Ticket #95 (closed defect: wontfix)

Opened 16 years ago

Last modified 15 years ago

Update tutorial on how to improve your audio recordings

Reported by: kmaclean Owned by: kmaclean
Priority: minor Milestone: Unassigned
Component: Web Site Version: 0.1-alpha
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/macavity said:

Shortly put, creating a good recording place boils down to two things:

1) Eliminating external noise.

2) Breaking up as much surface as possible to avoid echo.

As to the elimination of external noise, there is only so much you can do without spending a small [or huge] fortune: Pick a room that is the furthest away from trafic-noise. Close doors and windows. Shut the blinders/pull the curtains. (I take it that you have read the documentation, so telling you to turn off the aircondition/fan etc. should not be nessecary at this point).

Now we get to the FUN part! You see, the art of braking surface is the art of doing what your mother told you never to do: Making A Mess(TM)! Thats right. What you need to do is to "scientifically" make a mess of the room. First, if there is no carpet on the floor, spreading out books with about a foot apart is a good start, but don't forget to make them stand up open if they can. Also, moving all the plants you have in the other rooms into your recording studio gives good results, as plants have a huge surface. Preferably the plants are placed on chairs, or the like, evenly distributed in the room. But the big problem is the walls... bare walls kill good recordings! Closets, "littered" shelves, racks and framed pictures help a lot here. Just remember that pictures with glass covers are actually worse than a bare wall, as glass bounces more sound than wallpaper! And while we are at it.. so does the hard unbroken surface of a door. The only easy/cheap way I can come up with is to place a mattress in front of it, or if it has a hook, hang your biggest coat on it. Then you systematically inspect the room to check if you can come up with a solution to every surface you see: Can you stand something in front of it? Can you move it out of the room? Can you pull a blanket over it? Use poster-gum to fasten something to it? Etc. Be inventive!

Once your homebrew recording studio looks pretty much like a warzone you are ready to create clear and noise-free recordings... that is... if you can grab hold of a decent microphone!

Have fun making a mess and recording :-)

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