Many amazing recordings that stand the test of time and are widely enjoyed were brought to life without the aid of multimillion dollar facilities or top of the line tools. In fact, limited options can actually push us to get the most out of what we do have and appreciate the opportunity to be making music in the first place. Today’s topic will be setting up a personal music environment that allows for a streamlined and efficient workflow while also providing an inspirational place to be creative. When these two aspects are given proper consideration, a home studio can be built which is 100% capable of producing quality results you can be proud of.
Step 1: Lazer Focus! For once, it is actually recommended to consider things from a selfish point of view. Craft each aspect of the project to suit your particular needs and wants. From choices on equipment selection, to ergonomics and arrangement of the gear, to personal touches that give the room the right “vibe”, allow each decision to stem from a focus on you as an individual and precisely what you want to accomplish within the space.
Some recommendations on what type of equipment to consider investing in and why…
Step 2: Rome wasn’t built in a day…neither will your studio be. Take the time to draw up a plan of what you want the final vision to look like. Consider your decisions in the larger context of the entire project: choices about what DAW or recording system to use will affect what type of interface to use which can affect what types of microphones to buy, and so on. Then be sure to attend to all the little details, they add up and can make a noticeable difference on your end product. Invest in proper power conditioning, acoustic treatment, headphones, microphone stands, back up hard drives, and organizational tools now for a more rewarding experience once you get going.
SHEE Music offers a glimpse inside her personal studio while pointing out the specific gear she uses and for what purpose; a great example of how to maximize a minimal space!
Step 3: Enjoy! You made smart decisions on how to best invest in equipment that suits your needs, you took the time to insure all the right details were taken care of, now it’s time to get on with the business of creating the music you want to hear! Take a look around your new home recording studio, ponder the great sounds that will be created there, and pat yourself on the back – you’ve earned it!
Isolating your microphones will help you capture more of what you want and less of what you don’t. When contemplating the physical dimensions and potential drawbacks of your space, realize that few of us work in rooms designed for these pursuits. However, if you understand the limitations of your environment you are able to make informed decisions on how to combat them.
Remember, even a small space can yield big results!
Be sure to explore the web for more tips on how to get the most from your studio; there are many viewpoints out there so as always, pick and choose what really works for your situation and goals. One well written resource I found for in depth advice on getting started is www.buildthestudio.com. And perhaps most importantly, talk with others who have gone down this road already. You are sure to hear success stories of ideas that turned out great as well as save some time, money, and frustration by avoiding pitfalls which have already been discovered.