When you build a recording studio in your own home, it becomes much easier to record and produce your own music with your own production equipment.
As we know, building a professional-quality studio can be a very expensive and time-consuming project to take on, so we are going to focus on the home studio side of things, and the little improvements you can make that can help your recordings and mixes sound better.
There are a few different factors we need to be aware of when thinking of music studio design and studio acoustics. These can include:
In our home studios we're most often concerned with the space available and the costs involved in setting up a music production space. And we'll usually find that the room has to double as both a recording room and a mixing room, which makes it doubly important to do everything we can to get the room sounding great.
The main goal in a home studio, especially if you only have the one room, is to make it as 'dead' as possible. We want the room to absorb sound instead of reflecting it, so the natural reverb of the room will then be minimized.
There are several cost-effective ways to help control the frequency balance and reverb times of the room, and they also work in smaller rooms where you need to make full use of the space available:
Luckily, these small tips are relatively cheap to put in place when the time comes to set up and build a recording studio. When I tried some of these out myself, I found I got more out of my audio recording equipment to create great sounding productions in my own small studio.
Check out more about acoustic traps from the guys at RealTraps. They've got some great information and also have their own range of traps if you're thinking of getting some.
If you're looking to build a recording studio to a more advanced level, a great book to have a look at is 'Home Recording Studio: Build It Like the Pros' by Rod Gervais. Rod goes into great detail in all aspects of studio design and it's highly recommended if you're looking to improve your own home studio.