Things you need to remember when setting up a recording space
Do you want to turn your natural musical talent into a career and need to make high quality CDs and recordings to send out to record companies, or you merely wish to start recording videos for an online platform such as YouTube to talk about a favorite subject, hobby or interest that you have to share with the rest of the online community that you are part of? Whatever the reason, the point stands that to appear credible and authentic you will want the audio and video to be in as high a quality as possible and as much as the quality of your equipment will determine the quality of the finished recording, so too will the physical space that you will be recording in.
Professional grade recording studios are not only used because of the amount of high tech and professional quality equipment that can be found there and available to use for a fee, it’s because the setups and room configurations they use have been calculated by an acoustic engineer to make the audio sound as natural as possible and for the recording to come out to the high standard that their customers expect. So when recording at home you don’t have that luxury obviously, however we have a few tips and tricks to help you create a passable recording space with what you have available.
The actual amount of room that you have, the emptiness of the room you are planning to use, the kind of material that it is lined with and even where the room is positioned in your house all, believe it or not, contribute to the suitability of a room that will eventually become your recording space. With all of these very subtle factors that will play into this choice, it’s probable that no room in your house will be 100% perfect for use as a recording space without a little imagination. And as such you will have to choose the closest thing to the ideal set up as possible.
What you are looking for is really as small of a space as possible in order to avoid any echoing or sound interference coming from reverberations in your voice as this will make your audio sound tinny and poorly mastered, even with mastering. You will then want to make sure that your recoding set up is not adjacent to any TV’s, windows or any other kind of object or space that could potentially make noise and ruin any recording you were making. Again this might sound trivial but you don’t want to be halfway through recording that hopefully chart toping smash hit only to have your telephone ring form a tele-marketing company.
When it comes to getting that extra level of professionalism to really impress the next record executive that sees your cd or really captivates your online audience then you may want to consider modifying the room slightly to include some amount of acoustic dampening such as acoustic foam or sound boards in order to stop your sound from petering out over the empty space in the room and keep it nicely contained and amplified. This isn’t necessarily a vital step, however, it is recommended that you at least do something to avoid your audio being lost and distorted due to echoing and fade out over distance.
You don’t necessarily need to go the whole hog and soundproof your entire room, however you may consider installing removable panels of acoustic foam over the walls immediately around you in order to effectively “focus” the sound around you and prevent it from being lost into the ether and instead be trapped by the foam itself, resulting in a far cleaner, clearer and easy to understand audio with that professional touch to it. After all there is a reason the professionals use it and that’s because it works. And if you are thinking that this is a particularly expensive way to go then you may be surprised at just how cheap professional grade soundproofing and acoustic foam solutions have become in recent years. So if you really want to wow people with your recordings make sure you soundproof as best you can.
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