Consult the Experts and Find a One-Stop Shop For Your Home Recording Studio

professional home recording studioThe home recording industry has grown tremendously over the last ten years and just keeps on growing.

Artists and labels are looking for ways to reduce overheads while increasing comfort and convenience.

Add to this the advancements in computer technology, especially music recording software.

The conditions have become ideal for people to create professional home recording studios.

The best part is… you can consult with a contractor to do the whole thing, from design to construction to equipment setup to turnkey readiness.

What Are You Aiming for in a Home Recording Studio?

First, determine your goals. The following considerations have strong impact on recording studio design:

  • Why do you want a recording studio? Do you need it to further your career as a sound engineer or music producer? Is it for voiceover work or your singing career? Or is it mainly for your own entertainment and fun?
  • Will you be working solo or collaborating with others?
  • How much space do you have available? Will remodeling your home be involved or will the studio be an add-on?
  • Do you need an acoustic space for live recording?
  • What is your budget?

The Recording Studio Design Process

Home Recording StudioPeople often make the mistake of spending their entire budget on recording studio equipment.

The one piece of overriding advice is this… first get the design of your studio rooms right before you spend on equipment. It is costly and often difficult to change a room, yet relatively easy to change or upgrade equipment.

A poorly designed recording studio will never achieve a high quality acoustic result, no matter what type of equipment you use. The studio must be designed well. There are many phases in designing a home recording studio:

  • Define the scope of the project. Itemize your objectives, acoustic design, space requirements and equipment.
  • Develop the studio design. Consult with the contractor to create a schematic layout. Then progress to the detailed design of each room, including construction specifications, soundproofing materials, electrical circuits, lighting, cabling and climate control. This phase will culminate in the production of a set of detailed drawings needed for construction.
  • Construction management. The construction of a home recording studio has special requirements and should be carried out only by a qualified contractor with a good track record in this field.

Be Smart… Appoint a Consultant

Have you ever wondered why some home recordings don’t sound as good as ones done in a dedicated standalone studio? You may think this is due to a lack of recording skill and experience or even because of lesser equipment. But the answer lies largely in the knowledge (or lack thereof) of how to design and construct a home recording studio. Consulting with an experienced contractor is vital.

No matter the scope of your project or the size of your budget, consulting with a skilled contractor can save you time, money and headaches. Turnkey solutions are available for the design and construction of your dream home recording studio.
Romney Tripp of RWT Design & Construction“Romney Tripp started construction in 1977 and formed RWT Design & Construction in 1992, eventually setting up the shop in Burbank. From the mid 1980’s Romney has been working on building recording studios as well as…” Read more.

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