It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best gear money can buy if your studio isn’t properly set up.  I can’t tell you how many home studios I’ve seen with improperly positioned monitors, uncomfortable workstations, and a poorly tuned room.  What you end up with is a sound that might be fine in your home studio but doesn’t translate at all to the outside world.  And you’re left scratching your head, wondering why you just bought the best gear you could afford but it’s not sounding right?  Well, you’ve got to set it up correctly in order to truly hear what you’re doing.  This doesn’t mean you have to build your own room from scratch, or spend a ton on acoustic material, you just need to understand basic acoustic principles and apply some common sense.

When I did consulting I used to go into home studios and help clients set up their gear for the best results.  When I saw Grammy award winning audio engineer Francis Buckley’s Studio Rescue series (sponsored by Rode Microphones) on YouTube, I said to myself, “Wow, that’s exactly what I would have recommended. I’ve got to tell my students about these YouTube videos.”  They’re really excellent.  Buckley knows what he’s talking about and offers practical advice on working with the space you have, and how to tune it using furniture placement and a few strategically placed Vicoustic foam panels.  Watch this video series if you’re not sure about how to position all the gear in your home studio.  I guarantee you’ll learn a ton.

There are twelve episodes posted so far.  Here are a few direct links:

Studio Rescue – Episode 1

Studio Rescue – Episode 9

Studio Rescue – Episode 12

    Yes these youtube videos are great. Setting up a proper working studio environment is no mean feat, especially for the inexperienced.

    Great vids. I’ve been picking up some really good production tips on youtube lately.

    My best tip would be to invest in a good set of monitors when mixing. I also check all my mixes on my personal stereo, because im familiar with how my albums sound on it. Just try and match the sonic quality of albums you really like.

    NEVER mix in headphones! unless you want to mix it over again.


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    I passed your info along to Berkleemusic. Best of luck!

    I did some things wrong before I ever got things right.
    First and foremost , define yourself a musical direction.
    If you don’t , you will get lost trying to be to many things.
    You cannot be all things , so don’t even try.
    Instead , focus on the exact things you want to work on.
    If you hate Jazz fusion , then rule it out.
    If Heavy Metal music is not your thing , then don’t touch it .
    Always go towards your light . You will craft your skills quicker
    and be much better by defining the Genres of music , or the
    Tone zone that you have an interest in.

    The next step is very hard to achieve.
    This is where I really got into trouble.
    I asked others opinions !!
    Don’t do it . Any answer given to you will be how they see their world of music , not yours . It’s a career killer .

    Another hard one to swallow is about gear .
    Always , and I mean always , test any piece of gear out before you buy it and do comparisons to see if it holds up to the hype.
    Do mic shootouts , Do as many different shootouts as you can on whatever gear your wanting to invest in . It will save your life , time , money , frustration , and is well with the effort you put into it . Gear costs to much to waste your life on buying someone Else’s idea of whats a good this or that .

    Good gear is expensive , so be careful .

    Only buy the gear that will complement the music style you intend to focus on .
    Make sure that each piece you buy will compliment the other pieces you have bought or intend to buy .
    Room tuning is not over the top difficult ,but is a must !

    There are basically two kings of music , Analog and digital .
    Or, some say , ITB & OTB { In the box & out of the box }
    Analog is rich mans sport .
    Or , is it ?
    I found that I can improve my chances of success if I use an analog console.
    Top mic pre’s , compressors and equalizers cost a lot of big money. If I buy a console that has mic pre’s , equalizers and compressors built into it , I save money plus , I get a cue system ,
    and a monitoring system and a summing mixer .
    Plus I/O for any other future outboard gear I purchase .

    Now , as you know , there are many different flavors of consoles for sale , both new and used .
    I think I checked out about 100 before I made my selection .

    So what does all this have to do with this article you ask ?

    Everything .

    At the end of the day I chose the right room , tuned professionally , wired properly , Set up better than anyone in the world , designed my own furniture , custom ordered my own console , designed my own racks , monitor setup , electrical distribution and air management .
    Yea , it took some time , and yea it cost money , but , I learned that I can do it for a lot less if I need to and have a specific direction to achieve .
    Shrinking ones musical appetite to a precision target improves a guys chances of success .

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