Getting up and running with a home studio can be very tricky if you don’t know where to start, luckily for you this is a very good starting point, we’ll be looking at some of the things you’ll need to get started, we’ll be building on this topic in the weeks to come and get some expert advise from some of our in-house producers, lets get started with some of the things you’ll need:
- Audio Interface
Although your computer likely comes with a microphone input port and you can buy low-grade microphones to plug directly into your sound card, you won’t achieve anywhere near a high level of quality. Additionally, built-in sound cards provide little to no control over the signal. Among other advantages, an audio interface provides you with the ability to use high quality microphones and studio monitors (speakers).
Any condenser microphone will do, get a pop filter if you will be recording vocals, you’ll get a crisp sounding voice that way.
- Studio Monitors
Studio monitors are speakers that do their best to represent recorded sound as cleanly and accurately as possible. Regardless of what you get, you should also invest in a pair of monitor isolation pads so the sound quality of your monitors aren’t negatively affected by the surface you place them on.
- MIDI Keyboard
If you plan to use virtual instruments in your arrangements, you’ll need a MIDI keyboard to play them. These come cheap, and you don’t need anything fancy in most cases. These keyboards only provide basic controls, however, so if you plan to manipulate your instruments (a common need in electronic music) you’ll want something like the M-Audio Oxygen 49 instead. For those who intend to include a realistic piano, you’ll need to cough up quite a bit more money for a good digital one.
- Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Software
You can buy all the hardware in the world, but if you don’t have recording software you can’t do much with it. When it comes to picking a DAW, you have many options. Cubase is one of the common ones but try out some of the trail versions and get a feel of the one that you like best.