Whether you’re professional, semi- pro or amateur, putting together your own music studio at home allows you to create music rather than just consume. While purchasing your own equipment and putting together everything you need is expensive, it’s far cheaper than hiring out a studio every time you want to make music. So if this is something you like to do regularly, then it’s well worth the cost. But what exactly do you need in your home music studio?
Any hobby that involves making sound, especially something like music will benefit from having the room soundproofed. That way you’re not going to upset the neighbors or other family members and can get on with your hobby without having to worry about the noise levels. You can buy materials to do this yourself, but for the best job, you’re better off paying a professional company. Having the walls, floor and ceiling insulated will provide the best results. Soundproofing on the door and any windows is also useful.
Since the recording and processing sound will be done through your computer, this is something that absolutely has to be right. And there are a few things to bear in mind when you’re looking for the perfect one. How noisy is the computer? Something with a lot of vibration or noisy fans might be picked up when you’re recording music, spoiling the quality. Since you will need to connect a lot of equipment to it (microphones, sound mixers, speakers, electronic musical instruments and more) so it needs to have enough ports and be fast enough to handle the extra load. The right software will allow you to get the exact sound that you’re after so spend some time looking for programs that suit you.
However, if you love making music but your skills don’t lie within post production, you could always use the services of a mastering studio. You will need a good sized screen which will help you to see everything clearly and make it easy to work. Your whole desk area should be ergonomically designed to allow you practice your craft comfortably. Spend a little extra on a good desk chair with the right back and neck support, you will thank yourself next time you’re sat in it for hours working on a project.
Accessories and Organization
Other things you’re likely to need are microphone stands, adapters, cables, pop filters and much more. Decide on storage systems that suit you, if your studio has been created in a spare bedroom at home, chances are you don’t have a whole lot of space to work with. You could try using hooks on walls to organize leads, tall narrow drawers (which give plenty of storage without taking up much floor space) or shelves mounted on walls. If you’re looking for decor ideas to personalize the space, sites like Pinterest should give you some inspiration.
Are you planning on creating a home music studio? What do you think are the most important features?