Setting up a small home studio is not hard to do, but you should prepare to spend reasonable amount of money to do so. When you have your own home studio set up you will be able to save some portion of money in the long run. This is because you will not have to spend money on studio hours charged by external studios. You have all the time to do your music projects without looking on the watch. So today I want to share some vital information on how you can set up your own musical studio at home.
Here is a list of all the possible things you might need to setup a reasonable home music studio.
- You need a reliable PC (computer). Your computer must perform at high standard to keep up with the number of activities that will be taking place. Your computer should have good memory (2 gigabytes of RAM is good), large hard drive (80 gigs or more), recording device (CD/DVD burners) and a good processor (2GHz or more).
- You will need an Audio interface (Sound Card). The one I use is the M-Audio Delta 1010LT 24-Bit 96kHz PCI Card. I bought it at zzounds.com and it is works well but there are other options that you can choose from. The quality of sound in your home studio should be good, remember, you are competing with major studios on the market (Check zzound.com).
- You need a good microphone. The options for music studios are condenser microphones. Condenser Microphones are of great quality and are even great for recording acoustic instruments. There are some cheap condenser microphones on the market; you can find them at zzounds.com. The microphone that I am using is the Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone, it works well.
- You need a mixer board. The mixer board that I use is the BEHRINGER EURORACK UB2442FX-PRO but you can check out Mackie and Yamaha for good mixer boards, plus there are lots of digital mixer board on the market.
- You will also need studio monitor speakers. The good thing about the market is that there are power monitor speakers available and so you don’t have to buy amplifiers. I use the KRK RP6G2 Rokit G2 Powered 2-Way Active Monitors and again you can get it at zzound.com.
- You will need music recording software. This very important. There are lot of multi-track recording softwares available but I have found Protools, Nuendo and Cakewalk Sonar to be the best. This because there are a lot of plug-ins available on the internet for these software and they also worked well with my M-Audio PCI sound card.
- Extra accessories – You will need headphones, midi cables, microphone cables and other cables for guitar and synthesizers. All these accessories are available at zzounds.com. You might be wondering why am I promoting zzounds.com so much, but not only am I an affiliate but have several successful purchases on this internet music store and the prices are great.
- All home studios should have a synthesizer or a keyboard with good quality sounds. But you should also prepare to make a sound proof area for recording voices. I use dry wall and sponge to create a small sound proof area in my home.
As I said before that you will be spending a reasonable amount of money to setup a good home studio. However, if you are planning to stay a long time in the music industry them you need to invest in all the things mention earlier. You will also save a lot of money in the long run and will be making money from different projects that will become available to you.
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