By: Bea Racoma
Learn the basics of turning your condo into your own personal music studio

For professional and aspiring musicians alike, a recording studio is as much of a home as your actual living space is. However, expensive rates, limited working hours, and transportation issues mean that you can’t be at the studio 24/7 — unless, of course, it’s in your own home. The benefits of a home-based studio are endless. It’s convenient, cost-effective, and comfortable. More importantly, you can customize it to fit your vision. Your home studio can be temporary and portable, or it can be a specially constructed space that’s totally dedicated to your craft.

Finding a condo that allows you to pursue your passions and allows you to fully live out your musical life can be a godsend. So once you have one, turning it into a music studio is as exciting as writing the first words of your next song! For tips and tricks, we consulted Kean Reformado, a studio manager, producer, audio mixer, and sound engineer who’s worked on albums like Ourselves the Elves’ Self is Universe (2019), The Mad Lilacs’ Self-titled (2019), and his band The Buildings’ Cell-O-Phane (2016).

1. It’s all about airflow and acoustics

For your home studio, select a space with good acoustics and ventilation. This ensures that sounds will be recorded in the highest quality, and that any equipment you use will have enough air to prevent overheating. The space that you’ll choose also depends on what you’ll be recording. You can use a clothes-filled closet for vocals and an acoustic guitar, or a larger room for drums and other live instruments.

2. Noise-free is the way to go

Be sure that your chosen studio space is relatively noise-free, too. Don’t pick one that’s near rush hour highways or rowdy neighbors. You can further prevent noise by adjusting the position of your microphone. Since a mic picks up the sound that’s directly in front of it, have the back face the noise source and the front face the recording area.

For the most ideal recording environment, soundproofing is the way to go! It’s as simple and cost-free as placing mattresses, thick curtains, or carpets against your walls and glass windows. “The goal,” Reformado says, “is to make the room less reflective,” meaning that sound shouldn’t echo on any of the surfaces. For more complicated and permanent soundproofing, talk to a professional. For starters, this setup should be enough.

3. Gear up!

Choosing and arranging your gear come next. These don’t have to create a dent in your pocket! What equipment you’ll get and use depends on your needs, preferences, and budget. Some musicians, like solo artists or duos, do wonders with a computer, microphone, and headphones (or even earphones with a mic), while others, like bands, require a full setup complete with a drum kit, guitars, amplifiers, and an audio interface. You can always start with the most basic equipment and work your way up from there.

Once you’re all set up, you can weave together as many beats and lyrics as you want, all in the peacefulness of your condo. Everyone deserves to have a life that’s as beautiful as the music that they make. Create yours now with a personalized home music studio.

Sincerely,

The COHO Living Team.

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