The Top 9 Tips for the Home Studio

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Music | Comments Off on The Top 9 Tips for the Home Studio

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Here are some simple tips to help you with your mixing.

  1. Delay buying any unnecessary equipment and make some acoustic treatments.

Once you’ve treated the room, it will be noticeable on each recording your do from that point on. Begin with side wall absorbers for early reflections. After that, place a ceiling cloud above and slightly in front of the monitoring position. Finally, install bass traps to increase accuracy of the low-frequency response.

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  1. If possible, remove loudspeakers from room corners.

The down side of this is that it takes up space, but it will help reduce bass build up, since there are no boundaries behind the loudspeakers.

  1. Purchase an Sound Pressure Level meter at low cost.

With this you can measure 85 db SPL, which is where the human ear flattens its own natural response. Occasionally listening at 85dB SPL will get you an impression of mix-down where the human hearing response is most linear.

  1. Record music at 24 bit, and peak recorded signals at -18dBFS on DAW digital input meters.

Recording like this will provide clearer sound, and lower distortion. It might look low, but it is actually the nominal level for large mixing consoles.

  1. Finalize the mix after a good night’s rest.Console-Shot

Good night’s sleep will help you hear more clearly. If you do your last mixes late, you will probably feel tired, and so will your hearing, which will negatively affect your perception. Finish up in the morning with recovered ears and a cup of coffee.

  1. Don’t be afraid to add a piece of music with a world-class mix-down within the genre into your mix session.

This will help you see where you are with your mix-down. Some tracks might sound louder, so even it out by lowering its volume to meet your mix-down. This is also good for leveling the bass response before finalizing the mix.

  1. Use color to label your tracks and faders in your DAW.

By organizing and navigating in this way, your sessions will go a lot easier and your stress will be reduced, and the sense of being in control increased. This can also be used for other projects, just choose one color for one specific use, for example green is always kick drum, and yellow are vocals.

  1. Back up your data and information on the hard drive.

Buy a SATA copy station and make an identical copy of the main system drive. If your hard drives fail for some reason, you’ll avoid a mini catastrophe and save time, because you will have a ready copy to continue your work. Just make sure you back up information regularly.

  1. Always take care of your hearing, by wearing ear plugs when clubbing and gigging.

Since hearing can be easily damaged and the damages cannot be fixed, you should try to avoid it at all costs. It might not seem like a big deal, but don’t listen to music too loud over headphones or ear-buds. Measure pressure with the SPL meter and make sure your hearing stays safe.