26 Sep Recording from Paradise islands. The truth behind the dream
Living in a tropical paradise, waking up every morning on an island surrounded by rice fields and cinematic sunset beaches. Walking around in flip-flops and swimsuits, sipping coconuts, and zipping around on a scooter. Yes, the dream can be as real as you want it to be, if you’re willing to dare. It’s the most sought-after refuge in this new era, and for all the right reasons. Being there, on a tropical island, is like inhabiting a parallel planet, a place to gaze from afar at any global crisis.
But what lies beyond the paradise when you’re traveling and still need to record, audition, update your demos, and find the perfect spot to set up your Home Studio?
Here are 5 clear, concise, and real points that I experienced every day firsthand:
- If you thought your neighbors and their everyday noises were your worst nightmare when you wanted to record from your city apartment studio, I have news for you. In paradise islands, you might not have human neighbors, but your animal neighbors can turn your recording sessions into an episode of Mr. Bean if you don’t know their timing. Dogs, roosters, birds, crickets… The countryside is the most peaceful place, they said … silence would be soothing, they said… not when you have to record, folks.
- Don’t rent a house by the sea. Of course, if you have a Studiobricks or similar soundproof booth, go for it, no doubts. But if that’s not the case and you’re traveling, you’ll want to dive into the waves in less than two days. A German voiceover colleague made this mistake on an island in Thailand, and it became his worst nightmare. He had never missed Berlin so much in his life.
- Nighttime will be your best ally for recording. In my case, I split it between the mornings (not too early, as there are more animals celebrating the dawn). Your Noise Gate can handle the crickets of the night, but not the morning birds (remember that).
- The acoustics of vaulted wooden ceilings will surprise you. I never thought I could be in a room with less echo until I arrived at these traditional wooden huts.
- Choose your accommodations very carefully, avoid areas with many roosters, hens, and dogs. In other words, avoid areas with active local life. Living in the middle of the jungle isn’t the most convenient either. The best advise I can give is to visit the accommodations yourself and test the acoustics of the place. Even if people give you strange looks (yes, I know what I’m talking about).
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