Today, we are going to talk about four top and key equipments of a solid home recording studio.
We have a lot of varying degrees above engineers that follow our website and we have people have been doing this recording for many many years and we have a lot of professionals that are reading our posts because they just enjoy learning different ways of working.
But we also have a lot of beginners too. A lot of people are just getting into the home recording and there are lots of information out there about home recording and it’s kind of why we post that article because its too much infomation and a lot of its confusing. So we tried to streamline it to make it helpful for people that just want make music that sounds really realy good and getting good at this thing.
So today, we are going to address beginners, but it also have something for you professionals, so you can keep in mind whats really important in home music recording studio and prevent to lost in differnt components and pieces.
They are going to look different in every house but the components are always the same.
So let’s run through real quick, we will give you some examples to think about and the main point of this article is to make you think that do you have all of these 5 components and are you using them to abilit and if you are confused about something else that it’s not in this key components, maybe you can set them aside for a moment and make sure that you have got these 5 essential equipment.
Number 1; Computer
It is the most important thing.
At these days recording, mixing is all arranging in your computer, I know, it’s not 100% there, but this is the most cost effective way to be able to get 100 track console in your home for music recording, mixing and arranging.
You do not need tape machines, you don’t need even need a mixer but the computer.
So your computer is the most important. You can use either PC or MAC, either laptop or desktop. You can even get started on probably the computer that you are reading this right now. You can definetely and probably get recording and mixing on that computer.
How far you will be able to go?
We don’t know.
If you are just doing acoustic records and vocal demos, you could probably get working right now with what you have.
If you want to record things that are going to have more than 20 tracks, you are going to need a lot of complex sound and do a lot of editing and finally you will be feeling the limits of your old computer.
But the good thing is computers are getting more comfortable and stronger.
So do your best with what you have and switch to another and stronger when you feel the limits of your current computer.
Number 2; Software. As known as DAW
What platform that you going to use for recording and mixing?
Here are some choices:
- Pro Tools
- Studio One
- FL Studio
The recording softwares list goes on that you could use. But some of this decision might be made for you by your computer chocie.
Some of programs are PC only and some of programs are MAC only and a lot of platforms run on both platforms.
Number 3: Audio Interfaces
Your audio interface includes converters, microphone preamps and your monitoring, like all in one box.
This could be a USB device, firewire, thunderball and PCI to your desktop and this simple box starts from a hundred dollars and goes up to thousands.
But they all do the same thing. They take the analog sound, convert it to the digital signal and send to your computer over a USB or firewire connection. So you can manipulate the sound with your software.
Bigger one or smaller one, they all do the same thing in essence but the needs defines the difference between them such as how many tracks do you need to record at once, how many outputs and inputs do you need. So if you’re getting more comfortable with recording, you are probably going to need minimum two channel interface.
By this way you are able to do vocal with the guitar or stereo drums with the recorder person and you can do stereo piano, whatever your need is. You have all these options.
So just buy one of these boxes and move on!
Number 4: Microphone
You are going to need at least one good microphone to capture the analog sound and we recommend large diaphragm condenser microphones.
This looks like your typical studio vocal microphone and you can get one of these for a hundred dollars or less.
There are ton of great brands on you free to pick whicever you want Just buy one of them and make every track with that thing such as recording your vocal tributes and acoustic guitars through it.
Many home based recorders prefer closed back imcrophones. Because no sounds escapes side of it and you are able to catch more natural sounds by this way.
This is also great for if you have just started. Because your walls will not have acoustic treatment