How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio

September 12, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio. Whether you want to record a demo or simply
indulge your inner rock star, a home studio has certain requirements. You will need Work surfaces, such as a desk,
table, stackable shelves A good swivel chair A computer and sound card or a dedicated recording
console A six- or twelve- channel mixer A quality microphone A good set of speakers
A keyboard stand Graphic equalizers Pitch correction machine A reverb unit Heavy drapes
Carpet remnants or heavy rugs Fabric or sound-dampening foam A CD player and musical instruments. Step 1. List the available work surfaces in your studio,
such as desks, stackable shelves or even milk crates and two-by-fours. Step 2. Set up a U-shaped area by arranging a desk
and a secondary work surface in an L-shape, with a rack or shelves making up the third
leg. Step 3. Place a swivel chair in the middle of your
workspace. Test your ability to easily access all of
the workspaces from the chair. Invest in a quality chair that doesn’t cause
your back or legs to tire easily. And make sure it doesn’t squeak. Step 4. Position your recording equipment on your
work surfaces. Put frequently adjusted things within arm’s
reach. Electrical cords can cause audio equipment
to hum or buzz, so position components so that wires are as far apart as possible. If they must cross, place them perpendicularly
to reduce noise. Step 5. If your studio faces a noisy street, hang
the thickest drapes you can find. Step 6. Cover wood, tile, or cement floors with carpet
remnants or heavy rugs to reduce echoes and reverberations. Stand in the middle of your studio and clap
your hands hard. If you hear echoes, cover walls with fabric
or sound-dampening foam. Step 7. Mount speakers at ear-level, spaced so that
you can sit centered in the sound stream during playback. This may involve building a platform for the
speakers on your desk, or hanging them on a wall or from the ceiling. Step 8. If you are creating a podcast, you may want
to have “bumper” music at the start and end of each broadcast, so you’d need to have a
CD player handy. Step 9. Position any instruments you may have at the
open end of the workspace, where you can access them easily. Ideally, you want to be able to begin recording
and playing without much time or effort devoted to moving from one task to the other. Step 10. Begin recording your future hit! Did you know Boston’s self-titled debut album
was recorded mostly in band member Tom Scholz’s basement studio.