Secrets Of Setting Up A Recording Studio In Your Crib
Young artists nowadays have resorted to setting up recording studios in their own private spaces to be more independent and free in their artistic expression. It certainly saves money for aspiring artist compared to getting their music done through a professional studio. So how does one set up his own recording studio?
Here is a list of the audio recording equipment needed:
* A computer
The most important thing to consider when getting a computer for computer audio recording is to make sure that the specific systems requirements for your audio-editing applications and audio recording software are met. For the purpose of setting up a basic home studio, a moderately powerful off-the-shelf unit is sufficient. You just have to check that you have sufficient power to run your editing programs. This is specifically for systems running Windows XP. For a Mac, it is best to get a unit with a G4 or G5 chip. Current G4 and G5 based Macs and current programs are perfectly functional for your recording studio.
As for the audio interface, you will need one in order to get audio sound in and out of your computer. An audio interface can be a card installed in your computer or it can also be an external audio recording device that connects through your PCs Firewire or USB. Some audio recording software requires the use of specific interfaces like the ProTools LE but others can accommodate almost any interface. The software just has to meet ASIO or Core Audio standards.
Some think that mixers are no longer needed because audio recording software already have level adjustment features, stereo pans and EQs but a mixer is till a very functional tool to use in a recording studio. It is helpful to have a number of sound sources permanently wired for feeding hooked on an interface through only a few inputs. What is important when choosing mixers is a high quality microphone preamp which can overcome audio interface deficiencies. There are some good quality compaq mixers available in the market that have a solid construction for smaller studio spaces.
Good quality monitor speakers are a crucial part of your home recording studio. They are important for you to get good mixes. Headphones can be helpful for checking finer details but for anything else, a mixer will be a better option. For a personal recording studio, it is better to get near-field monitor speakers. These speakers are designed to be placed close to the mix arrangement. This is important to minimize the effects of the surrounding space between the speaker and the mix.
Although the built-in preamps in mixers or audio interfaces are sufficient enough to level up low microphone signals into line-levels, it is still a basic need to get the work perfectly done through an external processor. Plug-ins can simply help process voice recordings better.
As for microphones, it is always important to consider the space at which you plan to set up your recording studio. You can choose from smooth and warm microphones that are ideal as announce mics but you can also get good quality condenser mics if your work mostly involves production and less voice recording. It really depends on the work you plan to do and the size of your recording space.
Setting up a recording studio on your own is not a joke especially because you need to invest money and effort in the process. It is important to make sure that all that money and effort is not wasted. You’ll do this by choosing equipment that will perform its audio recording function highly effectively, and also stand the test of time.