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6 Crucial elements of a home studio
Thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19, global lockdowns, and a lot of professionals growing very, very bored at home – home recording equipment has gotten a lot better in the last two years.
In fact, we’ve seen many musicians, podcasters, and voice actors ditch the expensive rental studios for the comforts of home.
Many of the lockdown number one albums including Folklore (Taylor Swift) and Disco (Kylie Minogue) were recorded at home. As well as, many of the most listened-to podcasts of 2020 and 2021.
IN the guide below, you will find advice on how to set up the perfect home studio.
#1 – Get enough sockets and power outlets installed
There is nothing more annoying than spending all the time and money to set up a new home studio, only to find out that you haven’t installed enough plug sockets to actually use it. So, make sure that this is the first thing you do when building your home studio.
A home studio will need a lot more power outlets than the average room. Remember that most microphones, amplifiers, speakers, and lighting rigs will need an independent power source.
The quickest way to solve this problem is to bring in an electrician and talk them through your plans for the room.
#2 – Get soundproofing
This may be the most important step when creating a home studio.
Why do you need high quality soundproofing?
Well, there are a few reasons. Firstly, if your home studio is very close to the rest of your family, you don’t want their background noise making it into your recordings. Secondly, you don’t want to frustrate the rest of your family with all the noise you are making.
The right soundproofing will allow you to get better sound quality and it will also make your editing process a lot smoother.
If you are looking for information on soundproofing visit Get Sound Proofing website for soundproofing advice.
#3 – Get a reliable computer
Whether you are recording a podcast, a script, or an album you are going to need to run a lot of different types of software. Therefore you need a reliable computer that can keep up with you.
What type of computer is most suitable for the job?
The sad news for you PC fans is that most of the best recording and editing software is only available on MAC. Therefore you might have to invest in one for your studio. Macs are even more essential if you are looking to record, edit, and remix music in your home studio.
#4 – Get the lighting right
Lighting is something a lot of people forget about when they are setting up their home studios. The likelihood is that you will be spending long periods of time in your studio and doing this in bad lighting can cause migraines and ruin sleeping patterns.
It is most likely that you won’t have any natural lighting, so it is important that you install a mixture of bright and warm lighting that you can easily switch between.
It will also be worth investing in blue light glasses because you will be spending a lot of time staring at your computer screen.
#5 – Get a good microphone
There is no point in going through all of the efforts that we have mentioned above, just to cheap out on the microphone. A microphone is one of the most important tools in a home studio and it is important that you spend some time researching which one will be the best fit for you.
If you don’t know much about microphones yourself then you will find a wide range of resources online that will help you to make the correct choice.
You should also research how many microphones you will need to make your projects possible.
#6 – Get a good set of studio monitors
Our final piece of advice is to make sure that you get a good set of studio sound monitors and a good set of headphones.
Having top of the range audio in your home studio means that you will be able to fully enjoy the sounds you are producing. They will also allow you to pick up mistakes, errors, and sound pollution that cheaper tools would just miss.
If you are going to spend a lot of time wearing headphones then you should avoid in-ear headphones. They are usually lower quality and they can permanently damage your hearing.