Always dreamed of setting up your own home recording studio? If you have (1) the passion to create and record music and (2) the space to spare for your very own studio, then here are some timeless rules that you need to bear in mind. Whether you’re just starting out or you already have a bit of experience in a professional studio, these tips will help you produce quality audio output, each and every time.
Having the Right Recording Booth is Essential
First off, make sure that you set up a viable space that you can use as a recording booth. After padding up the walls with acoustic foam, it’s time to draw out an organized plan, which often involves building a booth out of scratch. One tip that many sound engineers swear by is to create a quasi diamond-shaped recording booth.
This way, you won’t have standing waves bouncing off opposite walls. Also, pick building material that you’ll be able to easily work with. MDF for example won’t bend or warp the same way plywood would. Setting up a recording booth will require a bit of carpentry skills, so if you don’t think you can handle the project on your own, look for someone who can help you out.
The Better the Mic, the Better the Sound
This is one rule that you need to remember always. Your microphone doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive, you just need one that can give you the clearest sound possible. Sure, you may be able to do a couple edits on the track, but there’s no point in working on audio that was recorded poorly from the get go. If you’re going to spend money on recording equipment anyway, make sure that you invest in a couple of good microphones.
Have Spare Gear in your Studio Always
Invest in extra basic items in your studio if you want to avoid unnecessary delays in your recording sessions. Things like guitar strings, drum sticks, and even microphone cables may see a bit trivial, but these are the little pieces that may just save your next session.
Hit the Save Button Often
Recording and mixing audio can turn out to be very tedious tasks, so make the “Save” button your best friends during all your recordings. There’s nothing worse than losing hours on a project just because you forgot to save the session. This is especially crucial if you’re already running your studio as a business and you’re dealing with paying clients. Have a dedicated external hard drive that you can use to back up sessions nightly so that you won’t miss a beat.
Keep your Operations Simple
This is the rule to remember every time you make a major decision in the creation, maintenance, and upgrade of your studio. Resist the urge to get all fancy in your work. Doing too many vocal overdubs, or recording an instrument in stereo when mono can suffice, won’t just cost you hours – it will also mess up the tone and originality of the sound. Let the music speak for itself. If it’s good enough to record in the first place, you don’t need to compromise clarity with too many edits.
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