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im going to be making a recording studio type area for my instruments and im confused about how it should be done Answered

i need help im going to be making a recording studio type area for my instruments so i can play any time i want no matter the time but im getting a little confused on the right method i should be using for making this room heres a list of the instruments that i play and going in the room are mandolin violin piano bass guitar electric guitar acoustic guitar a banjo drums i think that that might help but im kinda new to the stuido part i do know sum about the equipment side i would like sum help with figuring this out?


There are several things you want to keep in mind. First and foremost is acoustics. Sound proofing and sound treatment are two different things; sound proofing bottles sound inside the room and rejects outside sound. This is a good first step, but any nasty room resonances will become more pronounced after sound proofing; this is where sound treatment comes in. If you're a DIY'er (and I'm sure you are since you visit Instructables), you can make your own sound treatment like I did. There's a lot of math involved, and it's a bit tedious, but there are two pay-offs: it's way cheaper than prefabricated sound treatment, and you can "tune" your absorption and diffusion to specific trouble spots of the room. Second, you'll want to pay attention to your gear. Ideally, you'll want everything already hooked up so you can just walk in and record; given the number of instruments you play, this may require a more high-end mixing console with enough inputs (at least 24) to satisfy this requirement. If you're fine setting up one thing at a time, you can get by with something smaller (like an 8 channel interface), but when recording you'll have to take time to set up each instrument. If you're recording to a computer (Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW) I would highly recommend purchasing the PreSonus FP10. It's what I use, and has 8 channels and stereo S/PDIF, and can be daisy-chained for up to 30 total input/output channels. The pre-amps are very clean, and the price is reasonable ($399.99 each from Musician's Friend). Also, make sure your computer is reasonably fast, has a good amount of hard drive space, and is dedicated to audio alone (no surfing the net or you'll no doubt catch stuff that will require a reformat - NOT FUN). The Instructables linked below are some good places to start; I would also highly recommend "The Master Handbook of Acoustics" by F. Alton Everest. This is a great place to start in acoustics if you can grok the math, and it will give you a lot of practical knowledge about acoustics that will give you a serious edge when building a home studio. I hope this helps; let me know if you have any more questions (I know I've been fairly general here).

Soundproofing the room is important. Also reflective surfaces alter the sound. Shut curtains, take out mirrors, etc. Mic covers are essential, they take away buzz on the hard "s" sounds.

Comfortable Good acoustics... and manuverability....

Making a Space forum at TapeOp. It's a great magazine that's free unless you want to pitch in. The other forums at the site are wonderful, too. Getting your room to sound good is the second thing you want to do if you're recording yourself (right after learning how to play). Have fun and don't do art half way....

I was just gonna post that exact link - good to see you lingering around here too wilhelm!