Home Recording Studio Setup

So here I am with all this nice new gear in its nice new boxes.  My next step was figuring out how I was going to setup my basement office and practice area and make it a recording area as well.Spacebefore2


The space already contained two vintage Slingerland kits and one Alesis electronic kit which were crammed into a space that was maybe 10 feet by 12 feet.

First thing I did was emptied the space to make room for my Pearl Session Studio Classic kit and mic stands. I also wanted to leave space for the Alesis kit.Space1

I didn’t pack away the vintage Slingerlands since I’m sure I will also being using them as well.Vintage Toms Vintage Kicks

My first instinct was to center the Pearl kit in this now vacant space but I have low acoustical tile ceilings and a light fixture with a hard plastic cover which would have been centered right above the kit.

I’ve been told even though my ceiling has so called acoustical tile that because it’s so low it may cause problems with phase cancellation and require me to purchase some expensive acoustical foam.  I figured if acoustical tile may cause an issue I’m sure a two feet by four feet piece of hard plastic over the center of my kit would be sure to give me fits.Pearls1

So I moved my kit more to the center of the entire room where the only thing above the kit other than the tile ceiling is a wood beam.  The wood should give me a good anchoring point if I need to hang some sort of dampener over the kit.

That move left me plenty of room for the Alesis kit.Alesis1

I then placed the mics as I best know how at this stage of my learning process.  I’m sure I’ll be moving them as I get into the process.  I did take the drum mic placement course on Lynda.com and would highly recommend it to anyone as well as the entire site if you are interested in learning on line.


My desk space and control room area before I started.

Next I moved onto my “Control Room” area.  This setup was pretty much preordained by the furniture (which I built myself) already in place that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

When I built the big heavy table out of a gorgeous old solid wood door I found in a barn on my grandfather’s farm and solid pieces of oak that were once fence boards and posts on my grandfather’s farm, I didn’t think it would be my recording desk but it works great.

All the equipment is so small compared to what it does that the hardest part was placing the JBL monitors.

I moved my old JBL bookshelf speakers and Kenwood amp that I used with my turntable to a side table.  This left me with plenty of room for the JBL monitors, MacBook Pro, iPad,  and Launchkey Mini MIDI controller. The Focusrite audio interface fits great on the cabinet beside my desk.

The turntable is also on the desk but someday if I feel the need to get a large monitor, keyboard and track pad to go with the MacBook, the turntable will have to be moved.Desk3 Desk1

Now it’s all setup as a functional home studio.

I still need to download Logic Pro X onto the MacBook but it also came with Garageband which seems to me to be a great starter program to learn how this equipment works.  I downloaded Logic Remote onto the iPad so I can control the program when I am at my kit.

And I’ve completed some of the courses offered on the aforementioned Lynda.com.  There are many more that I need to take the time to review.  What a great resource.

Now it’s time to jump right in and start some hands on learning.  I just need to make the time.

I’m really, really excited, like a kid at Christmas.

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