With today’s ddevelopment in music software and music technology, you don’t need to have a full out expensive recording studio to make high quality sounding music.
Back then, you needed a lot of bulky equipment for a recording studio. Now, many aspiring producers and artists are looking to build a home studio. The home studio can either be expensive to recreate an actual recording studio or be a budget home studio. For the expensive ones, they usually cost around $100,000 for a full out studio but in our case, we’re looking for a budget studio. For around $1000 – $2000, you can build a decent home studio that you can record songs, produce songs and mix and master your songs.
However, don’t expect it to be as good as an actual recording studio because it won’t. You still can make professional sounding tracks with a budget studio though but it all comes from practice and learning new skills.
-Sound Libraries (VSTs & Samples)
Most computers will do the job. You don’t need a fancy or a really powerful computer such as gaming PCs for your home studio. You too can use a regular laptop too if you wish. Just make sure your computer isn’t too outdated or it will suffer when you work with multiple VSTs, tracks, etc..
As a rule of thumb, you want your computer or laptop to have a CPU speed of atleast 2.0 GHz, 4 GBs of ram and atleast a 320GB hard drive. You can get better computers with better specs but it all depends on your budget and how much you’re willing to spend for your recording studio.
Here’s a few examples of different computers
HP ENVY 6-1010us Sleekbook 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
Gateway NE56R34u 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
ASUS CM1735-US005S Desktop (Black)
Acer Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz/4GB DDR3/500GB
You technically can get away with your built in soundcard if you’re justproducing music and not recording. However, if you want to record liveinstruments, you will need an audio interface. Another benefit of havingan audio interface is that you can achieve no latency when you producemusic with a MIDI controller. It is definitely an asset though for a budget home studio or recording studio.
Here are a few examples of audio interfaces
TASCAM US-600 6-in/4-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface
Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer with XENYX Mic
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio
Akai EIE 16-bit Electromusic Interface Expander
There are so many to choose from. But as a starter keyboard, the M-AudioOxygen 49 or M-Audio Axiom 49 are highly recommended. They are basically the same but the Axiom includes drum pads and aftertouch. But it does costmore than the Oxygen.
These are different from computer speakers. They’re even completelydifferent from high quality speakers such as Bose. All the frequencies areleveled out (there are no frequencies boosted or cut) therefore they’reused to refence how the actual audio sounds. This helps with balancing out different sounds and mixing them into the song and allows you to make better EQ changes to the song. The overall result is that you get a more accurate mix of your song which will then result in a professional sounding song (depending on your mixing and mastering skills).
Take note that they aren’t built for casual listening. I mean you still can use them for casual listening, but it won’t sound as processed or clean as high end speakers. This is because high end speakers are tuned sothat certain frequencies are boosted and cut.
The most common studio monitors used are the KRK RP5′s. They’re a great bang for buck for your home studio. They cost $150 each but if you want cheaper ones, you can get the M-Audio AV30′s ($90/pair) or the M-audio AV40′s ($130/pair)
They aren’t really necessary for your recording studio if you’re just producing music. They also aren’t recommended as a primary tool to mix and master your track. But however if you need them to keep your neighbors happy at night, or for your vocalist to listen to the track in the studio while recording, the best 2 choices would be the Audio Technica ATH-M50′s or the Beyer Dynamics DT-770′s. Studio headphones are like studio monitors but headphones.
Also, NEVER get Dr. Dre Beats. They’re total crap especially when it comes to recording music or music production.
Here are the 2 headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 ohms
If you can get quiet enough room with decent acoustics for your home studio, then you really don’t need a high quality mic. You will need a stand and a filter for your mic and of course a cable. The cable will depend on your mic’s and audiointerface’s connection. Having this setup is crucial for your recording studio if you’re wanting to record vocals. (obviously)
You will need some sort of software for your computer to actually make andrecord music. This is called a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). I would personally recommend FL Stuio and Ableton Live because they’re both easy to use and highly versatile.
You can read more on DAW’s here:
Here’s links to FL Studio and Ableton Live.
Image Line FL Studio 10 Producer
Image Line FL Studio 10 Signature Bundle
Ableton Live 9 Suite Ableton Live 9 Suite Multi-Track
Audio Recording with Sound Library
Ableton Live 9 Standard Ableton Live 9 Standard Multi-
Track Audio Recording with Sound Library
These are sample packs (drum kits, percussion, sound effects etc…) and VSTs (virtual instruments).
There are a ton of these and it’s hard to recommend which ones to getbecause they are so diverse and it also highly depends on what genre ofmusic you make.
Here’s a couple of links that can help you out with what you might need.
Adding all of these up, you should be able to make a recording studio /home studio on a budget within $1000 – $2000. It all depends on whatequipment you get too.
Have fun building your budget home studio!
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