Recording songs can cost you thousands of dollars for the studio rental. This is because the rate will be based per hour of use. Well, if you are on a tight budget, why not create your home recording studio instead? Still, you can create a professional quality sound right in the comfort of your own home. Here is a step by step guide that will help you set the studio in no time:
The first question that comes to your mind will be the budget. Well, it can be a lot cheaper than you thought. A spare bedroom, basement or garage can be a perfect space for the studio. This must be away from your noisy neighbors or noisy street. If there is a room in your house with one door and high ceiling, this can be your best option. If possible, it must not have any empty space. However, don’t choose a very small room where you will trip over the equipment because of its tiny area.
Meanwhile, you need to control your room’s acoustics. You can move its furniture to its corners. Keep the room dry too and if there is a spare closet, you can use this as a vocal booth or use this to isolate the guitar amp. It is best to add acoustic foam on the ceiling and walls. If you have enough budget, you can bass trap corners as well. Treating the room too much will only create a dead sound when you record. So, don’t use too many rugs or too much foam.
You will need a computer and the choice whether to use a PC or Mac will all depend on your own preference. Just make sure that the computer is compatible with the software that you will use. For your protection, set-up an external hard drive too where you will save and backup your work.
You can also check out these multitrack recorders. You will need these when mixing or recording separate tracks so it will be easy for you to compose the music and make it perfect. The DAW or Audio Interface is where you will edit as well as produce tracks using digital audio workstation software. This is the hardware which connects instruments and mics to your computer when capturing sounds. See to it that you have sufficient outputs and inputs for all the microphones you use.
Microphones must be dynamic and affordable and make sure that they come with stands too. You will also need a good pair of headphones for mixing and playbacks. Choose those with versatile (which doesn’t need to be expensive) long cord. Also equip your studio with monitors that play flat, accurate recording which is good for mixing. And don’t forget to invest in cables since they are your system’s lifeblood. If you choose cheap cables, you take the risk of adding interference to the audio.
Remember that you don’t need to have all the equipment at one time. You can build up your instruments and gear as you gradually invest on these things, depending on your budget. Eventually, your home recording studio will pay off in no time.