If you want to record your own music without hiring out a large professional space, you may consider building a music studio within your home, where you can create your next album without taking a single step outside. However, building your own home music studio is not always simple, and here is everything that you need to do to ensure that the process goes smoothly.
Get the Money
Before you even think about the essentials that you need to invest in, you need to consider where the money will come from to pay for these. Building your own music studio can be expensive, and so, for many, it is only an option if you are extremely passionate about music and want to build your career in the field. There are many ways that you can afford home studio equipment, such as saving up for this yourself, getting a part-time job to cover the costs, or taking out a loan from family and friends or via an online broker. If you do choose to get a loan, ensure you can comfortably afford the repayments and repay on time with the schedule you have agreed.
Invest in the Right Laptop
The difference between creating great music and mediocre music is the right laptop or computer. Choosing the right laptop is important as this is the device on which you will be editing your music and ensuring that it sounds how you want it to. Apple Macs are often ubiquitous in home studios as these have a range of functional software on them that can allow you to create professional-quality music out of the box. But PC’s have become more commonplace in recent years, and whichever route you choose to go down, just make sure you choose the system you are most comfortable with and get the best spec machine you can afford. You will also want to pick your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) – see this list from MusicRadar to help you choose the right software for you.
Buy Recording Equipment
However, to make your music room a creative space, you also need to invest in the right recording equipment, such as a microphone. There are many different types of microphones on the market, and they all have different roles to allow you to create the best music possible. For instance, some microphones might be better for the type of instrument that you are recording. To get you started, you will need a large-diaphragm condenser mic that can give your voice and instruments tone, making them sound larger. You will also need to invest in headphones or monitor speakers – see below – that can allow you to hear what is being recorded clearly. Additionally, you may need to invest in equipment related to the type of music you are producing, such as a synth (or a soft synth) for EDM or other electronic music. And you will probably want to grab a MIDI keyboard of some description while you are there.
Choose Good Speakers
As well as choosing the right recording equipment to allow you to hear any backing track that you have produced or to play the music that you have created back for all to hear, you will need to invest in great acoustic speakers that can allow sound to fill the space. Rather than the speakers you may have bought in the past, studio monitors can pinpoint any errors you are not happy with and want to correct.