Starting a home recording studio is an exciting venture, as you probably know. With such a huge selection of equipment available, setting up shop can prove to be a daunting task. While no one article will get you up and running, this one will answer one of the most common questions asked, what do I need to get started?
Below I’ve provided a breakdown of all required components. Keep in mind that there are many articles that suggest products with specific requirements. This article serves only to tell you what is needed and does not suggest any particular products.
One of the most important and obvious parts of your setup is likely your computer. There are arguments for both PC’s and Macs but I suggest researching the pros and cons of each. It’s true that a decent computer helps but there are other things to consider.
2. Sound Card
Arguably the most important thing in your home studio is your sound card. Choosing the correct sound card can save you a lot of headaches, especially if you plan on recording lots of tracks per song. Some choose to use the sound card found in their computers or replace them with better ones. There are also external sound cards known as audio interfaces.
3. Recording Software
Next you will need recording software designed to handle your vocal and instrumental audio tracks. This is also where you will handle any necessary mixing. There are a ton of software’s available with some of the most popular ones being: Nuendo, Protools, and Logic Studio (Mac only).
Recording software is great but it is only as good as what you put into it. To get sound into the computer you will need a microphone. There are a large amount of microphones available that offer varied amounts of brightness and warmth.
Lastly, you will want to grab a decent set of headphones. In your search for a pair you will notice that they too can get quite expensive. The main thing you want to consider here is how much noise will bleed from the headphones, as many microphones will pick up even the slightest noise.
Hopefully, this article provides you with a little direction on what is will need to get you going. There is still homework to do, as there are hundreds of products on the market. Good Luck!