What's the difference between a home studio and a commercial studio?
02 June 2012
The main difference between recording at home and a commercial studio is the acoustic space. A great space allows the engineer to perform better in making records sound good.
Some studios are world famous not for their equipment or engineers but for their acoustic space. However, creating such a space in your home studio can be a headache because your home probably wasn’t originally designed with a studio in mind.
A good home studio should be as neutral as possible to ensure that the music you have mixed and equalised will sound good in other rooms.
What is acoustic treatment ?An acoustic treatment is used to control and maximize the sound quality of the room, it is not soundproofing, so it doesn’t stop any sound from coming in or out of the room.
How can you make your studio sound as good as possible?A room with carpeting is your best bet, if you have a wooden floor you might want to add rugs or carpeting to your recording space to help even out the sound.
Adding acoustic treatment to your walls:
There are two type of acoustic treatment: absorbers and bass traps.
Absorption treatment minimizes reflections by absorbing them, thus not reflecting back at you, and into your recording microphone.
Minimizing reflections into your recording is the name of the game, and foam treatments are usually the best course of action; larger studios and performance spaces can install larger fiberglass panels.
Bass traps kill both standing waves and low frequency buildup. Standing waves are waves that cause a resonating sound in the room, and it's important to kill them before they become a problem. Bass buildup in corners of a room can also be a huge problem, especially when recording drums or amps.
Bass traps are commonly put into the corners of a room.
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