I recently rented/moved into a very old (100+ year) apartment and I’m trying to convert the spare bedroom into a studio. Well, home office by day, “studio” by night. The goal is to launch a podcast, do some voiceover work and maybe a bit of light streaming/content creation.
As it stands the room/apartment is terrible for audio. The walls/ceiling are think/hollow/bare, it’s very echoey. I have put some carpet down over the wood floor, which helped, but the walls/ceiling are an issue.
See attached pic to get a better idea of the space, and attached audio clip to hear what it currently sounds like (note that I will be upgrading my mic and getting some proper audio equipment over the next few weeks. The attached is a raw recording on an entry level mic, the Blue Yeti).
A friend of mine is a general contractor and has kindly offered to help me sound treat the room. Before we spend time and money on that, however, I have one big concern – noise in the room itself.
The heating comes in through these old school vents and when the thermostat kicks in, which is about every 3 minutes, it sounds like a small plane is taking off in the room. The sound of rain drops can also be clearly be heard through the windows (I’m British but I live in Vancouver so it rains most of the time, same as back home…). The apartment creeks and makes random noises…constantly. And my computer fans are also audible, especially at high loads.
With a bit of learning/research, hopefully a lot of that these issues can be minimized in post for the podcast, voice overs and video recording. I recently got my hands on an Nvidia RTX 3080 and I found out there is a relatively new broadcast plugin called Nvidia RTX Voice which uses the GPU to remove background audio, and apparently it does a good job of getting rid of it.
(Side note, I wonder if I can use that when recording (not broadcasting) to save time on post production…?)
So, my question is… is it worth spending (what could end up being a lot of) money on sound tiles, thick curtains, acoustic panels, foam ceiling tiles etc etc, to treat the room, when none of it will do anything to stop the background noise? (Keeping in mind that I’ll probably only be living here for another 12 months.)
If it will make a difference, I’ll go for it.