Some of the most renowned musicians and artists over the past 50 years have started their musical careers from some very makeshift locations. A professional music studio isn’t so easy to gain access to, therefore many young artists found themselves creating their own studios in basements or even garages. Today, building your very own music studio is a viable option. No longer do you need to clear out the basement or sacrifice your garage in the name of music. Below are some tips on creating your very own music studio from a pre-fabricated steel building.
Structure & Lighting
First you have to decide how big of a space you want and then start to design its overall layout. You want it to be spacious enough for you, your equipment and your friends. Thought should be put into any separate rooms you may desire for isolated recording, mixing, etc. After you have a design in mind, consider the type of lighting you wish to have in your music studio. You’ll be spending long periods of time in this space, so consider lighting that will be easy on your eyes and comfortable. At the same time, don’t forget some windows! Soundproof windows are available which allow plenty of natural light without compromising the acoustic quality of the room.
Insulation & Soundproofing
Moisture breaks electronics! — make sure to properly insulate your music studio, it will block out the moisture, keep you warm, and double as soundproofing. With insulated walls it means you can be as loud as you want, and nobody will hear you! As well, the insulation will pad the interior studs, limiting any reverberation from the walls. On top of insulation, consider investing in additional materials to absorb and deflect acoustics to ensure the best possible sound. Many artists simply carpet the entire music studio (Floors, Walls and Ceiling) and find it comparable to high end sound absorbing products.
When it comes to wiring the electrical, make sure to wire the outside of walls themselves instead of through the beams. The less holes in the structure the less opportunity for vibration from the studs. Use materials such as conduit piping or electrical trunking to run your wiring.
Remember, after all this work in creating the perfect music studio, you still need to breath. Aside from soundproofing and insulation, make sure to have a ventilation unit to keep air flowing. You want to keep your music studio temperature controlled, for both your own personal comfort while keeping your music equipment cool and dry. The bottom line is that you need to have proper ventilation within the unit to circulate fresh air and remove carbon dioxide from the structure.
Finally, make sure your music studio is comfortable. After all, you will be spending plenty of time here. Decorate, throw in a few couches, invite some friends, and start recording!