Now that we’ve covered the basic recording chain, we’re going to bring you tips to reduce the ambiance noise and room echo from your space.
So, obviously, the best option to reduce this problem is to treat your space acoustically. However, we know that treating a space is not cheap or easy. For that, we have some tricks that could help you out to reduce these problems while you can treat a space in your home.
- Record in small spaces. The smaller the space, the better as there will be less reverb and reflections if you record in a space that is more confined. Also, small spaces are easier to fill with absorbent materials making if you have ambiance noise. Small spaces can vary from rooms and attics to closets and laundry rooms.
- Don’t record near mirrors and windows. Avoid, as much as you can, recording near glass surfaces. Common glass is a very reflective material and as most houses have a lot of windows, it’s important to find a space in the house where you can locate your microphone far from them. That way, you will be able to avoid the extra reflections these surfaces cause.
- Locate a carpet or blanket below you when recording. Floors are usually made of reflective materials such as marble or polished wood. To avoid this material to give you unwanted reflections, put a carpet or a blanket below you and your microphone when you’re recording. The fabric will act as a wall between the waves and the floor and will prevent them from bouncing over. If your floor is made of carpet already, you can skip this.
- Hang clothes, blankets, cushions, etc. around you to record. This may sound super strange, but trust me! It works! Fabric works well at improving a space’s isolation as it’s not very reflective. You can put clothes and blankets around you when recording to remove a lot of the reflections from your space. You can also save some time by getting in your closet and locating yourself in between the clothes.
- Get yourself a reflection filter. When you can’t treat your space or you know that you may be recording in different spaces, you can also get a reflection filter. There are a lot of brands out there that offer them quite inexpensively or you can even make your own as well to fit your needs. I personally recommend the Kaotica Eyeball and the sE Reflection Filter Pro. Both work very very well and paired with the other tips in this article, you can get great quality audio!
Image: sE Reflection Filter Pro
Image: Kaotica Eyeball
Hope these tips helped! If you have other solutions of your own and that are not listed here, let us know!
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