A home music studio is a great comfort and privilege, but most of all – a great challenge that you have to face in the first place to enjoy these qualities. It is best to realize step by step the individual stages of creating such a project to create a music studio where production will be a pleasure itself.
Music studio – selection of the room and your role
To put it simply, it is best to divide the music studio project into the following stages:
- choosing the right room
- studio accommodation
- finding the right computer and studio equipment
- purchase of additional equipment and software
It is also important, if not overriding, to define our own goal and actually define what our music studio is meant to do. It is obvious that the goal is to work with music. All that remains is to define our role in our studio.
The roles we can assume, which influence the application of the music studio are:
- The role of music
- The role of the music producer
- The role of the sound engineer or acoustics
- The connecting role of the other, above roles
If you are mainly a musician, your primary task will be to record instrumental tracks. Therefore, the sound recording process, correct room muting will be crucial. Your work as a process starts with an idea through realization and recording it as a recorded soundtrack.
However, if you feel that you are more interested in how the finished song is created, how the sound was created or what effect was used in the song, you are surely closer to the music producer. In this case, it is crucial to know the individual programs or musical equipment such as the sampler. In your home studio, apart from studio monitors, there should be room for additional equipment as well as a computer, which will certainly be the heart of your studio.
Recording studio – choosing the right room
It is not true that a room prepared for a home studio has to be huge, specially located or meet other fancy requirements. The reality is that often even a small room is enough, and the main determinant is not to choose its size according to the number and size of equipment we are going to place there. What is particularly important is its shape and the way it is muted, the settings of the speakers and other important elements. Of course, the point is to feel at ease and comfortable in a given room.
A recording studio can even be made in such places as:
Everything is a matter of proper organization and rethinking of the whole project.
Preparing a place for a home studio
In order for a decent sound to be possible in a given location, as you can guess – the most important thing is to ensure the best possible sound quality in the room. A music studio depends mainly on proper mute – the ceiling and walls must be muted in an appropriate way, but not completely soundproof.
This has many benefits – of course, this way we won’t let unnecessary sounds coming from outside into the room, and on the other hand we won’t disturb others during the projects. Not without significance is also the issue of sound reflection points or the corners of the room, which are responsible for the “accumulation” of excess bass – so all issues should be considered very thoroughly.
Music studio and studio equipment
It seems that no production and no audio mastering, even in the best adapted room under the studio, would be possible without a suitable computer and software allowing it:
- recording the recording
- mixing and mastering
A good tip: before you decide to buy software, it’s worth testing a few proposals from different manufacturers. There are a lot of free samples and test versions on the web, which can best illustrate what you can expect from the final versions of the software.
The basic studio equipment in a home recording studio is:
- PC – can be a desktop or laptop.
- Studio monitors
- An audio interface or professional sound card
- A musical instrument
- DAW – or Digital Audio Workstation.
When it comes to music sutdio and the choice of microphones for vocal parts, you have to choose one of two types and choose between dynamic and condenser. Usually the second type is chosen because it provides more clarity at a higher level and captures all the details during recordings. As for the audio mixer, the choice is between digital and analog.
As long as both options have the same functions, i.e. they allow you to edit individual elements, add special effects or mute shortcomings. Undoubtedly, all this can be done much faster using digital technology. However, it is not always a good choice – there are situations when classic and proven solutions bring much better results.
The general advice about equipment is that no matter which device we are talking about, it is always better to bet on quality. As usual, we get what we paid for when we talk about its quality. However, this does not mean that beginner home studio owners cannot experiment on equipment for beginners – this is even advisable.