For people planning to use a home space as a place to record and mix music, there are plenty of obstacles that get in the way of clear, clean sound, and many of them are things you won’t be able to change, such as room dimensions or its construction. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can give yourself a fighting chance when it comes to getting the most out of your space.
Testing – If you have a microphone, there are many different types of testing programs, some free online, that let you see where you have the biggest problem areas in your room across the frequency spectrum. Especially if you’re on a budget, targeting your most problematic areas with treatment, the next step, can help you get off on the right foot.
Treatment – More so than any expensive gear or programs, treating your room to minimize the impact it has on your recordings and mixes can make a big difference. Treating first reflection points with panels or tiles, not over-treating the high frequency spectrum, and applying as much low-frequency treatment in corners as possible will give you a good start in most spaces.
Orientation – Even with treatment in place, you can take a little sting out of a room’s issues by the way you set up your workspace. Setting your work desk so speakers fire down the length of the room, rather than sitting so you face the longest wall, will help reduce reflection issues. Spacing yourself a bit away from the wall itself can be helpful too.