Its the dream of all producers to have a professional standard studio filled with masses of flashing lights and cool synths everywhere, but the reality is wew cant all afford a huge studio with massively expensive gear, so how does a producer get his dream studio on a budget? well the lucky thing is these days you can create a dream studio in the comfort of your own home without spending a small fortune. We are going to give you a walkthrough of how to convert an unused room into the dream project studio.
Step 1: Choose a room
When creating a home studio the choice of room is probably the biggest descision you can make. If you only have one room available then by all means use that room but try your best to get options, even if it means reorganising your house. So here are a few things to think about when choosing your room.
The bigger the room the better:
by a genera rule of thumb when it comes to room size go for as big as possible. A bigger room gives you more space to play wih when it comes to arranging your gear. Also being comfartable in your studio is a primary objerctive so small cramped rooms can really effect your work rate, so give your self some space.
Avoid Square rooms
When choosing a room you should try use a rectangular shaped room as they tend to give the best bass reproduction possible with minimal acoustic issues. Try your absolute best to avoid square shaped rooms as they are just filled to the brim with acoustic problems that are extremely hard to solve.
in the modern world their is a plethora of noise all around us wether it be traffic noise of wind noise. The simple fact is it would be impossible to find a room in your house that isnt plagued with noise, so go find out which room has the least noise for the best possible recording potential.
You would be surprised just how much difference a well treated room will make to your lustening experience. Spend some time researching the best ways to treat your room, it will be the best investment you can make. the main problem areas are directly behind the speakers, directly behind the listening position and the wall either side of the listening position.
If you have a little more money to splash you can also look at investing in sound proofing your room to reduce the noise floor.
Having well postioned speakers is important in ensuring you have the best listening experience possible. As a rule of thumb you want to make an equilateral triangle between your head and the two monitor speakers.
Step 2: Choose your equipmet
Every producer has their own eqipment set up that works for them but if you arent sure whats importnant heres a list of the mot essential gear to pack into your studio:
Monitor speakers are the heartbeat of any good studio, Having good quality speakers with accurate frequency response is essential to having good sound. We have personally found the adam audio A7X to be the best for home studio use, along with KRK Rokit 8 which is a very popular option.
- Audio Interface
The choice of audio interface is another hugely important decision. The audio inteface connects your computer with any other bits of audio gear including monitors, it also will be the link from your mic to your computer so getting a good interface is essential to accurate monitoring and good recording of audio. the most popular these days seems to be the focusrite Scarlett range but take some time to research which is the best for your personal uses.
Once you have these two bits of gear sorted the rest is down to personal choice dependant on what you are suing the studio for but we suggest loopking at:
- outboard effects
- plug ins
- midi controllers
- DAW controllers