Building a home recording studio sounds exciting to many of us. The only downside to this is that it takes a lot of time, proper research, and preparation to build one. If you are aiming for improving your ability to produce quality sounds in your home, then you have probably wondered what kind of equipment is necessary.
You are perhaps already thinking about the equipment’s cost and the endless options online.
Fortunately for you, we have gathered a list of the 4 basic items you will need to set up your home studio.
Invest in a good computer
The first (and most important) thing you will need is a well-functioning computer. All recording studios are now almost digital, which is why you’ll need a super-fast computer. The options are endless, so we advise you to pick the latest models for the speed you will need.
DAW (digital audio workstation)
To record and edit your music, you will need this program. The industry standard Pro Tools excels at editing and recording audio, but there are plenty of other brands and choices. Make sure you know and learn all about the available software thoroughly before you buy one.
Studio monitors will allow you to learn how to mix a lot easier. Unlike other speakers that color the sound, these speakers have a flat response, which shows you the sound the way it is. These non-accentuated sounds help sound engineers adjust what they hear, with all the flaws according to their liking. You can also set monitor stands or pads for them.
To turn analogy sounds into digital ones, you’ll need an audio interface that provides all the connections to send your music. You will ideally need digital conversion, mic preamps, monitor management, DI boxes, and amplifiers.
Amplifiers tend to cost a lot of money, which is why Bluetooth amplifiers are recommended. Some of the best Bluetooth amplifiers can bring you great quality if chosen well. This option would be perfect for every budget.
Make sure you have the perfect room for it all
Remember that even if you have the best equipment out there, choosing the wrong room might mean your mixes will never improve.
Make sure you consider the following:
Room size and dimensions
For acoustic enthusiasts, your rooms should not be too small. Give yourself some space, and avoid rooms that are exact squares.
The surfaces within the room
Wooden floors are the most desirable for home studios. Avoid concrete basements and large windows and mirrors.
Noise level within the room
The room should be situated in a quiet place, where you cannot hear passing traffic or any sounds.
The ceiling height
Your ideal ceiling height shouldn’t be too low, since low ceilings will destroy your recordings and mixing.
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There is plenty of equipment out there for home studios, but you can always start setting up with these basics. Your gear and room choice can turn your space into a professional home studio! Just set your plan and choose the equipment you need wisely to start making tracks as soon as possible.