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Building a Home Mastering Studio – Part 1

by Ian Shepherd




It’s probably the thing I get asked about most.

What are the requirements for a mastering studio ? Is it realistic to set one up at home ? What acoustic treatment should you have, what monitors should you use, how to place them, whether to use a sub, what gear you need…

Well right now I’m building my own home studio, and to try and answer some of these questions I thought I’d share the process with you.


What I’m NOT doing

Please note – I’m NOT building a “proper” studio, let alone a proper mastering studio, but I am determined to squeeze a useful, usable space into what used to be the garage of our new house, where I can assess material people send me, work on editing and restoration, maybe even do a few demos for people who might want to work with me.

If I can make it work in the way I hope, it means I won’t have to dry-hire the local studios I’ve been using for the last few years nearly so often, and it could transform my workflow.

If not, at least I’ll have a great home office with some speakers in it !

I don’t have an un-limited budget by any means, and I think many of the decisions I’m making will surprise you, and certainly upset the mastering “purists” out there – but if you’re interested in setting up a studio space at home, or improving the space you already have, there’s going to be a mass of useful information for you along the way.

Part 1

In this first video I show you the space I’m going to be using, and talk about topics like room shape, soundproofing, electrics, floating floors and more. I’ll also be posting regular photos to Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #IS_HMS, for those who are interested.

So, sign up to the newsletter if you haven’t already, subscribe to my YouTube channel, sit back and enjoy watching me try the ultimate test of my mantra – “it ain’t what you use, it’s the way that you use it”!

And if you find the video interesting or useful, please share it with your friends!

To watch Part 2 of this series, click here.

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4 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    LOL, are you quoting Bananarama, by any chance?

  2. Nir sayag says:

    Best of Luck Master!

  3. Toni Diaz says:

    Did something similar. I found Rod Gervais’ book ‘Home Studio – Build it like the Pros’ really useful. Using Ethan Winer’s simple bass LF test, got my single garage to quite a flat response down to 40Hz, much better than I was expecting.

  4. Steve Rogers says:

    How come you don’t need it as a garage?

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