One of the biggest inconveniences of a home audio recording studio is that it’s, well, in your home. Most of us don’t have a ton of extra space to speak of, and even a modest home recording studio will quickly take up a ton of room. This is especially true if you have other types of audio equipment like mixers and drum sets to deal with.
Luckily, there are a number of ways that any home recording studio can maximize its room. Here’s a look at a few ideas for improving the space in a home recording studio.
Only Run Cables When You Need Them – By far the biggest source of clutter in a home recording studio is XLR and instrument cables. They seem to run everywhere, and they evolve into huge clusters of snake-like messes that are nearly impossible to untangle. The worst part is that they take up a ton of floor space that could be used for amplifiers, PA systems, and other components of a home recording studio room.
Start putting your cables on the wall. You only need small hooks to do this, and you’ll become far more organized. Only run an XLR or instrument cable when you need one, and put it back on the wall when you’re done. In the long run, this will save you a lot of money, because cords that go all over the place get stepped on and crimped, severing their connections and sending you to the music store.
Use The Walls. Your walls can be used for a ton of storage. You might even be able to make your home recording room look a little bit more professional in the process; put up wall hooks for guitars rather than using stands, and consider mounted speakers if they’ll give you decent sound. You’ll save floor space in your home studio by using your walls, and many home producers completely miss this crucial concept. Even if you have concrete walls, you can start putting instruments and equipment up with a heavy duty drill and some basic do-it-yourself know-how.
Use Organizers. In most home recording studios, equipment and sound stuff is kept on any flat surface–usually on the top of bass and guitar amps, pianos, etc. This works, and it does actually conserve space to some degree, but take things to the next level by using cheap plastic organizers for your minor audio components and music accessories. Not only will this make your studio run more smoothly, but you’ll be able to move your amplifiers and other equipment without moving a whole bunch of audio adapters and other stuff first. You’ll also minimize rattling sounds that could ruin a perfectly good take.
Above all else, use some common sense and never allow anything to just sit in your home studio without a very good reason. Use your closets, walls, and even the ceiling for storage space. You’ll get the most out of your home studio by staying organized and doing whatever you can to get the most out of the space that you have.
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