Many amateur musicians ask how to get pro sound from your home studio. Here are four steps to a better home studio setup.
Step One: Quiet Is Better
You need to ensure that the room that you record in is quiet. You can put acoustic treatments on the walls and the room will not provide all the echoes and extra noise in the background. Getting rid of the echos in the room and providing a quiet area to record in will make your home studio go a long way. If you are applying acoustic treatments to your walls you will want to ensure that they look professional so your client will feel more comfortable working with you in your home studio.
Step Two: Monitors
To have great sounding mixes you will need correct monitoring cheap is not better in this situation. If you can hear everything, and everything sounds great in your studio, with correct monitoring it will sound great outside the home studio too. Having expensive monitors is better than having inexpensive monitors, in this case you get more for your money. Higher quality monitors will help produce higher quality recordings. You may also need to have your monitors on stands rather than on a desk, this is all personal preference.
Step Three: Primary Reflections Need to Be Eliminated
Primary reflectors are the sounds that hit the wall first. These should be taken care of right after you set up your monitors. You can easily remove primary reflections by padding the walls around the monitors. You will need to put up sounds absorbers by the walls surrounding your setup. This will make it so that the sound won’t bounce off the walls.
Step Four: Making It Look Professional
If you are calling your studio a professional studio it should look like it. A comfortable studio will help encourage better audio recordings. It will make your client feel at ease if your home studio looks like it was built for a professional purpose with a warm and inviting feel. They will probably not feel comfortable if the recording studio looks like a spare bedroom. If your client is comfortable the recordings that you get will be much better than if your client were uncomfortable.
There are many tips on how to get pro sound from your home studio, these are just some of the initial steps you can take to move your home studio up to the realm of professional home studio.