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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Improving the Acoustics in Your Home Studio

Soundproofing a home studio is virtually impossible, unless your studio is in an underground bunker in the middle of the desert.  Since this probably isn’t the case, there’s really no way you can eliminate ALL outside sounds. However, there are a few steps you can take to control the noise and improve the acoustics in your studio.  Here are some tips:

     First, make sure you’ve picked the quietest room in your house. While the spare bedroom may seem like the ideal place for your studio, if it’s right next to the freeway that’s running outside your house, it might not be the best choice.  Go for the room that already has the least amount of outside noise, or you’ll be spending a fortune trying to make it the quietest room.
     Room size matters too. The smaller the space, the less you’ll have to do to make it work for sound recordings. Large rooms means more space for sound to echo and bounce off the walls and ceilings, so you’ll want a smaller space if possible.  However, don’t go so small that you feel cramped once you get your equipment in there.
     Eliminate outside noise where you can.  This may seem like common sense to some, but it should still be stated. Don’t run the dishwasher while you’re recording, don’t have the TV on in the other room, wait to start that load of laundry - do what you can to NOT add additional sound in your home when you’re going to be recording.

     Even the quietest room will probably need a few additions to make it perfect for a home studio. One of these is something to absorb the sound.  Adding acoustic treatments to the walls and ceiling is a must.  There are a few types of treatments to choose from, including foam or panels, so it really comes down to what works best for your space and what you can afford. 

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