How to Create Your Own Sound Recording Studio
A sound recording studio is a great idea for those who are regularly into making documentaries or recording songs. It can also be helpful for enthusiasts who are considering making a career in music, as they can rehearse with all the tools necessary to record professional songs. Narrators and film makers can make use of sound recording studios to add sound bites and sound-based special effects for their films or projects. Professional narration or dubbing for films or episodes requires the sound to be recorded in a proper studio and mobile recorded audio clips do not always help. And the best thing is that you can set up a sound recording studio at your home or approach a professional sound editing studio, at a reasonable budget, in your empty basement or in one of your rarely used rooms.
You will however require some basic devices such as a microphone (the most basic prerequisite in a sound recording studio), headphones, good speakers, appropriate software and musical instruments or percussion instruments according to the requirement. Microphones, cordless or wired ones, are of several types, and can vary from low-end devices that can be employed only for recording vocals and are not very much noise friendly, to top models that can be used for recording sounds of musical instruments such as drums and guitar to precision. Neumann and Shure are brands that offer microphones with good capabilities at reasonable prices. You must buy the microphone only as per your purpose, and as needs grow, you can upgrade. However, don’t go for high-end microphones that are used to record and broadcast music from orchestras, as this would not be such a sensible idea.
You need to have a computer in your recording studio to edit, organize and save all the data. Try to have multiple computers if you believe you will have regular operations and there might be instances of more than a couple of people recording. Recording software chosen is also crucial in recording operations. For example, Pro Tools Express from Avid is one of the better recording software. It comes with an Mbox Mini interface, and assists you in recording sounds directly to your PC or laptop, and also records sounds from guitars and drums properly and can be distinguished easily. The recording on this software is done at 48 kHz and at 32-bit. The software is so good that most of the work can be edited on a laptop itself.
Headphones and Accessories
Talking of headphones, brands like Sony and Audio-Technica offer good quality and affordable headphones with studio standard sound processing capabilities. Headphones are crucial as they can be used for simultaneous recording and listening, hence both aspects should be considered before deciding on a particular headphone. A good idea would be to visit the music store and test the headphones before finalizing on any one and go for a trusted brand. Accessories such as microphone stands can be used to provide stability and balance to the user. Extra cable wires will allow mobility and adapters can be bought in for electrical purposes as well.
Recording drums, electrical (or conventional) guitars, piano and other musical instruments such as tuba, saxophone, mouth organ and flute can be added to the studio for a musical effect. But try to include only as many things as necessary and stick to your budget. And once you have set up the studio, use it regularly. Maintenance and cleanliness would be the key to the long life of each component of your studio. Handle every device carefully and cover up large musical instruments and the computer after every recording session to prevent dust.
And if you are not being able to record because of your exams or tight schedule, clean the studio at least once in a week so that next time you go for recording, you don’t go in disappointed.