There are many reasons why someone might maintain a home recording studio today. In fact, YouTube singers get their start in a home recording studio. If you’re musically inclined, setting up a studio is an affordable method to start producing original and compelling work. You’ll need some acoustic foam panels, a space to set up in, and good sound equipment to make sure you’re capturing the best possible sounds within your space.
Choose the Perfect Space
The perfect space for a recording studio is a walk-in closet, but anywhere you can enclose yourself is just as good. If you setup some cubicle walls around a desk, it could work if you could figure out how to place sound deadening foam above you. The reason you want an enclose space is that you don’t want sound leaving, or coming in, unless you’ve planned for that. When you purchase high quality audio equipment, it may pick up some residual noise (white noise, or even an animal in the room), if there are gaps in the walls. Closets are easily sealed, so less of that background noise seeps into the recording.
Fully Cover the Walls
If you fully cover the walls with sound proofing foam, you’ll reduce the amount of sound that escapes and remove the background noise your recording devices can pick up. That’s why an enclosed space, such as a closet, works well for amateur sound recording. You create a small booth, and use double-sided tape to adhere panels to the walls. You’ll notice an immediate difference stepping into the room, as the foam panels soak up the sound and resonance.
Vary the Panels You Use
Different foam panels accomplish different tasks. Pyramid shaped panels, for instance, diffuse sound rather than dampen it. If you’re worried about acoustics, sound diffusing can be useful for you. Egg crate panels are wonderful when you pair them with soundproofing cloth. Search around the Web to see which panels will be the best fit for what you’re trying to accomplish. There may be a more affordable route, or at least panels that provide better coverage.
Soundproofing a space isn’t difficult to do and it’s relatively inexpensive. The most expensive part of amateur sound recording is the equipment you use to actually capture sound.
The Foam Factory, Inc. is Southeast Michigan’s largest manufacturer and distributor of quality sound proofing foam products at an affordable price.