For music enthusiasts, having their own home studio is a dream that many think they can’t afford. Most of the things you need are available in many retail stores. There are some things that you might even already have in your home.
The first question that newbies ask is what gear they need. Below is a home recording studio equipment list of the most common hardware and software used. Some of this equipment you might do without at first but in time, you can begin adding. The good thing is that you don’t need a lot of equipment when you are just starting out. It’s not wise to confuse yourself with too many pieces of equipment at first.
The process of home recording has gone to all digital and to use digital audio, you will need a computer. The computer should have a good processor and memory. Audio software demands a lot of computer processing resources. To avoid have any problems, buy the best computer you can afford.
The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
This is a software used in recording, editing and mixing music on your computer. This is the digital version of the traditional analog mixing boards. There are many DAWs available, but not all are good. Take time to learn about DAW by using reviews online. To save money on the software, buy it as a combo with the next item below.
The Audio Interface
The audio interface is an equipment used to get music in and out of the computer. This interface has been improved to connect all the electronic equipment in the studio with the computer. Some of the features included are, DI boxes, microphone pre-amps, headphone outputs, digital conversion and monitor management.
The microphone is one of the most important equipment to invest in. The microphone should be durable and able to perform many jobs. Some examples of the different types of microphones include, small diaphragm condenser mics, large diaphragm condenser mics, match pair mics, USB mics, dynamic mics, and matched pair mics. Each microphone sounds different and is used for recording different instruments.
There are two types of headphones used in the studio. Closed-back headphones are used when recording tracks while the open-back headphones are used for mixing. For closed back headphones, they should offer maximum sound isolation. There are a variety of brands to choose from.
These are basically speakers, but in recording they are known as studio monitors. These studio monitors are designed with FLAT frequency response. This ensures the mix will sound good on any speaker.
As your studio grows and you get more equipment, you will need many cables but for starters only three are needed. You will need one XLR cable for the mic and two cables for the studio monitors.
Studios have a foam padding on the walls called acoustic panels. These panels help stop standing waves and acoustic interference, lower modal ringing and reduce reverb time, absorb sounds to prevent ringing and flutter echoes, as well as, enhance stereo imaging.
When putting together your home recording studio equipment list, be sure to use the information in this article to help you to make smart purchases.