Before setting up a home recording studio, you should spend time on researching and planning your future studio such as what it contains, what combo is the most suitable to you. In short, which is the model (setup) for you? If not carefully think about it, you’ll regret being hasty after operating it for a while.
Your own recording studio model (setup) does not come from thin air. So, where should the ideas start? It’s best to know first thing about current models (types of recording studio setup), don’t you think? This part will help you have a look at nowaday music studio models from which you’ll decide or improvise the one suits you most.
The 3 Factors will help you have A Perfect Music Studio
When talking about music studio models, we should consider three aspects:
- Decoration: beautiful and warm place where you record will definitely make you more creative and more efficient at work.
- Function: Decide the convenience while working as well as the efficiency and the speed of your work.
- Expansion: to be able to expand your music studio is vital in case you have uncommon circumstances or big project in the future.
Which Type of Music Studio Would BEST Suit You?
Assuming you’re in a music band and you guys often practice together and you need to use to the music studio to record. In that case, your need of using the music studio is different than a guitarist or keyboard player who use it for recording music instruments or composing music.
If you’re a sound engineer and you want to set up a studio to record and mix for clients, the way you set up the studio is also different from the musicians, singers we talked above.
Below is some music studio models for you to consider. Each type depends on the different demands of the user.
1. Mixing/Composing Studio
This type of model serves the mixing and composing music purpose. It functions well with beat, composing, mixing, mastering.
With this kind of recording studio model, the critical point is the numbers of people can use the studio at the same time. If you compose with others, you should make sure that your studio space is big enough to place more musical instruments as well as guarantee the comfort of those who work there.
2. Guitarist/Musician Studio
If you’re a guitarist, your studio design is little bit different depends on your preferences. Generally, you’ll use 70% of your space for control room where you place your recording, mixing devices, et cetera and the rest of 30% for vocal booth.
If you’re an electric guitarist, you’ll want to record the guitar sound through your electric guitar ampli instead of directly recording signal from the guitar or from multi-effect like Line 6 pod XT, BOSS GT-100, Digitech GNX,.. In that case, you’ll need another well-soundproof small vocal booth just for your “loud mouth” guitar ampli so that you will “not receive calls from your neighbors”.
With the one who play acoustic guitar and want to record through microphone, you follow the similar way. However, if you can reduce to maximum the outside noise or the noise from your equipments in central monitor room (like the noise from the computer), you won’t need another soundproof room (vocal booth) to record the sound the the guitar acoustic.
3. Multi Function Studio
This model is great for “multi function” purpose which means all of your needs of different recording functions can be satisfied in only one room. This room of yours must be spacious, at least 15 to 220 feet square in order to meet all kinds of musical instruments and other equipment space requirement.
With this type of studio model, your main listening device is headphone. Because if you listen through your monitor speakers, the recorded sound will be easily mixed with the sound from monitor speakers while recording voices or musical instruments.
4. Vocal Recording Studio
If you work with more than one singers or recording singing is your main mission, you’ll have to leave a small space in the room for the vocal booth.
“Pros” of vocal booth:
- You don’t need to listen through headphone while recording for the singer.
- The recorded sound is cleaner ‘cause of being soundproofed from outside.
- You totally can use it to record other musical instruments.
5. Voice-Over Recording Studio
This recording studio is especially for the narrators. This kind of model doesn’t need to be sophisticated. You just need to choose a room where you feel most peaceful and quiet. You set your studio there where you record your voice, edit as well as correct your narrating.
6. Commercial Recording studio
If you’re a sound engineer and want to set up a commercial studio, you’ll have to set up two separate places:
- One recording room also known as tracking room
- One monitor room also called control room where you arrange your recording studio devices.
If you want to record musical instruments and music bands, your recording space have to be quite big, 270 feet square at least. If you mainly record singing and occasionally record musical instrument, tracking room with 110 feet square shall be good as well.
To specify your needs, you need to answer the questions below:
- Do you have soundproof place to record?
- How important is the sound in tracking room?
- Do you want to record and mix in one room?
- Is vocal booth necessary?
- Your studio serves how many people max at the same time?
Remember: the more specific you are, the less regretful after!