When It comes to your personal work-space, your environment can really assist or hinder your creativity. You don't have to have a $70k console and an insulated room to get down to business. Work with what ever you have to it fullest and be sure its ergonomic and work friendly.
THINGS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN YOUR WORK-SPACE:
1. Documents, bills, school books, magazines etc. These are distractions. Even if you only have limited space you need to find a dedicated place to place all you administrative items.
2. Media, Movies, "Videos" etc. I'm refering to physical items and files on your computer. Don't have documents & videos etc. in your FL studio projects folder, or in your sample folder etc. Keep your music related things together and organized for maximum efficiency.
3. People. I don't mean artists you are working with, I mean people: non-essential personnel, period. If its not a collaborator you only invite people to hear your work in the form of a listening session. mixing social activity into your workflow is a great way to get NOTHING accomplished. You only have 24 hours in a day, your studio time is between you and the music.
4. Phone. Seriously, unless your children/family/mom are somewhere else and you need to keep a phone near-by in case of emergency, Ditch it. People that want to call you can wait. If this bothers you just check your phone when you take a break.
5. Other peoples Music This is self explanatory, unless you are listening to music researching or for you own pleasure - NO WAY- BAD IDEA
6. Alcohol + Drugs Everyone is different but I say work sober at all times. DO WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU - but I been in Grade-A studios with some big names and every one of 'em, even the "best of the best" I have even seen get side-tracked because of blunts and drank, its a waste of time - while on studio time unless you're a seasoned pro. Most of your favorite artists don't even drink or do drugs period, its simply a facade that's portrayed by many to bolster their image in most cases. Save this stuff for the club or when you aren't working.
7. UNUSED GEAR I can't stress this enough, that Sp-1200 or MPC 3000 may look cool on your desk but if you don't use it, take a picture then put it in a closet.
Hopefully these tips will help you get your work-space/studio more productive.
About Joey Cutless
Joey Cutless is a Music Producer, Composer & Engineer that has been a pioneer in online beat sales, TV licensing, and marketing of all things production related for over 15 years.