In the previous article
we overviewed the equipment necessary to create a high quality budget-friendly mini recording studio at home. Also, we mentioned the acoustics and the importance of draping, or acoustic insulation. Today we would like to provide you with more information and share some tips how to improve acoustic insulation in your home-based studio.
We will not consider the case of creating the studio from the ground up. Rather, we will suggest some ideas of how to adapt your personal room to meet all the requirements of the recording process. If you have the choice, decide in favour of a medium size room. On the one hand, you will have enough space, and on the other hand, you will not have to spend too much on draping.
There is another important consideration to be taken into account. Novices often tend to think that "acoustic insulation" and "acoustic processing" is the same thing. Not so. Acoustic insulation serves to filter out external noises and makes the room quieter whereas acoustic processing is supposed to improve the quality of recording by removing unwanted sounds and noises.
The major problem faced by every novice sound engineer as soon as they start making their trial recordings with a microphone is the noise! Let's have a closer look at the ways of eliminating it.
Generally speaking, there may be two types
of sources of noise: internal and external
. Internal noises
may be generated by your computer, specifically the CPU. For this reason it is recommended to use an external sound card. Also, there are CPUs that are noiseless, but if you do not have one, the cheapest way to solve the problem is to replace the fan, as it is the main source of noise in your computer. If it does not prove effective, the system unit can be relocated to another room or fenced off with some sound insulation boards. It is up to you to decide which of the variants is more convenient.