Furniture for your Recording Studio
Old conventional furniture can easily be used in your recording
studio, but having custom designed furniture for your studio does
have its advantages. Most studio desks are built to give you the
most efficient access to the most amount of equipment. This is done
with adjustable, swivel, speaker stands to match the height of your
ears when you are sitting in front of desk. Another common feature
is sliding stands for the monitor, musical keyboard, or computer
keyboard. Allowing you to reach all of the main components of your
set up directly in front of you.
When sitting in your chair in front of your mixer, realize that
anything within an arms reach of you is a prime location for whatever
equipment you find yourself using most. When all of your gear is
organized efficiently than you can begin maximizing your creative
possibilities when laying down tracks.
The other vitally important piece of furniture in your recording
studio is your chair. This may sound very trivial but when you think
about it, it is the most used piece of furniture in the room. Recording
studio engineers spend allot of time sitting, so why not sit in
comfort. The more comfortable you are in your studio the less distracted
you will be when trying to focus on a mix or a long session of recording.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clean up your studio of all clutter lying around and then clean
it very thoroughly this is important for a few reasons. Keeping
your studio clean is a good way of keeping down the dust levels
in the room, in turn keeping all of your equipment virtually dust
free. Although don't think that this will allow you to skip regular
maintenance of your recording equipment. The other benefit to keeping
a clutter free studio is that it will help your mood and your creativity
boosting productivity of your time spent in the studio.
Rack Mount Stands and Cases
Racks come in a variety of styles and sizes, to cater to any of
your needs. There are two main categories of racks. Those meant
for taking on the road gigging and those meant to be stationary
in your studio, many road cases are good for both. If you buy a
desk custom designed for recording studios it will have several
spaces for holding your rack mount recording equipment. If your
needing something with more flexibility some rack are adjustable
and can be positioned at many different angles for optimal positioning
of your rack mount gear. For anyone who has a multi computer based
set up will want to invest in a server rack to house all of the
computer power backing the studio. These machines can even be kept
in a different room and accessed remotely to avoid excessive noise
in your recording studio.
Placement of your Speakers
Whether you are using speaker stands, wall mount brackets, or the
hutch of your studio desk speaker placement is key to having a good
sounding and useful studio. Some recording engineers turn their
speakers on their side claiming that the speakers can be positioned
to target your ear level directly both tweeter and mid speaker in
a vertical stance, the argument against this would be, that it would
offset the angle in which your ears are receiving the sound giving
a false perception of the true l/r stereo panning, because the tweeter
and mid range would project a few degrees apart horizontally when
targeted toward your ears.
I don't want to go to in depth on proper placement of speaker as
there is just not enough space to scratch the surface of this topic.
There are many solutions for mounting, hanging, or supporting speakers
of all weight and size. The acoustical treatment and room you are
putting the speakers in effect where and how you will want to position
Recording studios can be kept picture perfect with the aid of small
cabnits or drawer units, to store excessive cables and microphones
that are not currently in use in the studio. Not only does this
keep your studio clean and clutter free but it stops cables from
getting snagged and saves mics from being knocked over and damaged.
Guitar stands and instrument stands are essentials, these will keep
your instruments in top shape between recordings and breaks. You
don't want to have to put your guitar away in its case every time
you want to take a break. Guitar stands also prolong the life of
your guitar from neck warps and damage while outside of its guitar
Last but not least is accessories for all of your new furniture,
for some reason lava lamps have shown great popularity amongst recording
studios, or you can always add a nice piece of artwork, or unique
lighting to help set your mood when producing a track in your studio.
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