Want a recording studio in your home and don’t have a lot of money? Come see how we made ours!
This project transforms a bedroom into a full-functional, professional recording studio. The problem with recording sound in a square room is that the sounds bounces off of the flat, parallel walls and causes reverberation or the echo sound you hear. There are two ways to combat this irritating phenomenon; absorption & diffusion. One common way to absorb sound without spending a lot of money is to buy foam soundproofing squares; but those are terrible and don’t work. A more professional way to do that is by using absorption insulation panel from Roxul. These panels are used in professional sound setting, but can be very expensive if you buy them outright. We bought 12 4’x2′ panels for around $10 each and covered them with inexpensive burlap, and they were done.
Another way to control sound in a studio is to deflect the sound so the reverberation isn’t so strong. You can do that by covering the flat walls with texture of varying heights. You may have seem some wood panels that stick out of the wall. Rather that using stacked wood panels, we went with a cheaper, but still effective, option. I bought some inexpensive foam insulation boards from the home center that are 2 inches thick in panels that are 4′ x 8′. I cut long strips of this insulation at different thicknesses and glued them to a thin backer board. These long slatted panels can them be crosscut into squares and arranged on the walls in alternating directions.
Now that we’ve treated the studio with absorption and deflection material, we can fill it with stuff to help us record. Adding objects to a room will also help absorb/deflect sound, so don’t judge the sound in an empty room. We added a new simple podcast studio table that can comfortably fit 5 people, a nice couch, and the table that store the recording equipment. If you are wanting to make a podcasting studio, then you’re all done! We like to record the video of our podcast, No Instructions, and put it on YouTube, so needed a lighting array to help make the shot perfect.
I screwed some 2x4s on the walls beneath the ceiling and spanned the room with steel pipe fit to some wooden hangers. This strong but moveable lighting grid is an inexpensive way to hang lights, small cameras, and lighting soft boxes from the ceiling. Anthony also added some lighting to the floor shooting up and some filler lights to shine over our shoulders. Once we diffused the corer of the room with some display panels, the new home studio was all finished!
Super Awesome Recording Studio!
I am so surprised that we could transform this basic bedroom into a legit professional recording studio. It sounds fantastic and it looks super cool. The most impressive part of this build was the cost savings we had from building the pieces ourselves. The sound panels, the diffusion panels, and the lighting array were so much cheaper than the commercial options. While this was a DIY project, it actually has a huge impact. If you need a home recording studio, let this project help guide you.
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- SawStop cabinet saw
- Dewalt 20v drill driver combo
- Dewalt Miter Saw
- Orbital Sander
- 54″ Drywall T-Square
- Shop Fox Hanging Air Filter
- 2HP Dust Collector
- 1 Micron bag
- Classic steel ruler (cork backed)
- Box Cutters (for eva foam)
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