After a decade or three at audio production, you pick up a few things about the best way to accomplish your production goals. For this entry, we're going to talk about easy tips and tricks you can use to do your own studio.
First, you have to decide what you want to do in your studio. You need to decide the kind of audio services you want to provide. Do you want to do music beds for commercials, voiceovers, or a full-blown multitrack studio? This choice will dramatically affect what you need to buy. For this example, we'll talk about what a voiceover studio might need.
Second, you need to spend smart. This is obvious, but not always easy. If you want to do voiceover work, you'll need three major items: a good microphone, a good interface, and good software.
Just to give you an idea, Mesa Sand Media's studio consists of these main components:
Every situation is different, every studio is different. But a little pre-planning and some research will allow you to deliver quality results without taking out a second mortgage. And don't forget about acoustic treatments for your room, as we noted in our last blog entry. Get to it!
Obviously, if you're going to do voiceovers, you need a controlled sound space in order to get the job done. Many people spend tons of money building an elaborate and complicated setup - and it will work - but you can do almost the same thing for a lot less.
I've been doing studio recording, radio and voiceover work for decades, and I've learned a few tricks. It comes down to a few clever choices and a little thought, which can make all the difference.
You'll notice in my photos below that the entire room is not treated, because it's simply not necessary. What you need is the immediate space around the microphone - maybe 3-4 feet - to be well treated against reflections. The rest you can do with much more inexpensive methods, or not at all. For example, the wall opposite the opening in my booth is covered with a comforter, just something to knock down the most pesky reflections.
A quick PS. I've already had several people tell me, "Are you insane? Why would you show your studio? Won't people think you're some low-end operation if they see it's just a makeshift space?" First of all, it's not haphazard; it's very specifically thought out. Could it be more beautiful? Of course, and the only person who's going to feel better about me, is me.
Honestly, what the space looks like shouldn't matter; the results you get should speak volumes. And a client that you work with online will only care about the results as well.
Hey everyone! We're so excited to be getting underway with our new venture. Well, it's not really new, but we're putting it together in a whole new way. In more than one sense, we've been doing this all our lives.
If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of watching TV with us, CJ and I both find ourselves talking back to the screen. But it's not like most people, who try to tell the actor, "Don't go in that door! That's where the killer is!" Nope, that could be understandable. Instead, we find ourselves yelling at the commercials.
So if you are forced to watch TV with us, get ready for comments like:
"That was a terrible slogan. What they should have said was....."
"Where are you located??? When are you open??? Why do people not put these things IN THEIR ADS?!?"
"NO, your product does NOT do that! STOP LYING!"
Even in the voice area, we've both been doing it for a very long time. Even in high school, Paul was called on to do the announcement over the school PA system. He even sang on a McDonald's jingle once! And of course, CJ has been singing and vocalizing ever since she was a little girl. (BTW, she's a fantastic harmony singer - if you need one...) And she too has done voiceover work for companies like a Las Vegas casino.
So in a way, we've been doing this forever - at least in an armchair quarterback kind of way. So with Mesa Sand Media, we're just gonna do it for real. We're offering copywriting, voiceover and audio services for businesses.
Please follow us on our social media accounts, and we'll keep everyone posted. And of course, let us know if you need any help with your business. We'd love to help!!