Recording Studio Equipment List for Newbies

Whether you have previously recorded in a major studio or have considered it, you know that the prices can be quite steep. If you are having an off day creatively or are not able to accomplish the particular sound that you are looking for, it can prove to be a waste of money and energy. As such, a personal studio can come in handy.

1. A Fast Computer

Since you will be mixing and mastering your recording to an extent, depending upon what you are recording, you need a computer that can keep up. As a rule of thumb, if it has a processing speed fast enough to run your recording program, then you can work with what you have. Ideally you should try to obtain the fastest processor possible.

2. A Digital Audio Workstation/Audio Interface Combo

You can think of this combo pack as the middleman between recording and perfecting your material. The audio interface is what actually the computer to the recording gear, and the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) actually records the audio, as well as performs the editing and mixing process.

3. A Microphone

Though most studios do have a number of different microphones, you just need one to get started in your personal studio. Over time you will most likely acquire a few different ones. Depending upon if you will be mostly recording voices or instruments, the type of microphone that you should choose may be different. You should compare different choices before making your purchase.

4. A Set of Isolating Headphones

With a set of isolating headphones you can be sure to cancel out outside sounds so that you can hear the specific sounds that you need to while you are recording.

5. Studio Monitors

To hear the full sound of your track, you need quality studio monitors. These speakers are essential in the mixing process to ensure that you are creating the right sound and balancing out the parts appropriately.

6. Required Accessories

Along with the main pieces of equipment there are a few essential accessories that are necessary in properly utilizing the equipment. The three main needed accessories are:

A mic stand
Mic cables
A headphone extension cable

Though a personal studio may not be able to accomplish every single part of the recording process, it can cover the basics and help to limit and optimize the time and resources spent in a professional studio. You can easily make your own personal studio with the six parts that were mentioned above. Collect those items and set up your own studio to create an experience like no other.

David Yin

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