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A basic guide to home studio setups

by Karen & Al Walsh 05/31/2023

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Home studio setups are no longer reserved for well-known recording artists. In fact, you can set up a workspace full of professional quality home recording studio equipment on almost any budget. While good equipment is an investment, you can start with the basics and upgrade as needed over time.

Here's a rundown of the costs and requirements for setting up a studio at home:

How much does it cost to set up a studio at home?

Is home recording expensive? The cost varies depending upon the type and quality of the technology you choose. Most home recording studios cost anywhere from $300 to more than $10,000.

For professional musicians, a home recording studio is an important investment with the potential to save money over time compared to paying for commercial space. However, it's possible to begin with the basics for a studio without breaking the bank.

What equipment do I need to set up a home studio?

If you want to focus on the basics, experts say there are eight essential tools to have in a home recording studio setup:

  1. A reliable computer with decent storage and processing power.
  2. A digital audio workstation (DAW).
  3. An audio interface to record vocals and live instrumentals.
  4. A MIDI keyboard to test different sounds and add effects to your recordings.
  5. Studio monitors.
  6. High-quality headphones.
  7. A microphone (dynamic microphones or condenser microphones are recommended).
  8. Acoustic treatment and soundproofing for your workspace.

What do I need for a low-budget home studio?

Luckily, it's much easier to find professional quality sound equipment than it used to be. Not only are modern tools more compact and better for home studios, the costs are much more reasonable for everyday music production.

Overall, the best way to save money on a home studio is to invest in quality equipment from reputable manufacturers with warranties and good reviews. It's important to cover the basics, but you can always start small and build your equipment collection over time as your needs change.