There is nothing more uplifting that can make your
heart soar and touch your soul, than music. Now days
music can be transformed to greater heights with the use
of high-tech, well-equipped and hip recording studio.
In fact, what once seemed like a pipe dream is now a
possibility and you can actually set up your own
recording studio within the comfort of your home.
With technology moving at such an amazing pace, you
really are spoiled for choice and the sky is the limit.
However, you need to have some understanding of what it
takes to make a great recording and the equipment you
would require to set up that dream home recording
Undoubtedly, having a computer with a
fast CPU and a powerful soundcard would be a good start,
followed by the appropriate software, to get the sound
impact that you want. Additionally, a basic set of
headphones and a good quality microphone is just as
essential, as it has a lot to do with how your recording
will finally sound.
Every soundcard or external
audio interface has different features in a range of
prices, so it would be a wise choice to shop around
before you settle for the right one.
would basically need for a home recording studio is
keyboards, synthesizers, adapters, 2 or more sets of
speakers, computer monitors, mikes and lighting
equipment. In order to have perfect harmony, you should
have your music keyboard and computer keyboard near each
other. Another good idea would be to include a bass trap
and sound absorber as this would help to disperse the
uneven bass frequencies.
When it comes to buying
equipment it can be an expensive affair. However, while
second hand equipment can be quite functional, you need
to take extra care before making a purchase.
music shops and even individuals sell off second hand
items quite cheaply, but ensure that you can return it,
if it doesn't work as expected.
The bottom line
is that things with moving parts tend to be less
reliable in comparison to equipment like computers.
Additionally, any equipment, even a computer, which is
more than seven years old, cannot be considered
However, should you still consider
purchasing such equipment for your home recording
studio, check for signs that the machine has been
cleaned, by paying close attention to the nooks and
corners that would be really hard to clean. If you
notice that some switches and knobs are a bit loose or
show other signs of wear, you need to be cautious.
Furthermore, check out the user manual, the condition of
which will tell you just how used the product probably
Now that you have all the equipment set up,
it is time to work on recording your music. One popular
way to compose and record your own music on your
computer is to use PC music software programs. However,
just having the gear is not enough and what is most
important is to have a musical understanding to write
music and how to use the equipment and software that you
have. While the thought of making high quality music
recordings may seem overwhelming for a beginner, all it
takes is some musical talent and cash of course, to get
Therefore, even if you are not
skilled at playing a musical instrument, you can still
get good practice by trying different things,
experimenting, mimicking, tweaking and mixing. You will
soon come to realize that making music is a craft and
the studio is its workbench. Slowly, with knowledge and
experience your recording studio will equip you to play
the role of musician, audio engineer and producer.
Additionally, if you have modern software packages or
hardware digital multi-track, you too could be on your
way to creating some fantastic sounds.
music lovers, for whom music is more than a hobby, a
passion that inspires you to set up your own home
recording studio, it can now be a reality. All it takes
is talent and the will to succeed. When you increase
your 'know-how' through trial and error and the cash
flow to purchase the necessary equipment you can then
work on letting your creativity flow to produce the kind
of music that you can proudly call your own.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of
musicianhome.com, a site that provides information and articles for
musicians at all stages of their development.