How To Make A DIY Recording Studio

laptop with microphone and pop filter

When it comes to creating a video, there is a lot of preparation before hitting the record button. One thing to consider when prepping your video is setting up a DIY recording studio.

Making sure you have the proper setting and equipment for recording can help improve the overall quality of your video.

Let’s take a look at how to create your ideal DIY recording studio and the basic equipment you will need:

 

Find your recording space

It may seem obvious, but picking a suitable location is critical for setting up a recording studio. You’ll want to make sure it’s somewhere you feel comfortable, is convenient, and is easily accessible.

Give yourself more space than you think you need, as this can allow for room to acquire new equipment.

If your recording studio is in your home or at work, try to use interior rooms because there is less risk of outside noise entering the room.

Now that you’ve found your recording space, test out the acoustics. You may not be with happy how it’s sounding as it bounces off the walls. You can adjust this by diffusing the sound. This can be done by simply filling the room with furniture such as a sofa, bean bag chair, or pillows.

This will reduce the amount of echo in the room, making the sound more easily absorbed. Another option would be set up acoustic foam. The foam helps control the sound, giving you the clear sound that you need.

 

Gear for your DIY recording studio

Now that you have a studio you’re comfortable working in, it’s time to work on getting some equipment to make the recording actually happen! Below are the five most basic pieces of equipment you’ll need to get started:

1. Camera

When it comes to using a camera for a recording, use what you know! Typically, there are two options: a camcorder or a DSLR. A camcorder is a more simple approach, but certain features may be limited. However, if you have a video camera that provides results that fit your needs, there’s no need to go out and buy something new! However, if you are looking for that “next level”, a DSLR provides more features that pay more attention to detail. A DSLR will provide better quality for videos in low-light situations, offer multiple lens options for wide, medium and tight shots, and even have better color balance options. However, they can also be limited on how long they can record, so keep that in mind.
camcorder and DSLR for DIY recording studio

2. Microphones

Audio is critical to your video, therefore it’s important to choose a microphone that’s going to deliver the best quality for you. Even if your visuals are top-notch, if you have bad audio, your audience is going to tune you out. However, taking the time to find the right microphone will go a long way in helping you create better videos. There are multiple types of microphones that serve different purposes, therefore it’s important to investigate which mic is going to most suitable for the kind of video you are recording.
microphone options for a DIY recording studio

3. Studio lights

When recording a video, it’s important to have the proper lighting. Casting shadows or washing something out with too much light can negatively effect on the quality of your video. For a video with a single subject, try playing around with the three-point lighting design by placing two lights on either side of your subject at 45-degree angles and a third behind or above your subject. This design adds dimension and moderates shadows and contrast, but still separates the subject from the background.
three point lighting diagram

4. Green screen backdrop

Having a green screen can add so many possibilities on the backgrounds you use in your videos. It allows you to replace the real background with a digital one by blending it with your subject. The best part is, it doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated! You can create a DIY green screen by purchasing some inexpensive fabric to use as your backdrop. Just make sure that you light your subject separately from your background and that they are far enough from the green screen to be easily keyed out in post-production.
DIY green screen for a DIY recording studio

Video editing software

Now that you have all of the equipment to make a super cool video, you’ll probably want to work on editing it. Once you’ve gathered all of your footage, you can upload it onto a video editing software to implement additional effects and features to polish up your content. We recommend TechSmith Camtasia, which you can check out here!

Follow Camtasia on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what kinds of awesome videos you’re making in the comments below.

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