Good news! Even if you’re a total beginner, you likely have access to everything you need to start producing music. No excuses! Most computers function well enough, and Soundation has you covered when it comes to software. A home studio is that cherry on top that enables you to create the best music possible – and you might be surprised how affordable it can be!
Here are six key elements you’re going to want in your home studio.
Studio headphones have a flat, neutral sound that may seem boring, but they are designed that way for accuracy and reliability. Regular consumer headphones or earbuds are fine for starting out. However, they are typically either low quality or sugar coat what you hear to make it sound better than it actually does. This can lead to making bad decisions when mixing. Compared to monitors, they are portable, quiet, and good for hearing small details.
MIDI controllers usually have some combination of keys, pads, knobs, and faders. They don’t make any sound on their own. Instead, they connect to your computer to give more range and expression when playing software instruments. This enables you to have more fun and be more creative.
An audio interface generally has two purposes, recording, and playback. It connects to your computer to give you outputs for studio monitors and inputs for microphones. When buying an interface, be aware of how many inputs and outputs you need and what connectivity you have on your computer.
Studio monitors are speakers that are designed for accurate listening, much like studio headphones. Monitors are great for natural listening of stereo width and bass. It’s ideal to have both studio monitors and headphones to make sure it sounds good for different situations. Get headphones first and when you’re ready for the next level, invest in a great pair of studio monitors.
If you want to record vocals or acoustic instruments, you’ll need a microphone. There are different kinds, but we recommend a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone because they’re versatile and a standard for vocals. You will also need a microphone stand, an XLR-cable to connect it to the audio interface and a pop filter for dealing with plosives on vocals.
If you are using studio monitors and doing a lot of recording, you might want to acoustically treat your studio. Regular rooms aren’t designed for good sound. Bad acoustics distort what comes out of your speakers or into your microphone. One way to deal with this is to install acoustic panels that absorb the echo, but a simple solution that will have a similar effect is to have more furniture in your room.