05/14 2018

Necessary Equipment to Record Your Own Songs at Home

With just a few hundred box, you can really set up a pretty decent home recording studio. There will most likely be some limitations, but you can pretty easily work around them. Below are the necessary equipment to record your own songs at home.

1. Computer

Obviously, you don’t need the fastest computer to record and mix music. However, you need one that is reasonably fast. You probably already own a computer and most present-day PCs have sufficient speed to get you started. Any computer with a Core i- or even Core 2-series processor should do the trick. Just don’t use a netbook.

2. Microphone

The microphone is among the most vital components of your home studio because the main purpose of the studio is to record sound. Although there are different microphones for various purposes, you only need 1 or 2 to begin. Furthermore, to record vocals, a “classic” large diaphragm condenser vocal mic should effectively do the job.

3. Headphones

Since you’re probably going to be recording by yourself most of the time, you’ll need a pair of headphones. You can get a Closed Back headphone for tracking (very important) and an Open Back headphone for mixing.

4. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software and Audio Interface

The digital audio workstation is what does the recording, editing, and mixing of music on your computer, while the audio interface is the hardware that connects your computer to the rest of your gear. You can buy them separately or as a combo. When you buy an audio interface, you’ll probably get some free DAW software. Many audio interfaces come with ProTools LE, Cubase LE, or a free version of some popular software with which you can record, play some digital instruments, add effects, and create a solid mix.

5. Studio monitors

While a studio monitor is fundamentally a speaker, they’re a little different. Unlike consumer speakers, which come with various tonal “enhancements”, studio monitors have a considerably “flatter” frequency response, which produces a clear, more neutral, uncoloured sound to enable you objectively judge your mix. Since they will be so essential to your mix, you would rather not to cut cost here.

6. Microphone Cables

Even though you might need more cables as your home studio evolve, you only need 1 long cable for your mic and 2 short ones for your monitors. Be that as it may, you should double-check the connectors the stereo output of your audio interface has — XLR connectors or TRS — before buying monitor cables.

7. Microphone Stand

Not all mic stands are the same but you don’t need to break the bank to get one. A cheap dependable stand is more than sufficient for when you’re just starting out.

8. Pop Filters

A pop filter is generally a mesh screen used to cover the microphone in order to filter-out “popping” sounds — a low-frequency blast of air that is produced when “P” and “B” is pronounced. Although it is not compulsory to have one, they are pretty cheap and do help the sound of your vocals.

9. Ear Training Software

Typical “home recording essentials” lists usually skip this but its importance can’t be ignored. The final result of your recordings largely depends on your ears. As a musician, you’re probably able to recognize notes, chords, and intervals. But you’ll do better if you can learn to recognize bands of frequencies.

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