How I Spent My Weekend/Do It Your-Freaking-Self

Back in dinosaur days, if you wanted to record music you had to beg and plead with a record label to give you a 6-figure loan, which you then used to pay someone else to let you use their studio.

Fortunately however, high quality studio equipment has become more affordable in recent years. Most of The Complete’s music is recorded into 2 kick-ass pre amps that I own, and then put into the computer to be dealt with later. (It’s not entirely that simple, but you get the point).

But in order to get a professional sound you need more than just good gear…you need a good room. All the best gear in the world can’t help a crap-sounding room; after all, garbage in-garbage out.

Now, my recording room is good…but I only have the one (boo-hoo right?). I wanted to be able to set up my live room in a bunch of different configurations so that I can do ALL of my necessary recording in it. One set up for vocals, a different one for acoustic guitar, another for drums…you get the picture. To do that, I needed sound baffles. A quick Google search told me what they’re made out of, and to my surprise everything was available at my local big-box hardware store.

So I made some:

Framing the baffle.

Framing the baffle.

Inserting rigid fibreglass.

Inserting rigid fibreglass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished product.

The finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While not inexpensive, they cost a fraction of what 6 weeks in someone else’s studio would cost. This just helps prove that you don’t need to go down the old road anymore. Just save your dollars, use the internet to learn how-to, and do it your-freaking-self. (I’ve seen inventive people put together photography studios, video production suites, you name it. The internet is the most powerful tool available to creators.)

We only have ourselves to blame if we aren’t moving forward.

KW

PS I’m starting to think I could build my own guitar amp…

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About Kevin Williams

Frontman of The Complete/Occasional Actor/Newfoundlander.

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