HOW TO START A HOME RECORDING STUDIO
Now more than ever before, it is easier to start your very own recording studio at home thanks to the evolution of technology such as audio mixing software, editing software and improved hardware. Even the simplest of amateur recording studios can have a good professional element to it, and you do not need to be overly proficient in sound engineering to do it.
However, it is not that easy. There a lot of elements that go into building a recording studio, whether it is professional or amateur. Hardware is the keyword here. You will need all sorts of cables, microphones, headsets and various other instruments. You can get all this with a budget of just $2,000, which may seem like a lot but in the world of music, it is next to nothing.
Below is a detailed list of some of the things that you will require to start your very own recording studio at home.
The most basic thing you will need is a microphone. Everyone starts off with a microphone. You will need a microphone that can produce high fidelity sound so that when the artist needs to sing very high notes, he/she won’t break the microphone or speakers.
There are a number of brands of electronics that make good quality microphones, though the more well-known brands will have you spend more money. $300 is a good price for a good microphone that allows you to record sounds in high quality. There are much better microphones that cost even three times as much as that. You can buy those if they fit your budget.
2. Audio Interfaces
An audio interface is hardware. It is something you will need in order to expand and to augment the kinds of sounds your computer will be able to produce once you start the sound recording and mixing and editing. An audio interface is necessary for proper professional recording. The good ones allow you to connect microphones as well as other electrical instruments and then transmit high quality sound to a computer. An audio interface also allows you to output a number of signals.
A good one would cost you between $200 and $300 or if you are so inclined, you could buy one for $1,200.
3. Audio Recording Software
There are tons of these all over the internet. A good idea is to buy one rather than looking for the open source applications. The advantage of audio recording software that you pay for is that is offers you a lot of very good options that other free types of software would not.
You should look for audio recording and editing software that the professionals use, as these will certainly give your studio that professional element. You can look to spend around $300 on said software, so long as it provides you with a plethora of sound recording, mixing and editing tools and options.
4. Speakers and Headphones
That word “quality” comes up again here. With speakers, it is not just about their size and how much bass that they produce as many people seem to think. You have to look for good modern speakers that produce the best possible sound. Think of good modern speakers that cost between $300 and $400.
As for headphones, do not go for poor quality, overly cheap ones, nor should you go for the very expensive (albeit very good quality) ones either. The point is that not everyone will have headphones that cost upwards of $1000. What you do have to remember is just about any song will sound good on headphones such as these. Where headphones are concerned, you should look to spend between $100 and $200, but ensure they are good professional quality—not just a bunch of headphones. They ought to have good bass and an ability to play really high sounds in good quality.
Of course, you will need microphone stands and adapters and other such accessories for your home recording studio. Do not look to spend too much on these. If you have money left from purchasing the above necessities, you can use that to buy accessories.
In the end, you probably won’t spend more than the $2,000 budget mentioned at the beginning. You may even spend less by a few dollars, or more by a few dollars depending on the items you choose. All in all, your home recording studio will be rearing to go with the above items. All you will need now are a few talented artists to record.