Putting together your music studio takes a little bit of money, time, and effort but it can surely be worth the cost. Remember, a magnificent city like Rome was not built overnight; you can take however long you want and spend whatever money you want to put it together. While this is true, you will want to have a solid ground plan before you begin. This is what I’ll be addressing in this article!
First things first; choose an excellent location. If you’re determined to create a studio and buy fresh equipment, that means you’ll be dedicated. You’ll want your new studio to be easy to access, convenient, and enjoyable. If you don’t like the guest room or the basement, try and see if you can make the spaces immediately available to you as palatable as possible.
Setting up a studio that you aren’t entirely comfortable in could cost you a lot of valuable time, effort, and more importantly, money. Remember, there is no studio design that is wrong or right; it’s entirely relative. What might work for someone might not function for you, and vice versa.
You’ll want to give yourself more space than you think you need. If you decide you want to buy a new drum set (or one for the first time) but you’re working in an office space, you will be stuck with the unfortunate dilemma of not having enough space. Here are some tips on finding the best space for your studio.
- If you’re looking for a space within your home, try to pick the quietest, most isolated inner room that you can find. Rooms that are interior are usually superior regarding noise cancellation coming in from the outside, and noise coming from the inside gets dampened by the extra walls between the inner room and the outside of the structure.
- The perfect space (this isn’t needed, but it sure would help) should have high ceilings and mostly irregular surfaces.
Having a sound proof room is also a necessity when creating a studio. If you can, line the room with sound absorbing (or sound reflecting foam) to capitalize on the silence! Having a room that leaks too much sound can harm the quality of your music, and could rile up your neighbors; so it’s probably best to play it safe.
Sealing strips made from vinyl or foam will help significantly, as well as a secondary wall or set of doors that isolate the room even further. To get good rebound, put some furniture or clothing screens in the room as well to isolate the sound.
Also, don’t forget to have some decent ventilation in your room; because most acoustically treated rooms (or just plain studios) have almost all of the gaps and cracks wedged shut with foam or other types of soundproof, you’ll need to provide a way for oxygen to circulate throughout the room.
With all of that done and out of the way, it brings us to the most important part; purchasing the right equipment and the right DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to fit your needs. We have an article on finding the right equipment and the right DAW.
With these tips, you should now be able to create the perfect studio. Remember to do your research on the equipment and audio engineering hardware, as well as the software you’ll need to power your setup.