You hear so many stories about how an artist or musician started in their own basement or garage and how they had to set up their own studio and make their own music before being “discovered.” It’s true that making any dream come true is very hard work, but it also takes skill. You might not think about your home recording studio’s setup, but if you want the best sound and the best results, you need to think about the furniture.
You Need Monitor Isolation Pads Or Monitor Stands!
Sound quality matters maybe more than anything else. Your best sounds or most subtle rhythms shouldn’t get wiped out because the bass makes the tables vibrate and causes a background rumble. If the monitors need to be on the desk, then you need to at least have isolation pads to put a buffer between them and the vibrations going through the desk from the bass.
The leads to a much cleaner and crisp sound and gives you much more control over the final product. If you have the money, it’s a good idea to go one step further and get adjustable stands for your monitors which allows a much fuller range of motion and control in the room.
Outstanding Chairs Are A Must
You will find it really tempting when bootstrapping to forego the $300 office chair for a cheap $60 Wal-Mart knock-off. You really shouldn’t. A good studio chair needs to be comfortable even after hours of sitting. It should. ideally. be able to spin 360 degrees as well as offering adjustable arm rests.
When you’re looking at your home recording studio setup, especially as your studio area keeps growing and getting better, it’s important to have full mobility without having to waste time or worry about a shift ramming the chair into another part of the desk, a monitor stand or any other part of your setup. Spend the money on a truly good chair. You’ll be amazed how much better the final sound is when you’re comfortable and able to make all your movements flow smoothly.
Get A Large Enough Desk
There are several strategies when it comes to the best desk for your home recording studio setup. You can go with a long and straight desk that runs most the length of a wall and allows you to move a lot side to side. There are wide U-shaped desks that allow everything to be much closer to adjustment and use but once again, you need a mobile chair to move freely within that space.
The best option will be a matter of personal preference, but don’t try to jerry-rig two computer desks together and think that will work. You need a large desk that is designed for proper studio setup.
Don’t Forget The Racks!
Especially during the early start up period, it is really tempting to think of racks as being optional or an accessory versus a needed component, but you do not want to think that way.
Being able to improvise is a great skill in life and adding that to rigging up functioning setups out of nothing is a series of skills that can take you far but there is a problem. Professional setups are there for a reason. They sound better, they work better and if you want rock star results, you have to do it the right way. These come in basic, premium, and portable styles so you should be able to find something that works for you!