What You Need for a Home Recording Studio
The 5 Things You Need for a Home Recording Studio
The title of this post is not strictly true…
There is actually only 1 thing that you need so set up a home recording studio.
If you’re reading this right now on your computer, then you already have everything that you need to get started.
It is possible to make music without anything other than your computer and some free software (I’ll be showing how to do this in a later post).
However, trust me when I say that the results that you’ll get will sound like they didn’t cost you any money.
If you want decent-sounding results then you’ll need to make some investment into your setup.
I know, spending money is not what you want to hear right off the bat.
But you can’t make a movie without a camera. And you can’t have a home recording studio without some basic equipment.
So, how much investment are we talking here?
As a guitarist, a good analogy I can make would be with guitars. Cheap guitars are ok for learning, but not good enough once you can really play. I’d love a forty-grand vintage Les Paul, who wouldn’t! But a mid-range Fender Stratocaster can sound as great if as the Les Paul and last a lifetime.
My point is you don’t need to spend thousands to get a great sound. But if you’re serious about producing music, you’ll need to have a modest budget.
If you shop smart, you can put together a basic home recording studio for less than $450/£300.
Maybe that sounds like a lot to you, maybe not. To put it in perspective though, it’s the same price as a Playstation or Xbox. I enjoy playing video games as much as anyone else, but having a home recording studio is infinitely more rewarding.
There are free alternatives to most things, but these really don’t compare. Where there is a free alternative to anything – and if there is, I’ve probably used it – then I’ll let you know. It’s up to you if you want to give it a try. But if you’re serious about making some music, then a little investment into your home studio setup can go a long way.
Ok, with that aside, let’s get into what you need!