A home studio can be a place for recreation or a place of work. But for many fortunate individuals it is both. This is what inspires many aspiring entertainers to establish their very own home recording studios. Let us look at some of the basic home recording studio equipment that you will need to establish your very own home studio.
One of the most basic home recording studio equipments is a computer. Most modern PCs have the basic requirements for studio purposes. If you already have a computer then you already have the first piece of equipment needed for your studio. If you have a bit of money to spend or will be buying a computer for this purpose look for one that has multiple and speedy hard drives with ample storage space. Lots of storage will be required as recorded music takes up a lot of space. As you choose the computer you should bear your purpose in mind. If, for instance, you will be recording a large band or bands you will need more space and recording power than if you will be working with a small acoustic act.
The next item that you’ll want to consider is a DAW or Digital Audio Workstation. This is software loaded to your computer that allows you to mix edit and record music. The software essentially converts a typical computer into a studio tool. The great thing about DAWs is that there are free ones that you can try out if you are restricted by budget.
Another item on the list of home studio equipment essentials is an audio interface. The audio interface is a device that can be connected to your computer. To do this you need a USB or FireWire. The two most basic functions of the interface are: the conversion of analog audio to digital, thereby allowing the computer’s software to read it, and to transform the computer’s digital audio into analog which is what allows you to be able to hear what has been recorded.
Studio monitors are important and must be considered among the necessary tools for the establishment of a home studio. Look for monitors that have larger magnets as this translates into a smoother reaction over varying frequencies. As you choose a monitor, you should also consider the mounting system. Amounting system that reduces, controls, or better yet, eliminates vibration, will lead to a better performance.
Your studio will also require at least one microphone as well as headphones. Some studios have multiple headphones and microphones but if you are just staring our and are on a budget you may want to invest in one really good one. In fact, if the built-in microphone in your computer suits your needs you may not need to buy one at all. Again, this depends on your needs because, if for instance, you will be recording with a partner then two microphones will be a necessity. For headphones the watch words are durability, comfort and a design that seals in the sound.
Clearly, the equipment chosen will depend on the purposes for which you are establishing a studio. Greater capacity, which often means more complex and expensive equipment, is necessary if your workload is going to be heavy as well as if your recording will take on a very technical mode.