5 Things You Need To Start a Home Studio

1- A Good Computer

How to choose your computer for music production

Your budget – As perhaps assumed, this is our first and foremost the biggest deciding factor. Although you don’t necessarily have to drop thousands of dollars on your music making computer, the higher you go, the better overall quality your work flow will be. To have a fast and easy setup however shouldn’t take more than a thousand bucks (and lower).

Mac vs. PC? –  Uh oh, we’re not going to get into this debate. When it comes to music production, this debacle is quite overplayed. You need to understand that in the end both are merely just computers. There is not a preferred “brand” of computer for music making! The only deciding factor for using a Mac or PC (in our opinion) is explained in the next bullet point (or if you’re “loyal” to a certain route, but that’s not our business).

What DAW are you using?  – Do you have your digital audio workstation picked out yet? If so, this may steer you towards a specific Mac or PC choice. We would only go with Mac if you’re planning on using Pro Tools (you’ll want more RAM for this), Garageband or Logic since they are Mac-only. Otherwise, both can work.

Laptop vs. desktop – Here’s another debate when it comes to computers for music. Nowadays, I’ve heard of producers using laptops at home considering how powerful and capable they’ve become in recent years. One of the biggest deciding factors for a laptop vs. desktop choice is if you’re planning on traveling or performing live. If this is so, we’d grab a laptop since it’ll work amazing for these purposes as well as can hold it’s own while you’re at home\in the studio making some tunes in between gigs. Otherwise, grabbing a powerful desktop PC\Mac has a lot of potential.

Our musts for computers for making music

–  Processors – This is a tough one because a 3.0Ghz processor is a huge difference if it’s let’s say dual core or quad core. Process is extremely important (besides RAM below), because it allows us to work in a quicker, more fluid manner. In our opinion, the faster you can work, the more ideas you can get out of your head and into your music canvas. We would go with at least a 3.0 processor that is at least a dual core.

–  There must be at least 8 GB of RAM.

–  At least 500 GB of memory – This is up to you, as some say 1TB at least; however, 500 GB is pretty hefty if you aren’t downloading sounds and storing them on the computer or using the device for anything else (such as work, school, images and videos).

–  A big enough screen to work with (12″ and up).

–  We don’t think video cards matter at all unless you’re editing videos on the side. The stock card is feasible.

2- Microphone

Making music is perhaps one of the most expensive hobbies in the world—that is, aside from tasting truffles. When you’re looking to set up a decent home studio, it’s hard to find a way to stay within budget without ending up with a terrible sound. Here are ten options to minimize expenditure while still getting a decent sound out of your system at the end of the day, by buying smart when it comes to one of the most important types of studio equipment: microphones.

You may also want to check out some of these popular audio tracks from AudioJungle for use in your projects. Or you could hire an audio professional to help you get the best sound.

3- A MIDI Keyboard Controllers for Home Recording

So often these days, home recording is a one-man-job. Because as technology improves, and more things can be “faked” with virtual instruments and software modeling… Jobs that used-to require an entire team of people… Can now be done with just you, a simple audio interface…and your trusty old MIDI controller. Of course, some controllers are MUCH better than others…

4- Audio Interfece for your Home Studio

There’s never been a better time to buy a great-sounding, flexible audio interface for your home studio rig. With the power and sonic excellence offered in these units, it comes down to how many inputs/outputs and which features you need. Here’s a rundown of some of the best audio interfaces for your home studio, organized by whether you need USB or Thunderbolt.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen

PreSonus AudioBox USB 96

Audient iD14

Audient Sono

IK Multimedia AXE I/O

5- Studio Monitors

As an audio engineer I can assure you that having good listening devices is the most important thing in the art of mixing.

Practicing your craft on substandard speakers will not only make it hard to make critical mix decisions but affect how your mix translates across other people’s listening devices. Having a pair of great studio monitors makes it easier for you to perceive every nuance in the sounds you work with. It also enables you to make critical decisions faster than you would on anything less than the best.

For our 2019 update, we introduce several new contenders in the under $200 which is perfect for small home or project studios. Some contenders from the previous update make their return but how will they stack up to newer models in the market?

We have separated our selections into four categories: The first three are according to specific price ranges and the fourth is a section dedicated to supplementary monitoring that we couldn’t just leave out due to its utility. Ready to upgrade your studio? Here we present to you The Best Studio Monitors – Under $200.

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