My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn

Recording In Improvised Spaces

May 28, 2020 Doug Fearn Season 1 Episode 13
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
Recording In Improvised Spaces
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My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
Recording In Improvised Spaces
May 28, 2020 Season 1 Episode 13
Doug Fearn

Sometimes we have to record in less-than-ideal locations, such as at home, or perhaps on location. Understanding the challenges of adapting space for recording will help you get the best possible sound out of your improvised studio.

In this episode, I give a quick overview of some of the acoustical principles that will affect how your recording sounds. Some are obvious, like sound-proofing, sound absorbing, and controlling echoes. Others may not be immediately obvious, such as the room proportions. A deeper understanding of these factors will help.

I also touch on some other challenges to recording in improvised spaces, such as lighting and heating/air conditioning.

Even if you record in a real studio, insight into these principles may help you get the most out of the room.

This episode is based on a series of YouTube videos I did some years ago. The images and video in that series help illustrate the points. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FD5SlKYQiA for the first part. All my videos can be accessed from www.youtube.com/c/DWFearn

This was also the topic for a talk I recently gave to the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS). https://cras.edu/

Show Notes

Sometimes we have to record in less-than-ideal locations, such as at home, or perhaps on location. Understanding the challenges of adapting space for recording will help you get the best possible sound out of your improvised studio.

In this episode, I give a quick overview of some of the acoustical principles that will affect how your recording sounds. Some are obvious, like sound-proofing, sound absorbing, and controlling echoes. Others may not be immediately obvious, such as the room proportions. A deeper understanding of these factors will help.

I also touch on some other challenges to recording in improvised spaces, such as lighting and heating/air conditioning.

Even if you record in a real studio, insight into these principles may help you get the most out of the room.

This episode is based on a series of YouTube videos I did some years ago. The images and video in that series help illustrate the points. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FD5SlKYQiA for the first part. All my videos can be accessed from www.youtube.com/c/DWFearn

This was also the topic for a talk I recently gave to the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS). https://cras.edu/