Essential Equipment To Get Started Recording Audio

Are you planning to have your own home recording audio? There are a few possible reasons that you might want to. It could be to start a small business. It could be also that you have great love for music and you want to record when the inspiration hits. No matter what the reason is, having your own studio at home takes a little bit of forethought. It will certainly be not cheap either. But like any other venture, it is essential to know about the basics and what your needs will be.

1. Computer

With the technological age, computers are just about everywhere. Whether it’s at a school or an office, computers seem to have become a necessity, and almost everyone with a medium wage has one. Studios now are also pretty much all digital, so a computer is definitely needed. If you are starting, it is fine to use whatever computer you have on hand. As you develop though, it will certainly may warrant an upgrade later on.

2. Digital audio work station (DAW)

A DAW is the software that you use for recording, editing, and mixing on a computer. In buying yourself a DAW, it important to consider what computer you are using, the style of music you want or usually produce, and your budget.

3. Audio Interface

An audio interface is the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of the gear in your studio. Learn the basics of how to use them before buying one. They come with different options and like the DAW, the model you choose reflects on what kind of music you usually produce. 

4. Microphones

Even now, microphones are still needed in recording studios. If you are just starting, one or two microphones will be enough but as time goes on, you will probably need to add more. This is because microphones have different uses depending on your sounds, instruments, and situation. Choosing your microphones will also depend on how you intend to record the sounds emitted from your instruments.

5. Headphones

The headphones in your music studio are used for monitoring as you record and also for mixing. They come in two major styles: the closed-back headphone which is used for tracking and offers optimal isolation of lesser sound quality and the open-back headphone that is used for mixing and offers optimal sound quality at expense of lesser isolation.

6. Studio Monitors

Visually, they are similar-looking to a bookshelf speaker. However, on some levels what they do is the opposite of a speaker. Instead of enhancing the sound, they provide a flat frequency response. The reason for this is to hear the true sound of your mix and know how will it need to be adjusted accordingly.

7. Cables

Cables are a basic need for piecing a home recording studio together. You need to search and have the right ones for this, but unless you have an unlimited budget you can pretty much get away with anything offered on Amazon these days.

8. Microphone Stand

Stands are almost a necessity when using a microphone, and like microphones, you’re going to need more of them as more microphones will be used in your recording sessions. As time goes on, it will be better to invest in good, solid microphone stands.

9. Pop Filters

A pop filter is the mesh-screen that goes between the microphone and the vocalist. It is a good filter for the low-frequency blast of air called “popping” that happens whenever “p” or “b” is pronounced. It is not really a need per se, but it is cheap and can be really helpful with your recording process.