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10 recording Must Have for AT Home Studio 

For most artists and producers beginning, building a home recording studio can be a difficult task. Getting the right recording equipment for the right price. Then there’s a whole lot of choices to choose from. At the end of the day, it just feels like a complicated process if you’re new.

The good news is, it’s not as hard as you may think. We will be going over exactly what you need step by step to build a recording studio ay home. We will list 10 music recording equipment that you must have to get started!

A couple of years ago, building your own home recording studio would have been extremely expensive. The studios setup would have taken a lot of space, the equipment was expensive and musicians really needed to go to studios to record their music. Today, building your own home recording studio is cheaper than you think! There are of course, many expensive studio setups out there, but in this guide we will be focusing on how to build a home studio on a budget.

Essential muisc Studio Equipment

Here we have the 10 equipment you will be needing to get started in your music journey. You will notice how it’s really simple and easy to get a studio from the ground up and to start recording professional music at home!

10 Home Recording STudio Equipment
YOU must have

This is the basic setup for a music studio, the price and quality of the equipment you buy will set the direction of how “professional” you want your studio to be. The great thing is that there are a lot of options for different budgets when it comes to building a music studio at home. The focus here will be to build a home studio on a budget, however, with that in mind I will be making suggestions for you to build a fairly decent home studio, since sometimes the difference between a few hundred bucks can also be the difference from a mediocre studio to a great one!

1. Computer For making music

It’s no surprise here that I am recommending a Mac. They are more expensive than the windows pcs but the soundcard on macs are better, the quality of your recording will be better and macs’ last longer. They are standard in many professional music studios and they are unlikely to catch virus or slow down as time goes. Although a slightly higher initial investment, macs would cost you less and give you a better sound quality when recording at home.

macbook for home studio

2. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

The DAW is the software music producers and artists use to make and record music. There are a large number of DAW’s out there, prices ranging from free like Audacity, to industry standard like Pro Tools. Some of the most common DAW you should consider are as follow:

  • 1. Apple Logic Pro X: This DAW is for Mac’s so make sure you get a DAW compatible with your Operating System: You can purchase Logic Pro X in the App Store.
logic pro music recording software
  • 2. Avid Pro Tools: This music production software requires no introduction. Pro Tools is an industry standard in music production and recording. If you can afford a license or a Pro tools subscription, you will be well equipped with the best DAW.
DAW Pro Tools home studio
  • 3. Steinberg Cubase: Steinberg is a respected company in the music business. Since 1996 and 1999, Cubase worked with VST plugins and VST instruments. Today Cubase is a popular DAW used by many. Combine Cubase with Steinberg’s audio interface, you are well on your way to recording professional music!
DAW Cubase 8 Home Recording Software
  • 4. FL Studio: The famous music production software that Soulja Boy produced his hit song “Crank Dat”, FL Studio is a great DAW solution for artists wanting a complete DAW solution with free lifetime updates for a good price.
Digital Audio Workstation
  • 5. Propellerhead Reason: The last one on our home recording studio section for DAW is Reason 9. Reason offers a lot of features other DAW’s don’t. Again, at the end of the day, the DAW you decide to go for can depend on your budget, operating system and perhaps the features and compatibility with the DAW of producers/artists you are working with are using, if you intend to share sessions.
digital audio workstation reason 8

Now you have the computer and the digital audio workstation, now its time for an Audio Interface. This is the hardware that you will plug your microphone and headphones into and it’s also what will connect to your computer, converting the sound from analog to digital.

Here are some Audio Interface cards you can have in your home studio

  • 1. Presonus AudioBox

  • 2. Focusrite Scarlett

  • 5. Steinberg UR-22

4. Headphones

When you are making beats or recording, having the right pair of headphones is essential to making good music. For me, every time before I record, I spend some time just vibing to get into the song. There are two types of headphones, closed back and open back headphones. For your home recording studio, you will want a closed back headphone.

1. Audio Technica M50X

audio technica m50x

The Audio Technica M50x is one of the best headphones for a really good price. Audio Technica is a respected company with great music equipment. As a matter a fact, many studios use both Audio Technica headphones and microphones.

2. Sennheiser HD280 Pro

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Sennheiser needs no introduction when it comes to their headphone expertise. If your budget allows you, this may be your ears best friend.

3. Sony MD 7506

Sony MD 7506 headphones for home studio

Sony headphones are great choice for a cheaper option to the Sennheiser. Sonys' quality and reliability makes this a headphone you shouldn't overlook!

Now its time to get a mic for your home recording studio! The microphone you go for will depend on what you want to do with the microphone. In truth, microphones are a personal choice. There is not one mic that is the best, so you will have to find what microphone you sound the best in. With that in mind, there are a list of condenser mics that should point you in the right direction. You can check here for the best condenser mic list. I would recommend the Neumann 103 (condenser mic) for your home recording studio and a Shure SM 57 (Dynamic Mic). These two microphones will cover a range of voices/instruments and give different feelings. The Neumann 103 is one of the cheapest Neumann microphones. Neumann make world class microphones and the TLM 103 is just at an affordable price for every home studio to get one. As for the SM 57, it has been one of the music industries favorite microphone for decades!

Neumann TLM 103

Neumann tlm 103 home recording studio

Once you’re done making beats or recording your vocals, you will want to hear yourself. That’s where a good studio monitor comes in. Studio monitors have always played a big part in the mixing process. You will find the KRK Rokit to be fairly inexpensive and really good studio monitors. The two monitors you should look into are the KRK Rokit and the Yamaha HS5.

7. Reflexion Filter

If you are recording in a room that isn’t acoustically treated, you will definitely want a Reflexion Filter. There is only one recommendation I would make for this, the RF Space. The RF Space reflexion filter has been used by top celebrities from all styles, ranging from Blake Shelton, Soulja Boy to Justin Bieber. This is also the reflexion filter we have in our studios in New York and Europe.

sE Electronics SPACE PRO

se space pro reflexion filter

8.Pop Filter

Pop Filters are not all the same. They vary in price and quality. Although if you are on a budget you can probably do without it or you may want to go for a cheap solution. Many microphones come with a recording bundle and include a pop filter. You can read more here about Pop Filter.

9. Cables

You will need 3 XLR cables to start you off. The size of these cables can vary depending on your room size and the setup you will want to have for your home studio. Usually you will want 1 long XLR cable to connect your condenser mic to the audio interface and 2 other shorter XLR cable to connect your studio monitor.

XLR Cables
10.Mic Stand

The last piece of equipment for your home recording studio is a microphone stand! Yes, now its time to shine. If you took our advice and purchased all the 10 equipment for your home studio, you will have a reflexion filter. These reflexion filters are slightly heavy when mounting on your stand, so be sure to purchase a decent microphone stand.

I got my home recording studio equipment setup, now what?

Now you are all ready to start making and recording professional music from your home studio! Check our posts and stay tuned to our continuous posts on how you can market your music and how you can make money with your music online in 2017!