Across America, there are an estimated 1,500 dedicated recording studios that provide studio services for musicians, businesses, and more. But more and more individuals are seeing the benefits of building their home recording studio. A home studio allows you to record in the comfort of your property. But when beginning this exciting venture, many people forget to give thought to details like a construction schedule, locations, and more. That's why we've written this comprehensive guide on building your home recording studio. We'll cover the things you might've missed so that you can get started designing the home studio of your dreams.
The first thing to bear in mind when building a home studio is the location. You need to know where exactly to put your studio on your personal property. This question has several different answers, depending on how big your property is. You could use a side room that you've previously used for an office or a library. Or, you could build an entirely separate studio in your garden if it's big enough. But there's a number of factors you should always keep in mind before you make your decision. For starters, you need to make sure your studio is as isolated as possible from potential sounds. If you're placing your studio within your main property, you'll need to invest in stronger soundproofing. Proper acoustic treatment is a must. The quality of sound within your studio should always be your priority, no matter where it's built. Space can't be compromised on, generally speaking, the larger the room, the better acoustics. Choose a proper location for building your studio.
There are a couple of additional factors that many home studio builders forget to consider. These are any potential moisture and mould that could impact your studio. Make sure to check the humidity of your room before you build. An ideal humidity level is somewhere between 40-60%. If you're above that, you certainly need to call a moisture technician to come and make a proper inspection of the space before building anything. Moisture does not rhyme well with the principles of a studio building. When creating a studio, we want to achieve tightness and good acoustics. We often use multiple plasterboards on top of each other, sealants etc., minimizing the air permeability. This might turn into a problem since the mould grows in spaces with high humidity and inadequate ventilation. If you don't consider these issues before building the new studio, they can penetrate your studio and completely ruin the space in the long run. Mould can be a nightmare to remove if you don't recognize it quickly enough. Similarly, moisture can destroy foundations. Make sure to check the room you are about to build the studio in for these potential problems. Make sure to check the humidity in your room before building anything.
Once you've chosen space for your home studio, you need to complete more planning before committing to any changes. The first thing to assess is whether or not you need to reconstruct or renovate your home studio space. Please consult a professional acoustician and let them draw out the optimal acoustical customization for your specific room according to your specific needs. Next, If you have decided to move on with the expert's proposal, you should sit down and start to plan a construction schedule. If you're working with contractors, there's a specific order that will need following if everyone does their job correctly. If possible, try to get someone to coordinate all roles, making the electrician and the carpenter communicate on schedule and stick to deadlines. Discuss your plans closely and thoroughly with all contractors before you start; make sure they are up for the task and the job's complexity. Acoustics and studio building can't be half-assed. Make sure they understand the importance of accuracy. Plan your construction schedule wisely.
This is the last primary planning phase to bear in mind before properly implementing your home studio. A timeframe goes hand in hand with creating your construction schedule. Even if you're not in a rush, creating an estimated timeframe can be beneficial. It can help you organize which aspects of your home studio to focus on at any one time. Have a checklist, which ensures that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that you don't make any mistakes along the way. Finally, it would help if you thought about budgeting your studio. This is something you should once again always do before you start any work, for several reasons. For starters, you need to know that your dream home studio is financially feasible. Things like acoustic treatment and other extensive renovations can start to become expensive. If you've not budgeted beforehand, you could find yourself with the studio space but no money left over for equipment. Work with any contractors to determine how much it'll cost to contract any work you need doing first. It's wise to set an ideal budget, an average budget for your project, as well as a maximum that you absolutely cannot go over. By setting these three figures out, you can better organize your spending and see where you're at during the process. Set a budget for the project and stick to it.
Now, let's discuss the question of price vs quality. When building anything, including a home studio, you need to consider the cost and what you're getting for your money. Should you invest in the most expensive diffusers you can find, or should you settle for mid-ranged products? This kind of approach equates to the direction you've previously taken when buying equipment for your studio. Everyone has their budget and their own desired price point. When it comes to building your studio, It's possible to create a recording studio on a low budget, but make sure you're getting value for money. As long as you've budgeted everything out beforehand, you should know what kind of price points you can aim for. As a general rule, you should be able to build a recording studio in your home for a minimum of $1,500-2000. But this figure can go as high as tens of thousands of dollars, depending on how advanced you're looking to go, what materials/methods you choose and if you decide to only use contractors etc. Make sure to find the middle ground between budget and quality.
Building a home studio requires a great deal of time, effort, planning, and, most importantly, expertise. It is entirely possible to build your own home studio off your own back. But you'll need to be a handy person to be able to manage that. The reality is that building a home studio usually involves the work of additional contractors. As mentioned above, any construction, like building walls, needs to be handled by a construction company. It's extremely risky to construct anything on your own, and we'd advise you not to unless you're a builder or contractor yourself. This same rule applies to the electricity set up in your home studio. Any recording studio requires a lot of wiring to ensure that everything functions as intended. This is the kind of intricate work that you'll need an electrician or an experienced engineer to fix up for you. Finally, you might also need a carpenter to handle any building outside of those handled by a construction company. An experienced carpenter may be able to build certain parts or the whole studio. As mentioned above, it's important to set out a construction schedule alongside your contractors. That way, you'll know who needs to start working when, and the whole process can run considerably smoother. Get the right contractors for the job.
The biggest mistake you need to avoid when creating your own home recording studio is to not forget about acoustics and soundproofing. This is the single most important aspect of a quality home studio. If you don't consider acoustics, you will likely miss out on better sound and reliability in your studio. Like we mentioned above, always make sure to consult a professional acoustician before you start any conversion projects. Improper monitor placement is a common problem that many people suffer from. Make sure to check the speaker manufacturers manual for the correct placement of your monitors. Never forget about acoustic treatment.
One aspect of home recording studio design people often forget to consider is how it actually looks and feels to work in. The aesthetic look of your studio can be as important as anything else. You need to feel comfortable in the space in order to work and create at your best. That means thinking about any lighting, so it's not too dim or moody at any time. You should also think about including any inspirations within your studio, which can influence your creative process. Other equipment you'll likely need to invest in is comfortable seating. You should at least have a comfortable desk chair to mix your tracks at any time. But depending on how large your studio is, a comfortable sofa can go a long way to making a recording studio feel communal. Try and pin down the kind of vibe you want your personal studio to give off. If you want a smaller, more intimate space to just use yourself, then design around that aesthetic. But if you're looking to share it with people, you need to think about more communal touches like the aforementioned seating arrangements. Ultimately, make sure you have as much fun as possible creating your own studio. It's an exciting opportunity that a lot of musicians wish for but can never quite realize. Constructing anything can be stressful at times, but focus on the end goal and the idea in your mind and make that dream a reality.
You should now know the many tips and tricks to build your own home recording studio. A home studio isn't the easiest project in the world, but it can be one of the most rewarding. If you have any questions about a specific equipment or further tips on what to bear in mind, make sure to get in touch. You can read more about what we do, and contact us directly by following the relevant contact details on our website.