Watching an epic flick in a high-quality movie theater or hearing your favorite music performed from a professional sound stage were once rare, but very special, events in the life of the learned audio or video connoisseur. But advancements in audio and video technology have made it possible for almost anyone to enjoy this type of entertainment in the comfort of their own home. Even more exciting is the fact that many talented audio and video enthusiasts are finding a way to turn their hobbies into successful, home-based business ventures, such as narrating audio files for the self-publishing market or doing voice overs and background sound effects for marketing and advertising firms. If you enjoy great audio and video performances and want to enjoy them more fully in your home for pleasure or to create them as part of a small business venture, the following tips will help you transform your basement space into your multi-media dream studio.
Make it a dedicated space that can be easily climate-controlled
The first step in creating a professional-quality home studio for audio and video creation or enjoyment is to select an area of the basement that can be dedicated solely to this purpose. Avoid areas that have to do double duty, such as those that contain HVAC equipment, storage for the home, or a bed for house guests. Instead, choose a quiet area, out of the main traffic zone. Doing this will help to ensure that delicate audio and video equipment will not need to be moved, stored, or frequently readjusted.
When choosing the area, it is also important to make sure that it is an area that has no water infiltration issues and one where temperatures and humidity levels will be easy to control. If the home's HVAC system does not serve the area in which you plan to build your home audio and video studio, consider installing some type of gentle heat source, such as radiant floor heat or a small split unit that can be used to both heat and cool the space. Keeping the climate in the space at an even temperature and humidity level year round can help to preserve and protect expensive sound and video equipment.
Focus on enhancing sound quality by choosing the right surfaces
One of the well-known facts about sound quality is that firmer, unbroken surfaces tend to reflect sounds while softer or baffled surfaces tend to absorb it. When choosing materials and furnishings for your home studio, look for wall and ceiling materials that offer good acoustic qualities. In addition to enhancing the sound of audio and video recordings made in your studio, utilizing materials with acoustic or insulating properties will help to keep outside noise from filtering into your studio area and distorting the quality of the sounds created there.
In addition to walls, ceilings and other surfaces, it is also important to choose insulating drapes or blinds to cover glass window surfaces and a studio door with good insulation value, such as a foam-filled door system with insulating qualities.
Choose high-quality amplifiers and sound equipment
The final step to creating a great home studio for either personal enjoyment or as the basis for an exciting home business venture is to choose the right sound and video equipment. While the work you have already done to soundproof the space and make it completely functional will help to enhance the quality of any audio and video system, taking time to research and select components capable of higher quality production and output will boost your enjoyment of the space and help to make any recordings you produce more marketable.
To learn more about choosing the best technology and components for your multi-media studio, take time to speak with an audio visual sales specialist at a company like Excel Audio in your area. They will be able to introduce you to high output sound equipment, such as Burmester amplification equipment, as well as the best visual cameras and equipment for your needs.