Finding the right sound for your song, podcast production, or composition is an artist's lifelong pursuit. Having the privilege of walking down the hall from your bedroom and working on technique or the freedom to work according to YOUR schedule is a creativity and productivity booster.
David Frangioni built what is considered the first “modern home digital studio” in the 80’s triggering a revolution to home recording that combines the right equipment and installation while providing final products that rival the biggest commercial studios. As such, your home recording studio design should be more than a collection of gear in the room. Regardless of your talent or experience, your output will be sub-par without proper acoustics, signal flow, and other ways to isolate the room from the outside world.
If you are intrigued by the possibilities of working with Frangioni Media, a leader in building world-class studios both locally in Palm Beach and globally, continue reading below.
Many people presume that home studios started with wealthy 80's arena musicians wanting to create without being beholden to record companies or the DIY ethos of punk and hip-hop. In reality, the quest to create a professional space at home was a driving passion for musicians like Les Paul and Mary Ford as well as Raymond Scott.
One man set the standard, and in the process, defined the sound of Blue Note recordings in the 1950s. Rudy Van Gelder built his home studio partly because he was obsessed with perfecting what declared the perfect sound and to satisfy his penchant to protect his methods. His recordings of jazz greats Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk are considered legendary.
Van Gelder's processes were closely guarded, but several items stand out. First and foremost, a clean and properly balanced signal chain is essential. Bad connection points, poor wiring techniques, and improper management of your data network can turn great performances into lackluster recordings.
Whether you are laying down guitar riffs, vocals, or strings, the performance space must provide you with just the right mix of quiet room and reflections. Acoustic treatments allow you to move about the area, finding the right combination of panels and hard surfaces to get the right feel. It would be as spacious as possible without losing intimacy.
While Rudy never discussed brands or electronics, he was adamant that a room be isolated, building floating rooms that were simple but effective. Digital may dominate the modern recording process, but unwanted lower frequencies, vibrations, and outside rumbles ruin tracks. So, unless you are looking to constantly pay homage to the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” it's best to keep them separated.
Today you have to go beyond mixing for 2-channel playback. Consumers want more immersive experiences such as surround sound and now Dolby Atmos. When building or retrofitting a studio space, serious consideration must be paid to accommodating this format.
The technology and techniques demand a specific setup that redefines how a song affects the listener. Atmos breaks older, confining methods by giving you the ability to precisely place voices, instruments, background, and more in a truly multidimensional space.
At Frangioni Media, we embraced Atmos from the beginning and know how to make it work in any size studio.
Building your studio should offer you reliable workspaces and expand your creative reach. Are you ready to make more of the music? Contact us by calling (954) 440-6719 or filling out our online contact form. We’re looking forward to collaborating on your design!