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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