Recording at home can be a great deal of fun. It can also help launch an incredible career in the music industry. Thanks to modern technology, it’s possible for anyone to have their own home studio, but most of us wouldn’t know where to start building this amazing set up. So, let’s talk about the 15 best products everyone should have to establish their own solid home studio.
Whether you’re an aspiring musician or a budding voice actor with a growing list of clients, having a great home studio can be very helpful in getting your career off the ground. A well-designed home studio can provide sound quality that’s almost as good as a professional studio with no need to rent studio time with money you may not have on hand right now.
Of course, setting up a home studio isn’t as easy as snapping your fingers. There’s a lot of work that goes into setup and the first step is to pick the right room.
Whether you’re recording a podcast or trying to make the next great pop song in your home studio, there are many things you can do to make these recordings sound amazing. Thanks to the many great advances in sound recording technology, you can expertly set up a home recording studio to rival professionals.
Everything such as: studio monitors, condenser mics, digital audio workstations, recording software, acoustic treatments for acoustic guitars, and so much more is available to transform your room into a professional studio.
You may think that after investing plenty of money and time building your very own home recording studio, the equipment will now just take care of itself. Unfortunately, this is simply not true as you’ll now need to take the steps necessary to protect your expensive home studio equipment in order for it to last a lifetime.
Not taking these steps will often result in your audio and recording equipment–such as your headphones, multi-track recorders, and digital audio workstation becoming damaged or perhaps even stolen. This article will provide you with 13 sure-fire ways to protect your studio equipment that will allow you to enjoy your home studio for many years or perhaps even a lifetime.
A common question novice musicians and recording artists may have involves understanding mono vs stereo when it comes to recording. There are so many terms and factors to understand (EQs, compression, tracks, condenser, busses, etc.) that the most basic things can easily be overlooked.
Whether it’s better to record in mono or stereo comes down to numerous factors. The type of instrument, the number of microphones normally used, and the final aim (goal) for any particular track are all considerations that need to be made.
Once you’ve recorded all the tracks and you’re ready to get ‘mixing’ (putting in the effects, balancing the levels, and even determining positioning (pan) for each track), it’s time to do the job right. A lot of people have questions about whether it’s best to mix using headphones or monitors.
Setting up your studio just right is key to capturing high-quality audio. Just because you’re working from a home studio doesn’t mean you don’t want professional sounding results. One of the most important things you’ll put into your studio are acoustic panels. But what kind should you use?
There really is no straightforward answer to this question. When it comes to movable versus fixed acoustic panels, there’s a lot to consider. Let’s take a look at some of the many applications of acoustic panels to help you decide.
You’ve bought studio monitors, the digital audio workstation, audio interfaces, bass traps, condenser microphones, multi-track recording equipment, and other pro tools, as well as paid to get the room’s acoustics perfect. The final pieces in the recording studio jigsaw are high-quality surround speakers. However, shelling out all that money for your speakers means nothing when they haven’t been set up properly. You can’t just put them where you want to and hope for the best.
We’ve discussed the basics you’ll need to start your home recording studio. Outside of the equipment and even the acoustic treatments for your room, you don’t want to forget about the furniture and overall vibe. This can make or break your body and mood. You want to be comfortable while working on projects in your studio.
It’s no secret that you will end up sitting for long periods of time, especially while you are mixing and editing what you’ve recorded. The band may even need a spot to rest their bums and feet while waiting. You want seriously comfy furniture, so you don’t end up feeling too restless, and you don’t want to torture your muscles and bones in the process.
Asking how much it costs to build a home studio seems like a simple question to ask. Unfortunately, it’s not a simple question to answer. There are so many things you have to consider before putting a certain price tag on building a home studio, from the hardware to acoustic treatments.
Many find that the best practice is to purchase what they can afford at the time, even with a lower budget, and expand as they go. However you go about it, the quality of your equipment should still be a priority. This is a quality over quantity argument. It’s better to have fewer high-quality items than a room full of low-quality equipment that produces low-quality sound.
First, let’s discuss the cost of the main hardware and equipment needed and then the price of acoustic treatment so you can get a ballpark idea of the cost of creating a home recording studio.