Setting up a home recording studio does not require a lot of equipment. All you need is some good research about what exactly you would need. To save your time, this article will guide you through the step from setting up to recording music. Therefore, let’s start:
First, be sure if you want to set up a studio. Are you really into music recording or got fascinated by someone’s studio? To spend money on a lavish studio for a temporary hobby can dig a hole in your pocket. Start with a basic and a simple studio. Spending money on expensive studios to book is not an ideal option. Anyway, most of the best songs are written in bedrooms. Then why not record them at your comfort place as well.
With the blessing of modern technology, capturing the authenticity and creativity of the music is a miracle. Here is a list of types of home recording studio equipment, favorable to create a fully functional studio in your apartment:
In the battle of a desktop or laptop, I’d suggest you pick a desktop with decent storage. The PC should be fast, durable, and capable of processing the music you’re recording. If you are not comfortable with sitting in one place for too long, buy a laptop with a higher range.
To Buy: MacBook
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
DAW is a software program used for composing, recording, mixing, and editing audio. There are a number of DAWs available in the market with their own strength and weakness. It helps to mix multiple sounds and deliver them with utmost perfection. Some examples of DAW are Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton.
To Buy: Pro Tools to mix track and mix audio.
Logic: for people who like to experiment with their music by adding new sounds. It has an option of “virtual instruments” for more options and experiments. Logic Pro X has a user-friendly interface, consisting of 2800 instrument and effect patches. These pre-installed features will be a great help in-home recording studio equipment.
You can entirely use the virtual sounds present in the box. Or if you want to record live music, you will need an audio interface. You can buy them together or separately. Completely your call. But one thing that must be kept in mind is that it is cheaper to buy them as a combo. It offers guaranteed compatibility and tech support.
The companies offering the best combos are Presonus, Avid, and Steinberg.
Some popular audio interfaces:
- PreSonus Audiobox USB
- iOne PreSonus Audiobox
- PreSonus Audiobox iTwo
- PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL
Midi keyboard is an integral part of setting up a home studio.
You will eventually amass a collection of different types of microphones. Each with a unique purpose. Initially start with just one or microphones. And depending on the instrument you want to record, choose your microphone.
If you only wish to record just vocals, buy a classic large diaphragm condenser vocal mic. Rode NT1A.
For “high-frequency rich” instruments like piano, acoustic guitar, or cymbals, you can get your hands on AKG P170.
The best mic to get for drums and percussion is Shure SM57.
Beginning days will be mostly spent on the recording by yourself. So buy one, but good pair of headphones. Especially as a home recording studio equipment, the two most preferred designs are:
- Closed-back headphones for tracking
- Open-back headphones for mixing.
For your forest studio, get yourself a closed-back headphone.
To buy: Sennheiser HD280
Sony MDR 7506
Mixing is done mostly on the speakers. Other than the consumer speakers, studio monitors have a much flatter frequency response. Studio monitors give a much more neutral sound for better judgment of your music. You don’t have to indulge in a pricey one, get your hands on something affordable home recording studio equipment.
To buy: KRK Rokit 5 G3
Start with three wires, later on, you can get more if you need to.
- One long wire for your mic
- 2 short ones for your monitors
To Buy: Mogami Silver XLR 25ft
Mogami Silver XLR 6ft
But before deciding which one to buy, check the stereo output of your audio interface that has XLR connectors. If they come with TRS connectors, buy Mogami TRS/XLRM 6ft.
You may have noticed in the movies, a mesh kind of thing used by singers. A singer records his vocal into that net thing with headphones on. Those are called pop filters. The reason to use pop filters is to cut out the unpleasant vocal artifact called popping.
This is not an absolute buy for your studio. But in case you wish to have a pop filter to look cool or feel the need, get one.
To Buy: Stedman Proscreen XL
Ear Training Software:
Many people will consider this a luxury for an affordable studio. But trust me the reason I have put it on the list due to its effectiveness in output. Hearing something from bare ears is different. You need a music engineer’s ears.
Henceforth as a musician, you focus on vocals, notes, chords but as a sound engineer, we need to recognize bands of frequencies. So if you start training your ears from the beginning, imagine how far you can go with home recording studio equipment!