THE BARE BONES HOME STUDIO (need advice on getting better quality)

My home studio at the moment consist of a laptop and a snowball microphone. I record in a corner of my garage where the acoustics are okay, but I "pad" the area with foam and cushions.

I have a few problems with reverb (the slightest kind). And for the majority of the spots i do (which are high energy club spots) i sometimes feel like the snowball can't take the increased volume of my voice.

Has anyone out there had or have this type of setup, and what are you doing to make the most of it?

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Here's an experiment.....Try putting the car in the garage......then record your voice track inside the car's interior. The acoustics of car interiors are really excellent. Lots of curves, no perpendicular angles, you may be surprised by the results.
Plus the car will shield you from annoying outside noise. Joe Cipriano had a video up last year when he was on vacation, doing national Fox TV promos from the back seat of a rental car. I have done spots from car interiors on more than a dozen occasions while on the road to good effect. Give it a try.
I have actually recorded in my car before. The audio was good. But I guess I figured I'd make use of this garage, since we don't park the vehicles in here.
I will be adding some acoustic padding to my little corner, hopefully that will work. And I will be visiting my car studio once again.
Thanks JT!
i've done the same thing. recording from a well insulated vehicle in a quiet place is really good. have you thought about investing in a soundproof booth? you can buy one and assemble it yourself from around $2800-$13000 from
I have a home studio in which I used a case of square ceiling tiles from Home Depot... wrapped them in fabric from Wal-Mart (to match the room decor) and nailed them to the walls. It is a very cost effective way to deaden a room. At my office, I got three dollar curtain rods from Ikea and draped each wall with ceiling to floor curtains... works perfectly.
Make or buy some gobos - basically thin wood covered with acoustic foam or "sorbers" or soundproofing material which you can easily google and buy on-line or at a store near you.

Picture rectangular boards or "cushions" that are freestanding or easily propped up that extend from the floor to whatever height covers your recording set up. Velcro strips (avail at home depot or a haberdasher) can be affixed to the gobos so they fit together preventing sound leakage. It's kind of like building a tent out of couch cushions when you were a kid but instead of cushions you use acoustic materials. If you build it hight enough you can put a sound proof blanket over the top (or another gobo). Also put some rugs or blankets on the floor. Any or all of this can really help your sound.
The first thing to do is trap all of your corners. this will kill the 80% of the unwanted reverb.
you can build a basic trap by using wood and carpet.Make a basic frame and staple the carpet around the frame.
then place the frames in the corner.

and equipment wise:
All you'll need is a used mac book pro, a pro tools mbox, and a akg c214 and akg headphones (K-series) headphones.

You can buy used macs from
Some really good ideas here (i think).

Perhaps photos would be quite helpful.


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