Isn’t creating a home recording studio a colossal undertaking? Doesn’t it take months of planning, research and preparation? Most people believe that, but the fact is… It’s a lot easier to get started than you might think. Because all you really need are a few basic necessities such as a good boom arm for mic stand. And I’m going to show you precisely what they are in today’s post… Taking you through the entire process of building a simple home recording studio from the ground up.
- Studio monitors and headphones
Even if you have the best microphones and preamps, you won’t be able to analyze the sound quality of your work without proper headphones and studio monitors.
A preamplifier, often referred to as a preamp, is one of the most important yet underrated pieces of studio equipment. Most studio engineers consider it essential for recording vocals and instruments alike, as it sits between a microphone and a digital audio converter, giving warmth and character to the sound. Some microphones sound lifeless until they are connected to a preamp, at which point they come alive.
- Microphone accessory
Besides the microphones themselves, you’ll need sturdy microphone stands, pop filters (to reduce plosives in vocals), and balanced XLR cables to connect the mics to your recording source.
Three types of microphones are needed to effectively set up a home recording studio. Condenser microphones, which are available with large and small diaphragms, can record almost any instrument. You’ll also want to get dynamic microphones, which can be used to pick up high-output instruments like drum and guitar amps as well as vocals. Finally, vocalists, acoustic guitars, electric guitar amps, and brass benefit from ribbon microphones.
- A digital audio interface.
To convert analog signals into digital data that your computer can understand, you’ll need a digital audio interface, also known as a digital audio converter or DAC.
- A digital audio workstation
The software that enables your computer recording is known as a digital audio workstation or DAW. Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Digital Performer and Reason are all popular brands. Most can run on a Mac or PC, while Logic is only available for Mac. GarageBand (Mac only), Sonar Cakewalk (Windows only), and Audacity are all free apps.
The registration procedure will be controlled by your personal PC. You won’t be able to use a tablet or smartphone as your primary recording interface; you will need a full-featured PC.
- Select the appropriate space
The majority of homes are not built with home saving in mind. They don’t have the high ceilings and various surfaces you see in a professional recording studio. You’ll want to choose a location that sounds “dead” and free of distracting echoes. You can always add digital reverb to a recording, but removing nasty reverb live is practically difficult.