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If you work in a home studio — and most of us do — you don't always have perfect conditions. Most of our homes weren't built with sound-proofing in mind, so room noise will always be a factor. Fortunately, dampening those unwanted ambient sounds can be really simple. A corner baffle is easy to rig up, and you probably already have the necessary materials around the house.

Build a basic corner baffle

  • Set up two boom microphone stands with the arms parallel to the floor, at 90 degrees in a corner.
  • Hang padded blankets over the arms and attach them with some alligator clips.
  • Set up your microphone and pop-filter inside the baffled corner.

Easy, right? That simple baffle will go a long way to dampening environmental sounds and cutting the background noise in your track.