Music is the universal language. I Love music, and I bet you do too (obviously if you’re reading this) Now, if you play music and would love to get your music out there or you are passionate about producing and helping other musicians achieve their dreams but don’t know how to start your own home studio, then this article will tell you exactly the steps you need to make a recording studio in your room inexpensively.
To get a good recording, you need to soundproof the room. It needs to be silent and remote. You want the best possible recording friendly environment plus I am certain you don’t want next door neighbors complaining and making life harder for you.
There are many ways you can go about soundproofing your room but certain methods are more effective than others so I would recommend you soundproof the following in your room studio:
Soundproofing the wall will significantly reduce noise and improve the overall sound quality. It is very easy to do and you can do it yourself using acoustic foams which are foam panels designed for studio sound dampening.
Another vital place to sound dampen is the window, soundproofing only the wall’s won’t do you any good trust me. Sound dampening the window is easier than you think, in fact, I would recommend you to use Sound Blocking Curtains that will absorb all echoes and sounds.
This is really simple and if you want your room studio to be soundproofed, there is no need to cut corners, in terms of the floor you can make it simple or try to complicate things (funny because it’s the most effective) however because this is your first studio and I would make an assumption that you’re on a budget. The best way to go about it is to purchase thick sound dampening carpets.
I could go on and on but soundproofing all the other unnecessary stuff, but I think taking care of your walls and windows will do what is required.
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Depending on what you play and what your plans are. Getting the right gear is essential to make your home studio worthwhile.
One of the most important component you find in a home recording studio. Whether you a singer or a producer microphone is important to record all the vocals. Again this depends on what you are trying to achieve but microphones are almost always vital (not unless you only want to mix and no vocals).
Most important of them all, I don’t believe you can get much done without a computer. You need a computer to do all sorts of things like, using software that makes recording anything easier.
I have to mention that really you don’t need an expensive computer for your home studio, but It must be decent enough to handle the software. So don’t go buy a $5000 computer (unless you have a budget for it). Look for something decent, powerful but slightly cheaper. Something like MacBook Pro will go a long way plus it’s affordable.
A Daw/Audio Interface Combo:
Digital Audio Workstation(DAW) is a software that handles all the recording, mixing and editing audio from your PC
and Audio interface is a hardware that connects all the other gear in your studio. The reason why it’s called a combo is that they usually come together as a combo, but you can buy each individually if you want.
Again you don’t need expensive headphones when starting out, but I think it’s necessary to get yourself a pair. they will help you a great deal especially when recording yourself.
One of the most important gears on the list, Think about it what’s a studio without any monitors (speakers)? Pick any monitors you like and purchase them.
Cables are needed to connect the components and xlr cables will do the job, at first you won’t need to purchase a lot but as time goes by you will see yourself with a handful of cables (Trust me on this one).
As for software for recording while on a budget, there are many great tools out there to choose from. I personally use Mackie’s Tracktion 3.
It has a lot of cool features and it is all easy to use. Cubase LE, Cakewalk, etc. are great starter programs as well. If you are into drums, I recommend EZDrummer. It is a great tool with over 4000 drum loops. Maybe you want a few effects plug-ins. A wide variety of great stuff while on a budget.
Other useful software like Fl Studio for creating beats and Audacity (Free) for editing and recording vocals.
As you may know, this is an article for computer-based recordings. Now, Presonus offers a great deal on a recording package called the Presonus Inspire 1394 package.
It is a firewire unit and comes with the Presonus Inspire, M-Audio Monitors, CAD mic, and Cubase LE4 software for rather cheap. It is really a great deal.
The Almighty Click Track
Yes, I said it. The Click Track. I know you may hate it, but it’s what makes music sound so great and on time. It is the tool behind the magic. Mackie Tracktion and other recording software come with a click track. While recording, always remember to put that click track on to keep on time to ensure the best music possible.
The art of mixing can be a difficult thing. You have to use your own style of mixing to get the best results. Sit down and record a track and listen to the playback.
Find the key points that you think need to be fixed and mess around with the effects to ensure the best quality. After a while of that, you will be mixing in no time. It just takes time.
Building a home recording studio from scratch can be expensive and overwhelming, But I can promise you one thing if you stick to the plan and not try to do everything at once, In no time you will have a studio in your room. I hope you found this article helpful check out our latest.