The most important quality any creative must possess is the consistency required to churn out content. This quality distinguishes between a veteran and a newbie to the industry. However, due to the unexpected COVID-19 crisis that had everyone isolated for an extended period, both veterans and newbies were put in the same difficult situation of not being able to continue their regular creative routines.
Music artists were especially affected because the recording studios they created most of their work were now locked down. Among other reasons, this could be why you have decided to set up a convenient solution to your recording problems, and we will be assisting with five tips that will surely guide you in building your Home Studio.
1. The Recording Space
The first and (likely the most important) tip is selecting the appropriate space for your recording studio. The studio can be in any spare room in the house. You can even decide to convert your bedroom to a mini studio depending on the size of your proposed setup. It is, however, advised to avoid square rooms because sounds can often create undesirable frequencies in such rooms.
2. The Multi-Track Recorder
Multi-track recorders are physical equipment or hardware that you can use in place of more sophisticated recording software. It helps to sequentially record audio files and create a tidy project as you work. This tip is very valuable, especially for artists relatively new to navigating complex recording software. The multi-track recorder provides a more simplified interface to work with.
3. The Audio Interface
An interface converts analog audio input signals (i.e., from microphones or a guitar input) into digital signals that the computer can interpret. We will be discussing important components under this next tip.
One of the most important components of your audio setup is the Microphone Preamp. It not only works with the microphone to record audio files for your project, but it also regulates frequencies and projects the output to give a crisp and professional sound.
A mixing board is a piece of physical equipment that manages various audio sources, adjusts its audio levels and effects, and usually converts them to less output. They are once more preferred to their software substitutes based on the flexibility and freedom it gives when mixing audio.
Public Address System (PA System)
The PA system was designed for live sound production as loudness is an important factor. Choosing a good PA system for your home studio is essential for later-stage processes like mixing and mastering your songs.
4. Studio Monitors
The studio monitors are one of the most important components of a modern studio. They are specially used for critical listening, which means listening to your work's raw representation. The studio monitors do not enhance the audio quality so that it is easy for the mixing engineer to pick out what part of a music project needs special attention. They come in all shapes and sizes, but for your home studio, any standard monitor will do.
5. USB Microphones
The last and final tip to putting together a proper home studio is getting the appropriate microphones. This tip was kept till the end to emphasize its importance in the studio setup. Your projects' overall audio quality depends largely on the microphone that inputs the audio in the first place, and there are no better substitutes for a good USB microphone. Your microphone selection process should consider the clarity and accuracy of the audio signals that the microphone will generate. Choosing the best fit for the type of music you make is also best advised.
There you have it, the five most important tips to setting up your studio right in the comfort of your home.