As a Singer-Songwriter, I am constantly having to record new ideas for melodies and song lyrics. A few years ago, I always just used my phone, but soon I wanted something with a higher quality sound. I also wanted the ability to edit the sound files, add effects and overlay multiple instruments and harmonies. These are all things I couldn’t do on my phone’s Voice Recorder. This lead me to researching different basic home studio recording set-ups and finding out what works for me. If this is something you are interested in, just keep reading! Here is a look into my current Home Studio Set-up!
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Firstly, you will need a computer. To make my studio set-up extremely portable, I use my laptop! You could also use a desktop.
I happen to have a 13.3 inch MacBook Pro (2015) 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel i5 – with Retina Display. This is all gibberish to me, but that’s what I have! (Shop Laptops-Apple Canada)
My boyfriend got me this pink laptop cover from Amazon, which is so cute!
As for Recording Software, I began with GarageBand that already came installed on my MacBook. This is great for beginners as all of the equipment mentioned today will work in GarageBand just fine. If you want to upgrade to a better program with more capabilities, I would recommend either Pro-Tools (quite expensive), or the one I have been using and loving, Reaper. You can even try Reaper for 2 months free, fully functioning to see if you like it!
Next, you will need a good set of Headphones. I highly recommend these Bose noise-cancelling headphones, but any over-ear headphones will work.
The main piece of equipment you will need for your home studio set-up is an audio interface. The most popular one is arguably the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. This device plugs in easily to your computer with a USB input. This particular interface comes with two channels, meaning you could plug in one vocal mic and a guitar, for example. Two instruments at a time, which works perfectly for me as a Singer-Songwriter.
You will notice the small black square on the right of the above picture of the Focusrite. This is a headphone jack splitter I bought separately so I can plug in 2 pairs of headphones at once. This is helpful because I teach voice lessons and it allows my student and I to listen back to our recording projects at the same time.
Lastly, you will need a microphone. The best bang for your buck is definitely the Rode NT1A Package. In this package you get a vocal condenser microphone and dust cover, a shock mount, a pop screen and an XLR cable. The only other thing you will need for your microphone is a boom microphone stand.
I realize that all of this equipment is a huge investment, but if you really think it will benefit your career, it is well worth it.
My music can be found on my Music Facebook Page here!
All of these items were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own. I know that when I was starting to record with my home studio set-up all this information would have been very useful to me. I hope it helps somebody that is looking for a beginner-intermediate set-up.
Good luck with your home studio set-up! Let me know how it goes 🙂
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