Thanks to the development of digital recording technology, many people have the opportunity to share their creativity in ways that were impossible to imagine only a couple of decades ago.
Fast-forward to today and you’ll see an enormous number of artists you do their recordings in home studios, achieving major successes around the globe. This liberation has helped many voices to be heard and made the music industry a lot more democratic in the sense that we don’t have to rely on big studios serving us music they think is worth our while.
And while the concept of home studios has become available to many of us, there are other problems that arise from that freedom. One of them being the question of how to set up your home studio the right way.
We want to try to make this topic as clear as possible and direct everyone who’s interested in building his or her own home studio.
Location, location, location
The term home studio suggests from the start that you have to do it… well… at home. However, if you have a suitable room for a studio (a garage or a basement) then you could consider placing your studio there instead of your room.
One of the basic parts of a recording studio is the recording booth. It is very important to insulate this part as best as possible as you will be doing your recording in there. If you don’t have the room for building a separate area for this, there are many transportable recording booths that can do the trick in smaller spaces.
Computer and soundcard
In home recording a computer is essential. Since the recording is done digitally, without a computer that can support the necessary software and hardware plug into it, there’s no recording studio. External soundcards can be very useful as they come cheap and don’t require a lot of wiring.
Monitors and headphones
In order for you to hear what you’re doing, you have to get good monitors. Sure, regular speakers could do the trick, but think of the monitors as microscopes that can help you identify spots in your audio that need to be worked on. A couple of headphones are also important for the person sitting behind the desk as well as the person doing the recording.
For starters, get a good vocal microphone. A condenser mic with a big diaphragm will do the trick for most home studios. As you progress in recording, you will get different microphones for different situations.
Recording software is available in all forms and sizes. If you don’t have the money for the professional programs like Cubase or Audition, there are many free alternatives out there that can get you going in no time.
Cables, adapters, microphone stands, etc. Along your journey in creating a home studio, there will be many tiny parts that can amount to high costs. Keep this in mind when creating your budget.