The next big thing second to location is the selection of pieces of equipment to be used for your home recording. Your first recording studio should have a great start with the right equipment. But knowing what types of equipment to buy for and how to find the best ones can be tricky. You do not have to fill your room with various different things, you just have to place those gears that matter most.
The most essential equipment
A computer is the most important tool in recording. In fact, it is impossible to record digital audio without having an electronic device that allows you to store and process data. We are in high-technology today but there is no wrong with using your old computer at first until you eventually invest the best model you can afford. It is good to have those blazing-fast computers because they are very much helpful on extremely hard processing resources.
- Audio Interface and a Digital Audio Workstation
For clarification, a DAW and an Audio Interface is different. A DAW or the Digital Audio Workstation is a software used for recording, editing and mixing music files. Without this recording software, there would be no music recording and mixing happen. On the other hand, an audio interface is a hardware that offers you any types of connection you’ll need. It is used to hook up your gears to a computer. To save money, buy them together.
In order to record sound, you should have a microphone, a good microphone. Poor quality mics produce badly choppy sound thus the instrument you choose create a big impact on the sound. At first, you likely pick one quality mic to record different sound sources so you need to have the best model that sounds good until you’re ready to have something to call as main. Whether you want a dynamic or condenser mic just make sure it has quality and budget-friendly.
Just like the mic, you may also need one headphone in the beginning of the recording. A headphone is highly important to keep annoying disturbances away from your neighbors. A headphone is also great when you listen back to your recordings in order to make the sound as accurate as possible. Bear in mind that you need to have studio headphones which are designed to perfectly reproduce audio signal for you to track your mix more effectively than having only those consumer headphones.
- Studio monitors
Headphones and studio monitors can both produce sound but you need these two to accurately playback the recorded sound. The main job of the studio monitor is to make your recording as perfect as possible so you need to have a pair that is able to provide you great listening. You can opt for mid or far field monitors where you need to position the speaker a little bit far from you or go for near field monitors which are great for small home studios.
- Cable wires, mic stand and other accessories
Aside from the basic essential equipment, you can also purchase some other accessories such as additional wires, mic stand, recording desk, subwoofers, panels and other frills. Just make sure you won’t make you the room full of extra gears and equipment that are not really important. Too much will only ruin the desired sound you want to be recorded. It is also best to always consider those recording packages so it would be easy for you to pick the right tools that all work best together.
Now that you have all the necessary equipment, hook them up together and install the software drivers if needed. Focus on the quality of the equipment rather than focusing only on the price. It is also important to remember that whatever your preferences on a gear, it still varies. You can always find affordable ones to begin with and you can always choose something that you truly desire.
Just focus on the main pieces of equipment first until you are capable of purchasing other necessities to enhance the efficacy of your home recording studio. Collect all those most essential items and when you’re done connect them together to make your recording room complete.