The idea may sound rather strange and expensive, but more and more young people are turning their bedrooms into budget recording studios. Recording music at home is something that’s become attractive to many for several reasons. First and foremost – if done properly and efficiently – it could work out significantly cheaper than constantly paying studio fees in the long run. Furthermore, there are of course, greater levels of independence, comfort and control when recording music at home. Here are a few DIY tips on turning your bedroom into a mini recording studio.
What You’ll Need
The idea of a home recording studio may sound complicated but it’s far from it. All you’ll need is a device to edit music on (such as a laptop, tablet or PC), a device to record music on (such as an external microphone which will be connected to your music editing device), and something to listen to the music with (such as headphones or speakers); and you can get started.
Soundproofing Your Room
However, once you get started, you will need to ensure your room is soundproofed, allowing minimal noise to escape. A large part of your studio’s sound quality will depend on your soundproofing.
It must be mentioned that soundproofing a room can take up a lot of space and so you need to ensure that your bedroom is big enough to accommodate this.
Seal windows and doors shut with sealing strips. You should then separate outlet passageways and air inlets with an exhaust fan – in order for there to still be a strong airflow running through the studio, despite the sealed doors and windows.
Your next step should be to prevent sound from leaking out of the air vents through building an acoustic box over them. Placing foam linings on the inside of an mdf box can make an acoustic box. You should also pierce a few holes into the acoustic box in order to allow airflow. Add mesh to it in order to prevent insects and spiders from making their way into your room.
Air will now subsequently move in and out of the room, while sound won’t leak out of the air passages.
Building up the ceiling, walls and floor should next be done by installing sound isolation barriers on them. These can be found quite easily in hardware stores.
The last thing you’ll need to do to your new bedroom music studio will be to tune it by installing absorption panels on opposite ends of the studio. This can be done through stapling mineral wool onto a sheet of hardboard before adding a dust panel to it.
Your studio will now be able to produce top quality sounds.
In order for it to be complete however, it will need the right lighting. For the perfect music recording studio feel to your room, consider installing recessed downlights. There are numerous places from Lampcommerce to IKEA that will offer you great help and deals on lighting.
It will also be a bright idea – no pun intended – to introduce some task lighting into your studio closely aimed at the device you use to edit music on.
Robert Hughes is a Jazz musician and British freelance writer.