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Building A Home Recording Studio

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A lot of our visitors have shown keen interest in setting up a studio at home. They all have a million questions so we thought of putting up this page to help get them on their way.

One of the main advantages of being a Voice-Over artist is that you have the option of working from home. As technology becomes more advanced and cheaper to deploy setting up a recording studio at home primarily aimed at voice recording is a definite possibility today.

Here is a list of what you will need if you are thinking of building a home recording studio mainly to record Broadcast Quality Voice-Overs:

1. A PC or a Mac.
2. A Microphone.
3. A Sound Proof Dead Room.
4. An Audio interface that acts as the bridge between your computer and the microphone.
5. Recording Software for your PC or Mac also known as a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
6. Headphones.
7. Studio Monitor Speakers (Optional)
8. Control Surface for your DAW (Optional)
9. A quite room preferably a basement.
10. High Speed Internet access.

The above list can cost anywhere from between US$2,000 to US$20,000 and beyond. It all depends on your application. If you are building a studio to mainly record Voice and are going to do very little audio mixing or post work then of course you can get away by spending much less. On the other hand if you are planning on producing sound for the latest blockbuster movies from the comfort of your “Home” then maybe you will need a little something more spectacular in terms of the gear you use.

Having said that there are a few minimum requirements that you will have to meet. The crucial elements or key components of your studio are the Microphone and the Audio Interface. These will dictate the quality of sound that is recorded and one should not compromise in this area at all if you are serious about working from your studio. The one other important piece in this puzzle is the Soundproof Dead room. Soundproof so that all outside sounds don’t make it to your recording and dead meaning that all the sounds occurring within the room get absorbed by the walls and don’t bounce back into the mic. This room is also called an Isolation Booth.

The isolation booth is what helps your recording stay clear and free from environmental sounds.

PC or Mac:

The choice is yours. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Most mainstream DAW’s have Mac as well as PC versions of their software. Some don’t and there that may determine what platform you end up with. In India per say PC’s are more prevalent but Mac support is getting better. The following are some of the more known DAW’s available today:
• Pro-Tools
• Cubase
• Adobe Audition
• Nuendo
• Sony Acid Pro
• Reaper

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Well they say you will only sound as good as your Microphone. This is the key item your complete studio will be built around and in most cases the single most expensive bit of kit in your Home Studio. The standard in most voice recording facilities around the world has been Neumann. They are not cheap but you get what you pay for. There are other makes like Focusrite and Presonus.

The Isolation Room:

Now that you have to bring home a good Microphone it’s time to plan to build a house for it. A soundproof chamber with sound absorbing walls on the inside, can be made of wood or concrete. You could also convert a small existing room into a dead room by adding rock-wool panels on the inside walls and ceiling. Starting by using the quietest portion of your house will probably be a good head start in getting this room right. Sound is tricky. It always seems to make its way in!

Audio Interface:

Usually a little box or a mixing console that acts as a bridge between the computer and microphone. Here also you have a variety of products to choose from. Mostly the DAW you use will dictate the choice of the Audio Interface. Many products come as bundled packages. The interface is uses either USB or Firewire technology to connect to the computer.

High-Speed Net Access:

On the Internet distance is nothing. To work from home you will require a broadband connection of at least 256kbps for file transfers back to your clients. A faster connection will be required if you plan to use emerging technologies like the Source Connect plug-in that allows real-time Voice-Over recording over the internet making dependence on technologies like ISDN a thing of the past.

Just because you have a studio at home does not mean that it’s amateur or will not meet broadcast standards, if you use the right combination of good quality gear matched to what you really want to accomplish most people can build a high quality-recording studio at home.

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