For some reason acoustic design is one of the last things that a lot of people think about when trying to get the best sound possible in their home studio. The truth is that improving your home studio’s acoustics may be the best thing you can do to improve the sound of your recordings, this is particularly true if you are recording a lot of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. On the other hand, it’s obviously not true at all if you are only using direct ins (i.e. recording your electric guitar directly into your system rather than micing the amp.)
Maybe the reason that most people put off acoustic design is they find it mysterious or confusing. Or perhaps they think with the space that they have there’s nothing they can do to improve their sound. And while it may be true that they may not be able to get a “professional” sounding recording space acoustically, there is still likely room for much improvement.
Acoustic design is too big of a subject to cover in just one blog post. My main goal with this post is to get you thinking about the importance of acoustic design. There will certainly be much more on this subject here in the future, including information on what you can use to improve your home studio’s sound even if you don’t have any money to spend.