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.
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. Later on you might want Focal’s $3500 Flagship Sm9′s but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
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 condensers under $100.
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.