From time to time I am asked to post a question via my Facebook status to gain feedback or advice on behalf of one of my friends.
Today’s posting is the fruit of one such effort.
Is there an average size for home recording studios? Find out in today’s VOX Daily.
Can Studios Be Too Big or Too Small?
Someone asked me recently if there was an average size for home recording studios and also if studios could be too big or too small.
As my friend Karen Commins reminded me, Teddy Roosevelt once said “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
These words can be of great comfort to voice actors working from a home recording studio nestled in a bedroom closet, to someone whose spare room is draped with comforters for sound absorption and talent who experience severe noise issues by virtue of living alongside train tracks, on a busy street or within earshot of a fire hall.
Being resourceful means making the most of what you have where you are. In the following section, you’re going to hear from professional voice talent about their studios, studio dimensions and also discover that even the most modest of studios can still crank out pristine broadcast-quality audio.
What’s Your Studio Like?
“My super glam home studio is a corner of our office. No one can even tell it is a studio. But it provides broadcast quality sound that ends up on voiceovers heard around the world!”
— Mercedes Rose
“My studio is in a bedroom and is kept to it’s 5 foot desk. I live in a log cabin the acoustics are awesome!”
— Robin Wolf
“The Hole’ is more akin to a large closet, but effective nonetheless.”
— Herb Merriweather
“‘Large’ closet would be a misnomer. A closet, indeed… but I recorded a Voices.com job in it today!”
— George Washington III
“168 Sq Ft. It was formerly a game room.”
— Diane Merritt
“WhisperRoom with dimensions of a traditional British phone booth. Hardly any room for words and sauna during our hot ‘n humid Florida summers but great ‘closeness’ sound (not to be confused with claustrophobic).”
— Hans Van Den Nieuwendijk
“I don’t know that there is an ‘average,’ but if I had to guess, most would be about the size of a moderate walk in closet. My studio is 10′ x 12′ and includes my office furniture. My recording space within the studio is 5’x4′ I hope this helps!”
— Chuck Burke
“I have about 1200 square feet including two dedicated control rooms. But I’m a bit over the top.”
— Steve M. Savanyu
“I converted a small half/bath to a studio. The commode and sink were removed leaving ample space for a desk and recording space.”
— Connie Mustang
“My home studio space is 10 feet long, 8 feet wide and just under 8 feet tall.”
— Bob Souer
“Mine is about the same size as yours, Bob.”
— Debbe Hirata
“My stunning studio is a custom-built addition to my house that employed soundproof construction techniques. I looked back at the construction specs. The room is 16’x19′, with an approximate interior space of 14.5’x18′, or about 260 square feet. I record in a 6’x8′ WhisperRoom, and I have a computer desk and love seat outside the WhisperRoom.”
— Karen Commins
“3 sq ft, a computer desk with a mic on top of it. That’s how I roll. I win!”
— Seth Aberbach
“Super compact with a Harlan Hogan portabooth, a desk, a stand and a stool. I rent an apartment that I never expected to stay in long, so hence I haven’t built anything permanent.”
— Laura Wiese
“So, I had a nice set up in a walk in closet with beautiful fabric covered sound proofing stuff and red painted desk and chair… with Christmas lights. Then, my husband decided he wanted the storage space back and shoved a bunch of boxes in there. Moved me to another room, leaned a couple mattresses against the sides of a book shelf and that is my current studio! Actually, it is much quieter but I am having a static problem.”
— Therisa Bennett
“I converted the second story loft of my condo to make my home studio. Total room size is about 15′ X 15′. I have a great view of trees and sky outside my window. I have a couch for resting and a beautiful desk with a leather desk chair. Acoustic foam “room divider” makes for excellent recordings. Since I spend about 8-9 hours a day in here, it has to be comfy and functional at the same time. I’m always looking around to see better ways to configure my equipment and furniture.”
— Peggy Tisone
“My studio consists of an upstairs bedroom with an attached walk-in closet. I utilize the bedroom as my office and editing suite, and I Aurelex’d the closet area and built it into my booth. I use one of those computer monitor page clips as my copy stand so I can keep my head up in a good position. Plenty of room to animate, and the closet is ventilated for comfort. I use one of the existing shelves for my tea cup, bowl of apples, lozenges, etc. Outside in the office area, I have a studio desk with my computers, and my filing cabinet. I run Pro Tools on Mac and Adobe Audition on a PC. Also, I keep all of my guitars and amplifiers (my hobby) in the room as well. That way if I get the urge to record, I can.”
— John McLain
“My studio is the workbench in my basement. I use Auralex as sound proofing that works well. However, when the boiler kicks in I have to start over. I use one of those ‘draftsman’ chairs (because the keyboard surface is high). I hope to, one day, convert my smallest bedroom into a proper studio…. where the boiler can run… anytime it wants… without disruption. lol”
— Rich Brennan
“It’s the extra bedroom with a treated walk-in closet for the mic, which is on an overhead studio boom. The copy is placed on a collapsible music/copy stand that is treated to reduce reflections. There is a bar stool inside if needed for long-form or audiobooks. Might I say that there is no better way to treat your closet booth than with studio foam *and* hanging clothes? 🙂 Out in the bedroom, my Studio RTA desk has all of my gear set up on it, from the PC, to the rack gear, to the monitors and office supplies.”
— Brad Venable
What’s Your Recording Environment Like?
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Looking forward to hearing from you,
Photo courtesy Karen Commins