Country music is alive and well in Tennessee, where you can find almost 4 times more music jobs than the Big Apple itself, New York. Many Americans look up to their favorite musicians and feel inspired to play, and even write, their own songs. If you are one of these enthusiastic musicians, then this article is for you. You have your group, you have picked your band name, and you have written down your list of covers to practice. Now all you need is a place where you can play your music, uninterrupted and undisturbed, and even record some samples to upload to SoundCloud or YouTube. Building a home country music studio isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but there are things you have to consider when putting one together.
Find the perfect space
It can be difficult to find a room where you and your buddies can gather and make noise without getting a ton of angry complaints. The best solution is to find a relatively secluded room, like a basement or a garage. You can also build your own space for a music studio, which has the advantage of designing the room from scratch so it adapts perfectly to your needs and the size of your band. Garage kits and prefab building solutions are perfect for this kind of scenario. Make sure you have enough room for the bigger instruments, like the piano – you will need enough space to place the microphones around it. Once you have your place set up, you will want to mind the acoustics of your music studio which serve a double purpose: they significantly improve your sound, and they isolate said sound so your neighbors won’t be knocking at your door. Traditional instruments like the accordion and new additions like a drum set can make a lot of noise. You should get a combination of hard and soft surfaces to balance out the echo, and a hermetic door to prevent sound leaks, especially when you record. Acoustic pads aren’t expensive, but you can replace them with curtains or even egg cartons if you are on a budget.
Get all the equipment
Instruments are just a little part of the equation if you want the complete experience. Rehearsals don’t take much more, especially if your band is completely acoustic, but when instruments like electric fiddles and guitars come into play, you will need a small sound console with amplifiers and speakers. Whatever the case, once it’s time to record your tracks, you will need more complex equipment. At the very least, you will require a professional microphone with a stand and a pop filter, and good quality headphones for all the singers. More condenser microphones will be needed to record acoustic instruments, especially since modern recording techniques require playing acoustic instruments separately. For this reason, your microphone stands need to be extensible and have an arm that adapts to the player. Instruments like the banjo and the upright bass require a mike about 3′ above the floor, while your fiddler and piano player will appreciate a higher position. A mixing table and a computer with a big screen – or a dual monitor – and a versatile set of cables should complete your basic set.
Building your own music studio isn’t as difficult as you would think. There are simple and inexpensive solutions to put it all together. Find a place, the right equipment, and of course, a group of friends ready to play some instruments and have fun.