Sometimes the look of your studio can give you the motivation to be more productive. Not only by the ergonomics but the overall aesthetic of your studio can be a factor. This article will show what equipment and furniture to buy to give your bedroom studio a vintage look.
To get that vintage studio aesthetic, you’re going to need to buy vintage-looking equipment. If you have money to spend, you can buy real vintage equipment, furniture not only for your studio but for your room as well. Let’s make your whole bedroom looking like a blast from the past
Let’s start by picking out the right furniture for the look you want. If you already have existing furniture that’s good, you can repaint that furniture to look vintage. If you are moving into a new house or apartment and starting from scratch, that’s even better!
WALLS AND CEILING
To have a classic vintage look, let’s start from painting the walls and ceiling. You’re going to have to decide on your color scheme and palette. What era are we talking about? The ’50s had attractive colors like:
- Holiday Turquoise
- Radiant Lilac
- Sunbeam yellow
- Pearl Grey
You can choose one or a combination of these colors to paint your bedroom walls and ceiling.
Now that you have painted your walls the color you want let’s go on and choose your desk. Like I said before if you already have an existing desk you can paint it with like an old wood color. To maintain a good look, you should brush your bed the same color as your desk and side table if you have one.
If you’re going to buy a new desk, you can try these items:
DYH VINTAGE COMPUTER DESK
This Expresso-colored vintage desk looks nice for a vintage studio desk. It has an open concept design that feels like a breeze to look at. The color brings out a vintage vibe, and the construction looks very sturdy. (Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 47.2 x 23.6 inches)
TRIBESIGNS VINTAGE L-SHAPED DESK
This desk’s style meets its function. If you have a larger space, I would suggest this desk because you could fit a lot more equipment. The Oak Brown color and open construction feel refreshing to look at, and it truly gives out a vintage vibe.
(Product Dimensions: 66.14 on the long side x 49.21 depth x 29 inches in height)
Whatever color you painted the desk or the color of the table you bought should match your bed. If your studio is in a separate room, never mind this part of the article. Although I did explicitly write this for a bedroom music studio, you can still find it useful for a separate room studio.
Here is a true vintage bed to give you an idea:
HOOKER FURNITURE TRUE VINTAGE QUEEN BED
I do not recommend you spend all your money on this bed. This product is merely an example of what a vintage bed looks like. if you have that kind of money, spend it on gear instead. These are just bonus information for the real vintage look.
Anyway, let’s move on.
For a vintage chair, look here is an interesting choice:
AMAZONBASICS HIGH BACK EXECUTIVE OFFICE CHAIR
This chair seems very old. It has a brown with a pewter finish that looks stunning. It has a vintage look but has the advanced functions of an ergonomic office chair.
The back and seat of the chair are padded for all-day support and comfort. The chair features pneumatic seat-height adjustment and 360-degree swivel for effortless work movement.
The room style and furniture are the least you should worry about the next part of the article will focus on what gear you should buy for the studio. Buying the equipment is where you should spend your money on the most.
VINTAGE STYLE GEAR
Finally, we’re down to the essential part of your vintage-style bedroom studio. THE GEAR. We will not only look at how the equipment looks, but also how it sounds.
For your computer, there is not much that you can do to make it look vintage. You can’t use a real vintage computer because it will not function as you want it to, so let’s leave that be.
Although there are VST plugins you can install that have vintage sounds and looks:
- XILS-LAB POLY KB – Emulates the vintage RSF PolyKobol
- ARTURIA JUPITER-8V- The recreation of the classic Roland Jupiter 8
- ARTURIA MINIMOOG V- The re-animation of the classic Minimoog
For your audio interface, we have the perfect suggestion:
UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN MKII DUO
This analog audio interface has the functions of high-tech audio but the heart of the vintage. Professional producers long for this beast.
It has Real-time UAD processing, vintage compressor, EQs, tape machines, powerful mic preamps, and guitar amp plugins with near-zero latency.
This thing sounds and looks good — the right vintage choice.
We will show you a couple of mics to choose from, and both are perfectly good mics.
Since there is a lot of vintage-style modern-sounding microphones in the market right now, having one is an effective way of getting a vintage aesthetic for your home music studio.
JZ MICROPHONES VINTAGE SERIES V67
This handcrafter large diaphragm microphone cardioid condenser looks astonishing. One look at this microphone will have you going, “SO VINTAGE”!
It may look good, but it sounds even better. And it also has a secure to position swivel mount.
SHURE 55SH SERIES II DYNAMIC MICROPHONE
This mic is much cheaper than the first one. It also has a classic style, but it has modern technology. The response of this mic is remarkable and tailored for speech, vocals, and instrumental music.
This microphone is also known as “The Elvis Mic.”
For choosing guitar amplifiers, Vintage amps are hard to find because most guitar legends have these amps in their possession. Fortunately, there are vintage-looking amps from modern companies. Some even emulate some of the classic Marshall and Fender amps.
MARSHALL SV20C STUDIO VINTAGE 20-WATT COMBO
We all know that Marshall makes some of the best sounding vintage tube amplifiers. Legends like Jimmy Paige use this up until now. This amp is a solid choice and sounds good.
The SV20C is a perfect amp for your vintage style bedroom music studio. These are not real vintage amps, but reissues of their early releases.
FENDER VINTAGE MODIFIED 68 VIBROLUX REVERB TUBE AMPLIFIER
Fender is another company that makes the best amplifiers. This reissue of the classic Fender amp from 1968 will look perfect for your studio. This amp features reverb and tremolo in both clean and overdrive channels.
VOX PATHFINDER COMBO
A good-looking VOX amplifier. I included this because of the low price, and it looks like the VOX AC30 that legendary Queen guitarist Brian May uses. It looks and sounds perfect for your studio.
There are so many more vintage-looking amps at a lower price, go to a Guitar Center, and you might even find the real thing.
For guitars, I’m just going to mention the most Iconic guitars out there. The FENDER STRATOCASTER, and the GIBSON LES PAUL. (Note: there are more models)
Buying these guitar models that are authentic vintage is going to cost you about $3,500- $10,000. Some reissues will cost about $1,500 to $2,000.
But if you want the look and not the real thing, you can go for the modern ones or used ones of the same model. You can learn how to relic the guitar to make it look ancient, but that is entirely up to you.
The vintage synthesizers are the massive modular synthesizers like the Moog or MINIMOOG. But these modular synths will take up the space of your whole bedroom.
Most analog synths can emulate the vintage synth and keyboard sounds. Here are some of them.
MOOG SUBSEQUENT 37 ANALOG SYNTHESIZER
This MOOG has all the controls and features of the sub 37 tribute synthesizer. It is much smaller than the original, of course. The modern elements put in this classic-looking synthesizer makes it sound even better.
The Korg Microkorg is the ultimate modern mini synth. Most producers have and use this synth. It has a wide variety of synth sounds and hundreds of presets, both vintage and contemporary.
The frame of the Microkorg looks fantastic; the wood-like color scheme of the original will fit perfectly with your other vintage equipment.
These are most of the stuff you can get to achieve the vintage aesthetic you desire.
PAWNSHOPS and THRIFT STORES
Other people’s trash is someone else’s treasure, some might say. If you look around in pawn shops and thrift stores, you might be able to score vintage items perfect for your studio.
You might find an old record player with classic records, and it will add more “Vintage” to your studio vibe.
YOUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS
Your parents or grandparent might have something from their time you can add to your studio. Having genuine vintage items can add more authenticity to your vintage style music studio.
Do whatever that makes you feel happy when it comes to designing your studio. Your gear can be new and look vintage, or the other way around. Everything is all up to you, but do not forget that it is all about the music. I hope this article helped and inspired you.
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