Building a Recording Studio in Under $1500: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my DIY studio makeover! If you haven't read Part 1 yet, you can do so here.

Since this post is quite long, I've organized everything into two sections:

1. Tools

A list of every tool you'll need for the entire project. 

2. Materials

A. Paint your studio

B. Build acoustic panels

C. Build bass traps

D. Build a custom desk

E. Build a custom studio rack

*All prices marked in USD

Warning: This post is not for the faint of heart. It's a huge post for a huge project. So, brace yourselves and let's go!

1. Tools

*Fun Fact: This list is a result of me going back and forth to Home Depot 100 times a week for a month. Enjoy not having to do that. :) 

1. A. Strong/fast drill gun - $149

  • Don't get the cheap stuff, please! The ease of your project depends greatly on your tools. Remember, you're a musician first, you'll want to save your precious hands. Better quality drills have more torque and more torque means less strain on your hands. I bought this one because you get 20V, two drills, a carrying case and two batteries for the price of just a single drill.

DeWalt 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Kit for $179

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B. Impact driver (optional, but helpful)

  • The only reason I had both an impact driver AND a drill gun is because the set was the same price as one drill (Amazon, baby). I later realized that by having both, I was able to speed up my workflow by at least 2x! 

2. Rockwell Bladerunner Tabletop Saw - $89

  • Truthfully, any saw will work but this one saved me a lot of time, money and it felt the safest. I started off with a regular jigsaw, and quickly returned it. Not being able to grip what you're cutting with both hands makes for very sloppy and dangerous work. You'll want a table mounted solution. Since most table saws run anywhere between $400-1000, I was amazed to find the Bladerunner for only $89 and it cuts through wood, metal, ceramic tile, aluminum and plastic to boot! For a DIYer, you'll love having this around for other projects as well.

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw for $89

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Building a Recording Studio in Under $1500: Part 1

Building a Recording Studio in Under $1500: Part 1

This past summer, I took it upon myself to embark on one of the biggest DIY projects I've ever done and while it was extremely rewarding in the end (resulting in my ultimate dream studio), I underestimated the amount of time, work, and tools that were required for the job. And, having done it all without any help, I now know the value in asking a friend for a hand. 

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