When planning to include a professional recording studio in your home (as most serious musicians do), the room you choose may affect the way your studio needs to be designed. In a perfect world, we could all build brand new studios from the ground up. But if you’re repurposing an existing space or purchasing a new house, there are things to consider when choosing your recording studio’s location. This is a very common scenario in my experience, in fact, I often get called by a client to view a new space before they purchase it to ensure that it’s useable.
To see how the structure of your room will affect the installation and recording studio design, learn more below. As a studio designer in Miami, FL, and worldwide, we know just what your space needs to produce the best music possible.
First floor rooms that you may otherwise use for an office or guest room can make fine recording studios. You’ll want as large of a room as possible, so a room that could have served as a family or media room is preferable if it has walls all around it and does not have an open floor plan.
Small rooms pose some obstacles. Walls that are too close together create sound reflections, which will tamper with the direct output of speakers and muddy the stereo image. Even with acoustic treatments, bass frequencies are still problematic in small rooms. Wooden floors, plasterboard walls, and frail doors make soundproofing more challenging. Noise can still leak into the rest of your house, but by soundproofing the door, window glazing, and carpeting, the sound shouldn’t be too overbearing. It all depends on how much isolation is truly needed.
Lofts can sometimes be used for a studio space, as you won’t have to worry about dampness or creaking footsteps overhead. If the roof is already lined with felt and the area is clean, you can lay down boards on rafters, connect electricity and lights, and get to work on the studio design. The key here is that the loft is isolated from the rest of any living spaces. Most lofts are part of an entire home, so they don’t work for a studio, however when you find one that IS standalone, it can be an option.
Soundproofing an attic can be a challenge, as vibrations will likely travel through the rafters and down to the rest of the house. But if the loft is large enough, a ‘room within a room’ structure could isolate vibrations. We’ll carefully design a structurally sound layout and a soundproof design to grant the rest of your household peace and quiet. The key is always matching the available space options with a final result that meets or, ideally, exceeds expectations.
Of course, if you already have a dedicated room ready for a studio design then you’re ready to rock! To get started on your high-end studio design, contact Frangioni Media.