Tips on How to Make Affordable In-Home Music Studios
By Darick DDS Spears
January 21, 2019
Now I don’t want to lead anyone into a frustrating situation, by lying to you and telling you it is easy to produce, mix and master your own albums. That is because it is not! It is a process that I simply enjoy, but it took many years of trial and error before I could enjoy the success of being Grammy recognized, or being able to release 5 albums last year alone.
But at the end of the day, this article is not about me. I could care less about an accolade, and more about being able to freely make my own music in my own home. Now there are few items you need to have just to get started.
- A Computer
- A DAW system
- A microphone
- Audio Interface
- Popper Stopper/Filter
- Microphone Stand
- Vocal Booth
Now there are many other things that you could add to your studio, and that you probably will in the future; but I want to lace you with some of the basics. Now below I have some links to point you in the right affordable direction.
When choosing a computer, some will tell you to go with a Mac, and others may say a PC. I have both in my studio, and to be honest they both work great. Macs are usually more expensive, and if you are not looking to spend thousands of dollars on a Mac, then I would suggest a good PC with lots of Memory and Internal Hard Drive. Here’s a nice one.
- Acer Aspire TC-885-ACCFLi5O Desktop
A DAW system that I use is either Pro Tools or Logic. There are other ones out there, but these have been the most user-friendly Programs I have found success with. Depending on what type of vocals you are recording there are a few different microphones you can use. For this article I will be sharing a nice Condenser Microphone for Rap Vocals. It comes with a Boom Arm, and Filter.
- Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. (For Rap Vocals)
Now you can add a pair of quality headphones for the recording process. I found a nice pair for you to get started below. Also, a nice desk and speaker set.
Studio cables are necessary because you never know when you need to hookup a microphone to an interface, or a midi keyboard to a computer, etc. Here is a link to some affordable cables.
You can insulate a room to make it sound proof, or you could simply get a standing portable vocal booth to go around your microphone. I use one in one of my studio rooms.
Some of you may be wondering how to use your DAW system, and how to hook everything up? I will be honest, it is not as hard as it will feel in the beginning, and I will write other blogs soon breaking down how to use certain studio equipment. But for now, I just wanted to help you to get started on your quest to become the next best engineer, or recording studio, and/or artist.
Peace and Love.