Recording your own music can be both personally fulfilling and financially rewarding. However, it does require a bit of an up front investment in the form of a home recording studio. Fortunately, setting up a recording space in your home is now easier and more affordable than ever thanks to advancing technology.
If you’ve been researching home recording studios, you’ve probably seen lots of impressive pictures of ultra-professional quality setups complete with acoustic conditioning, studio monitors, and other expensive equipment. This images can be rather intimidating: is all that stuff really necessary?
The truth is that a functional home recording setup doesn’t actually need all that much. In this article we will list a few of the most basic necessities, which will help you get started and find out if you truly enjoy recording. With time, you may eventually decide that you want more “toys” for your setup, but buying too much equipment to start out with can be both costly and intimidating.
Here’s everything you need to get started.
- You may eventually wish to invest in a dedicated computer for your home recording setup, but for now most modern laptops are perfectly adequate for recording purposes.
- Audio Interface. An audio interface is essentially a small preamp that converts sound into a workable file format for your DAW.
- A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is a software program that allows you to organize and edit tracks, and even generate virtual instruments to compliment your recording.
- There are many options for microphones out there, and you may eventually wish to invest in a diverse range of mics for various purposes. To start, one condenser microphone (for vocals and acoustic instruments) and one dynamic mic (for louder instruments) should be adequate.
- Sound isolating headphones are a necessity for anyone who wants to record multiple tracks without allowing previously-recorded tracks to “bleed” into new tracks.
- Mic and Sound Cables. Both quarter inch and XLR cables are musts: investing in long cables can be quite helpful.
- Mic Stands. Make things easy on yourself: spend a bit on a vocal mic stand and mic stands to match any instruments you will be recording acoustically.
With this equipment, you can get started making high-quality recordings. If you are looking to share and promote your creations, visit Rightin.com: a one of a kind online marketplace for music rights.