Perfectly recorded music is the foundation of a good mix. It tells a story and sets the emotional tone. They keep the entire project together. The fact is that the vocals are the element with which a song stands or falls. But a good recording of vocals depends on many factors and the room from which you record is among them.
Best Places To Record Instruments at Home
Choosing the right room to record your songs can make your music even better.
It’s easy to believe that mixing has the greatest impact on the vocals. But the recording is actually much more important. One of the most important factors when recording is the space you choose for it. You probably don’t have access to a singing booth, you only have a few rooms in your apartment (including the heating room set up by the heating engineers in your area) but which one is the best place for you to start your recording?
For the best home recording result, It is not a good idea to just take the room that you find most comfortable! The space in which an instrument is recorded always influences its sound. This specifically holds true for recording vocals. If you record your vocals in an unsuitable room, you will notice it quite strongly in the mix. Hall holds back vocals. The more reverb an instrument has, the farther and more unobtrusive it sounds.
The person who sings should sound close and personal. If you record vocals in a very reverberant room, this intimacy is pretty much impossible. The space in which an instrument is recorded always influences its sound. This is especially true for vocals.
Influences from space may also bring about compression as well as pitch modification so that it may sound not natural. The vocals also sound so artificial.
So which room should you choose?
Ideally, you should try a small to medium-sized room with a lot of stuff. Especially a lot of ‘soft’ stuff like beds, sofas, pillows, carpets and so on. All of these things often absorb sound, so that the room becomes not as neutral and reverberant as it should be. You should avoid rooms with lots of hard surfaces and windows. As a result, your kitchen and bathroom aren’t the best rooms to record vocals.
Your bedroom can offer the perfect balance. But there is a catch to the whole thing: The room should be anechoic, but not TOO. If you get so much absorption material into the room that there is NO surround sound at all, your vocals will end up sounding dull and muffled.
Contrary to popular belief, a closet is NOT a good place to record vocals. This myth arose because professional singing booths are rather small and isolated. The difference is that professional singing booths are often surrounded by sound-absorbing fiberglass, which is more than 30cm thick! If your closet is not set up like this, you should avoid recording vocals in it.
Regardless of the stuffiness of clothes in it, the closet simply doesn’t have ample absorbent materials to soak up the space resonances. This makes the reverb extra loud in the microphone, even if it is very short (especially if the voice has been compressed).
If you want to record vocals, you get better sound in a soundproofed room!