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Thinking of building your own studio?

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What you need

What to avoid:

  • Small spaces – the bigger the room the better. More space for multiple musicians and more space for your ever-growing collection of gear/instruments. Not to mention…they sound better.
  • Bad Floors and Roofs– Did you know that carpets are among bad studio floor options? They tend to absorbs high frequencies, but not low ones, which hurts the acoustics. If you are in a story building, always go for the lowest of topmost floors with high ceilings.
  • Noise – choose a space that avoids external noise and allows you to make a much noise as you want.

 

But not to worry, perfection is a journey. Pick the closest solution and build a brick and tile at a time.

We quote brief remarks by an experienced studio manager from an article by James Petulla from Recording Connection.

“For the majority of today’s music makers, you can get a very nice, very functional home studio together that can handle everything but big multi-mic recordings, which you don’t typically do even in the big studios. So, if you’re a music producer in today’s landscape, chances are you’re going to be creating music using plugins a lot of the time, maybe integrating select pieces of hardware, tracking vocals, and doing some rough mixes at your studio. Spend time and money on creating the atmosphere. Go paint the walls the right color. Hang the right pictures. Buy some simple acoustic soundproofing that you can put together yourself. Put the right couch in there. As far as the gear, it really depends on the kind of music guy you are. If you can get together $3500 to $5000, and if you’re handy, you can put together a very nice, very usable studio that has almost every component of what you’re going to need as a modern songwriter.

“With a professional studio, there are a lot of costs associated with it that are different than a home studio. You have to decide on a few things. How long are you going to stay there? Like a lot of business owners you’re probably not buying the building where you’re going to conduct your business. So, you’re going to be leasing it from somebody. So, you don’t want to over improve the space that’s there because you can’t take it with you. You’re also going to be improving that space per square foot to professional acoustical standards, at anywhere from $100 a square foot to $150 a square foot. You’re going to need to hire an architect, and designs for basic production room at say, 700 square feet, could run you $10,000 designing a room. Then you have to execute it. You could spend another $15K to $20K, just getting it built, and then you now have to equip it. You’re talking another… well you get the idea.

“And now that you have it built, you now have your monthly overhead to handle. You have a loan for the gear and the build-out and then, you’re paying rent. And you’re in the scenario where you built it all. So, you got to pay debt service on a $50,000 loan. So, you know, it depends on the term of your loan, but say you did a 10-year loan. So, what is that? $6000 a year with interest? So, now you’re up to $9 to $10,000 a month in overhead to run a commercial studio. You can book that studio out. Say you’re getting $500 a day for the room. It’s an okay price. And then, you’re booking yourself out as an engineer. So, you’re working, right? You got to book out that room out for at least 20 days a month just to cancel everything out. So, do you want to build a commercial studio?

“You know what I mean? Like, people ask me that question a lot. I’ve run . . . This is my third major recording studio that I’ve run and, you know, it hasn’t . . . You know, time hasn’t changed the way you have to build these things, but the dynamics of how you make money off them definitely changes.”

– Cameell Hanna, Serenity West Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Credits: Justin Timberlake, Adele, Florence & the Machine, Eva Simons, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg

Remember that if all goes well and you grow out of that space, you can always move and expand. It’s better to start small and crush it than go huge and let it crush you. The best way to learn how gear works, and how best to use it, is from an audio professional. So, even if you’re just longing to build your own home recording studio, ask the experts.

Pay us a visit and get audio and acoustics assistance straight from the beginning.

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Whether you're in a home studio or professional facility, it is important to have a mixing and monitoring environment free of unwanted echo and uneven frequency response. Sound Ctreations Ltd contain all the SORBER baffles needed to treat various sized rooms. SORBER baffles are attached to the wall and ceiling, and BassTrap assemblies are used in the corners of the room.

We have experience in providing design and consulting services that support Broadcast and Recording Studio projects during all phases (master planning, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, bidding – pricing, construction administration and final commissioning / close out).
Sound Creations Ltd provides timely, detailed and cost-effective advice on highly sensitive and complex architectural construction and renovation projects, from small but critical retrofits to challenging ground-up construction. Sound Creations Ltd brings extensive experience to sensitive architectural issues including historical renovations, additions and new construction projects in media production, corporate, government, education, broadcasting and cultural / entertainment sectors.

Studio acoustics is probably one of the most complicated subjects for any article covering acoustics. The reason for this is that there are so many different points to consider, such as:

  1. Room size and shape
  2. Need for sound isolation
  3. Dual purpose rooms requiring variable acoustics
  4. Personal preferences
  5. Budget constraints

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