As a musician, I always had that need to play my instruments or sing away at home without annoying my housemates or my neighborhood. When I first received my big break to play in a local bar, I know I needed all the time to practice right after my regular job. Renting out a studio was way too expensive but that’s the only way to go to avoid annoying anyone.
Nonetheless, my concerns were solved when I invested in turning our old shed into a music room. My parents were okay with it. I had the option to purchase Sheds Tasmania but that would cost me more dollars so I decided to do the DIY instead. The only challenge I had was to organize and clean up the stuff inside the shed. I donated a few items and the others went to the trash. I know you must be thinking what our family use as storage. Well, since my father no longer drives a car, we turned the garage into a storage facility. Below is one of the videos that were helpful in this project.
Back to the shed conversion. Luckily I had friends who offered help. We got DIY soundproofing instructions from the internet. Google has everything including the cheapest materials that we can use.
The most helpful site we used was some tutorial on YouTube. It gave us 3 ways to soundproof sheds or garage. The whole project was a success. We had the shed converted in 3 weeks. Well, I knot that is a long time. But you see we only can work on it on the weekends and after office hours. Nonetheless, the shed turned out fine. We were able to get air inside and right now it is a haven for me whenever I feel the need to rock out and drum away.
Purchasing my essentials for the shed turned music studio
I am a vocalist but I play a number of instruments too. I so wanted to do some covers and upload it to YouTube as part of my marketing strategy. The problem though is that whenever I attempt to record, it turns out bad. So I decided to make the most out of the studio to serve as a recording studio as well. So here are the pieces of equipment I purchased: A Computer, a DAW/Audio Interface Combo, a set of Studio Monitors, Two Microphones, two Headphones, too many cables (I have too much extra unused, LOL), two mic stands, pop filter, and an ear training software.
The pieces of equipment purchased were not cheap but it served its purpose. I am now able to record songs and uploaded a few on YouTube. While I know I don’t have too many gigs at the moment, a decent schedule is flowing in. And all thanks to some investments I am glad I did.
Some word of advice I want to leave to those who want to start their own career in music (well, mine is a side career), follow your passion. Music starts as a hobby, but when you are really passionate about it, you will soon reap benefits. Invest in instruments and pieces of equipment that will help you achieve your dreams.