The Essentials of Your Home Music Production Studio

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Creating your own home music production studio doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds

Are you interested in setting up a music production studio at home but not sure where to begin? This is the guide for you!

We’ll give you a fair idea on the concepts that you have bear in mind while setting up your studio and all the equipment that you will need.

We’re assuming you’ve probably invested a lot already in sound mixing courses, therefore we’ll help you use your funds wisely while setting up your studio, so that you get you maximum returns on a reasonable investment.

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Establishing Your Budget

Creating a budget is the first and foremost point that you should think of while setting up your music production studio at home. Finalizing a budget will determine how much you can allocate into each piece of equipment and accessories you need to acquire. Without a budget, or financial framework, you could spend too much on one piece and not have enough left over to finish your studio.

It is highly recommended that you spend a very reasonable sum (anywhere between $500 and $1500 is quite reasonable for a beginner) when you set up your production studio for the first time, which will allow you to experiment with basic technologies and then upgrade if you want to.  Ensure that your equipment is as simple as possible, so that you will feel comfortable operating the same.

Remember, the best tool is the one you use, not the one with the most features.

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Let’s Talk About Studio Equipment

Here is a list of equipment that you would need for your home music production studio:

  1. Soundproof Room
  2. Computer/Laptop
  3. Digital Audio Workstation Software and Relevant Hardware
  4. Microphone
  5. Microphone Stand
  6. Headphones
  7. Studio Monitors
  8. Cables

Let’s go through each one-by-one:

Soundproof Room

This is one of the first things that you need to focus on. By using the right soundproofing technique and acoustic treatments, you can ensure that external sounds don’t enter your room and that the sounds you create do not leave your room as well.

Some soundproofing techniques include:

  • Adding extra layers or masses to your new/existing walls
  • Application of a noise-proofing element on your walls
  • Isolating various contact points through various means so that sound moves freely in the room, without one blocking the other
  • Filling up small cracks and holes in your room by giving proper air-tight sealing components

Computer/Laptop

If you have a computer or laptop already, it is suggested that you use the same for your studio as well. Using a current computer, instead of buying a new one, is a great way to save on your budget.

A desktop or laptop is a must have feature for connecting your audio hardware and installing your software. For beginners, ordinary computers are more than enough, you can always move on to advanced versions, when you upgrade your studio settings. 

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and Hardware

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Pro Tools from AVID is a popular Digital Audio Workstation

Choosing the right digital audio workstation (DAW) is the next important step that you should take care of when setting up your own music production system. Your DAW has the right features and applications for sound mixing, sound editing and all relevant applications that will help you in hassle-free and seamless sound production.

In addition to this, the audio interface, which is the hardware, is also very important. This will enable you to get your sound gear connected to your computer properly.

There are two ways in which you can plan this equipment – you can buy your DAW and hardware as a combo from the same manufacturer (which is considered as the ideal choice) or you can buy these units separately.

When you buy them as a combo, you get the correct compatibility among components and can be guaranteed about the quality of music. Sound mixing experts recommend Avid Pro Tools and Presonus Studio One. These are considered to provide a digital audio workstation/audio interface combo for beginners – but you can’t go wrong with some of the big boys in the industry, Fruity Loops, Cubase & Reason are all great choices.

Microphone

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The Shure SM57 is a recommended choice amongst a sea of microphone options

You are sure to be spoiled for choice when you are looking for microphones, because there are one too many brands available in the market today.

If you are just a beginner starting out to set your music production system at home, it is highly recommended that you use a standard, sturdy model which comes at an affordable price.

One of the brands that are highly recommended for beginners is ShureSM57. Priced at just about $100, it provides you great value for money with its excellent services and durability. This microphone can record all kinds of musical instruments along with vocals, at high quality. Once you start specialising in any one particular kind of music, you can choose different categories of microphones as per your style.

Microphone Stand

An oft forgotteon piece of the studio production puzzle, having a good microphone stand is worth it’s weight in gold. Choose a sturdy and branded microphone stand which gives ample protection for your microphones and also gives you ultimate ease of operation.

You can even mount your phones on many of these reliable stands and create music at will.

Headphones

If there is one thing I want you to learn from this article, it is this: do not splurge unnecessarily on headphones that you don’t require when you are just starting out. Tis is where many people over-invest their funds and spend more than they need, blowing their budget in the wrong spot.

Choose only standard models – headphones are a necessity not a luxury.

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Closed back headphones are one of the most necessary pieces of equipment for any beginner because they help to block out all external noises by providing good isolation from disturbing factors that might affect your music. With these closed types, you can have a better control of your recording.

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Don’t break the bank on fancy headphones – Sennheiser makes high quality, affordable headphones like the HD-280 PRO, that will fit your budget

Some of the standard headphones that are considered to be the best are Sony MDR-7506 and Sennheiser HD-280 PRO. Choose headphones that are comfortable to wear and that have ear pads which provide ultimate safety even when you wear them for long periods of time.

Studio Monitors

With studio monitors you can choose to adjust your frequencies and enhance various kinds of tones, thereby improving the quality of your sound mixing.

These are professional monitors and are available in various sizes and patterns. The frequency range of these monitors is quite high; therefore you can choose the frequency that you want so that you don’t hear too much of shrill while producing.

Cables

You need to have proper cables to connect your microphones and your headphones to your computers, this is something that is so often overlooked, it’s the foundation to your set up!

It doesn’t hurt to have a few extra cables as it makes your connectivity easier. However when you start off, you will need 3 cables – one XLR cable for connecting microphone and 2 short cables for connecting your monitors.

Final Thought

The above mentioned are some of the basic and most essential components that you will require when you are setting up your own music production studio at your home. When you choose your components and accessories, you should exercise due care and choose only the bare minimum features, so that you can handle it easily.

Never make your structure too sophisticated for you to perform. If you do so, you will lose interest in it easily and the investment that you make in your system goes for a toss.

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Spend enough time and read reviews to find out the best brands in each of the above components and what customers have to say about them. This way, you will understand what to expect from your system and how to maintain them. Have a reasonable budget in mind and plan your components around this budget, so that you don’t go overboard at any point in time. Read customer reviews carefully and analyse all the features a particular product gives in comparison with its price.

If you choose wisely you will have a great experience setting up your music production system at home.

Well, there you have it guys, the essentials to creating your very own home music production studio – not that difficult, is it? If you’d like more information, head on over to our friends at MusicProTools.com, they’ll have all the information you.

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