Building a Home Recording Studio
Start Recording Some of Your Own Tunes
If building a home recording studio is something that you have been interested in doing, then the information provided below may be of some help to you.
Here you will find reviews on products that are available, and what a basic home studio should have. I will also give you tips and tricks on recording your songs, and general advice on mixing and getting your songs sounding great.
Building a Home Recording Studio
For Under $1000 Bucks
Today you can find a multitude of brand name digital recording software and digital recording devices, which are available for the average person or band who want to, record their own songs.
The advance of technology and computers has helped companies develop some awesome products, allowing us to do professional-quality recordings at home, at a now affordable price. These days you are able to set-up a decent home studio for under a $1000 bucks or even less depending on what your needs are.
Building a home recording studio is something that anyone can do. By gaining just a little bit of knowledge about the art of digital audio recording and by doing a little research ahead of time, you will save yourself time, money, and frustration.
Where to put your studio?
Finding a good spot where you can set-up and record is important when building a home recording studio.
Try to find a spot in your house where you can work, with as little sound leaking in from the outside as possible. Microphones, especially condenser mics are sensitive and will pick up the faintest noise which can screw up what otherwise would have been a great track.
If you are planning on going directly into your audio interface or multi-track with your instrument instead of using a microphone, you will not have to worry about the problem of noise leaking onto your track.
Just try and find a quiet place that’s not going to disturb your family that has to live with you, as well as your family not disturbing you while you are busy laying down tracks.
Make a list and a budget
When building a home recording studio, budget your money wisely, get the best hardware, and gear that you can afford.
Now, I am not saying that you need to go out and spend thousands of dollars on gear, but a good idea is to allot so much money for each item and get the best quality that your budget will allow for. Staying within your budget will make sure you get everything on your list as well.
Think about what you are trying to accomplish. What gear do I need?
Are you recording your band where you are going to need many inputs for all the mics and instruments that you will be tracking, or is it just you who’s laying down one track at a time. Having the answers to these questions will help you figure out what you need to buy.
A computer running software or a workstation?
When it comes to building a home recording studio, you have two good choices in my opinion.
- Buy an audio interface and digital recording software for your computer, assuming you have a computer already.
- Buy a multi-track digital workstation.
Both are good choices and should consider.
Going with a computer-based set-up will let you easily upgrade in the future, and will give you more options like using plug-in effects and other programs along with your digital recording software.
Most of the multi-track digital workstations are not as upgradeable, except for things like RAM (memory). Most do come loaded with their own effects that you can apply to tracks and mixes and can produce CD quality professional 16-bit recordings. A few models can also be hooked up to your computer to do further editing of your audio files
Using a Computer-Based Home Studio
One thing when putting together a computer-based studio is to make sure that the gear and hardware you’re buying will be compatible with future studio add-ons that you may do.
A few essential things you will need for your computer-based home recording studio are….
- Digital recording software (Protools, Cubase, etc.)
- audio interface(a piece of hardware which your guitar plugs into)
- pair of monitors(speakers)
- microphone stand
- a few good quality cables
- keyboard (optional)
- When building a home recording studio, a computer-based studio may be a little more money when compared to a multi-track digital workstation. It comes down to whether you already have a fast enough computer to handle the job or not.
Using a Multi-Track Digital Workstation
- For those of you out there considering going with a multi-track digital workstation, you will still want to purchase a decent microphone, cables, and a pair of headphones.
- Some workstations have a built-in microphone, but you will not get as good a results than if you were to use a good quality mic instead. You can also go directly into the workstation with your instrument and bypass the mic altogether.
- When building a home recording studio with a multi-track digital workstation, there are a few fewer things you will have to purchase compared to a computer-based studio. It may save you a few extra dollars. They are also portable and can plug around to gigs or jams more easily.
- It basically depends on what your purpose is and what you are trying to accomplish that’s going to help you decide on whether to choose a computer-based recording set-up or a workstation.
Other questions you may have
How much should you pay for a good quality mic?…
What type of computer and what specifications does it require?…
What’s an audio interface?…
What are plug-ins?…these are just some of the questions I am going to try and help you answer.