Take a look at where the magic happens. Rather than renting out a recording studio, I do my audio work here.
Located in the basement of my townhouse the recording booth I use is definitely homemade from two homemade benches nailed together.
Bed comforting foam was used to block most of the outdoor noise.
I live near the Nashua airport where propeller aircraft fly overhead. Sometimes the pilots bring their aircraft in very low over my place on their final approach. I also live near a stretch of highway where the drivers like to burn rubber down the road to make sure their engines are in tip top shape.
Oh, did I mention the neighbors on the other side of the highway who like to party on Friday and Saturday nights? Then there is the dishwasher, people walking on the main floor and the furnace all making their special noises.
Through trial and a lot of error, I have come up with a simple nine point checklist.
- Record after nine at night.
- Record on weekdays—editing can be done on weekends and during the day.
- Make sure the following are off.
- The dishwasher.
- The furnace.
- Restart the computer I use for recording.
- Fire up the recording software—I use Ableton Live 9 Lite.
- Do a simple test recording—I have done more than enough reading where I was not recording so always test the software and microphone.
- Inside the booth I stand at the same position—my broad shoulders fit perfectly against the far side of the door.
- Have an interior light that does not hum—I used the flashlight feature on my iPhone because the booth is dark.
- Relax and read.
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P.S. Hope the sideways picture of the recording booth caught your eye–thank you Facebook for making that picture possible.