The Art Of Home Recording
If you are thinking about splashing out on a home studio then you might be wondering where to start. There are so many different options available for budding musicians right now that the choice can seem overwhelming.
The centre of any home studio is the computer, which is normally either a PC are a Mac. Many professionals prefer to use Macs, although do not let this sway your decision. PCs can do just as good a job and they cost a lot less. You may also want a system that you a re familiar with, so if you have used a PC all of your life, is now the right time to be switching over. Nearly all of the music software is available on Mac and PC, so this is something that you do not need to worry yourself with. Your computer will also need a sound card, although I recommend using and external audio interface. The focusrite Scarlet is a good option.
Once you have chosen your computer, the nest most important think is to decide upon a DAW or digital audio workstation. Here again, there are many different options to suit every kind of budget, ranging from free up to thousands of pounds. Just some of the most popular ones include Cubase, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic and FL Studio. You need to decide how versatile you need your DAW to be, because even if you are just starting out, you will be able to produce some fine quality music on basic software.
Next you will need studio monitor quality speakers and headphones. Again, the choice is huge so shop around and get advice from people as to which route to take. I can fully recommend Yamaha MSP3 which have been around for a long time and produce a clear crisp sound that will really help with your mixing. When it comes to headphone, I recommend AKG 271 MII, which are great for listening back, although can get a little bit worn after a few years wear and tear.
When you have decided on this, you will need a midi controller keyboard to control your software. These can be very affordable as you do not need anything particularly flash, unless you plan on using it live.
Of course a condenser microphone is essential if you plan on doing any vocals or recording live instruments. It is recompensed to spend as much as you can on your microphone, as this is one purchase where price really does mean quality. When it comes to instruments chances are that you already have what you need in that department, so I will skip over this.
The final thing to consider is furniture. Do not overlook this as it is more important that you may think. Hopefully you will be spending many hours beavering away in your studio creating the next top ten hit, so you need to make sure that you have a comfortable swing chair as well as a desk big enough for all of your gear.