Owning a home studio has become valued by lots of musicians in recent times. Setting up one can be a pleasurable experience, especially if you know what you need, what to do and where to get cost-effective items you will need to get started. If you’re looking to build a home recording studio, these are some equipment to get started:
Computer: A decent computer is important when setting up a home studio. That means you’ll consider a system with a good processor, RAM, and large storage capacity.
Microphones: A microphone is an essential tool for recording vocals and instruments. There are many microphones such as condenser, dynamic, and ribbon microphones. Your choice of microphone will depend on your space and what you intend to do. That said, a condenser microphone is versatile i.e. it can be used for voice and instruments. Some popular microphones include Shure SM58, Shure SM57, Shure SM7B, AKG C414, Sennheiser, and Rode NT1.
Audio Interface: An audio interface is a device that connects your computer to your studio monitors, microphones, and other audio equipment. It converts analogue signals to digital signals and vice versa. Some popular audio interfaces include Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Universal Audio Apollo Twin, and PreSonus AudioBox. Again, you can choose based on your budget.
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): A DAW software application allows you to record, edit, and mix audio. Amongst the options available are Studio One, Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro X. Your choice will depend on your budget and work requirements.
Studio Monitors: Studio monitors are speakers designed for accurate sound reproduction. They are designed such that you can hear the tiniest detail that a headphone cannot pick up while mixing and mastering your music. Some popular studio monitors include M-audio Bluetooth 3.5 reference monitors, Presonus Eris 3.5 near-field studio monitors, Yamaha HS8, KRK Rokit 5, and JBL 305P MkII.
Headphones: Headphones are essential for monitoring your recordings and mixing your music. You can consider Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, ATH-M30X, AKG K240, Behringer DH100, and Sennheiser HD 650.
MIDI Keyboard: A MIDI keyboard is a musical instrument that allows you to play and record virtual instruments in your DAW. Some popular MIDI keyboards include M-Audio Keystation, Akai MPK Mini, and Novation Launchkey.
Cables: You will need various cables to connect your audio equipment to your computer and audio interface. Cable options include XLR, TRS, and USB.
Acoustic Treatment: You cannot over-emphasize the role of acoustic treatment in creating good sound. Top on the list of acoustic treatments are acoustic panels, bass traps and diffusers to control the sound reflections in your room.
It is advisable to keep it simple at the initial stage. Start with the basic items and gradually expand as your recording needs increase.