For people who are playing and producing music as a career, having their own studio at home is even more than a dream. It’s the best way to make dreams come true. A studio at home can be one of the best environments for ideas and tunes to become real music products without having any problems such as high fees using professional but expensive studio or hire someone to do some particular stuff.
A small bedroom can be perfect for a home studio since it can be easily adjusted and eventually you don’t need too much money to do the designs. However, there are always disadvantages come along with the benefits. Small rooms often struggle with acoustics problems. We don’t want them to happen at all, but it is fine since you can get rid of them easily with this guide.
In this post, I will show you some common situations you often have to encounter when using small rooms as a studio and how to fix them.
It happens a lot in small rooms when you have to make sounds and music. The echo is created because of the surfaces which are parallel. The sounds bounce off the walls and make an echo, which is really annoying especially when you are playing instruments or singing.
The echo is quite bright so that it makes the quality of the real sound decreases dramatically. This reverb is even worse in small rooms because the distance between walls, floor, and the ceiling is quite short and it makes, even more, echo at the same time. But don’t worry too much about that because common problems like this can be adjusted easily.
Also known as room modes, the standing waves are caused by the bounces of the sound when it meets parallel surfaces. The wavelength is really important because if it is multiplied by the room’s length and width, it can create a standing wave and it can be such a serious problem for instruments to play well.
When you build a music room for music producing, you should know about this because the standing waves cause the Nodes which are dead spots when sounds are not recorded. With large rooms, the Nodes are not a vital problem, but smaller rooms are the worst situation that you might not want to meet anyhow. The bass sounds tend to have trouble with the corners of the room while other sounds might cause standing waves when bouncing off the walls and other parallel surfaces.
One of the worst enemies of a studio is the reflection. Of course, we are talking about the early reflection, which is the first echo bouncing off the wall and going to our ears. According to studies, if the reflection is between 5 and 30ms, it is acceptable because it won’t affect the quality of the real sounds. It is the required amount of time for our brain to actually separate the sound sources and doesn’t make any mistakes. Unfortunately, if the reflections take a longer time to go to our ears, it would be a serious trouble since they will stack up with the real sounds and blur them. That’s the reason why we often have to have some solutions with the walls and the chairs as well as other music equipment.
Room Size And Structure
Many people might think the best place to work is a perfect square room with windows to get the fresh air and the sunshine. However, it’s the worst idea for constructing a home small studio. The worst thing is that all surfaces are parallel and they are the causes for problems stated above.
Therefore, the unbalanced room seems to be a decent choice if you want to make something out of it for your music producing place. However, we still have to do so much more so as to actually reduce the bad effects of small rooms to our music works.
- The window: the first problem we have to deal with is the window. There are two things about windows that I don’t like: they leak sounds outside and let inside noises in and bounce sounds inside the room. That the reason why professional studios don’t have any windows. One of the most common solutions is the acoustic ceiling tile. It seems to be very effective in covering the windows to stop the transmission between the environment and the room as well as a good on – reflective material for the wall. However, using this type of ceiling type has to be very careful since it is quite fragile and easy to be crumbled. With each window, we need 2 layers of acoustic ceiling type. After that, make sure you have a curtain to cover up those tiles.
- Walls: there are several materials for you to choose. For the walls, the best recommendation is the RFZ which means Reflection Free Zone. However, the price is quite high. That’s when you have to think of alternative materials such as fiberglass. It is quite good comparing to RFZ except the fact that this material is quite fragile and heavy. Besides, it won’t cover completely the corners for you. With the help of foam, your corners, floors, and ceiling can be covered perfectly. Foam is also a great solution to avoid any damages that might happen to the fiberglass layer.
Constructing your own studio at home is quite a hard problem, especially for beginners who don’t have many experiences about this. We have to deal with so many problems from the walls, the reverbs… everything has to be put into estimation before purchasing musical equipment for your studio. In fact, it would be easier if you can contact someone who is professional in this field since he can instruct you want to buy and want you should prepare before doing anything else.
If you need any assistance with the problems in your own studio, or just some small maintenance, don’t hesitate to call us. We are happy to help you achieving your career success from the smallest things.