If you’re ready to take the next step in your DJ career, then it’s time to get remodeling. How about converting that unused room into the ultimate music studio? Designing a home studio requires more than just the finding the perfect equipment, though. Keep your new space clean, organized, and professional with these tips and you’ll be laying down professional-grade tracks in no time.
Pick the Right Space
For obvious reasons, your ideal studio location will be in a more secluded area of your home, without too much interference from the outside world. Between equipment and furniture, you’ll almost always need to be willing to dedicate the entire room to this project—otherwise it can become too cluttered and potentially too noisy. Basements tend to be the best spot since they are naturally tucked away and insulated. If your basement is large, consider building a wall to partition your studio off from the rest of the room.
Call in the Electrician and the AC Tech
An essential part of a studio is having an electrical system to support the equipment you plan on using. Basements are usually wired to their own circuitry, so you have a better chance of not needing to beef up your internal wiring. However, if you plan on converting a spare bedroom, you may need to have an electrician add in some new circuitry so that you can keep the refrigerator operational while you’re recording.
When all your equipment is pumping, it can get hot in there, especially if your room isn’t well ventilated. Make sure that your studio has a constant stream of airflow and that all vents are located away from where you plan on placing any microphones. Though many steps in this remodel can be DIYed with a bit of time and elbow grease, it pays to call in the pros for this step.
Walls, Insulation, and Sheetblock
Now comes to most obvious remodeling step: soundproofing. Everything from the walls, ceiling, floor, and windows will need to be adequately soundproofed. Line openings between every stud with high-quality insulation, affix drywall to the studs with glue, and caulk any open gaps. Do your best to make as few holes as possible for lighting, electrical outlets, and general wiring. If your room is large enough, add an extra layer of sheetrock with an RC-8 layer between the two. However, if you need every inch possible, opt for Sheetblock. It’s an ultra thin rubber sheeting that gets glued to the inside layer of sheetrock. It is heavy and cumbersome to install, but it will definitely give you the added soundproofing you’ll need.
Keep it Organized and Artistic
Though some people’s creativity thrives in chaos, most of us need some organization to succeed. Plan to construct a few bookcases and storage spaces so that you can easily house extra equipment and supplies. Lean on your own design skills or ask a professional to help you decide if you should incorporate a built-in table, or if a free-standing desk would suffice for your main recording station.
It’s easy to get focused on the construction details and equipment needs, and forget about the overall vibe of your new studio. Think about what inspires you and what creature comforts will help you stay productive.
By taking the time to plan every detail, you’re certain to have the perfect home music studio for all your EDM creations.
About the author:
Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel is a mother of two, and lover of all things Danish modern. She enjoys writing professionally for the window leads experts at Home Improvement Leads. She strives to empower homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.