Home Recording Studio Setup - dummies

By Jeff Strong

After you decide on a space for your home recording system, the next steps involve setting up the system and preparing your space to work for you. Here are a fair measure of tips and tricks thrown in to make your room sound as good as possible.

Taming heat and dust in your studio

The number-one enemy of electronic equipment is heat. Dust is a close second. Try to set up your studio in a room that you can keep cool and fairly dust-free. Air conditioning is a must for most studios. Be careful with a window air conditioner, though, because it can make a lot of noise, requiring you to shut it off when you record.

Depending on where you live, this can quickly warm your room. Regarding dust, try to cover your equipment when you’re not using it, especially your microphones. A plastic bag placed over the top of a mic on a stand works well.

You can also just put away your mics when you’re not using them. However, if you use a particular mic a lot, you’re better off leaving it on a stand rather than constantly handling it — some types of mics are pretty fragile.

Monitoring your monitors in your studio

If you have a set of near-field monitors (speakers) — the kind that are designed to be placed close to you — they should be set up so that they are the same distance from each other and from you, forming an equilateral triangle (see, high school math has some real-world applications). The monitors should also be placed at about the height of your ears.

The diagram illustrates the best placement for your monitors. Placing your monitors this way ensures that you hear the best possible sound from them and that you can accurately hear the stereo field.