Home Recording Studio Design – Start with a plan!

You don’t have to be an artist or expert . . .

. . . to plan out a recording studio in your home. There are some things you will need to consider before you dive in and purchase equipment.

Some of these items may be obvious and some not so much. I’ll touch on a few here and you can check out more under the Your Studio tab up top. Home recording studio design does not have to be hard so let’s keep it simple.

Space

Not only the final frontier but also how much room you have available to set up shop. In a previous post I mentioned I started out with a small table (maybe 2×2 feet square) that sat in my living room. I did this when most equipment was not as compact as it is now, though rack mount is rack mount and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.

So first thing first, define how much space you can allocate to your studio and don’t p*ss off your roommate or significant other. This will not score points you may need to convince them why you need that new black box that costs hundreds of dollars. Get it?

Power & Connectivity

Make sure you have readily available power. I’m sure you all seen those nasty looking extension cords strewn haphazardly across the floor at someone’s house before. You want at least one maybe two outlets close by. Then you can use a power strip (or conditioner) to provide more outlets. Please do use grounded outlets.

Having access to the internet will be crucial at some point if not right out of the gate. You can rely on wireless but it’s nice to have a physical connection nearby. Trust me on this. We’ll discuss more on this later.

Privacy

Do I need to explain this? Of course I didn’t have any with my first home studio.

Comfort

If it’s only you at first plan on having room for at least a couple of friends so they don’t have to sit on each others la. If you are limited on space make them sit on each others laps, take photos and post them on your favorite social media site with some lame caption. Really, this is what friends do, c’mon.

Summing it up

Now that you know how big the garage is you can buy a vehicle that will fit. That’s code for buying equipment that’s gonna fit in your space. lame. This gives you some direction to start and there will be more on home recording studio design under the Your Studio tab above. Now go see what you have available to get your studio up and running.

Until next time …

ROCK ON!

E

18 thoughts on “Home Recording Studio Design – Start with a plan!

  1. When I first read another of your blog posts, I thought what’s M&M chocolate got to do with home recording! Unless it helps to give you energy 😛

    Any way, you’ve given us some “sound” advice here (sorry it had to be said) lol. However, I do know a friend who’s is a band and who wants to set up his own recording studio from home. I will forward your article on to him as it has many benefits.

    Neil

    1. I thought the same thing when I wrote about M&M’s Neil . . . looks suspiciously like I’m hanging out with little candy coated chocolates. If anyone wants to know I do love Almond M&M’s!
      By all means pass along my site info to your friend and thank you for stopping by!
      ROCK ON!
      E

  2. Hi,

    We had a studio in our garage about 15 years ago. Even though technology has come on in those 15 years the quality of the recording was great. Just the other day we listened to a cd which had our daughter singing on when she was 3 it’s great fun.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Carolyne and you hit on an important topic I’ll be discussing more here at LRT – technology and experience.
      Recording is fun, always when hearing a little one, but weird the first time you hear yourself being played back.
      ROCK ON!
      E

  3. HI Eric

    Don’t know much about the music world with regards to recordings but my daughter would like to have a go at guitar. She started with Violin, then Piano and gave them up, but now she would like to give the guitar a go.

    Any suggestions of what guitar would suit a 12 year old beginner. she said she wanted an Electric but I think she needs to begin with an acoustic first?

    1. Hey Colin thanks for stopping by and maybe your daughter will want to record some day soon – I hope so!
      Sounds like she has been very selective in her endeavors. I can pass this along – I wish I’d started with an acoustic guitar. I would be a much better player than I am now.

      I hope to see you or your daughter back at LRT!

      ROCK ON! E

  4. Eric,
    Not being a musician, but like music. Some of my friends played in a band when I was in school. Designing your space will always be the first step to having a good result.
    John

  5. Awesome post. I’ve always been into music and I love to write my own songs. I’ve had issues getting good recordings in the past but your site is definitely helping me out. Thanks for the great info. 🙂

  6. ahh, the basics, and all this time I’m thinking I need so much more to get started, I guess that’s the perfectionist in me always thinking I need to have everything properly in it’s place before I can go ahead.

    Thanks for the write up, will be looking out for more from you.

    Cheers.
    Ty

    1. I find myself in the same circumstance Ty – I just want it to be perfect … it’s easy to do! I’ll be updating the site frequently so stop back by. ROCK ON! E

  7. How things have changed since my young days as a musician. Believe it or not, me and my friend had an original 2 piece back in the early eighties and were among the pioneers of electronic music in our City back then. We saved for months to make a demo. We got a budget deal for about £130 with a studio to make a demo. That was a lot of money back then. I don’t record nowadays but still have a Boss 900CD 8 Track (Roland) and 2 Sennheiser mics that is totally outdated. However i have made recordings in a 5 by 5 foot toilet that far surpass the demo we made back in the 80’s in what was then a state of the art studio. Food for thought

    1. You are not kidding that times have changed, and fast too Eoinmc. There is also some great vintage gear out there … you may want to check the value of your 900CD and mics online. You’ll have to check back at LRT, you may be surprised how we connect the old and the new to form the best sounds! E

      1. I had never considered that my old BR900 would be worth anything. Anyway my 13 year old son has taken a shine to it. He uses it for the onboard effects. He got into Bass in the last few months and is now getting into the guitar as well. I’m earwigging in the background and he’s coming on real well. He’ll leave me behind by the time he’s 17 if he keeps it up.

        1. Sounds like your son has a passion to play, maybe one day he’ll want to record too! Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime – better practice your chops to roll with your boy!
          ROCK ON!
          E

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