Becoming a prolific musician takes not only time and talent but also serious investments in music classes, instruments, and accessories. And, if you want to record your music, you’re probably thinking of a total investment of at least $5,000 for all the necessary gear.
However, since the market is full of thousands of products for all pockets, it’s hard not to get side-tracked and spend your budget on useless gizmos. This guide is for all beginners who want to start recording their own music, without having to put a second mortgage on their parents’ house.
A soundproof room
OK, this is not exactly an instrument or an accessory but every good home recording studio starts with the basics, and this means having the room soundproofed.
In most cases, people choose to turn their garages or basements into recording rooms but others prefer using their own bedrooms. No matter the case, make sure you won’t disturb the neighbors, your friends or the rest of your family living with you.
A good DAW
The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is the number one tech piece you need to consider when creating your home recording studio. For those who are not used to the terms yet, a DAW is the computer software that will run your recordings and actually help you turn sounds into tunes.
Do your research and pick the right digital audio workstation according to the type or style of music you wish to record, your computer platform, and your budget.
If you wish to stay more flexible, there are plenty of apps you can download directly on your phone that act as virtual DAWs and help you record your music on the go. Although they have limited functions, they represent a good starting point for newbies or those who still don’t know which software program will best suit their needs.
The second most important tool after your DAW is the computer on which you will record, mix sounds, and create your songs. We do recommend laptops instead of desktops if you are always on the run as they can help you play with mixing tools anywhere, meaning you are not tied to your studio to finish a song.
Although there are plenty of options available on the market, most musicians, including DJs, still prefer the original MacBook so, if you already own one, you can invest your money in something else. No matter the PC or laptop you opt for, make sure it features a fast processor and at least 16 GB of RAM. Also, quad-core processors like the popular Intel i7 help you multitask better.
Little has changed in the market of microphones since they started being heavily used in the 1950s. Most of them still look the same and perform the same job, so does the brand really matter?
Although you may not think it, the quality of your sound can be influenced by your microphone, so you should take some time to research the market until you find the right one according to your needs. Beginners or those who are on a budget should invest in at least one all-around mic.
Headphones and monitors
We cannot stress enough the importance of a high-quality pair of headphones that provide crystal clear sounds and help you hear every beat. However, this piece of tech will cost you a lot of money, especially if you want a professional pair from brands like Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, and even the popular Beats by Dre.
Depending on the brand, the sound quality provided, how well they soundproof, and the number of features they come with, a professional pair of recording headphones can cost you anywhere between $100 and $1000, sometimes even more. However, they are necessary, especially for those who have their recording studios at home and can’t afford the luxury to use monitors when inspiration strikes them after midnight.
If you’re looking for a monitor perfect for each budget, you should consider brands like JBL, Adam Audio, KRK or Edifier. Don’t forget that monitors are preferred to regular headphones when it comes to mixing but you will need your room, garage or basement soundproofed.