Right now – professionals across many industries have been forced to work from home in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, for those who work within the creative industries – setting up a home workspace isn’t as simple as just setting up a desk in your bedroom.
However, that doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end of the road – and there are plenty of ways in which you can make a home studio work for you. It’s also important to remember that plenty of artists started recording in their homes before moving onto big dreams, record deals, and professional studios – so if nothing else, you’re in good company.
With that in mind, here are some tools you can use to set up a home studio that works for you.
Find the right space in your home
Sometimes, you might feel as though you are most creative when singing in the shower – but that doesn’t mean you should set up your studio there. If possible, you need to find a space where you won’t disturb others too much and can let your creativity out. For example, you could set up your studio in a specific area in your bedroom or even your garage. No matter what room you are using, you have to make sure that you have enough space for:
- A computer
- Recording Equipment
Try to soundproof the space
If you live with other people or in an apartment complex, you might want to be a little careful about disturbing them – especially if you are going to be recording none stop or later on in the evening. Thankfully, you can now soundproof a room pretty easily, using materials such as:
- Soundproof panelling
- Thick carpets
- Thick curtains
This means that you’ll be able to record without worrying about disturbing other people or forcing them to listen to your songs over and over again (although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
Remove the distractions
We’re all guilty of getting a little distracted when we’re at work – especially if our office is suddenly relocated to our home as it feels as though distraction lurks in every corner. After all, it has never been easier for us to wander into the kitchen to get a snack or quickly see if there’s anything good on TV. Therefore, you should try your best to set all distractions aside to ensure that you can truly focus on your work – after all, dreams don’t work unless you do.
One way in which you can remain focused is by ensuring that you turn off your phone or leave it somewhere else in the house when you should be recording – as this reduces the chances of you wasting valuable time by scrolling through social media. You can also ensure that you remain focused by taking regular breaks when you need them. After all, we are at our most productive when we feel well-rested. For example, you should work for around 45 minutes and then take a 15-minute break to refresh your mind and get ready for whatever challenges come within the next hour. It can also be a great way to boost your creativity.
Once you’ve got the initial recording out of the way, you’ll also need to be able to complete the rest of your work to the best of your ability. For example, you’ll need to have the software you need on hand to edit your music and create exciting content. One way in which you can do this is by getting your hands on Mini PCs. Though they are small in size – they have excellent processing power meaning that you can complete all of your tasks with ease – whether you are running audio editors or media players and managers.
While it may seem like certain things are at a standstill right now – the music industry certainly isn’t. After all, people now have a lot more free time on their hands – meaning that they’ve got more time than ever to listen to their favourite tracks or discover new artists. Therefore, you need to remember that you are working with an end-goal in mind, whether you are trying to get your music heard on popular streaming shows or focusing on self-releasing music. Write down a list of your goals – no matter how big, or small they are – and use them to motivate yourself when you’re having a bad day. Keep working as hard work and determination is what will get you where you need to be.
Originally publisher as How to set up the perfect home studio
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