A home recording studio is a great addition to any house; it is the kind of room that would set yours apart from the rest when you come to sell. Obviously however its primary purpose is for people who love music, play instruments, are intrigued on how music is produced, enjoy singing and want to learn. You can go in and spend the best part of a day fiddling around with different settings and not even realise. This article will outline the main features you need in your home recording studio.
The first step towards creating your studio is to soundproof the room, this is the most important step and isn’t as complicated as you would imagine. You may see the professional studios on TV with black foam tiles on the walls and big cones sticking out of them all over the place, you don’t need anything that complicated/expensive at home though. You have a couple of good options, one is to simply use mattresses, mattresses are fantastic insulators, if you put your ear next to one you’ll notice your ear actually hurts because of how little noise there is. The problem with mattresses is that it would cost quite a lot to buy that many. The best option is to go to a DIY/building supplier and get some of the big square shaped chunks of insulation that would normally be used in partition walls. Then you can build it up, cover every square inch and it won’t cost anywhere near as much.
Now comes the fun (expensive) bit, there are so many different options in terms of equipment you could get that it would be impossible to list them for all of the different budgets so I’ll simply state the essential pieces you need. The first and most important piece to buy is the soundboard or audio mixing deck. This is where you will produce your music, layer tracks, add and create various EQ settings and make your music in to the finished article. A good sound sound/speaker system is needed, don’t skimp on this, and get a top of the range set of speakers with a good amplifier. Nuvo home audio systems are excellent for the price and will do the job well for you. Buy a microphone and diffuser to improve the sound coming from it, numerous amplifiers and cables for guitars or drum kits and then get them all linked in to your soundboard. A computer with a couple of screens is useful because there is plenty of audio creation software to make your own beats now instead of needing the drum kit.
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