The DIY Studio
This chapter is about building your own recording studio. With a few steps you can easily improve the quality of your recordings.
What do I need?
A silent room
- Avoid all kind of noises eg fans, phones, computers or other humans...
- Choose the best sounding place in the room by walking around and speaking aloud as you go.
- Try to find a place that sounds very dry.
- Check out the corners of the room - usually you will have less echoes there than in the middle of the room.
- Do your best to shelter this place from other noises using sound absorbing materials.
- Hard surfaces like glass or stone walls cause reflections, so cover them with something soft like foam or blankets, especially at the place where you want to record.
- If you are sitting on a chair, take one that cannot swing or move to avoid unwanted sound.
- Close doors and windows while recording.
- If possible use an external microphone for your recording. The sound quality is usually better than that delivered by a field recorder. The microphone can be connected directly to your recorder or to a software audio interface connected to your computer.
- Use a wind shield or a pop shield to avoid popping sounds.
- Follow the rules in the chapter on Recording Techniques to get a good recording.
A mic stand
- Holding the mic in your hand can cause noises. Rather use a tripod that you can put on a table or a mic stand at which you can stand while recording.
- If possible place the stand on something soft (like a carpet) to avoid noises from the floor.
- Always use headphones while recording. They are important for judging the sound quality of your recording.
- You will hear more precisely with closed cup headphones than with earplugs or cheap headsets.
- Installed with audio editing software like Audacity1, Hindenburg2 or something else to edit your recordings. Read the Audio Editing chapter for further information.