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How To Setup A Home Recording Studio Like A Pro!

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How To Setup A Home Recording Studio Like A Pro!

How To Setup A Home Recording Studio Like A Pro!

How To Setup A Home Recording Studio Like A Pro! Let’s begin with the pretty basics every beginner should have when it comes to a home recording studio.
What you have is a simple working studio, perfect for anyone just starting out with home recording.


Let’s take each one at a time in order for you to understand the essential tools to have a home recording studio from scratch!


A Computer


When starting a studio from scratch, the computer is the biggest expenditure by far.
Ideally, you want the fastest one you can afford.

But since we all have a computer these days you can start with what you have for now but if and when you want to upgrade later on, here’s what I recommend: Get a  Macbook Pro.

 

Microphone Cables

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Yep, pretty boring, but essential! Don’t spend too much here. If the cable works, it works. You need a balanced XLR cable.

I find that the middle ground is usually best with accessories.


A DAW/Audio Interface Combo


The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is the software used to record, edit, and mix music on your computer.

And the Audio Interface is the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of your gear.

These two items can either be bought separately OR as a combo.  But your first studio…I highly recommend the combo.

Microphones


When recommending a good microphone for recording, my preference is the SE Electronics sE2200a. It’s a good condenser mic, a great general microphone for music, and a good vocal mic too.

14e-recording studio microphones your studio matures over time… You will eventually amass a collection of dozens of different microphones, each for different purposes.

For now, though, all your really need is 1 or 2 to get started.

And the ones you choose will depend on the instruments you plan to record.

 

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Audio Interface

Most people chose to use a USB audio interface.
This piece of home recording studio equipment allows you to connect the microphone, speakers, and headphones to your computer.

Headphones

 

Sennheiser HD280 ProWhen you’re just starting out, most of your time is spent recording by yourself.

Which is why in the beginning, all you really need is one pair of headphones.

For studio purposes, there are 2 very specific designs considered standard: 

  • Closed back headphones for tracking.
  • Open back headphones for mixing


While open back headphones are considered more of a luxury…for your first studio, closed-back headphones are a necessity.

 

Studio Monitors

 

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Despite the fact that many home studios now do the majority of their mixing on open back headphones…

Traditionally, mixing has always been done on speakers…

Or as they are commonly known in pro audio: studio monitors, or near-field monitors.

Compared to consumer speakers, which are designed with various tonal “enhancements”…

Studio monitors have a much flatter frequency response, which provides a more neutral, uncolored sound to objectively judge your mix.

And while they can get pricey…there are still plenty of affordable options for beginners as well.

 

A Mic Stand


A solid mic stand is one of the most worthwhile investments a new home studio can make.
A cheap reliable stand is more than adequate when you’re first starting out.

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Pop Filters


If you ever record vocals, you need a pop shield.

Its purpose is to filter-out an unpleasant vocal artifact known as “popping“.

Which is a low-frequency blast of air caused by the pronunciation of “P” and “B” sounds.

Is it a “must-have“ item for your studio?  Not really.

But they’re pretty cheap, and they do help.  And for some strange reason, many beginners still feel they must have one, which is why I’ve included it on this list anyway.

 

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The Perfect Room Setup

You might have the best equipment in the world… But if you don’t set it up properly, your mixes will never improve.

You don’t NEED to do any of this. But choosing the right room, setting it up properly and adding some affordable acoustic treatment will make your job 10X easier.

There are a few vital things you must consider when choosing a room:

Room Size
Avoid small rooms because they’re an acoustical nightmare.
What do you do? The bigger the room, the better. Plus, that means more space for recording.


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Room Dimensions

Avoid rooms with equal width and length dimensions.
If the room is an exact square, avoid it like the plague.


Room Surfaces
Try to avoid rooms with too many reflective, hard surfaces.

A room with a floor length window or mirror along a whole wall would be a bad choice.

A concrete basement would be a VERY bad choice. Wooden floors are desirable as carpet only absorbs high frequencies, which can make the room sound muffled.

But windows, mirrors, bare concrete, marble etc. are highly undesirable.


Ceiling Height
If the ceiling is too low, vertical reflections are going to become much more of an issue.

As for mixing, a low ceiling can be equally destructive.


Noise Level
Can you hear passing traffic in the room? Is it next to an A/C unit? Or a boiler?

You want the room to be as quiet as possible.

There you have it, How to set up a home recording studio at home!

How To Setup A Home Recording Studio Like A Pro!

How To Setup A Home Recording Studio Like A Pro!

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Cosby Adrah
Cosby Adrah
I'm a upcoming record producer, track producer or music producer who oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album.

2 Comments

  1. Gabriel says:

    This is one of the best write I have read on setting up a studio…
    It’s a booster

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