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How To Make Your Home Studio Sound Amazing With A Low Budget

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so here is a sound sample of me talking
in this room before acoustic treatment as you can hear it’s very reflective and
open and roomy sounding and there’s not too much great speech
intelligibility could be considered hard to hear me as well and here is a sound
sample of me talking in this room after acoustic treatment and as you can hear
speech intelligibility is much higher it’s way more clear what I’m saying
there’s not weird reflections or interference from the room and my voice
should be a little bit more boomy a little bit more bass heavy sounding Hey Victor Guidera here from Recordeo.com and we are here setting up our new studio /
office space as you can see this is in my garage so it’s a home studio and I
wanted to take some time and film a video for you on how to make your home
studio sound amazing and show you how to save thousands of dollars in the process
and so we’re gonna take your room from sounding like this to sounding like this so in home studios we generally have a
bedroom or a garage or a small room of some sort as our studio space and you
know the main problem we deal with is an unpleasant sound reflectivity as you can
hear with in my voice in this room a buildup of low in frequencies or weird
or funny sounding echoes and so the main thing that we can do to combat this is
with acoustic absorption and you know and there’s a lot going on with room
acoustics and the science there but we’re gonna keep it really simple with
this video lesson and show you something extremely effective on a lower budget so with every studio that I’ve designed I always use something called Primacoustic absorption panels it’s a two inch rigid fiberglass absorption panel
with covered with a breathable acoustic cloth and those as a prefab or pre-made
solution are great I highly recommend them and if you’re like me and you like
to get dirty a little bit and you like to save a lot of money who doesn’t then
I’m gonna show you how to make your own sort of Primacoustic panels
essentially we’re using the same materials here and you know we’re gonna
make those at 40% of the cost of those things and so you know make sure that
you download the free pdf guide and materials list it would be either in the
description below this video or on this page wherever you’re watching the video
and so you have that follow along guide and you know where and how to get the
materials and so that’s it let’s get started start out by either brushing
rolling or spraying the edge hardening resin around the perimeter and don’t be
shy on the corners allow it to dry for 24 hours next lay out your fabric mark
it at 3 feet to allow wrapping on the back and you want to have 6 inches of
fabric overhang around the entire panel Center the panel on the fabric and spray
glue one long side first while carefully pulling the fabric up and over to the
back and smoothen the edges so it’s a nice corner next carefully flip the
panel over while keeping the fabric tight and spray glue only the side edge
so you can tighten the front of the panel and have no ripples always
carefully smoothen the corners not pulling too
or to light so you have a nice squared edge and no ripples then you can flip
the panel back over and finish gluing the rest of the 4 inches of fabric to
the back of the panel now for the corners cut out a square edge as shown
here to get ready for the fold do a dry practice run of the corner fold until
you get it right then spray glue inside the corner lightly hold the outside
corner with your thumb and at the end of the fabric lightly pre fold it down as
shown here and wrap the entire fabric up and over the back of the panel then glue
that rinse and repeat for all of the corners and that’s it on to mounting I
recommend you corner mount one or a couple panels stacked vertically as this
will significantly help battle low-frequency buildup in your small room
since we are covering about 20% of the entire room surfaces I decided to evenly
space the panels in the room both vertically and horizontally start by
mounting the corner panels then measure the distance between them and calculate
how many panels you could fit equally spaced without too
much or too little of a gap using a laser level measure and Mark the two
outside edges of each panel along the space that you’ve calculated then mark
6 inches inside the panel from each outside edge where you want to place
your Impaler clips since I’m using these small straight push on impaler’s I’ve
decided to use three clips per panel you can use two three or four impaler’s per
panel depending on how stable you need them to be on the wall
now with the ceiling mounting I decided to use the garage door tracks to hang a
span of one-inch steel pipe across for an extremely easy suspension device
place the cloud anchors 12 inches in from the length and six inches in from
the width and hang with the S hooks and that’s it for mounting the panels in
our Recordeo studio all right that is all there is to it and you can probably even hear a big difference in my voice in this room now just talking and I want
to reiterate that as a prebuilt solution if you don’t want to make these panels
yourself Primeacoustic makes an excellent rigid fiberglass board with
the same Owens Corning material and you can also use something called Roxul
which is a little bit less dense and actually they make a rigid board as well
you could build a wood frame if you don’t want to do the spray adhesive
stuff whatever you do the point is to use more of a dense insulation material
as acoustic absorption on your walls and so for coverage in this room I recommend
to do a minimum of about 15 to 20 percent of the overall surface area of
room so add up all of the surface area of the exterior walls and floors and
ceiling in your room and the amount of material footed square footage of your
acoustic material and your absorption material should be about 15 to 20
percent to start with and so in this room we actually did I think it was just
about 20 percent and for placement as you can see you know we spread
everything out evenly around the room the main key points around your mix
position are the first point early reflections from your speakers and so
that would be like directly off of the speaker cone bouncing off of the wall
and coming right into your ear and so that’s off this to the sides the ceiling
and the back wall so those are the main key you know the first early reflection
points that we want to attack first and of course you know out from there
we want to just sort of spread an even coverage for the rest of the room and so
for the ceiling panels you know I was originally gonna do something like I did
over at the Drumeo studios which is a perfect laser level grid up on the
ceiling drywall plugs and I hooks and hang the suspend the panel’s off of that
and you know I wanted to simplify it I have the garage door track so very
simply just put the the steel pipe across and
was able to suspend the panels off of that and so now that we have a really
nice acoustic treatment for the entire mix position and the rest of the room we
are fully ready to record and mix some awesome sounding instruments to a much
more accurate degree in this home studio space so if you want more tips on how to
improve your studio sounds and recordings be sure to subscribe to us on
YouTube and check out Recordeo.com where we have all kinds of tips and tricks and
courses constantly being released so thank you so much for watching and I
will see you in some more lessons

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100 thoughts on “How To Make Your Home Studio Sound Amazing With A Low Budget”

  1. mike pruett says:

    what do u have on the garage door

  2. Mustafa Berke Güreltöl says:

    Robert Pattinson lol

  3. Amer Darwich says:

    i see you have oud instrument not bad , it is very hard instrument

  4. Steve Rockstein says:

    good info – except (as noted below) need to cover the back panels for health reasons. that said, you gave me much to ponder as i design my first real studio. love the OUD man! i play the modern Godin version.

  5. Pure Sonic says:

    you just killed all the high frequencies and let the bass and low mids echo all over the room

  6. Oneness100 says:

    Those panels can't absorb low frequencies below 125hz. I don't know why people think they can, when they can't. Plus, Fiberglass panels like that have tiny airborne particles and it's not a good idea to have those in a room as you'll start breathing those fiberglass particles.

    What? No diffusion? Sounds like you have no clue what you're doing, and all you are doing is putting up cheap compressed fiberglass, which is actually building insulation and was not designed for room treatment.

    I don't think your room sounds that much better. You can't really tell with an acoustic guitar, try a drum set and see how the low end sounds, those produce low frequencies below 100hz.

  7. Skinny2Swole says:

    I use Acoustimac Eco Fill or denim insulation. My lungs are already bad enough.

  8. Lestervai Cayetano says:

    why 2 studio monitors?

  9. ColtraneTaylor says:

    Question: Can the Roxul be hung up like the panels in this video without installing it behind the wall? I can't handle the complexity of installation. Thanks.

  10. MorbidManMusic says:

    Rockwool. Safer than fiberGLASS! And just as good

  11. Magnus Brockman says:

    Dude – do u evn dong lord ? 🍆

  12. JoeI Productions says:

    Thanks for the video I'm in the process of building my own studio my question is that stuff is cancerous can you just put breathable material on it without it being hazardous?

  13. Moonwink Cuber says:

    What should I do if im recording in my bedroom but I have tons of bookshelves and things against my walls?

  14. Giannis Fourikis says:

    take off some absorption and make some diffusers for your rear wall or ceiling. you killed high frequencies and the bass freqs are out of control now

  15. Leisure Muffin says:

    Do you lead a youth group

  16. xxx yyy says:

    Unhealthy AF… You didnt even close the backside 😐

  17. Vidal Cantu says:

    thats not a good material to use you should have used Rockwool its what we use in the film industry

  18. Royce Holmes says:

    "That's it for mounting the panels in our Recordio Studio" …
    Tongue tied huh?

  19. I Am Sambino says:

    Fiberglass can give you cancer. I wrap mines in seram wrap. Might say it causes reflections but least I’m not breathing in that shit

  20. Greg Benson says:

    Your video was very helpful thank you for sharing your awesome video

  21. oink ooink says:

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOL on a laptop there no difference between sounding like THIS and sounding like THIS. LOL

  22. nizorox says:

    Anyone know if there is another name for impaler clips? I live in the UK and can't seem to find them.

  23. TWOSIDES says:

    You need at least 2 sound diffusers in a room of that size or you'll get way too much bass with that setup… Other than that everything is perfect.

  24. rets mej says:

    nice ! tnx

  25. Groovy Hoovy says:

    awesome video

  26. Elvis Aazierdong says:

    Nice video
    but can you fix the panels without leaving out the spaces in between?

  27. Samuel Martin says:

    I dont man, it sounds odd to me. No diffusion, only absorption ?

  28. Thomas Tran Dinh says:

    Amazing!!

  29. MIchael Wiggler says:

    This guy is very reason why people are buying and wasting on money on garbage that does not work

  30. Killzbeatz UZ says:

    Amazing work bro

  31. Michael Dean says:

    The before and after early in the video, he's louder and closer in the after. Not a true A/B comparison.

  32. Jeffrey Li says:

    burn those shorts bro

  33. Damn Baker says:

    your eq is trash

  34. Idea Films says:

    Bruh no such thing as water based polyurethane resin. Why can you just tell us the product bro? Everyone is asking but you don’t respond

  35. Alexander Chubov Aktau says:

    Very cool!

  36. M A Y E R - O U T says:

    thx bro!

  37. Fatal Heart Rhythm says:

    Use layers of fucking towels on panels. You can get them at thrift stores for nothing. You're welcome.

  38. Jeff Trinkle says:

    "recordio studio"

  39. Boi Mesa says:

    Recordio studio 5:50 😅

  40. Blue Matrix says:

    actually now sounds less open, you killed the High frequencies and a bit of low-mids…. maybe are a bit less reflections but sounds more dull

  41. Sven Horlemann says:

    The only problem I have is that all the backs are open and the fibres can get out and get breathed in. Not covering the back (and sealing the fibres in) is really not recommended.

  42. Spanish Voice Over says:

    Great job!

  43. Mark White says:

    is that a bouzouki ?

  44. C Math says:

    I like this lecture for larger budgets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d9WmjTJniI

  45. M A Y E R - O U T says:

    Thx bro!

  46. Hans Bakker says:

    1:35 – Love your sandals! 🙂

  47. Ayan Bhuyan says:

    What density is best for the absorbtion panels?

  48. Brian Lim says:

    Will prepare a divorce paper while preparing this room. Lol.

  49. Sparking Contentment says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. James J LaRue says:

    People callin out "recordio studio" like it was a mistake when dude is clearly wearing a Recordeo shirt. Anyways. I'm a little scared of fiberglass, are the foam acoustic panels commonly available at pro audio shops not as good as this fiberglass? (Everything else being the same, mounting to a board, leaving air gaps)

  51. rick nowak says:

    I'm thinking about … gluing half inch thick cork wall tiles to the walls and maybe some of the ceiling. Any THOUGHTS? Will it make my room less echo??
    Would REALLY appreciate a reply. I just got the tiles!! THANKS… ANYBODY !!!!!!!

  52. Far Que says:

    Well it depends if you are looking for sound proofing or just sound absorption to reduce base traps and unwanted reflections. Nothing is going to beat engineered products for both soundproofing and sound absorption BUT if you are looking to deaden a room, reduce base traps and unwanted reflections on a budget, whats even better are the square cardboard 2 dozen egg flats. Far cheaper and far less work than this method too. I know, I've done it and the difference was huge. Plus, depending on how much room you are working in, you can make moveable panels to create small spaces to reduce reflections, standing waves and base traps because sometimes you may want some reflections. Don't know how many times I've been in studios where hallways and bathrooms have been used because of their "liveliness" over the studio room's "deadness."

    Plus soundproofing is a whole different ball of wax. Are you trying to make a room completely sound proof so sound doesn't get in and out of the room at all? Hope you have a nice bank account if so! I've done room within a room in my studio that started with 1 foot thick concrete walls and you could still hear sound (mostly low end) from inside and outside but once I built a room within that space where the walls were another 6 inches thick, insulated, covered with 2 layers of sheetrock and a small air space, it deadened right up. Even more so when I added acoustical treatment to the studio room walls. The nice thing about this space was the concrete floor was NOT coupled to the concrete walls so it didn't transmit low end to the concrete walls and the control room was a separate room with 1 foot thick concrete walls that shared 1 wall with the main studio room and had an extra thick concrete floor. I got luck with this space. I did want to build a isolated drum booth that would have been another room within the studio room, shock-mounted to boot but I couldn't justify the expense and thought I might be getting a bit carried away.

  53. Mikey Mumbles says:

    In the first instance? To compare? The microphone distance would have to be exact to the millimeter with the exact same settings with you at the exact same spot in the room. That’s impossible and you’re not in the same location.

  54. jimsim /| says:

    just buy some cheap carpet.make sure to vacum clean first and then depending whats the walls try stapel gun or glue or battons the wall out then carpet the it. I sometim's get a sheet of 8×4 hard board and line it with 2×1" battons to make it strong and rigid.

  55. Albert Weijers says:

    The comparison in the beginning is really not that different.

  56. Samir Banerjee says:

    Acoustic cloth?

  57. Dr. K's Uke says:

    How dangerous is it to use fiberglass batts? I know you should use respiratory protection when working with it, but if it is just mounted to the wall or ceiling and not being disturbed is the fiberglass still an issue?

  58. Akira Clarke says:

    Good shit man. Good shit.

  59. Ruben Jimenez says:

    yeah, a mattress in my bedroom does the trick.

  60. Bờm Chế says:

    That is a great idea. I will apply these to my studio

  61. Dulla Bills says:

    the water based resin where can i find it

  62. Matt Jackson says:

    Aren’t you worried about your lungs!?

  63. Matt Jackson says:

    I curious about how you isolated and dampened the garage door? I have a thin wall with a neighbor here in berlin Germany, but can’t find industrial isolation curtains. Best I can find are 7 layer hofa and they are pretty expensive and better for dampening than isolating I hear.

  64. Cameron Neal says:

    So how much money did all of this cost?

  65. loadi2 says:

    A few lights would have helped ….

  66. creative.money says:

    5:00 when u see it u'll shit bricks

  67. Lorin Cooper says:

    Great reference showing here!!!

  68. Unlimitless Bear says:

    Does your boyfriend like your slippers?

  69. russell field says:

    5:54 …recordio studio…😂

  70. Robert Stephenson says:

    Recordeo didn’t do his homework on acoustics, did he children. Don’t be like Recordeo,, check out acoustic design for studios, here, on YouTube.

  71. Bluesq says:

    I’m just here nailing furniture blankets to the wall

  72. Max Murphy says:

    clearly know nothing about acoustics

  73. WahidTrynaHeghugh says:

    Not a fan of bassy vocals. Doesn’t sound good and isn’t realistic.

  74. Fedor Mikolakhin says:

    All this is just a aspirin for a gunshot wound in a head.
    Basically, any wideband acoustic treatment will consume a lot of space or it will not work below midbass (200-300 Hz).
    These panels (assuming they are hard) will work much better with 8" or more air gap.
    All this treatment that does not work properly in low frequency is the reason for weird incorrect bass mastering, too boomy or too dry. Bass is the foundation of music and if you don't have even sounding notes of bass guitar how can you expect good mixes?
    So, if you want not just record some ukulele, you shall expect to spend at least 10" from every wall and ceiling to get more or less reliable results with sound production…

  75. IooN Cosmic Downtempo says:

    thats toxic stuff, are u gonna hang it simply like this not allowing the microfibers to be stopped?

  76. Music Islife says:

    We will take your room from sounding like, to sounding like this….sounds exactly the same to me 🤔💁

  77. Clinton A says:

    I was wondering if you sealed your garage door from air and critters. If so how did you seal it?

  78. Andreea says:

    What would you recommend doing to a small closet for a recording booth?

  79. Mark Kurzava says:

    I think you lost my interest at "fiberglass"! NO THANK YOU!

  80. Milan Raj Bhandari says:

    One subscriber for that hard work.

  81. PuzzlePlayer says:

    That's not hte British definition of a low budget. Obviously you've got money to spend so that's a "budget". A low budget is having to steal the materials.!

  82. Campbell Von Jordan says:

    To be honest I liked the sound of the guitar better with the room behind it.

  83. Dystopian63 says:

    I would suggest using Roxul, its way better than fiberglass. Also the tyvek suggestion is solid.

  84. BrandonBradshawTV says:

    Some of the best studios and most highly regarded studios in the world don’t have acoustic treatment at all. The best part of making music is utilizing the room s available and finding spaces to make music.

  85. MD. WAHIDUR RAHMAN says:

    Ha ha before after is same

  86. alvinraydj3 says:

    if i had a penny for every video talking about room treatment and not isolation i'd have 8billion 700million 83 thousand 500 dollars and 32 cents.

  87. E L I T E O N T H E B E A T says:

    One of the most important things of this home studio is the mini split Hvac system. Don't skip this step if you want your room to truly sound professional! And don't go with Hitachi you will regret it.

  88. Lunæros says:

    To be honest, through my speaker setup, it doesn't sound much different between the before and after.

  89. Rob Schultz says:

    I think his voice is much more clear before. Just sayin'.

  90. Jacob Smith says:

    Build a simple wooden frame out of distressed and stained pine 1×3 boards to surround the panels for an attractive edge appearance and get the absorptive material away from the wall. Home Depot can cut the raw boards to length for you, then you take them home and beat the crap out of them with various instruments of death (just don't hit them so hard that they crack), then sand and stain, pre drill pilot holes, then fasten with screws (I like Deckmate star-drive coated screws for everything and they come in different colors). You can then hang these frames from the wall using hooks. I think a touch of stained wood makes for a much more professional look than putting a bunch of soft cloth covered pads all over the walls.

  91. tobi Kukla says:

    recording studio?!?! hahaha… no. it's still garage….

  92. Al Killian says:

    No sound diffusion? All absorption?

  93. Speaker Builder says:

    I have avoided using fiberglass based panels like those here and instead use Rockwool, it is not stiff like those, but does come in a role 15 1/2 inches wide, and can be easily place in 3 1/2 inch thick pine frames, then covered with cloth material front and back. They work awesome.

  94. Alpheus Yusuf says:

    At beginning of video I barely heard the difference.

  95. Herr Unsinn says:

    1:17 All the acoustic panels in the world won't help your guitar playing. It's not exactly Andrew York paying "Home". Hee hee…

  96. Pirate Cat says:

    I don't hear any difference between the first and second room

  97. C. David Miller says:

    Awesome!

  98. G Mitch says:

    Can you name a particular "product"that is edge hardening resin.

  99. Michael Kusmierz says:

    pants… pants!

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