Basic Items You Need To Get Your Home Studio Started

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Getting started is far easier than you might imagine...Well, most people think so, but the truth is… REALLY… all you need is a few basic essentials. Not only is it possible to start off with just a simple studio…it’s actually preferable.

Here's the first studio list for an Amateur Home Studio that's perfect for anyone just starting out with home recording.

1.A Computer
3.Audio Interface
4.Studio Monitors
5.One or Two Microphones
7.A Few Cables or Audio Splitters
8.Mic Stand
9.A Pop Filter & Shock Mount

It allows you to start ASAP with a minimal investment in both time and money

1. Computer/Laptop - Ideally, you want the fastest one you can afford. virtually fast enough to at least get you started. Use what you have for now.

2. DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) - the software used to record, edit, and mix music on your computer/laptop. Pro Tools are an option to those willing to spend that much. But for most people, the Free Downloadable options are a bit more reasonable for first-timers. Wonder how "photoshop" started, not everyone can do it but then till now. Anyone can edit photos.. hmm wonder if its the same for voice... Once you’ve got the software, the next thing you’ll need is an audio interface.

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3. Audio Interface - the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of your gear. For Beginners, we recommend for you to see our basic low-cost USB Audio Interface. these “all-in-one” budget interfaces can be a great way to save money, and still get exactly what you need. Basically here's where you connect your Headphones, Microphones, Speakers, Etc...

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4. Studio Monitors - commonly known in pro audio: studio monitors, or near-field monitors. Basically, they are what we commonly see or use as "speakers", the professional difference is that these Studio monitors have a much flatter frequency response, which provides a more neutral, uncolored sound to objectively judge your mix.

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5. Microphones - All your really need is 1 or 2 to get started depending on the instruments you plan to record. For most people start out just recording vocals, the “classic” condenser vocal mic should do the trick.

As a supplement to your microphone, the use of a Phantom Power Supply (commonly called mic amplifier, just a device to boost your mic pickup) is recommended to get the most out of your audio. No need to shout too much ey'.

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Phantom Power

6. Headphones - In the beginning, all you really need is one pair of headphones, so you can work late at night or test how mixdowns sound outside of speakers. When you’re just starting out, most of your time is spent recording by yourself. Best to hear your actual recording to see how you can improve your performance. Listen closely.

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7. A Few Cables or Audio Splitters - For now, you only need are XLR cable for your mic and a few ones for your monitors (Headset/Speakers). But before you buy those monitor cables, double-check that the stereo output of your audio interface has XLR connectors or a 3.5mm Audio jack. Splitters are also good if you need to replicate the jack output or input.
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8. Microphone Stand - A cheap reliable stand is more than adequate when you’re first starting out. See which ones fit your location or position. Best get something you are comfortable singing with forgetting that they are there.

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9. Pop Filter and Shock mount - Pop Filters help to minimize plosives like Ps and Bs and can cut down on sibilance (the hissing noise that can come from overly apparent S sounds). A Shock Mount is to prevent vibration traveling up the mic stand from getting to the diaphragm of the mic. You'd notice this when you drop items on your desk where your stand is mounted.

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Pop Filter
Shock Mount

Our 9 item list is pretty affordable compared to those Professional One's but they do help. Many beginners still feel they must have a studio set up properly but worrying about any unnecessary cost but still look amazingly professional, Let's face it, looks are important. Having a professional looking Studio makes you feel more professional. Just that we found ways to make it cheaper to start with.

Hope this guide helps. Do let us know should you have questions or comments email us at support@amateurhomestudio or get promo updates joining our artist newsletter below.