Home Studio | How to Set it Up

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Building an at home studio will give you a huge advantage when it comes to recording your music. If you were to record in any environment your tunes may sound good at the time, but play them back somewhere else and you probably won’t have the same sound. Do you want to set up your home studio on a budget?  Don’t worry, it is possible. There are a few essential items that you will need to get started.  You can always add to your studio down the road.  

Your Home Studio Needs

First things first it is important to soundproof your studio. Soundproofing will allow you to record your true sound. It is relatively cheap in the scheme of it all. FoamEngineering sells 48 foam wedge soundproofing tiles for a little over a dollar a piece.

Next is your microphone.  When you are starting out your gear does not need to be top of the line, a good mic can cost you over $2000. ECOOPROmakes an inexpensive option that will get the job done for anyone who is just getting started.  Typically you would need a converter to transfer the sound from your mic to your computer but this mic has the capability to run straight to your computer which will save you a few bucks. 

You may already have these

Your computer is one of the high ticket items, if you were to get the newest mac it would cost you anywhere from 1500-2300 dollars. Your laptop may be enough to get you started, as long as you have a decent amount of RAM and processing power. Eventually it might make sense to upgrade but for now I recommend just picking up an external hard drive.  A 4TB drive will run you about a hundred and thirty bucks but without it your laptop will become very slow in a short amount of time.

It is all about your recording software.  There are a lot of different options that could work for you.  And they are all good once you learn them. Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Fruity Loops, and Ableton are all great choices.  It just depends on the computer you want to use and the music you plan on making.  So be sure to do a little research there.

The last thing you will need is a studio quality pair of headphones or speakers so you can hear everything. You can get cheap headphones for $20 and hold off on the speakers for the sake of the budget.  You will want to spend a little more so you can hear the sound the way it is intended. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x would be a good pick. 


Now that you have your budgeted studio you can start upgrading and adding to it. If you have any of the recommended items or started with similar items, how do you like them? What does your studio look like? We love hearing from your so feel free to leave us a comment!

3 thoughts on “Home Studio | How to Set it Up

  1. This is a ridiculous article. Why should we take any of your advice when the first thing you recommend is to “soundproof” a studio using foam panels? Only amateurs and non-musicians think that egg crate foam is for soundproofing. There is no significant decibel impedance observed on walls covered with egg crate foam–it’s for absorbing reflections inside the room. Soundproofing is a matter of architecture and construction. So yes, creating a recording space that is acoustically “dead,” or free of reflection, can be a priority (depending on your approach to recording and mixing) but that’s different than soundproofing.

    Next, you recommend a microphone I’ve never heard of, based on the idea that it has a built in converter to get around the necessity of any I/O hardware. But there is no discussions of what type of microphone this is, or its basic characteristics. Weird. Is this review a paid advertisement for an entry level mic?

    Then the software. “Well, hmm. Here are a few brands….the one you pic is important. Do some research.” Huh?

    Articles like this do a disservice to the rest of the content on this site. There are some nice, thoughtful reviews of guitars on this website, but this one is sloppy and feels hastily written articles. You should improve this article. I realize you are trying to keep it simple, but this just doesn’t make the cut.

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