Just a few stops short and your dream of setting up a recording studio will finally be materialized. You can even put up that studio in your very home, given that you have extra ample space.
Setting up your own recording studio is pretty much like cooking up your own dish. Wish to go on this path? Then you must have the right ingredients to make it work.
Here are five essentials that can bring professional quality into your home studio:
1) Good Headphones and Monitor Speakers
Once you’ve settled the software you need for your system, it’s time to get excellent headphones. You need good quality headphones to isolate other noises while recording. It is best used when recording a multi-track. By doing so, it allows you to listen to a previously recorded track when you lay down a new one.
The range of headphone prices can go from “inexpensive” to “overpriced”. You just have to pick out from the lot which you can best work with. Unlike your normal stereo speakers, monitor speakers are vital to your dream recording studio. Its function is to “broadcast the audio as it is being recorded without altering, ‘coloring’ or ‘sweetening’ the sound source.”
No magic can happen inside your recording studio if it is without a microphone. Be sure to invest in a superior brand; otherwise your output will be hampered no matter how good at digital audio editing you are. A condenser is an apt choice for acoustic instruments and vocals. You can also get yourself a pop filter for vocals; this advertently protects the mic from hard “p” and sharp “s” sounds.
3) A back up hard drive or Audio Interface
You’ll need larger spaces in your computer for recording sessions. Compel yourself to own an external hard drive to handle huge files. Also, by having an external sound card, which is called an audio interface, you can plug your microphones or digital instruments in an external box linked to your computer with a single cord. It handles the analog-to-digital conversion that let’s your computer processing power breathe off easily.
4) MIDI controller or synthesizer
With a synthesizer, you can create different kinds of sounds. It’s practically an electronic keyboard that plays multiple sounds while an MIDI controller is similar to a synthesizer but does not produce the sounds itself. The controller produces MIDI data that is used to play other synthesizers.
5) Acoustic Foam
Can’t have your neighbors complaining now about loud noises from your home, can you? Arm your walls with acoustic foam to reduce the sound that comes out from your studio. Installing this much-needed accessory will be good for your business as well as your recordings as it can absorb reflecting sounds. Additionally, the absorption treatment will help minimize sound reflections to prevent it from reflecting back into your recording microphone.