One of the best joys in the world is creating quality music right from the comfort of your home, and today we’ll teach you how you can build the right space for that – creating a professional music studio in your home. Because we also care about you, we’ll also consider equipment and tips that are good quality and a suitable price, saving you a few bucks here and there!
Without further ado, lets jump into some tips for creating a music studio in your home. Read along with us to find out how you too can make a professional studio from the comfort of your home.
Before you get started
Before we get into the more detailed stuff such as the equipment to use, there’s a few little steps that are worth reminding you of, since doing them will serve you pretty well during the rest of your studio building journey.
Find the right spot
Before starting anything, the most important step is finding the best possible location for your studio, since this will determine a lot of things down the track. Think about things like is the room big enough for soundproofing? If not will noise escaping the room be a problem? Or is the room even big enough to give you enough space for your setup and standard distances between your computer and speakers?
The little details in this part can create the difference between a convenient and easy to use music studio and a total frustration and waste of time of a studio.
Here are some key characteristics which make a room perfect for becoming a music studio:
- High ceiling
- Rectangular shaped
- Symmetrical (or close to symmetrical) walls
- Non-parallel walls
- Carpet floor
- The less windows, the better
- Firm wooden door
If you haven’t spotted the pattern by now, the main aim is to find a space which is quite “dead” and quiet with minimal echo, so you have the maximum control over the sounds in the room.
Create room for setting up
In order to find where the equipment should be in your room, you’ll have to do some trial and error, recording music in different parts of the room until you find the “sweet spot” or the optimal spot as we call it.
Look for the spots where you can bring out the bass, thickness, and different colours of your music. During your trial and error you might find that your room has a lot of echo no matter where you go. This is where you can use the help of some foam panels. To soundproof your room, you can use these foam panels we found on amazon, or as a budget option you can try using some egg cartons!
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Essential equipment for your home studio
Now that the boring stuff is out the way, lets look at some of the essentials you need for your home based music studio.
First things first, the pumping heart for any music studio is a well-functioning computer. Relying on a tablet or a phone to do the computers job is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, so don’t even think about it!
A personal computer will be good enough to do the job too, which means you don’t need to spend much if you do already have a PC on hand.
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
A DAW is the next essential which will be used to power your recording on your computer. Here are some of the most popular DAW’s today:
- Pro Tools
- Logic Pro X
- Ableton Live
- Digital Performer
- Avid Pro Tools
- FL Studio
The list goes on and on with new programs being created every day, however this list is a rough idea of the best known and best reviewed DAW’s which are all compatible with both PC and MAC.
An audio interface
You’ll be needing a digital audio interface or a digital audio convertor – more commonly known as DAC to convert if you are planning to use live instruments or vocals at any point. Two popular DAC’s are the Scarlett Solo and Behringer U-Phoria, available online.
Microphones and related accessories
Of course, as you would’ve guessed you also need microphones. You’ll need to have variety of diaphragm size to suit recording different size instruments which have different sounds. To get a better idea, have a look at Rode’s microphone selection . For your microphones you’ll need other things like stands, filters, and XLR cables.
Your preamp goes between your microphone and DAC, and its job is to add warmth and depth to the sound of the recording and is definitely an essential to creating good music from your home studio.
Monitor and headphones
Last but not least, you need good quality monitors and headphones to wrap things up and help you hear the real quality of your work. Without a monitor and headphones you’re like an aeroplane with no wings, so make sure to have those two ticked off!
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Well done for reading this far with us today, you’re now certified and ready to build a home music studio and kick off your musical journey.
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