Are you planning to build a home recording studio setup? Well, it may not be an easy task which is why we have thought of making this as easy for you to count as possible. We have picked out all of the best products in every category so that you can pick it out by yourself.
If you are thinking of going on complete research by yourself, then my friend this is going to be along for the ride. And practically it may not be the best decision. There are tons of options in the market currently, and you cannot trust the reviews put up by the people.
So to keep you away from all the hassle and horror, we have got the ultimate list of home recording equipment that will be perfect for your studio in every way.
Let us get on board with the list here…
How to Build a Home Recording Studio?
Before we move on to the essentials that you will be needing to set everything up. You must know how to make a home recording studio. If you are an artist, you may have already come across so many setups of influencers all over the world.
There are multiple things that you may have to keep in mind before going on with purchasing the right equipment for yourself.
- Room Setup : The very first thing that you must take care of is a perfect room setup where you will be creating your personal Home recording studio setup. No matter whichever equipment you buy, if there you are unable to create a setup properly, nothing will work out.
- Speakers Position : The next thing is keeping the speakers in the right place for a perfect surround sound in the room. You need to make sure they are away from the walls, also it also matters to the distance you set up towards the wall. Also, there are tons of other technical aspects that you may want to look over.
- Budget : Make sure you have a clear budget in your mind before you are even thinking of buying the essentials. There is some high-priced equipment and you would not want to buy them without knowing about it. So for beginners stick to the list we have mentioned below.
Apart from this, there are multiple other aspects that you should always keep in mind. All of it is based on the type of essentials you are going to need.
Here it goes…
Home Recording Studio Setup Essential for Beginners -
Here is the list of recording studio equipment for your Home Studio Setup.
1. Computers or Laptops
The very thing that you would be needing for your home recording studio is either a computer system or an excellent laptop.
If you already ten maybe you would need to upgrade to something better, Otherwise you can choose between either a Mac or Windows operating system. Anything that suits you better will be better to pick out since you have to stick with it for a long time.
We understand you have a budget in mind, but there are certain systems that have been deemed perfect for a beginner, and something that you can hopefully afford as well. The only debate remains which one you should for.
Many would prefer going for a high-end Windows PC with good specs, while someone who is an Apple Fan would prefer the Mac system over it. Here is what we recommend.
There are multiple options here that you can go for while selecting Macbooks as your primary system. Well, the only reason people prefer Macs is that they are fast, reliable, and have the best security you can ever get.
Mac Pro is probably the best Macbook Desktops you can go for. It has the most powerful processor with incredible memory storage. It may not be the most affordable option but still worth buying. For studio recording, there cannot be a better model and you would find it in most professional studios.
MacBook Pro is currently the most popular and one of the best laptops that you can use to set up your entire studio. All the tools and software that you are looking to use for your studio is highly compatible and works smoothly with the system. Furthermore, the function key touch bar over the keyboard syncs perfectly well to handle all the functions.
PC Desktops / Laptops
If you are a Windows fan or simply looking for a more affordable option, you should without a doubt prefer going for Windows. You can firstly assemble a PC setup yourself. Being a beginner it may not be the best plan since it requires good knowledge of the technical aspects. But if you are confident you will get the most processing power through this setup.
On the other hand, HP Envy is an excellent and well thought of option if going for a laptop. Many of you prefer desktop versions rather than laptops when it comes to buying it for music or studio versions. But Envy is rather one such laptop that has been preferred very often since it has an excellent build quality and provides good speed.
2. Audio Interface
This is the most important home recording equipment that you will need. Audio interfaces will help you record, edit, and mix up the music through your computer. It will connect your microphones and headphones to your computer system.
We have picked out the three best Audio interfaces that have every spec you would need.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the most affordable option that has been used for not only a studio setup but also for making podcasts. It has the capacity for two mics, two instrumental inputs, and probably the easiest to use the USB to connect to the computer. This Audio Interface also has some pro tools to set tons and make necessary edits.
PreSonus AudioBox is another USB powered Audio Interface with 2 combo mic/instrument inputs giving high performance, lower noise, and provides a free download of Studio One 3 Artist DAW software. Furthermore, it is compatible with almost every recording software for Mac and Windows.
Apogee Duet 2 – 2 Channel is a dual-channel USB Audio Interface perfect for recording guitars, mics, Keyboards on MAC and iOS Devices. If you have chosen a Mac system, this is the perfect option for you. The design is very handy and even more comfortable to use.
All the above devices not only serve dual channels but also provide other versions for 4/6/8 channels as well. So you can select the perfect one for yourself. Furthermore, the above-mentioned brands are among the best and most reliable.
3. DAW Software
DAW or Digital Audio Workstation is a software used to record, edit, and create music with the help of Audio Interfaces and computer systems. There are multiple versions of these applications of software available. You can either get the standalone application on your laptop, or the more-complex integrated unit controlled by a computer system.
Basically a complete DAW setup consists of a system, Audio Interface, sound card, and the software itself. For all the beginners who are starting out on this, we have some of the best options for you that will help you set up a home recording studio.
Ableton Live is what you need as the most popular and the latest version of the recording software. It has the feature for Multitrack Audio recording and MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments. This is rather the intro-version that you as a beginner can start with. Else there are other Standard and Suite versions as well for advanced features. Furthermore, it has up to 16 tracks and 8 scenes per project along with 1500+ sounds (5+GB), 29 effects and 3 instruments.
PreSonus Audio Electronics is yet another excellent option that you choose as a multitracking recording software. The most unique aspect of this software is that it can be easily used by simple and easy drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support. Studio One Artist provides an efficient and creative interface for every artist. There are tons of other features that you simply cannot ignore.
Cakewalk Sonar Artist is the best DAW music software that has unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, effects, sends and busses. Using Sonar Artist you can easily share your music on the SoundCloud, Facebook, and other social media platforms. It not only has features of a workstation but also gives the best interface to all the artists.
As a beginner, you do not need to hoard loads of microphone just to try them out. It will cost a lot of money and that will be a simple waste of investment. For now, you simply need one or two microphones to record music or the instruments.
Here are some of the best microphones in the most affordable range that would suit your Home Recording Studio setup.
Rode NT1A is an excellent package that consists of a microphone, Shock mounting, Pop Filter, and XLR cable. The microphone works perfectly fine and the filter helps to prevent popping noises getting on the recorder. Furthermore, the shock mount keeps away the vibration from disturbing the mic to record voice.
Audio-Technica AT2035 is one of the most preferred brands for recording vocals and also for podcasts. The package includes a pop filter as well as XLR cable to connect the mic to the system. It has been made of Cardioid polar pattern that reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source.
Shure SM7B is an option we love the most but is a rather expensive affair. Although pros from all over the world use this microphone to record vocals as well as multiple instruments. It has Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech.
You need a pair of headphones that will keep the surround away from your ears and also help you record your voice or the instruments better. Well, there are loads of options as well for a good affordable pair of headphones, but the best ones that you can buy are listed down below.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x is our pick if you are looking for the best option for your home recording studio. It has been given advanced build quality and engineering. Furthermore, the design has been specifically for studio tracking and mixing. Also, the circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments.
Sennheiser HD280PRO is a brand new model with an ergonomic and lightweight design. The headphone design has an Earpads, headband padding, and audio cord that are easily replaceable. The overall price of the headphone can be a little too much for beginners, but totally worth spending.
Sony MDR7506 is yet another alternative that you can choose as your headphone for great sound and comfort. It has a closed-ear design and keeps any noise shut from your ears. In fact, you can easily fold and keep it for any other use while traveling. The chords are also big enough for more convenience.
6. Studio Monitors
Among all the professional recording studio equipment, Studio Monitors can be the next expensive thing after the computer systems. Most of the people pick out the best headphones, but they cannot do the job of sound mixing as these monitors would.
So, to make sure you do not run out of your budget, here are some of the affordable yet best studio monitors that we would recommend.
KRK Studio Monitor is our pick for you as a beginner. Like we said these may come at a high price but you need to spend at least a minimal amount if you need a quality product. This lightweight glass-aramid composite woofer delivers clear midrange and tight bass. They sound good and look perfectly fine as a perfect fit serving as the best studio equipment.
M-Audio AV42 is a very cheap monitor that you can surely vouch for. It is a rather compact speaker for professional performance and other immersive sound experiences. The design looks pretty sturdy and the 4-inch polypropylene coated woofers produce tight, accurate bass and 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk cone tweeters produce clear pristine highs.
Yamaha Hs8 Studio Monitor is a little on the higher price range but still affordable. They have an excellent sound output and a solid technological system. The 8-inch cone woofer and 1inch dome tweeter; produce low distortion sound with a well defined bottom end at any output level.
7. XLR Cables
Although we did mention an entire package in the Microphone section that includes XLR cables. But considering the fact that you already have a microphone, you may need an XLR cable separately. In fact, you need cables for loads of other things as well, it includes connecting the mic with the Interface, headphones, etc.
Your Studio may soon need a lot more wires than the equipment. So the quality needs to be the best and long-lasting. Here are some of the best quality XLR cables that you can buy.
Planet Waves Classic Series is firstly the best under budget XLR cable which you buy as often as you would need. It is available in multiple lengths such as 10/25/50 feet and you can choose whichever you may want to. Even though the price is low the quality is still top-notch in every aspect.
Mogami Silver Series are of the highest quality XLR cables perfectly suited for your microphone. It is about 25 ft long so you can easily move around with a Mac while recording. This cable is cheap and highly affordable so you can easily buy it and also very reliable. This is a rather mid-range product as advised by the professionals.
Mogami Gold STAGE-20 is a premium quality cable that you can rely on with your eyes shut. It is highly flexible and extra shockproof keeping any wear & tears away from itself. For active stage performers, this is their first choice and if you are ready to spend some big hucks then this cable which is nearly indestructible can be yours.
8. MIDI Controller
Most of the studios that you will look at have at least one MIDI controller that is used to play certain instruments such as a keyboard, synthesizers, and other virtual instruments. Some of the famous drummers, keyboard players, or other artists make sure of such a controller that can easily produce music.
Let us look at some of the beginner options that you can afford to buy.
Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII is a professional level MIDI controller for people who love to play the piano. It has an 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC drum pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums. Moreover, the 25-keys can be adjusted to access the complete velocity range. It is available at a rather reasonable price and multiple color options as well.
PreSonus ATOM is another stunning option that we recommend as a MIDI controller. It has been integrated with the Studio One Artist and Ableton Live (live 10 Lite included) music production software. You will not find keys rather 16 full-size velocities and pressure-sensitive RGB LED pads which look brilliant. It has USB connectivity making it easier to connect to the system. Similarly tons of other features as well.
M-Audio Oxygen 25 IV is available in multiple keys options such as 25/49/62 keys that you can select based on your budget and need. It is very easy to use and connect to the system for the best output. Also, it is highly portable and compact with 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production and clip launching.
9. Pop Filter
Well, lastly, to use the microphone in the best manner possible and to get the best result you need to get all the equipment for it. You would need a pop filter that you may have seen in record studios covering a mike.
Well, a pop filter simply filters your voice and eliminates any unwanted noise from your throat commonly known as Popping. This is probably one of the cheap recording studio equipment that you may or may not need and it depends on you. Let us see some of the best ones you can buy.
Nady MPF-6 is a 6-inch clamp On Microphone Pop Filter that has been known to be the top-rated among all. Along with this, the package contains a boom and a microphone clamp stand for your convenience. You can fix it super easily around the microphone and the long neck is highly flexible.
Stedman Pro screen is an Extra Large Pop Filter of diameter 6-inches. It has the capability to filter out the popping sound with ease or any other surround sound. This one had a huge sonic advantage so you can wash it between sessions and would not affect the quality at all. Furthermore, the Signal levels can be maximized without the risk of clipping caused by bursts.
On-Stage ASFSS6-GB is a dual Screen pop filter that removes unwanted ‘P’ and ‘B’ plosives by providing open space between the two screens. The process involved in the removal of the sound is rather simple. It is highly lightweight and the C-clamp fits most standard mic shafts. The neck is made of premium quality and long enough so that you can adjust for precise positioning.
These are the Best Home Recording Studio Setup Essentials that we can think of and would surely be enough to make your studio. You may find loads of other equipment as well but for beginners, these are the ones that you can start with. As you gradually grow you can invest some more money slowly on some other upgrades.
Also, you should also get a good Mic stand that will give you a good grip to start things up with. There are tons of types of stands so be careful as they are not all the same. You can make the right choice on the above products only if you read their properties very keenly. Since you are a beginner it will not be easy to pick out everything instantly.
Take your time and go through everything. You will need each and every product in the list above. If you feel that you are unable to find the right choice and the above list is too much. Let us know where you are stuck at and we will guide you better.