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By Stephanie Rogers
Owning a home with its own music studio is a bucket-list item for many musicians. However, when they finally get the space to make this a reality, most musicians are puzzled about optimizing the studio. To help in this regard, keep reading for a detailed breakdown of six trending design materials for your in-home studio!
Sound Absorption Panels
“I don’t want to work; I want to bang on the drum all day.”
While music enthusiasts will undoubtedly agree with these playful words from Todd Rundgren, your neighbors may not be so thrilled with this decision. Therefore, it is critical that you equip your recording space with the most innovative studio acoustic panels on the market. High-quality acoustic panels will carry a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of up to 1.10. As the industry standard for complete sound absorption is a rating of 1 or higher, you can rest assured that no sound will move outside your studio and that no troubling echoes will mar your recording session.
In addition to the elite sound absorption, modern acoustic panels are fabricated from a solid fiberglass or poly-fiber core wrapped in fabric. Usually less than two inches thick, these understated panels can hang from your studio walls as discreetly as a picture frame. You can choose any design/color of fabric to capture the ideal aesthetics and complement your musical sensibilities.
With the increasing shift to remote living, home offices and gyms are becoming must-have features in modern homes. Unfortunately, this reduces the number of spare rooms for you to build your music studio, so there is a strong chance that it may end up being a flex space. A high-end futon is an excellent idea for your recording studio because it can accommodate guests during the day and quickly transform into a bed at night.
Desks with pull-out/hideaway keyboard stands and studio desks equipped with storage racks for accessories are also great pieces to consider. Finally, sliding pocket doors are preferable over traditional hinged doors as they add a few square feet to the space and make it easier to move furniture and instruments into and out of the space.
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Speaking of sliding instruments into and out of your studio, the great part about a home recording area is that it has a place to jam out with your friends. While this is obviously exciting, the increased traffic of having other musicians over can take a serious toll on your floors. As such, it is a great idea to bypass carpet and vinyl in favor of more durable engineered hardwood and polished concrete floors in your studio.
If you are like us, the basement makes for a much more exciting option as a music studio than it does as a tornado shelter. While basements offer many wonderful benefits as a studio location, there are a couple of points to keep in mind.
First, you need to make sure the basement is not at risk of transmitting groundwater that could damage your instruments, so be sure to apply some liquid flashing to the basement walls at a minimum or a more comprehensive waterproofing membrane to the foundation walls if you live in a particularly moist area. In addition, basements tend to get a bit chilly, so be sure to take some measures for heating the basement, such as applying radiant floor heating to the floor substrate and adding electric space heaters as necessary.
Natural light is an extremely trendy concept in the larger scope of home design. And while windows can be a welcome addition in many recording studios, those who prefer a darker, grungier sound may not want the sun to shine directly in their face. Therefore, high-end blinds, shades, and window screens are a must for recording studios to help manipulate sunlight.
When darker environments are desired, you can strategically use colorful LED lamps and light strips to create the ideal lighting scenario.
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General accent walls that add some color, provide texture, or feature record sleeves/music posters are a great idea to enhance the studio’s ambiance. However, many artists should consider using an accent wall to get a little egocentric. The vast majority of musicians will never receive the fame that has people worldwide buying their merchandise, so use your own recording studio to create an accent wall that puts your musical journey on full display.
Whether it’s framed lyrics of a song you have written or your first guitar mounted proudly for all to see, there is nothing wrong with people seeing what music means to you when they walk into your studio.
Stay Trendy With the Latest Materials in Home Studio Design
When you finally get the chance to create your in-home music studio, you have to be ready to optimize the space. Choose from any trending materials listed above, from modern sound absorption panels to music-themed accent walls, to make your home music studio shine in 2023!
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