June 23, 2013

Re-amping and Your Home Studio

The average house or living space is not an ideal place to make a good recording.  You have all kinds of equipment that can cause interference, such as microwaves and telephones that tend to produce weird electrical noises in audio gear.  You also have various devices plugged into the same power strip as the audio gear.  This is no good.  To add to the difficult, you have furniture around the house that absorbs sound differently, and materials that often reflect sound in the wrong direction.  As you can see there are many obstacles, but for some, there is no other option than to record near the living spaces.

Creativity can often be used to get around some of these natural recording roadblocks.  Some producers have tried some very odd things, such as placing microphones around the house to give their recording a feeling of reverb or a large open space.  Areas like the bathroom tend to give off more echo than that of the living room, so a microphone in that area can make for a decent recording as well.  For vocals, it might be best to stick the vocalist in the closet for a good recording.  It’s not idea, but it works.