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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Building Your Own Musically Inspired Sound Studio

There are many reasons people choose to build their own sound studio; mostly it is to gain a greater degree of independence over their work and have the ability to make music whenever the mood takes them. Whether you want to record with your band, or it’s your job to produce audio recordings for commercial reasons, a private studio can be an artist’s dream come true. You can design it to your exact specifications, and better still, you’ll never have to pay another person to produce music you’ve written yourself.

In a home recording studio, you are the creator, the producer and the audio engineer all in one. To fulfill each of these roles successfully, you’ll need the proper technology and hardware. There are plenty of optional gadgets that can be used to improve the acoustics in a room and deliver slicker results, but only six are absolutely vital. Number one is a computer; you can use your current device, but ideally it won’t be an average run-of-the-mill laptop. If your budget allows, go for a machine with an extremely fast processing speed and the ability to perform a number of functions at once without slowing you down.

The second item on your shopping list is an audio interface and the DAW (digital audio workstation) software that goes with it. Combinations of the two are cost-effective and far easier to use in a first studio environment. Thirdly, you’ll need two monitors; these cannot be ones you’d use at home as consumer speakers lack the range of sound that more professional ones offer. They are more expensive; start with a budget option and work your way up to the high-spec gear.

Fourth and fifth on your list are the headphones and microphones; if you are recording alone most of the time, you’ll only need one of each. However, different brands come with a range of strengths and weaknesses, so it’s essential to do your research before spending any money. Last of all are the smaller items that make all the difference in a studio, microphone stands, extension leads, and cables; choose a setup that fits in with your needs and is appropriate for the space you have.

A new home studio may not look as seasoned as a professional one, but when the hardware and software is all in place, you can add a few design features to inspire you. Put up vinyl stickers depicting your favorite artists rather than framed prints, which could rattle when you play, or consider searching for old album covers to use as art on your walls. This is a place you’ll sit for hours and make music, so a comfortable sofa is vital, along with some chairs for other musicians or visitors. Keep the atmosphere ambient with neutral-toned paint on the walls, but maybe add a musical-themed mural to enhance the atmosphere. You’ll be spending a lot of time here, and with the right design choices, you can ensure the place feels like home right from the start.

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