The room you have right now that you can't use as a recording studio

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of

Tuesday September 24, 2019

It is every recording enthusiast's dream to have a studio where you can make as much noise as you like, work as late as you like, have as many musicians round as you like, and not be troubled by outside noise sources.

For most of us, this is a dream. I've lived that dream myself, but I got a bad case of cabin fever that ruined my inspiration. Nevertheless, everyone needs at least a place to record without annoying the neighbors.

For most of us, a recording studio at home is the only affordable solution. And even if you could afford to buy or rent suitable premises, it would burn a lot of money.

So where in the typical home environment would be a suitable place to record? Take a look round and explore some possibilities.

Done that? OK, you have either come to the conclusion that it would be great to live in a house rather than an apartment, or you already do live in a house, which is good.

In most houses there is a vast unused space right at the top - the attic or loft. Get a stepladder and take a look up there right now. The probability is that all there is up there is a lot of space, and a pile of useless junk from years gone by.

Now, this would seem on the surface to be ideal for a recording studio. And it would, if all the necessary conversion work was done. But there are so many matters that need attention in the typical attic or loft...

These problems are far from insurmountable, but the cost is considerable. Putting new joists in is the main cost, then soundproofing the roof is going to add massively. As an indication, if you wanted to turn a typical house attic into a habitable room, not even a studio, then the cost would start in the region of £15,000 to have it done properly. Add extra soundproofing and you could be looking at twice that or more.

Do you still want a studio in the attic? Or maybe the garage would be a better bet...

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