Building a Home Recording Studio for under $1,000

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A Crash Course in Equipping Your Studio on a Budget

Building a Home Recording Studio-Control-RoomBuilding a home recording studio is extremely desirable for the audio enthusiast. Creating music in your spare room was a dream for most back in the old days.

Not anymore.

It’s easy enough to set up a home recording studio in your bedroom today, but even though it’s easy, many people don’t know where to start.

In the following series, I’ll go over the basic aspects of setting up a home recording studio.

Don’t worry, you won’t need to get your tools out or actually build anything. This series is a crash course in the equipment you need and how to use it.

From microphones to acoustic treatment, this guide will show you everything you need to build a home recording studio for under $1,000.


Here is the six part series on building your home recording studio, along with some additional thoughts you need to keep in mind when constructing your home studio.

Your Bare Essential List of Home Recording Equipment

If you want to jump-start your home recording studio but don’t really have the budget for a ton of home recording equipment there are a few things more important than others.

Given that we don’t want to go overboard with the budget and only need the bare minimums for your home recording studio, these are the things that you absolutely need. Just get started with the bare essentials and later down the line you can pick up all the extra music recording equipment you desire.

And what are the bare essentials anyway?

A recording computer

There is no need for any home recording equipment if you can’t record and save your songs somewhere. In the short-run you can get away with most computers, whether desktop or laptop. Get some free recording software off the internet and you can check this item off your list.

Studio Monitors

You don’t need ultra expensive monitors to start a little home studio. There are a bunch of really nice sounding monitors at budget prices that can get you started and will get the job done perfectly.

An alternative option would be to get really good headphones, but it is always better to listen to mixes in a room instead of on headphones. But if you have to put off buying monitors for a later date, headphones can totally work in the short-run.

A trusty microphone

A nice sounding condenser is a great bet for the home recording enthusiast. Get a workhorse microphone that works equally well on vocals and acoustic instruments. You would be amazed at the sound coming out of some budget condensers.

An interface

Now you need to plug it all in and start recording. The last little thing you will need is an interface to patch it all together. In order for you to connect the headphones, microphone and monitors to your computer you need some sort of audio interface. Prices vary depending on how many inputs and features you want, but there are certainly plenty of audio interfaces out there for people on a budget.


And one more thing, be sure to get all the necessary cables to connect everything together. Now with your bare bones home recording equipment there is no reason to delay the production of your next smash hit.

Building a Home Recording Studio Part 1 – Questions and Computers

Image by: Michel Banabila

Image by: Michel Banabila

I’ve been asked many times about the particulars of building a home recording studio. Most recently, a friend of mine was moving into a new place and he asked for my advice.

What sort of home recording equipment should I get for my home studio setup?

I thought this question was very applicable for many of my readers. Everybody that wants to set up a home recording studio seems to ask this same question.

However, one of the most important question is this: