Building a project studio

Ever wondered what was involved in building a Project Studio. Well your about to find out in the section.

The first thing you need to understand about building a project studio or any music studio for that matter, is that you need to understand the basic acoustic requirements needed for the type of music you are trying to record.

Most professional music studios have live and dead areas in the studio or control room, were they list to and compare the music.

  • The live end in a studio is supposed to give the engineer a representation of what the music will sound like in living room environment.
  • The dead end in a studio enables the engineer to hear all the elements of a piece of music without any additional sound from the room interfering with it. Kind of like listening through a pair of headphones.

Usually the dead end is next to the desk and the live end is at the rear of the studio.

For instance, if you were trying to record purely for clubs you wouldn’t need to hear what it sounded like in a living room, your concern is that it sounds really good loud.

However if you had some dance / rock or classical music, you would want to make sure it sounded good in most environments. So having a live part of your music studio would be very important.

There are ways around have a live area in your studio, especially if your project studio is in your house. You basically burn the music on to a CD and go listen to it in your living room.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to reference you music in a different environment to were it was recorded. You ears get used to the sound of a room and actually adjust accordingly, which is why most professional studios have live and dead areas in there control rooms, to allow the engineer to hear in context of a different environment without leaving the studio.

So, once you have decided the type of music you are mainly going to be recording, let’s move on.