Tips for Building a Home Studio
Are you ready to learn the tricks of establishing a home studio, also known as a home studio, and getting to know the intricacies of this business? No time to go to the studio for sound recording? Have you temporarily moved from your city where you have been for a long time? Establishing a studio is a costly business, do you say you can do this at home? Then let's look at the equipment and space required to set up a home studio in the comfort of home. For a home studio, 5 basic equipment, appropriate sound insulation and the creation of an acoustically arranged environment are among the sine qua non. Of course, if we say acoustic environment, we are not talking about a professional studio, we are talking about an area with sound insulation and acoustic arrangement that we can create within the possibilities of home. It could even be a corner in a room of your home. We need a total area of two square meters. So what equipment do we need to set up a home studio?
Undoubtedly, the computer is one of the most important home studio equipment. Since the choice of the computer will determine the choice of the equipment you use, it is very important which system you will use, MacOS or WINDOWS. Because the physical recording equipment and software you will use in MacOS may not work based on WINDOWS. Computers where you can get a smooth performance when Audio Software and other programs are run at the same time should be preferred. In short, your computer should have a new generation processor in today's conditions. The RAM should be between 4-6 GB and have a large-capacity storage space.
2- VOICE RECORDING PROGRAM
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) are known as digital audio processing software. Among the sound processor programs are those that are instrument + sound recorder or only sound recorder. The software we are interested in is only the voice recorder ones. Programs such as Sound Forge, Goldwave, Cool Edit, Audition, Pro Tools are among the old and most used sound processing programs. There is a point that should be underlined here, the software being different does not affect the sound quality. In other words, a software statement that improves sound quality is a false statement. Sound recording quality is a statement about the sound card, that is, about coding. You can purchase an easy-to-use but licensed audio editing program.
3- SOUND CARD
Sound cards, in other words encoders, are among the most important equipment of the sound recording stage. It is the sound cards that determine the quality of the sound. The technology that will instantly process the digital audio signals we send from the microphone to our recording software (DAW- digital audio workstation) and transmit them to us instantly without any delay lies under the high-resolution signal processing power in sound cards. Whatever kind of work you have about the sound on your computer, your sound card is responsible for this task and you only have to record something that depends on your creativity and your success in using the program. Make sure that there is a Phantom button on your preferred sound card, because if your microphone works with condenser and phantom +48V, you may need this button.
If you are going to choose a microphone for use in a home studio and considering that the environmental sounds are more than the professional studio environment, your choice should be condenser microphones. However, high-impedance dynamic microphones are also in the category of microphones suitable for the home studio, as they will only pick up close sounds. Microphones are among the equipment that directly affects the sound quality, such as sound cards. The right microphone is not an expensive microphone, the microphone with the most suitable diaphragm for your vocal range is the best microphone for you. There are microphone compare sites for this. You can both hear the sound quality and make comparisons for the microphone you are interested in.
5- REFERENCE MONITORS AND HEADPHONES
Reference monitors and headphones give you the ability to hear reference sound. It allows you to hear the recorded sound without adding sound enhancers such as effects, plugins, EQ, bass. This is very important. Headphones and monitors you use in your home studio should definitely be preferred as reference monitors. Because you hear the sound you recorded in pure form and you will understand whether it will be accepted or not.
6- ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT WITH SOUND INSULATION
It is highly recommended that the room where the sound is recorded is full and there are sound absorbing items such as carpets and curtains in the room. In addition, if possible, an acoustic panel should be purchased around the microphone and a pop filter should be used. It is impossible in a home environment to prevent unwanted environmental sounds from coming into the microphone. We recommend that the microphones used for this should be chosen as microphones that can receive close sounds. Acoustic and soundproofed indoor cabins will also count as the suitable environment for sound recording.
Our last advice to those who are going to set up a home studio, it is nice if you are working with a voice-over agency. However, we recommend that you set up a home studio and do not do informal work. It is among the sad news that the Ministry of Finance has recently taken under investigation those who made freelance voiceovers at home and accepted money into their unregistered personal accounts and were subject to major criminal proceedings. For the welfare of our industry and trade in our country, we need to pay attention to such violations of rights as a nation. We hope your life will be spent in good sound quality. Stay well.