While most beginners underestimate the importance of this step to make a recording room , the truth is…
A well-designed room can be the difference between smooth sailing and major headaches down the road.
So, to spare you the months of frustration…
In this post, we’ll go through the ENTIRE step-by-step process of setting up your recording room the RIGHT WAY.
So, let’s get started. First up…
STEP 1: Choose the Best Room
In an average household, you might have the option of 2-3 rooms to set up your studio.
If you only have one option…then just use that.
Otherwise, you have a decision to make…
And since some rooms are better for recording than others…
Here’s what I recommend you know to make the best choice:
The Top 4 Things to Avoid
bad ones. Particularly, these 4:
1. Small Spaces
The general rule of thumb is: the bigger the room, the better.
Big rooms allow for:
- More space for multiple musicians, and…
- More space for your ever-growing collection of gear/instruments
Not to mention…they sound better (more on that topic later).
While beginners might prefer the privacy and coziness of smaller rooms, my advice is…
Be smart…and choose the bigger one.
In everyday life, you forget how much noise is actually around you. But once you hear it through a microphone, all that noise is magnified 100x.
All these things are common sources of noise that can easily ruin your recordings:
So, pay close attention to which rooms are the worst noise offenders, and choose the quietest one with the fewest neighbours.
In addition to avoiding outside noises, you must also realize that you will undoubtedly be a source of noise for others.
Ideally, you want a perfectly silence space where:
- you can make as much noise as you want.
- at any time of the day you want.
But since very few rooms are like that…
3. Poor Flooring
For your recording room, hard flooring such as concrete, tile, or hardwood is ideal.
Carpeted rooms often cause problems for two reasons:
- studios get a lot of foot traffic, and carpet wears out quickly.
- carpet absorbs high frequencies, but not low ones, which hurts the acoustics.
If and when you need carpet, such as for a drum kit, you can always lay down an area rug instead.
The other problem to watch out for with upstairs floors especially is excessive foot noise. If possible, choose a downstairs room instead.
4. Poor Acoustics
Bedrooms in a typical family home look something like this:
- They’re small,
- With low ceilings,
- And parallel walls made of drywall.
STEP 2: Add Acoustic Treatment
I showed you everything you need to know to put together an amazing acoustic treatment plan on virtually any budget.
Now that you have an empty room to work with, it’s time to put all that knowledge into practice.
So put up your acoustic treatment, and come back when you’re done.
STEP 3: Clear Out the Room
Once you’ve chosen a room, it’s time to prepare it for the project ahead.
So, before we start adding new things INTO the room, let’s take everything that we don’t need OUT.
- Take everything off the walls
- Remove anything that vibrates
- Clear off all floor space
If the room also doubles as bedroom, living room, etc…you may not be able to clear it out completely, but anything that can be removed should be removed.
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