Home Studio Recording is fun, exciting and considered to be a relaxing hobby. Setting up a home recording studio is something that most people can do if the proper equipment and basic knowledge are applied. Some potential Home Recording Studio enthusiast shun the idea due to the potential costs of a Home Studio. With a little research and perseverance, the right equipment can be found at a reasonable price. Let’s look at some of the equipment that will be need for a home recording studio. A basic studio will need the following:
- condenser microphone
- an audio interface or sound card
- a pair of monitors
- a good pair of headphones
Condenser microphones to be used in a home recording studio come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Condenser microphones instead or Dynamic microphones are used in home recording. The quality of sound is what makes the difference between these two microphones. Most dynamic microphones will pick up and record different sounds that are close up. A condenser microphone in known for the ability to be able to record even the smallest minute details. The use of acoustic foam is a must when using a condenser mic to avoid the event of unwanted sounds being picked up. The user of a condenser microphone also must be very careful due to the fragile nature of these microphones. TO avoid the damage of everyday use of these microphones, a mic stand is a must. Other characteristics of the condenser microphone are:
- XLR connections
- Phantom power
- high-shelf cutoff switch
- bass filter cutoff switch
Another essential item for Home Studio Recording is the audio interface or sound card. These audio interfaces work at best when hooked to a computer via fire wire, or USB. In past times Fire Wire was extremely superior to USB, however with USB 2.0 technology there is good competition. Moreover, most desktops on the market today are able to accommodate an entire home studio recording set up. These functions include music editing, the scoring of music or video and multi-track recording.
Having the right monitors or recording speakers is also a must when setting up your studio. Your ears will tell all and having a nice set of monitors will definitely improve your recording sessions. These speakers should be adjusted into various parts of a room instead of just set against a wall. This type of set up will give you a maximum distribution of sound. Another great way of really setting up your monitors is to adjust them while the sound is coming from them and adjust closer and away from the wall until maximum sound quality is reached.
For someone just beginning as a home studio recording musician there are many guides and books that can help you get started properly.