Not many people realize one of the greatest and most valuable methods for drying out and clearing a room- shelves loaded with books and other odds and ends. My workspace is a rough space of odds and ends, irregular shapes, nooks and crannies, and all sorts of places ideal for absorbing and dissipating sound waves. All those college textbooks, product manuals, books your parents bought you as gifts, anything… it’s ideal material to kill that room noise and give you a clear, dry tone ideal for sampling and recording, especially when coupled with good mic usage.
Now, mind you, this may not be the best approach of you’re super into being organized, but for you fellow “organized chaos” advocates out there, this stuff is really auditory gold. Take a listen to this track, with about half the elements being live recordings made in the very space pictured above.
Some good post effects and reverb and you can get a sweet sounding track in the end!
Note also the wooden, broken ceiling. The exposed beams and rough wooden surface also helps to reduce reverberance. It’s amazing what wonders an unfinished man cave can work on your recording quality… as long as the people upstairs stop stomping around.