Although sticking egg cartons all around the wall of your home studio can improve the sound quality of your recording, it might be a good idea to look into some better alternatives.
And yes, I am one of those people who was sticking egg cartons to the wall of my closet back when I was a beginner. Ever since I’ve been a recording artist and producer I’ve always dreamed of having a “professional” recording studio rather than a mediocre one. Once I realized that becoming “professional” is first taking the steps to become professional, and one of those steps was soundproofing.
I didn’t know much back then. For example, I had no idea what the point of the foam things on the wall even was. Once I found out the purpose they served, I then found out that there’re different types for different sounds and occasions. Being that soundproofing is essential to hear your mix properly, I decided to take that next step which was to take action.
Here are a few tips to write down while planning to soundproof your studio.
The Importance of Acoustics
While you’re here shopping around for your studio monitors (speakers) it’d be a great idea to prioritize the acoustics for your studio as well. While going through the analysis of the room you’ll be recording and mixing in, be sure to take note of which areas of your studio has the most reflective sound. It’s never a good thing to have sounds bouncing from wall-to-wall.
It’s ideal to have studio foam on all walls surrounding your studio, including the ceiling. You can always look at some different brands of industry standard foam we have here at homestudionation.com.
Although it’s important to have a soundproof room to create music, you should never over do it. Don’t cover your entire room with foam just because you want the best quality because there’s always a such thing as too much. You just want enough to that no sound is bouncing off the walls.
Understanding soundproofing in the corners of the walls in your studio is critical. There is a specific studio foam styled for the corners of the room you’re soundproofing and they’re called ‘bass traps’.
The purpose of bass traps is to absorb the bass frequencies which direct to the upper corners of your walls. These dense and bulky looking pieces of foam belong in the upper corner of your walls touching the ceiling as well.
This one is not so much for the mixing engineer side of the studio, but for the recording artist. A reflection filter is an object that surrounds the microphone you’re using to record, but on the inside of it is more foam for a much better recording than if you didn’t have one. This is of course an alternative for those who don’t have an official vocal booth.
Back when I was a novice in studio production, I thought that since I owned a reflection filter I didn’t need any other acoustic room treatment. Yes reflection filters help for a better vocal recording, but studio foam is 100% necessary no matter what.
More Soundproofing Tips
There are more ways to avoid sounds bouncing off of objects in your studio that you should be aware of.
If you have carpet or rugs to place in your studio that is always a plus. Also, extra objects like pillows, which can also be stylish studio decor, are great for improving your sound. Any kind of cloth is ideal to go in the studio, anything helps.
Silence Is Golden
I really hope you have taken a lot into consideration after reading this article. I know a lot of experienced mixing engineers won’t need to read this article, but it doesn’t hurt to get back to the basics now and again. For those who are just starting to build their very first studio at home, I believe you’ll get much use of what you’ve read here.
I wish you all the best of luck in your studio creating adventures. I’m here to help with any questions you may have about soundproofing or other in-studio obstacles you may run into.