When it has become commonplace to change your garage into anything your heart and passions desire, why not make it the ideal space for a band practice? Without too much hassle, you can transform your garage from storage space to sound sanctuary! Here are some tips and tricks for making your garage a musical masterpiece.
Sound Inside, Silence Outside
The number one thing to be done to your garage if trying to improve the acoustic environment for your regular band practices is by taking some soundproofing measures. You can start off small by making sure that there is proper sealing around all doors, windows and your garage door itself to keep outside noises out and keep your original music in. Take it up a notch by adding additional layers of drywall to your existing garage walls. Not only will this help provide a sounds buffer, but give you the creative freedom to customize your recording space as your like.
Now that your music is confined to your garage studio, you can start boosting your acoustics. Foam paneling is an easy trick to increase acoustics by your stage and/or recording area with minimal construction or time. Try adding heavy curtains over windows to keep this acoustic effect going and provide the best sounds possible from your practice. You can also add these elements to the ceiling at well-placed angels to increase acoustics. This is particularly handy for recording!
The Tempo of Temperature
Another thing to consider when improving your garage for band practice is the creature comforts of HVAC. You want your focus to be on your music, not on how much you’re sweating in your garage. You might want to try out a portable air conditioner for summer jam sessions that provides you the freedom of mobility without sacrificing some cool air. The only thing to consider with running HVAC is for when you are recording versus practicing; the sound of the unit might get picked up when recording but it’ll certainly be helpful during intense practice sessions!
Setting the Stage
Creating a raised platform for stationary items, like drums sets or amps, is not only for the visual effect of a stage but to help with acoustics as well. Foam strips with chipboard on top can be used to create a platform just high enough to enhance the sounds while giving you the full performance feel to your band practice and recording sessions.
You can take some decorative and aesthetic measures to creating the perfect garage space for your band. Tricks as simple as changing the lighting can add to the creative process. One study found that dim lighting is beneficial to your creative genius, which is the heart of making music. Plus, it adds to that club/bar feel that so many musicians thrive on.
Feeling inspired to transform your garage? Want to see how far you can take your garage recording studio, or some other great uses for your garage space? Get a free design consultation and estimate today!