Home Recording Studio Setup For Beginners

By Music Repo

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Are you just getting started with your first home recording studio setup? Maybe you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused?

Good news … you are in the right place! At Music Repo we have years of experience in helping people get started. In this post, we explain the key components of a music recording studio for beginners so then you are all setup to make real progress with your recordings.

Our mission in life is to guide you step by step and make the learning process as simple as possible so that you succeed and make the most of your home recording studio, even if you are a complete beginner.

Audio recording is a fun, exciting and rewarding activity. And today’s affordable technology means that anyone can have in their home the tools they need to professional sounding recordings. Gone are the days when this was only possible in a multi-million pound studio.

But the problem is that simply buying the tools alone is not enough to do the job. It is essential that you also learn how to setup and use them properly and there is a learning curve. It is a sad fact that too many people get stuck, become frustrated and never achieve their recording goals.

We want to help you succeed! So we take a very simple approach here. Start of with the right home recording studio kit – you only need a few basic items to get going. Then we give the help and advice you need to get it setup correctly.

Home Recording Studio Kit: 7 Essentials for Beginners

There are 7 main components that should be on any beginner’s home recording studio list. These are the key essentials needed to make good quality recordings at home. But you don’t need them all at once! You can build up step by step and what you choose to buy for your own home studio recording will depend on what you want to achieve.

It may be you can achieve everything you want with a simple USB mic and a set of headphones if you just want to record vocal tracks. Or just a MIDI controller if you are only interested in creating sheet music or learning to play the keyboard or piano.

So pick the items YOU need. But to help you get started here are our top 7 items for the complete newbie.

  1. A computer, or more and more often a tablet or smartphone

  2. An audio interface (sometimes referred to as an external sound card) Quick LinksWhat Is An Audio InterfaceChoosing The Best Audio Interface

  3. A microphone Quick LinksChoosing a condenser microphone – picking the best dynamic mic – in depth guide to types of microphones

  4. A MIDI controller Quick LinksWhat is MIDIChoosing A MIDI Keyboard

  5. Recording software or DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Quick Link – Music Making Software

  6. Headphones, speakers or monitors Quick Links – A Guide To The Best Studio Headphones– The Best Monitors For Home Recording

  7. Cables and Stands

We will look briefly at each item in turn and carefully explain in plain english exactly what it is, how it works, how to choose the best equipment for you, how to set it up and troubleshoot any problems. Once you have got the basics in place, then we have step-by-step guides on how to use each component to record yourself, edit, mix and master your tracks, to create your own music, or use it to learn how to play an instrument better.

The same techniques will apply whether you are a musician wanting to record your songs or backing tracks, whether you are a video artist looking to make professional audio tracks and voiceovers for your videos, or whether you are a podcaster, coach or hypnotherapist wanting to make high quality recordings of your voice to sell or share.

So let’s get a bit more detail on these 7 basic components of your first home recording studio:

1. Computer For Home Recording

Your computer is going to be the central ‘hub’ of your recording studio. And although newcomers to home recording fret about the kind of computer they should purchase, if you are just starting out, then start with the computer you have got, and pick peripheral gear that will work on multiple platforms. Once you have got your basic studio together, and are ready to upgrade your computer then we can look at options in detail. But for now, pick an audio interface that will work on PC, Mac and iPad if you can and are not sure which direction your recording is going to take. If you bought a computer or iPad within the last 3 or 4 years it will be more than adequate for recording, mixing and sharing your audio tracks.

2. Audio Interface

An audio interface is probably the first really crucial hardware you will purchase when getting ready to create your first home recordings. This is the equipment that will get your recordings INTO your computer and will also connect to speakers or headphones so you can hear what you are doing. We have two really good guides to help you get started: one will explain exactly what is an audio interface if you haven’t come across this before, and then once you understand the basics, we have another post on how to choose the perfect recording interface for you depending on your specific requirements – and of course your budget!

3. Microphone