From our friends at Tiger Sheds…
For any bedroom musician your own studio can seem like a fevered dream, outside of anything you could hope to reach. This is, however, not the case as you can build your own studio in your shed. Read on to find out more about the process…
Step One – Consider where it’s going
You can’t just put a shed in your garden and build a studio in it – you’ll need to consider soundproofing and where the shed is going. Also consider how big it will be inside once it’s soundproofed.
Step Two – Make it bright
Natural light will make your studio a much more pleasant place to record in, as a lack of it can make it feel like a prison cell. It’s important to make sure any glass you do put in is both double-glazed and sealed properly to prevent sound leakage.
Step Three – Doors
Windows aren’t the only place sound leakage can occur – a door can be a massive problem. A heavy door will go some of the way to blocking noise; however Sheetblok will also provide an effective sound barrier and will work on a normal door. Make sure the door closes fully though, as any gap will be an area for sound to get out.
Step Four – Ventilation
All this soundproofing will keep the sound in, but it will also keep the air out. Air is important not only for breathing, but for keeping your equipment in good condition. You’ll need to consider an extractor fan to keep the air flowing, and an acoustic box around it to stop sound escaping. See this diagram for information on how to do it. One tip – try to place the fan away from direct sunlight to prevent it getting too hot.
Step Five – Soundproofing
Most soundproofing is done on the room-with-a-room principle – making a room inside the shed with soundproofing between. There are plenty of soundproofing materials available, and it’s entirely up to you which you use. If the soundproofing material won’t fit, try to have as little contact between the two walls as possible. For an in-depth guide on how to soundproof, see WiseGeek’s article.
Step Six – Power
However tempting, try not to mount the power sockets through the wall, as this will mean cutting out sections and can destroy your new soundproofing. A conduit will be enough if surface mounted.
Step Seven – Floating floors
Consider using either an entirely raised floor or a floor raised in sections to aid soundproofing. Plasterboard on rubber/foam will do the job and help with drums and amps.
Step Eight – Absorption
Wooden walls might not be the best material for sound reflection, and this is obviously something you’ll want to consider when playing, recording and mixing in your studio. Carpet on the floor and foam on the walls will help and though we won’t cover it here, there are plenty of guides on how to use foam in your studio online.
Step Nine – Take your time
This is a fairly involved process and most likely won’t be completed in a day or two. Don’t rush through the job as any cut corners will reduce the effectiveness when you do start using it. Costs might also creep up on you, but keep thinking of the long-term – when you’re done, you’ll have a space to record in and not have to worry about how loud you are. That’s got to be worth it, surely!
This post was provided by Tiger Log Cabins.