Fed up of dealing with recording studio companies? Why not set up your own DIY Home Music Production Studio?
Rather than searching on Google for a ‘recording studio near me’ you could set up your own recording studio. A lot of people think that this is going to cost a fortune. However, all you need to do is start out with the basic items and then you can always upgrade your studio as time goes on and your budget allows it. With that being said, below, we are going to take a look at what you need in order to set up your own DIY home music production studio.
The first item that you are going to need to purchase is a computer. This is definitely going to be the most expensive purchase when you are starting a studio from scratch. Nevertheless, there is a chance that you will already have a good computer. If not, you really do need to try and get the fastest computer that you can afford. A MacBook Pro is definitely one of the most popular choices for musicians today.
Most of your time is going to be spent recording on your own when you first start out. This is why you are only going to need one pair of headphones to start with. For studio purposes, there are two very specific designs that are deemed standard. The first is open-back headphones for mixing, which provide optimal sound quality, yet it does come at the expense of lesser isolation. You then have closed-back headphones for tracking, which are essentially the opposite, providing optimal isolation at the cost of lower sound quality.
In the future, you will get to the point whereby you are dealing with many different types of cables. However, right now, there are only three cables you are going to need. You will need two short XLR cables for your monitors, as well as one long XLR cable for your mic.
You are also going to need a microphone. In the end, you will probably find that you end up collecting a number of different microphones, with each serving a different purpose. In the beginning, though, you are only really going to need one or two microphones to get started. There are some good classic vocal mics for sale, including the AKG D112, Shure SM57, AKG P170, and Rode NT1A.
A DAW/Audio Interface Combo
This is another purchase you are going to need to make. DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. This is basically the software that is utilised for recording, editing, and mixing music on your computer. The hardware part is the Audio Interface. This is the hardware that is utilised for connecting your computer with the other gear you are using. You can buy these items as a package deal or you can buy them separately. We recommend the former for your first studio because it will cost less. Moreover, you will get guaranteed tech support and compatibility.
Aside from all of the pieces of equipment that have already been discussed, you are also going to need studio monitors. Although a lot of people using their home studio will use open-back headphones for the majority of their mixing, mixing has been done on speakers traditionally. These are also known as nearfield monitors or studio monitors. They are designed with a number of tonal enhancements when you contrast them with consumer speakers. There is a much flatter frequency response with studio monitors, which offers a more uncoloured and neutral sound so your mix can be judged objectively. While there are some expensive options on the market, there are also some affordable ones too, so do keep this in mind.
A mic stand
Last but not least, you are going to need a mic stand. A lot of beginners think that all mic stands are going to be the same. However, a solid and quality mic stand is probably one of the best investments you are going to be able to make for your home studio. Nevertheless, when you do start shopping, you may be alarmed by the prices. Go for something cheap yet reliable in the beginning. Read reviews that have been left by others to aid you.
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So there you have it: everything that you need in order to set-up your own DIY home music production studio. With all of the items that have been mentioned above, you will have everything that you need to get started. Good luck!