Home Studio Basics: What Do I Need?
Want to sound like the Pros?
Here are some of the essentials for your personal studio to be up and running. The studio should have a Computer (PC or MAC) and a Condenser mic for crisp and real vocals. This microphone is used over a dynamic mic for its greater frequency response and transient response (the ability to reproduce the "speed" of an instrument or voice). Here is an example of a great home studio recording mic.
Audio Technica AT2050 Studio Condenser Microphone
Home Studio Monitor Speakers are also just as important to reference your sound.
A good pair of monitors should have a flat frequency response meaning they don’t boost or cut certain frequencies.
Flat studio monitors give you a clean slate on which you can build your mixes and get a true audio picture of what your mix is.
M-Audio BX8D2 Studio Monitors
Next is the Interface with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)/Recording Software to change analog to digital and mix your recording. Most software uses the same setup for assigning tracks and Virtual Instruments. A good example of an easy and powerful system is the award winning StudioOne recording software included in the Presonus AUDIOBOXUSB
Some more goodies to consider are some high-grade studio headphones to use when recording (vocals and instruments) and a MIDI Controller to control your Virtual Instruments. More suggestions would be pop blockers, boom stands, instrument mics, mopads, mixers and, Oh yeah, don't forget some good cables!
If you need any help deciding on how to go forward with your setup contact us at 1-877-778-7845 and one of our Pro Audio professionals will help you.