With the emergence of various social media as tools for getting fame and career opportunities, many amateur artists have turned to recording their own demos and mixes and uploading them online. More and more aspiring artists have turned to putting up their own studios at the comfort of their homes and editing them right away. This gives them the freedom, independence, and experience to be more familiar with the song-making process without having to pay so much on recording and editing fees.
Today, artists are not just performers but are also their own producers. In a way, this allows artists to fully be in control of the music they want to make, of the sound they want to put out, and the message they want to convey. I guess you could say that being able to record and make their own music has empowered and inspired many artists to be the musicians they actually aspire to be, and not just what music labels groom them to be.
Putting up your first recording studio can be quite difficult and overwhelming, especially if you are a beginner. If you are an aspiring artist yourself and want to be noticed on social media, you could start by putting up your own recording studio no matter what your budget may be. You might think that putting up a recording studio requires a lot of money. You might also be pressured to buy all the high-quality equipment out there. However, you must know that if you want to have your own recording studio at home for a budget, it is very possible.
Nowadays, modern technology makes it unnecessary to buy all of the high-tech equipment out there. If you are a beginner, you don’t really need to buy everything a professional studio has. All you need are the basic equipment that still makes it possible to create really good quality tracks.
For creating your basic and fully functional home studio, the first thing you need is a good computer that can process all the best recording software. Most recording studios today are digital, so investing in a good and fast computer is a must. Next, you need to buy a primary recording software or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). A DAW does the recording, editing, and mixing on your computer. A popular recording software is the Pro Tools, but you can also search for other software application, depending on your budget. The next thing you need is an audio interface which is a device that sends your recording directly into the computer and out of the computer into the speakers for playback. Next, you need a microphone and microphone stand, which are self-explanatory. You will also need studio monitors or a pair of speakers to hear the playback. You need some audio cables to connect your mic, speakers, and other equipment to the audio interface. To complete your basic home studio, you need studio headphones. There are two types you could use: closed back and open back. For beginners, open back headphones are recommended because they are easier to use.
To give your studio that extra edge and more functionality, you could also purchase other equipment. You could add pop filters, which are circular mesh screens added on top of microphones to filter out the popping sounds from singing “P” and “B” sounds. To make the surroundings of your recording studio more acoustically sound, you could throw in some bass traps, acoustic panels, and diffusers, which may get quite expensive. A more simple and affordable alternative acoustic treatment is a reflection filter. To improve the sound of your studio monitors, you could purchase some isolation pads and a stand to reduce the vibration and improve sound accuracy.
To make editing easier and more fun, you could add software plug-ins to your DAW. To save on buying more instruments and add texture to your tracks, you could also purchase virtual instruments for a couple hundred dollars. To have better control of your virtual instruments, you may also purchase a MIDI Controller. Finally, if you need more channels for mixing tracks, you will need some studio rack mounts.