People often think that building a home recording studio is a near impossible endeavour, which consists of purchasing expensive equipment and an altogether tedious task, requiring months of research and preparation. However, that doesn’t need to be the case and getting started is easier than you may think! All you really need is a few basic essentials, to become the musical master. Luckily, we’ve listed down what these essentials are below.
1. A Computer
A good computer is probably the biggest, most important piece of equipment to invest in when starting from scratch. Choosing between Mac and Windows operating system or between a laptop and a desktop is a question of personal preference. It also greatly depends on what you’re after with regard to performance.
It’s suggested that you invest in a minimum of 8GB of RAM. However, if you plan to make your music primarily using software, rather than external equipment, you’ll probably want to increase your RAM for better performance and speed.
2. Audio interface
If you’re inputting external audio into your computer, the audio interface is the tool required to get those sounds into the machine. Also, if you’re using monitor speakers, the audio interface serves as a link between the computer and how you hear your work. The audio interface is what processes the audio to and from your computer.
3. Monitor speakers
Choosing the right pair of speakers might be the hardest choice since judging sound is subjective. In general, you want speakers that sound neutral and don’t flatten your productions, this can happen by boosting bass. However, your monitors are only as good as your room and your ears, so unless you’re prepared to acoustically treat your studio, it’s not worth spending big cash on a pair of speakers.
Although headphones are equipment which have a limited frequency range, when compared to monitor speakers, it’s smart to have a good pair on hand. They allow you to work late at night or on the go and test how your productions sound outside speakers. The headphones should be comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, have a neutral sound and a wide frequency response.
Even if you don’t plan on singing, you should definitely consider investing in a decent microphone. Microphones add a sense of uniqueness to your sound by recording sounds of humming, clapping, or strumming a guitar. These sounds can be used as samples.
This is just a small list of the essentials needed to build your own recording studio. In the next segment, we’ll mention 4 more items that are a necessity in the home-studio building process.
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