Before setting up your home recording studio ask yourself two questions:
1. Do I need a professional studio or a beginner’s one?
2. How much (money) is too much and when cheap is too cheap?
If indecisive, opt for the middle ground. Why? If you are a fresher just starting out with the home recording you can accomplish miracles in such a studio without further investments. If you are a professional it is a perfect premise to build upon later as your demands grow.
Now, what are the MUST TO HAVE items on your buying list? Sure, you can always choose to wait for those major holidays, festivals and your birthday to have at least the half of these studio items bought for you. If so, shortlist openhanded relatives.
However, this list provides you with everything you need to set up your home recording studio from a scratch.
1. The brain of your studio- Computer
2. The heart- Audio interface and DAW
3. The muscles-XLR cables
4. The eyes-Studio Monitors
5. The ears- Ear training software, headphones, and Mics
6. The other “don’t forget to buy” items
It will be the biggest outgo. Don’t be too frugal when buying one. It is the investment that pays off in a long run. Every other studio item simply doesn’t exist without this behind the operation brain. If you are a professional purchase the fastest one you can afford. If not, it’s highly recommended to use the one you already have in store. Choose the desktop if possible and if you don’t need to record on the go. Unlike laptops, they are faster, more durable, free from fans noise and provide more recording storage. Best recommendations:
CPU: Best: 3+ GHz quad-core
RAM :Best: 16+ GB
Hard drive :Best: 500+ GB solid-state drive
Anything less is for beginners.
AUDIO INTERFACE AND DAW
May sound complicated but DAW is a simple routing box items utilized for recording, mixing and editing music on your computer. The audio interface is a link between your computer and the rest of the studio equipment.Buy them as a combo not separately.
At least three of these cables are essential for setting up your studio. One for the microphone and two for the monitors. Nevertheless, always buy extra ones. Be sure that audio interface output has precisely these connectors.
Mixing was traditionally performed by speakers. Unlike traditional speakers with multiple tonal improvements apps, studio monitors provide a more neutral sound ultimate when it comes to opting for the best mix.
EAR TRAINING SOFTWARE
Headphones- For good sound quality and isolation choose the open back headphones.
Microphones- Consider large diaphragm condenser vocal microphones for recording vocals and the small diaphragm condenser mics for high-frequency instruments like guitar, piano, cymbals etc.
MIC STANDS AND POP FILTERS
All the above-mentioned equipment is in vain if you don’t have these must-have items for recording vocals. Broadcast quality ones!
Remember! Don’t buy too many things in too short a time. Choose your day off to start the shopping tour.