Building a home recording studio is a HUGE project, isn’t it?It takes months of planning, research, and preparation, doesn’t it?Well most people think so, but the truth is, Getting started is far easier than you might imagine.Because REALLY all you need is a few basic essentials.And in today’s post, I’ll show you exactly what they are…As I walk you step-by-step through the entire process of building a basic home recording studio from scratch.So let’s get to it. First up
Why Simple is Best
The fact is, not only is it possible to start off with just a simple studio…it’s actually preferable.Because just like with any hobby, by attempting too much too soon:
you get overwhelmed,
you get discouraged, and…
you eventually quit.
And all the time and money you invest is wasted.So to avoid this fate, just keep it simple. But you might be wondering.
How cheap is too cheap?
Since home recording can be expensive…musicians often search for the cheapest possible solutions to recording their music.And that’s fine, except…there is such a thing as “too cheap“.While it is technically possible to build a working studio for as little as $400-$500…There are low limits to what can be accomplished in such a studio…and I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone truly serious about recording their music.
The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is the software used to record, edit, and mix music on your computer.And the Audio Interface is the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of your gear.These two items can either be bought separately, OR as a combo. But your first studio…I highly recommend the combo.
Personally, I’d recommend the Pro Tools option to those willing to spend that much. But for most people, the Presonus options are priced a bit more reasonably for first-timers.
Having said that, if you don’t mind purchasing your DAW and interface separately, There are still tons more options to explore, and I cover them all in the following two articles:
1.The Ultimate Guide to DAW Software
2.The Ultimate Guide to Audio Interfaces