It can be a struggle to get the pro sound you’re looking for when recording inside your home. Your surrounding space is noisy and full of distractions. Somehow your roommates shouting in the living room about losing a video game breaks through the honeycomb insulation lining your bedroom. Someone keeps busting in, unable to get the hint that you’re trying to craft something nasty.
It sucks, but there’s a way to make things easier for you and your music. It’s time to renovate that dilapidated shed behind your home into your sound palace. Here are some tips to transform your backyard shed into a vibrant studio.
1 – Seal Up The Walls
You’ll want to seal any existing cracks in the shed walls. Caulk, insulation spray, or even sealing gum can get this job done easily. This won’t just help with keeping the sound in but also keeps the elements and bugs out.
When you’re done sealing, then you can get to putting up soundproofing material. If you want to go all out, you can’t go wrong with full-wall insulation paneling, but fiberglass foam squares also get the job done.
There are insulation types specifically designed for sound studios, so be on the look-out for those specifically. There’s some serious science behind this stuff.
2 – Check Out The Roof
Both the material and overall condition of your roof will matter. If it’s metallic, the roof will generate less-than-ideal vibrations that can interfere with your sound. Even if the roof is decent for sound, it might still have breaks or damage that can leave your studio (and all your expensive equipment) vulnerable.
Having new, professional roofing installed will keep the sound in. Don’t be shy with adding sound-deadening substances on the interior like absorption blankets or insulated foam to complete the soundproofing.
3 – To The Windows, To The…Doors?
Some sheds are built with windows, and it should definitely have a door. These are two parts of the studio that can be left behind or forgotten when it comes to soundproofing.
Windows are tricky because having a bit of airflow and sunlight is nice, but having too much of either messes with your work. Take the time to caulk up any space between the window and wall. Rather than covering windows entirely, hang up sound resistant curtains, so you can close and open them as you please.
Doors are similar, so you’ll want to seal cracks up with caulk or weathering strips. And unless you want to live the rest of your days locked inside the studio (honestly, it’s tempting), you don’t want to seal it shut completely. There are ultra industrial soundproof doors, but a budget-friendly way involves fastening an acoustic blanket above the door already there. Or, you can use the same curtains from your windows!
4 – Down On The Floor
Your flooring needs some love too. If you’re standing on wood or concrete, neither are great at keeping sound in or out. Sound travels through wood particularly well and concrete isn’t much better. Adding thick carpeting isn’t expensive and will help insulate the space for all your recording needs.
Soundproofing an unused shed is an easy way to give yourself a professional quality sound studio. It’s entirely separate from the distractions inside your home, letting you focus completely on the project at hand.
It’s a viable option for any aspiring artist, so what are you waiting for? Get started on yours today! You’ll be amazed by the final result and ready to move in!