How to Set Up Your Recording Room

The next big task is designing your room.While most beginners underestimate the importance of this step, the truth is.A well-designed room can be the difference between smooth sailing and major headaches down the road.So to spare you the months of frustration.In this post, we’ll go through the ENTIRE step-by-step process of setting up your recording room the RIGHT WAY.

STEP 1: Choose the Best Room

In an average household, you might have the option of 2-3 rooms to set up your studio.If you only have one option…then just use that.Otherwise, you have a decision to make, And since some rooms are better for recording than others.

STEP 2: Clear Out the Room

Once you’ve chosen a room, it’s time to prepare it for the project ahead.So before we start adding new things INTO the room, let’s take everything that we don’t need OUT.

Clear off all floor space
Take everything off the walls
Remove anything that vibrates

If the room also doubles as bedroom, living room, etc…you may not be able to clear it out completely, but anything that CAN be removed, SHOULD be removed.

STEP 3: Add Acoustic Treatment

I showed you everything you need to know to put together an amazing acoustic treatment plan on virtually any budget.Now that you have an empty room to work with, it’s time to put all that knowledge into practice.So put up your acoustic treatment, and come back when you’re done.

STEP 4: Arrange Your Workstation

Now that you’ve got an empty room with great acoustics, it’s time to add some some gear.Since your desk/chair will always be the centerpiece of your room…It makes sense to start with those two.While any desk/chairs you have lying around the house can be used for starters.Ideally you probably want your workstation to look a little more professional if at all possible.

STEP 5: Arrange Your Recording Stations

While pro studios have the luxury of multiple rooms for multiple tasks, In your studio, you’ll likely be using ONE room for EVERYTHING.
So the setup will be different.

The general idea here is to have TWO stations:

a desk/mixing area for the engineer (which we’ve already done)
a recording area for the musicians (which we’ll do right now)