If you are one of those people for whom music is life, you should be aware that building your own home recording studio has never been more economical or easier. There are of course a few items that all home recording studios should have, and it is not just a microphone wired into your computer! However, with a little ingenuity and help from these tips, you can turn a corner of your home into a super-impressive personal workstation.
1. Keep the Design Simple
Any interest that you are pursuing needs a cautious approach. Jumping in feet first is thrilling and can be exciting, but it can also cause you to feel like you are way in over your head and quit on projects early. It’s better to build a simple studio than to be deluged with options that can quickly overwhelm you. If a home recording studio is a hobby that you eventually stop participating in, that is like throwing the money and time you have invested in it away.
2. Do Not Always Go For the Cheapest Option
While sometimes it is true, the generic form of something is just as good or better than the fancy name-brand version, that is not always the case. While it is possible to set up a home recording studio for just a few hundred dollars, the sound that it is capable of producing will be of low quality and not worth much to your listeners. If you are serious about pursuing this hobby, it is better to read reviews and choose items based on what others have to say about them. If you find something that works for you, think about helping others in a similar fashion and leave a review!
3. You Will Need a Good Computer
The majority of music being produced these days has a digital element, making the best computer you can afford necessary. Many people have a computer today, and it is likely fast enough to get you started. If you are looking for an upgrade though, there are several things you should be on the lookout for. A Top of the line CPU will act fast enough to create the sound you want, and a lot of RAM will be able to store it and play it well.
4. Get A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
These little box-like contraptions hook into your computer to mix, edit and record audio. It is generally paired with an audio interface to connect it to your computer, and the reason these are so useful together is because one does not work without relying on the other. If you can purchase them as a combo, that is even better. It can offer you the same support lines for both.
5. Start Growing Your Collection of Microphones
While in time you may amass quite a collection of different microphones, each suited to a different purpose, if you are just starting out you probably will need at most two. If you are mainly recording vocals, it is recommended that you start with a ‘large diaphragm’ microphone. These are also called the classic shape. The microphone that you will be using depends largely on the instrument you are recording.
6. Other Things to Consider
If you are building a personal recording studio in your home, there are some things to consider that you can’t really help. You can add insulation and noise cancelling fiber to your walls to block the sound from leaking out, but you can’t really improve the acoustics of the home that you have. In addition to the noise concerns, many people have to deal with space constraints. Even if it is shoved in a walk-in closet, you can still create some great tunes from your home recording studio.
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