3 acoustic treatment tips for your home studio

[sg_popup id=”2″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]We spend so much time worrying about the equipment we use to record music, but often pay little attention to the acoustics of the room where we actually do the recording in, Here are 3 acoustic treatment tips for your home studio. Of course, you can spend a fortune on acoustic treatment, but we are taking a DIY approach here. These are all tips you can implement today and cost you next to nothing.

  1. Positioning

How you position your studio monitors matter. I know often space is tight in home studios, but try to leave as much space as possible behind your monitors. A lot of the bottom end sound comes from the back of the speaker, and if you have it’s back against the wall, you get overly emphasized bass response. This makes it seem like there are more low frequencies in the mix than there really are. Even a couple of feet make a big difference.

Same goes with the microphone positioning. Think of how the sound travels. If your microphone is backed straight against a wall and you are singing into it, the microphone will not only pick up your directly but also the sound reflecting back from the wall. Try to keep a distance from reflective surfaces.

2. Clutter can be good

Another way to avoid those reflective sounds is to try to minimise the acoustic reflection in the room. Here clutter is your friend. If you have wardrobes in your studio room, open the doors. Heavy carpets on the floor, curtains, drapes, mattresses against the wall. Anything soft and spongy is good for absorbing the sound. Do you have one of those big bean bags? Or big pillows? Throw those into the corners of your room, and they will absorb some of those not so nice low frequencies.

3. Bad room

But what if you just simply have a bad sounding room and can’t do anything about it? First of all, I would recommend using dynamic microphones. I wrote another article about the difference between different types of microphones HERE, so I won’t go too much into it now, but dynamic microphoned like the Shure SM7 give you a great detail, without capturing too much of the background noise. Also, the trusty old SM58 does an amazing job as well if you take your time setting it up correctly.

But besides this, think about how you can hack the bad sound. Could you record inside a wardrobe? Could you sing under a blanket? You can also buy a mic screen to reduce room reflection, or you can try to make something similar with a few pillows.

Home recording is not about having the perfect setup and spending a fortune on fancy gear. It is all about making the most of what you got. The limitations of your equipment probably is going to end up being the best teacher when it comes to recording music.

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