Here’s the situation. You’re an ambitions college student and you want to break into the music business. Music might be your major area of study or it might be your favorite hobby. Either way, you need a space to use as a recording studio and you are strapped for cash (ie – you won’t be renting any real recording studio space any time soon). So what are you going to do to remedy the situation?
Turn your college dorm room into a recording studio, of course!
You can turn almost any space into a recording studio if you really want to. In the case of your college dorm you’ll need to find ways of soundproofing the space without making too many modifications you’ll have to reverse when you move out.
Soundproofing a college dorm can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. If you’re just playing around, you’ll use items like furniture to keep the bass from reverberating against the walls. You might even hang a few heavy blankets from the walls to help with reverberation as well.
If you need a solution that’s a bit more high-tech you might want to consider applying some good soundproofing materials to the walls. In this case, damping your walls with a material like Green Glue is out of the question. You don’t have the time, money, or authority to do that type of construction or modification work in a college dorm. What you can do, however, is purchase a less permanent soundproofing material.
What should you use? Your best bet is to buy either acoustical panels or mass loaded vinyl. Both of these can be attached to the walls of your dorm in a non- or semi-permanent manner. The less glue you use to adhere them to the walls the less you’ll have to try to scrape off the walls later.
Once you’ve treated the walls (and door) you’ll be ready to record. Hook up your laptop, speakers, and whatever other recording equipment you have and get to work. You’ll be amazed at how much you can improve the quality of your sound work with just a little bit of dorm room soundproofing!