips, your personal recording studio can be a reality:
Step 1 – Identify the acoustics of your room before you begin designing and remodeling. Although you may not notice any nulls and standing waves in your new recording studio, this does not mean that they do not exist. Use a sound meter to locate these and any other possible acoustic imperfections that can be remedied through design and construction throughout the process.
Step 2 – Begin soundproofing the room with egg crate foam. This material stapled or screwed onto the walls, across the ceiling, and over the windows will reduce echoes while providing an insulated room. Once the room is furnished with the foam, few sounds will escape or enter unless the door is open.
Step 3 – Remove any devices or electronic equipment that may introduce unnecessary noise into your recording studio. Don’t overlook something as simple as your ceiling fan; even an everyday household item can introduce background noise into your recordings. Be sure to remember any article that emits a frequency, even if it is a frequency not easily heard. These objects could resonate or interfere with your recording equipment. Either move all the offensive equipment to another room or safely secure the materials to prevent any unnecessary interference.
Step 4 – Once your room is free of any possible distractions and interfering devices, begin to populate your room with speakers. Choose speakers with secure, immovable mounting attachments and without loose speaker covers. Although some of these types of speakers may look the most impressive and professional, the possible movement and resonance caused by loose mounts and covers will affect the quality of your recordings. A pink noise frequency sweep will help you locate any unwanted vibrations and distractions.
Step 5 – With the speakers in place, begin adding furniture and recording equipment to your new studio. Cover metal edges on equipment and wrap metal legs in bubble wrap to reduce further audio issues. Test that any tables, stands, or chairs you have included in your new recording do not slide or move easily. You do not want the sound of furniture moving across the floor during one of your recordings.
Step 6 – Do a final test of all recording equipment and possibly perform a practice recording. Calibrate your audio locations with a sound meter, determine the positions of the acoustics using pink noise frequency tests, and check for feedback from your microphones and amplifiers before your first recording session in your new, fully furnished home studio.