During this era of quarantine, big stars are using their ‘free’ time to continue recording from the comfort (and safety) of their own homes. However, the truth is that many people can’t afford nor have the resources to create recording studios at the level these celebrities are, but that doesn’t make it impossible.
While many beginners may think they lack the talent or resources to do this on their own, it’s not impossible to build a home music studio on a budget. Here are some tips to follow:
- Keep Things Simple
It’s best to keep things simple, especially when building a home studio for the first time. There’s no need to overcomplicate what can remain simple because going this route can promote future failure. This piece of advice applies to all aspects of building a home studio, such as the following:
- Buying equipment
- Buying software
- Setting up the space
- Starting projects
- Watch The Price
It’s also important to watch how much money is being spent, not only because funds might be sparse, but also because it’s best to avoid being overwhelmed off the bat with expensive equipment. It’s also important not to buy something just because it has a cheaper price tag.
This is where taking the time to research different products comes in handy. Make sure to look at reviews, ask the opinion of those who’ve already purchased and used them, and know the specs of the equipment before buying.
What, then, is a good price range to stay in? Well, that depends. At the end of the day, it will vary from person to person. At the lower end, a home studio can be set up for around $500. However, many who have done it before would not recommend spending that little.
- Know What Equipment You Need
A home studio can be set up with under 10 pieces of equipment, including:
- Computer (either laptop or desktop)
- Microphone stand(s)
- Pop filter or the mesh screen that covers a microphone and filters out ‘popping’ sounds
- Cables (one for your microphone and two for your monitors)
- Audio interface
As mentioned above, before purchasing these pieces of equipment, it’s important to research each one individually. Compare prices, like those of audio interfaces on SoundHalo or GrooveboxStudios, and read reviews from previous purchasers before making any decisions.
- Set Up A Designated Space
Once you have purchased the pieces of equipment mentioned above are purchased, it’s time to choose what space in your house will be converted into a studio, and how that station is going to be set up in the chosen room.
The ideal room should fit into the following criteria:
- Large in size (the larger, the better)
- Has a concrete, hardwood, or tile flooring because carpet can actually affect the acoustics
- Has high ceilings
- Has asymmetrical walls as much as possible
Because it’s your first time building a home studio and budget may be limited, some of these may need to be compromised, but it’s important to try and achieve as many of these criteria as possible.
After deciding which room to convert into a studio, it’s time to decide on the setup. Here are three popular studio setups:
- Solo Setup: As the name suggests, this setup is best for those who’ll be working alone. The design itself puts you at the center of all the equipment.
- Dual Setup: This set up allows recording with two (or more) people. It splits the room in half, with one station on each side of the room and equipment surrounding both those stations. The two stations would be where you and your partner will be seated.
- Hybrid Setup: This setup can work for either a group or solo recording. It has the basic setup that the dual setup offers, but has the addition of some kind of remote that allows you to wirelessly press record, play, or stop.
In order to begin recording, it’s necessary to have some kind of DAW (digital audio workstation) software. DAW software will allow for recording, editing, and producing from home so that recording can be done even during quarantine. Many types of DAW software offer free trials, which you should be taking advantage of. These free trials can be used as test drives before committing to one software. These free trials can be used as test drives before committing to one software.
In five steps, and with the correct resources and tools, anyone can build their own in-home studio. All it takes are simplicity, proper budgeting, enough space, and the right pieces of equipment and software. People who desire to build a studio in the comfort of their own homes will have different needs as they have varying goals as well. So, you make sure to determine your unique preferences so you can come up with the best home studio for yourself!