If you're a computer geek like me, or if you like cool looking hardware, I think you'll get a kick out of today's blog post. Today I'm going to take you on a tour of my one of a kind, custom built studio PC. One of the key aspects of a home studio is the PC (or Mac) that'll serve as the hub for all your music making activity. With as demanding as modern DAW software can be, never mind all the plugins you'll want to run, as fast as you can afford is usually the best type of co
Sometimes, spending more on something simply means you wasted money because another less expensive item would have worked just as well. But, this is not one of those stories, much to my wife's and those hoping for a good budget story's chagrin :-).
One of my first blog posts was about my first mic that I bought, a budget $150 AudioTechnica. For what it is, and what I was able to spend at the time, it was pretty good. Recently though, I wanted to have more vocal pieces in m
You need some equipment to get started in a home studio, but one super important part of the setup is the room you're in. Pretty much every room will need some help to sound its best. There's a great tutorial on this over at E-Home Recording Studio. The way you acoustically treat the room can drastically change the way you hear sounds and will affect both recording (if you're doing that in the space) and mixing/mastering. Theoretically, if you're doing everything "in the box"
Now that we've got some software, an audio interface, and some speakers - let's take a look at headphones.I know its been a while. Lots of changes for the home studio, and our media business, but more on that later. For me, and I think for most home studios, a good set of headphones is imperative. There may be a time when you really need hear the details in your mix, or try to drown out the distracting noises in your house, and for this a solid pair of headphones is invaluab
The next piece you'll need for a solid home recording setup is a solid audio interface. These are basically more advanced versions of the sound card found in your computer, but specifically designed for audio work and MIDI instrument inputs. They serve as the hub of your home studio, connecting any mics, instruments, or other inputs to the DAW software on your computer. The e-Home Recording Studio blog has a good breakdown of essential things to know when picking your DAW. I
When you decide you want to make some tunes, you're going to need a few things, as I mentioned in Part 1 of Building out the Home Studio. And probably the most important choice you'll face, is what kind of software you want to build your studio around. If you don't have experience with any of these tools, as I didn't when I started, this choice can be pretty daunting. However, there's a good overview of the major reasons at E-Home Recording Studio - a great resource for anyon