If you’re in a professional band or are just a group of friends trying to make it big in the music scene, getting a proper studio in your own home can be a convenient means of getting your rehearsals in. The first step in creating your very own recording studio is selecting an appropriate room in your house for your recording studio, a basement usually works best. After you’ve picked out the right spot for your soon to be rehearsal space, you’ll now need to install soundproofing on the walls of the room.
Although soundproofed walls will do a great deal in reducing the sound output of your studio, you may want to go the extra mile and get your doors as well as windows soundproofed for the best results. After you’ve fully soundproof your band’s new rehearsal studio, you can now trick the space out to make it conformable and as acoustically well sounding as possible. This article will go over four steps on how to create a band rehearsal space in your very one home.
Select the Right Space
When it comes to finding the right room in your house to build a rehearsal studio in you’ll want to find a room that already has some degree of soundproofing. Basements are always a great option for a studio since they usually have thick exterior walls, which can help dampen sound and usually have minimal windows. If making a studio in your basement isn’t an option for you, you can always pick a room that isn’t attached to any other properties that you don’t own and has a minimal amount of windows.
Alternatively, if you can’t find any space within your house to make a studio, you could always insider converting your backyard shed or garage into a musical space instead! One thing to note is that you want the space to be big enough to fit your whole band after soundproof walling has been placed in it so give around half a foot’s space around the walls of the room.
Install Soundproofing on the Walls
Once you’ve decided which room will become your recording studio you’ll now have to install soundproofing into it. According to the experts at SoundProofCentral there are plenty of ways of soundproofing any room but for the best results, you’ll want to install a double wall with soundproofing. First, you’ll want to install brackets all along the walls of your space so you can later place drywall over them. Next, you’ll want to fill in these spaces with insulation but leave a little room under the brackets for the next step.
Once the insulation is in place, you can now put in place sheets of acoustics caulk for an added layer of dampening. Finally, once everything else is in place, you can now place drywall over brackets, and you’re good to go! If you want a more cost-efficient method of soundproofing your studio you can always do the tried and true method of egg cartons and mover’s blankets. First, collect as many egg cartons as you can, an easy way of getting this done is by checking out local brunch spots and seeing if they’ll give you some cartons. Next, you’ll have to attach the egg cartons to the walls and even ceiling of your room with nail glue or tape. Finally, hang some mover’s or other types of heavy blanks on all the walls of your studio as well as the ceiling and floor: then there you have it, your very own DIY soundproofing job.
Doors and Windows
Even if the walls of your rehearsal space are fully soundproof sounds can still escape through the fixtures of the room, so for the best results, you’ll have to solve these issues. Many modern doors are actually made of very thin material and won’t fit tightly in their frame, so there’s plenty of room for the sound to escape them. To counteract this you’ll want to invest in a soundproof door that is made out of special acoustic material that can help trap sound, and it’s frame will have a seal that will be airtight when the door is closed!
Similarly, most common windows won’t do too much in terms of blocking sound from leaving the room, so if you find sound is still escaping your rehearsal space, you may want to consider getting specialty soundproof windows. These windows often have a double layer of glass, which helps stop sound from travelling through it, and it’s edges have a plastic rim that seals completely when shut.
At this point, you should have yourself a nicely soundproofed room so the next step is making sure your room has all it needs to be the perfect band rehearsal space. If your band uses plenty of electric instruments, be sure there are plenty of electrical outlets conveniently placed around the room so you won’t have a mess of cables in the center. Put up some posters of your favorite bands for inspiration or install a whiteboard so you can help visualize your songs. If you want your band’s sessions to sound the best, they can consider adding a few acoustic dampeners around the room to help reduce interference.
Finding a band rehearsal space can be a drag, but you can easily solve this dilemma by creating your very own studio in the comfort of your own home! If you’ve decided you want to make a home studio, the first step in realizing your goal is by choosing the right room you want to convert, look for a room that has thick walls and has minimal windows like a basement. Next, you’ll need to soundproof the walls of the room, you can either go and create a set of insulated double walls, or you can do the garage band method and place egg cartons as well as heavy blankets on the wall of the room.
After that, if you find that sound still escapes the room consider installing soundproof doors and windows. Finally, once you’ve completed the soundproofing job, you can now modify the room to fit your band’s needs. Follow these four steps, and you’ll have a rehearsal space that’ll be the envy of all your rocker buddies.