Whether you are a career musician, an amateur podcaster, or a singer / songwriter in your spare time, there are many benefits to being able to create high quality sound recordings in your home. Not only does this help you save studio space, it gives you the freedom to record whatever you want, when you feel like it.
When setting up a home studio, there are a few key considerations, including determining the acoustics of the room, muffling the sound, and purchasing equipment, and then setting it all up. Here, we break down three tips for turning just about any room in your home or apartment into a haven for creative expression.
Embrace the sounds of silence
Take a moment to listen – really listen – to the background noise in and around your home. Is the hum of the dishwasher audible? Is your refrigerator or aquarium buzzing in the background? If you live in a city, is there a lot of street noise? You’ll want to choose the quietest space possible to make sure your recordings can live up to their potential. You’ll also want to turn off all devices, phone alarms, and maybe even your HVAC system before you start recording.
When considering where in your home or apartment to create your studio sanctuary, keep in mind that surfaces make a big difference. Reflective elements like hardwood, concrete, glass, granite countertops, etc. may cause ping-pong noises in a room. If possible, choose a location that has lots of sound-absorbing fabrics and textures, including rugs, curtains, or upholstery that are more likely to absorb background noise.
If you don’t splurge on commercial broadcast panels or professional soundproofing materials for your studio walls, the most affordable tactic may be to hang a thick blanket directly behind where you plan to play. , sing or talk.
Make decisions about your equipment
There are a few major purchases you will need to make to start recording at home. Your computer, headphones, monitors, connection cables and a high-quality microphone will be the foundation of your studio.
The specific products you will need will depend on several factors, including your desired sound and recording goals. There is no “right” choice between, for example, a USB microphone or an XLR microphone. Different content creators have different needs, and either device may be suitable depending on the use case. A USB microphone like the Yeti, for example, can be ideal for podcasting or recording an acoustic guitar; like an XLR Spark SL might be the best choice for capturing the complex frequencies of an orchestral piece or group acapella performance.
Once you have the basics, you can also consider some accessories like reflective screens, which minimize the sounds picked up by your mic, or microphone arm, which gives you more freedom with how you position your microphone. Pop filters can reduce the “popping” sounds (small puffs of air) that are common in vocal recordings.
Finally, there are robust software like Blue VO! CE, which lets you fully customize your work with filters, voice effects, and more. This platform makes it easier than ever to transform your audio files into professional-quality, broadcast-worthy recordings. You can even create a personalized vocal sound with Blue VO! CE’s presets and effects like EQ, compression, noise reduction, and more. The suite was designed by professional sound engineers and is ideal for streamers, podcasters, and musicians.
Arrange your space
Once you have created a quiet space and have the necessary equipment, you will need to determine the layout of your equipment, including where you will install your monitors, microphones, etc. Ideally, a nook, nook, or even a closet is a great place, but wherever you choose to sit, avoid the middle of the room, as accumulated frequencies called “standing waves” can affect the balance of your recordings. . Make sure all cavernous areas, like the legroom under your desk, are covered, as they can negatively affect certain sound frequencies.
When it comes to your monitors, you’ll want to set them up in an equilateral triangle – your body and each speaker being the three corners. It is worth measuring this distance accurately to ensure the best possible results. You can also play with different sizes of “triangle” to find your optimal sound.
The convenience of having your own recording studio is well worth the time and effort put into creating it – and with the right equipment, there’s a world of possibilities at your fingertips. Learn more about what you’ll need to outfit your studio and the different options available by visiting Blue Mic’s blog or by browsing their some products.