There are basically two types of music studios: those designed by professionals, and makeshift ones wherein you have to convert a room in your house to a recording studio. With a professionally designed studio, there’s nothing else to do but record, but if you’re working from home or a makeshift location, no worries. Just follow these tips and you’ll be fine.
Hard Surfaces are a No-no
Countertops, tiled walls, concrete walls and hardwood floors are all reflective, producing echoes that could end up in your record. If the room has hard flooring, cover it with carpet and put fabric or other materials on the furniture. Keep in mind too that glass, slat blinds and windows are also reflective so either replace or cover them. If you want music to sound pure, make the environment as acoustically sound as possible.
You may also want to buy reflective shields to reduce the sounds that are being picked up on the sides and back of your microphone. For the best results, you should use an omni-directional mic, though most home recording studios use a cardioid microphone. The problem with this microphone is they’re very sensitive to picking up unwanted sounds from the back.
Adding Acoustical Treatments
If you’re consistently picking up noises in the background, put a blanket, or bookcase behind you so the surface is completely covered. It’s also a good idea to keep desks and other reflective devices as far from the studio as possible.
Also, never record in the center of the room because that is where sound frequencies gather. Instead, you should get closer to the wall with a blanket over it, and get as far from the opposing wall as possible. If you don’t have time to carpet all the surfaces, just cover them with clothes.
Once the studio has been set up, make sure that everything is quiet. Before you start, listen for any background noise that you might pick up from the TV, fan, AC, radio etc. Even the slightest noise like those coming from a fish tank can be recorded if your equipment is powerful enough, so make sure that everything is set.
Get a Good Painting Company
Colors affect mood, so make sure your music studio’s paint is conducive to recording music. Of course everyone has their own preference, but what’s important is you hire an excellent painter in Toronto to do the job. You might think that color doesn’t really matter, but the fact is, the color affects people, so why not make the effect a positive one? Whether the room is brightly colored or dark, choose the hues you’re comfortable with.
Get quality monitors and headphones, as you’ll need them for playback and direct monitoring, and if you’re recording at home, use closed back headphones with zero latency. If other people are going to listen to your recording, get a splitter box or headphone. Once you’ve got the monitors, arrange them in such a way so that it’s an equilateral triangle with you as one of the points.