For the individual that’s interested in building their own recording studio, they will need to start with audio equipment needed for editing, mixing and cutting tracks. Aside from the audio equipment you’ll also need to build soundproofing and may be required to actually remodel the intended space.

Professional recording studios will typically have a room where the artist performs, a control room which contains the aforementioned equipment for recording and editing and a possibly an isolation booth, where the artist can use high-volume instruments such as electric guitars or drums.

Here we will find out what equipment and supplies will be needed for both the professional engineer or producer and the amateur that’s just starting off in this field.

Creating a Home Studio: the Audio Supplies you need

To house your recording equipment you’ll need to carefully construct a room in order to promote sound quality. And you’ll also want to consider how you can subdivide and sound proof your home studio. Checking local laws regarding anti-noise provisions will also be crucial in the beginning stage.

You won’t need a lot of sound equipment for your home studio, with the entire cost ranging from one to four thousand dollars.  To start off the engineer will need to purchase a mac computer and hard drive upgrades, an M audio fast track USB, Shure condenser microphone, connecting cables, USB MIDI keyboard, audio recording software programs, speaker upgrades, an interface to pre-amplify the audio signal and some basic instruments, such as drums and acoustic guitars.

As an engineer you will also need a mixing board, faders and an effects box. These additional recording components are more designed for the professional audio engineer who will utilize their home studio for recording sessions that will require compensation.

For the beginner in audio recording, having high quality recording software, an up-to-date computer, speakers and basic instruments will be enough to kick off your hobby until you’re ready to get serious about engineering.

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Free software programs can be found online, while the programs utilized by the professionals can be purchased in-stores of through the manufacturer’s website. It’s recommended that the amateur start off with a free program, before attempting to navigate the complex recording programs the professionals use.

Different Types of Recording Studios

Recording studios will vary by type,  and can range from a smaller home studio to the high end music studios used by the professionals. For most cases it will typically take a computer with an MIDI set-up and a digital recorder to record a track. However, for those engineers out there that have the intention of producing quality sounding tracks with high-tech equipment, it takes knowledge of how to utilize the equipment and a formal education.

Typically the sophisticated home studios will be found in the home of a professional engineer or music producer , who will often form the middle tier of quality recording studios. This type is referred to as a project studio and is commonly used for voice over recording or for band demo albums that will be presented to other producers.

The very best home recording studios can charge the musician fifty to one hundred dollars an hour. These studios will feature several performance areas, acoustic control rooms and professional recording equipment such as microphones, mixers and synthesizers.

Regardless of the type of home studio it is, it will need to record, capture, re-record, edit and combine sounds while also providing a sound protected environment. It should also feature the ability for the recording artist and engineer to listen to the audio playback.


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