CS70 wrote:pariah223 wrote:I quickly realized however that my family and neighbors and trains and birds make entirely too much noise.
Many people in the same situation - suddenly very hard to get a proper quiet space with family and everybody else being in the surrounding.
As others I've said, soundproofing is hard, long and expensive work. By the time you are done, the virus will hopefully be no longer a problem!
Sometimes it helps to consider problems from a different perspective however.. these days there's an enormous amount of unused, quiet space: offices, shops, theaters., you name it.
While many of them won't be suited to record a drum kit or other instruments who need a great room to shine, most rooms can be adapted to record acoustic guitar and vocals if you know what you are doing. Even electric guitar and bass don't pose a problem (other than a lot heavier stuff to carry) but for these I'd advice the convenience of a modeler.
If you normally work in an office, chances are you can ask to go there in the evening when there's nobody around to do a vocal or guitar recording. Otherwise, you can probably ask to use a theater stage or a closed pub, maybe in exchange for a few quids.
When you are there, all you need is a portable recording rig (inexpensive laptop + inexpensive two channels interface plus tracking headphones), your mic, a couple of mic stands and a duvet or two. Perhaps a reflection filter for the mic. You tackle bad room reflections by using the duvet, the reflection filter and your mic high pass filter. If you happen to be in an office space you may even find there's conference rooms with a degree of treatment, especially on the ceiling.
After having done it a few times, the entire setup can be rigged in ten/twenty minutes depending on how much time you want to use to find the sweet spot for the mic+duvet combination.
If Mohammed doesn't go to the mountain.. (or was it the other way around?)
This is actually great advice, thank you for taking the time out!