Now we have our equipment we are ready to pick the all important location, location, location.
This is as important as the tools you use, because when you have high quality tools they pick up everything (but so do a lot of cheaper ‘low’ quality tools’. You place needs to have a few things.
- Free of interruptions
- Free of noises
- Absorbs extra sound
- Room for all Your Tools
A professional studio can cost a lot of money, and have equipment that has so many fancy bits it can make the head spin, so don’t worry about copying them. It’s more than you really will need. But here is what they look like.
But yours needs to be more simple. The featured image of this post shows one homemade version. You’ll notice it looks like a blanket fort: why? Because blankets absorb sound. The biggest tool to save your space is having things that absorb sound to stop extra noise getting in. Yes, there are editing tools you can use to help delete some of it, but that’s just it: some of it. You need to make sure your tools block a lot. So the first thing you need is a small space, so it’s easier to insulate. Here are three ways to do that.
- Buy insulation to put up – This is most effective, but really expensive. Here’s an example of a cheaper set.
- Make a Blanket Fort – The set up above is a bit too big, but can work if you wrap a corner where no one else will be in the room to make nose.
- Use a Closet – This is such a easy and effective tool that many professionals use it on the go such as, James Arnold Taylor, renowned cartoon voice actor; PatMat, highly successful YouTuber (All his videos are done in a closet, and listen to that sound quality!), and David Tenant, most famous for being the tenth doctor in Doctor Who.
I use a closet, your clothes make great insulation and the closed door can deaden most sounds. I have a roommate who’s in the room while I do it and I almost never have to worry about the noise she makes in the room.