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Want To Build A Home Recording Studio? 8 Pieces Of Equipment You Need

by Eugene Mitchell

A home recording studio will allow you to create your own music, record podcasts, record videos for social media, create audiobooks, or do a variety of other fun and creative tasks. However, to do this, you need the right equipment. Building a home recording studio requires a range of equipment.

1: Quality Computer

The first thing you need is a quality computer. You will run most of your equipment through your computer, so you need a computer that has a lot of RAM for handling all the processes that it will be running and a lot of memory to store all of the files you will be creating. You don't have to have the nicest or most expensive computer, but having a solid machine is essential.

2: DAW/Audio Interface Combo

Second, you are going to want to get a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). This is a device that allows you to record, produce and edit audio files. You want a DAW with an audio interface so that you have the hardware necessary to connect the DAW to your computer and work with the rest of your gear. By getting a combo, you will ensure that you can fully work with your DAW, and you can minimize the number of items you need to purchase for your home studio.

3: Microphone

One of the most essential pieces of equipment in your recording studio is the microphone. To start with, you are going to want to have one or two microphones. As you build your studio, you may find that you will add more microphones to your collection.

A large-diaphragm condenser vocal mic is great for recording vocals. A small-diaphragm condenser mic works well if you are recording high-frequency instruments, such as a piano, cymbals, or an acoustic guitar.

4: Headphones

Fourth, you are going to want to invest in some high-quality headphones. You will want to start with closed-back headphones that allow you to isolate and track your recording sounds. Later, you will want to get a set of open-back headphones, where the sound is better, for mixing after you are done recording.

5: Speakers

Fifth, you will want to invest in studio monitors, which is the name for the speakers used in a professional sound studio. Studio monitors have a flatter frequency than consumer speakers that you may hook up to your television. This allows you to really hear the sound that you are recording without any additional enhancements.

6: XLR Cables

Sixth, you are going to want to invest in XLR cables. This is the cord that you will use to attach your mic to the computer. You want to use a high-quality cord to ensure that the record goes well.

7: Mic Stand

Seventh, you don't want to hold the mic in your hands. That can create a lot of feedback. You are going to want to invest in a mic stand. The mic stand will keep the mic stable while you are recording, allowing for higher sound quality.

8: Pop Filter

Finally, you need a pop filter. This goes over the mic and is designed to help remove vocal artifacts from your recording. They get rid of the "pop" of air that comes out when pronouncing certain sounds and can help improve the quality of your recording.

Setting up a home studio is an investment. You need to purchase all the right pieces so you can start recording quality sound files and doing your own creative projects.

Check out other recording studios, such as The Panhandle House, to get a better idea of what you want for your studio.