Commercial studios often charge per hour but by having your own equipment at home you can record whenever you want without additional fees added to the cost of the album. Even if you just plan on playing around by yourself, learning how to operate your equipment correctly will help produce your beats and make better music.
In this article, we will look at tips and things to consider to help you get started with setting up your first ever home recording studio.
Before going out and purchasing all the latest gadgets and gizmos for your home studio, it is important that you have a good idea of how much money you can afford to spend. In most cases, home studio recording setups will cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on how many instruments and tracks you want to record at the same time.
Will you be using your home studio primarily as a vocal booth? This is an important question, because if this is going to be the main purpose for which you are using your new recording setup then you should consider spending triple the amount of money on microphones and related equipment than if you were going to use it as a multi-purpose studio. The reason for this is that vocals require specific microphone types in order to perform correctly, whereas with other instruments such as guitars, keyboards, and drums it doesn’t really matter where the microphone is placed and how it is set up, as long as the sound quality is good.
The most important piece of equipment that you will need when setting up your home recording studio is a pair of studio monitors. If you don’t have studio speakers yet, this should be at the top of your list and you can learn more at Home Studio Expert on how to acquire and set up the latest speakers for your new home studio. Monitors are essential for mixing and mastering your music tracks in the correct way. They enable you to hear every aspect of the sounds coming from each individual track, which makes them extremely effective for spotting mistakes and problems with regards to frequencies and other aspects of your mixdowns.
Another piece of equipment needed for any home recording studio is headphones. Not only will you need to ensure that you have enough pairs for yourself, your bandmates, and any other people who may be using the studio at any one time, but you should also spend some money on a good set of ‘studio reference‘ headphones. There are types designed specifically for recording purposes as they offer flat frequency response and accurate sound reproduction, which is perfect for use when mastering tracks through an audio mixing program such as Pro Tools or Logic.
Choosing Your Recording Software
Depending on whether you want to record music or vocals (or both), there are several types of software that can help you get started with your home recording studio. Popular choices include Cubase, FL Studio, and GarageBand, although it is possible to get free packages such as Audacity and Audition which you can download from the internet.
The Recording Area
You don’t need any special equipment in order to record music at your home, but if you want to get the best out of your set up it is important that you consider noise levels and acoustics. Ideally, your studio should be in a dedicated room which does not have any windows, because direct sunlight can affect the quality of sound recordings and cause unwanted sounds such as dogs barking and traffic noises from seeping through onto recording tracks. An option is to place your studio in one room and create a lively area in another part of the house. This way, you will be able to wire up the studio so that it is completely isolated from other rooms.
Every home recording studio should be treated for acoustics because good insulation can help reduce unwanted noise and echo which can result in poor sound quality. You don’t need to spend lots of money on acoustic panels as these are not essential when first setting up your studio; instead, you should cover walls with thick quilted blankets or even duvets if necessary before placing acoustic foam or egg crate mats behind each speaker for optimum results.
Setting up any home recording studio is always going to be challenging, but you should never let that put you off. Recording your own music or vocals can be extremely rewarding and it’s also a great way of making new friends with other musicians, some of whom may go on to become successful recording artists in the future.
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