Building your own recording studio is a fantastic way to get to make music whenever you want, but it's not without its challenges. In this video from the course The Studio Edge 101: Planning A Recording Studio, studio design expert Jim Pavett explains all about the importance of acoustics when planning and designing your own recording space.
Discussing the fundamentals of acoustics, Jim explains the different ways in which sounds interact with surfaces inside a room and why you have to understand these before you can properly get to work building the studio. You'll see why ideally you want as little sound absorbed into walls as possible, and learn why live or dead sounding rooms have different uses. Watch the rest of the videos in this course for a complete guide to designing your own recording space!
The Studio Edge 101: Planning A Recording Studio
Ask anyone who has tried to design a recording studio and they'll tell you: it's a very complicated process that requires a lot of planning. There are many moving parts involved. So, where do you begin? Well, first you've got to understand the various stages of the studio design process, and that’s exactly what this first course in our Studio Design and Construction series will teach you!
It begins with a section called Design First Steps. This is where you learn how to transform your studio dream into reality by focussing your thinking on the kind of studio you want to design. You see how to define your goals, plan your budget and zero in on your musical philosophy so that your new studio will be in sync with your vision.
Next up is a section on Site Location: Choosing a proper location is key. Whether it’s in your house or in a commercial building, the location of your studio, and how it interacts with the space around it, is one of the most important decisions you will make. This course explains the different design criteria studio designers employ to pick the optimum place to build.
But that's just the beginning: You also get a primer on acoustics and how to design your studio's acoustical treatment. You learn about Room Modes, Absorption & Diffusion characteristics, Reverb Time, and more. There’s also a section on the initial construction techniques to help you layout your control room, live room and isolation room.
After finishing this course be sure to watch the other courses in our Studio Edge series to help you finish designing and constructing your recording studio.