How to Make an At Home Recording Studio…

How to Make an At-Home Recording Studio

Performance can feel like a long-lost dream in the age of COVID-19. If you’re in a high-risk, high-restriction area, you can’t play at gigs, act on stage, or do anything else that might require an audience sitting fewer than six feet apart. So how can performers continue to practice their craft and get their work out in front of an audience?

One solution is recording. Whether you’re a musician, actor, writer, or comedian, there are ways for you to get your creative works out into the world through audio. However, you need to have an appropriate space to record. Here are some tips to help you navigate the world of home recording.

What to Record
Before you dive into making a studio, take some time to think about how you’ll use it.

● A recording studio can facilitate more effective online or live lessons.
● Actors and writers can come together to perform radio plays or start a fiction podcast.
● A funny podcast is a great way for comedians to hone their humor, connect with fans, and give people some comic relief in stressful times.

Financial Considerations
Make a financial plan before you dive in to protect your wallet along the way.

● Take a look at your monthly expenses and figure out what you can set aside for the project.
● Search for deals and shop secondhand to find good gear at a reasonable price.
● Look into DIY soundproofing to stretch your budget.
● Remember that a studio could add to property value, so factor that into your cost-benefit analysis.

Setting Your Space Up
With general plans made and priced out, now decide on smaller details.

● Get a high-quality microphone designed for your needs.
● When choosing headphones, make sound quality your top consideration.
● There are several free audio editing programs out there, but paying more can give you more control and better results.
● Make sure you find quality cleaning products that won’t damage your gear to keep your studio clean.

By thinking outside of the box, you can reach your audience from your own home. A recording studio is a great tool you can use to connect with the outside world. What you do with that tool, however, is what will truly make a difference.

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Author: M. Perez