Do you have a family of passionate musicians? Are your children developing a great love for music and you want to find the ultimate way to support this hobby in a completely unique and exciting way? Then a home recording studio could be just the ticket. Isn’t building a home recording studio is a ridiculously huge project I hear you ask? Well, actually no, not necessarily.
We know it sounds like creating a home recording studio would take weeks of planning and a huge financial investment, but it is actually much more simple than you think. So if you have a young family of budding musicians read on for our simple tips on how to create a home recording studio that will keep your little musicians motivated and inspired to reach new heights with their love for music.
Of course you are going to need a spare room that is free for you to transform. Perhaps now that the children are a little older you can think about using their old playroom. Maybe you have a study room that can be used for both functions. Or perhaps you even have a garage that is not being used and is just sitting there ready to be given a purpose. So think about the rooms in your home that you can use to transform into your new music room.
When taking on a task, like creating a home recording studio, it is always best to start simple. Thinking about organising and buying everything all at once is too overwhelming as this is a project that is best built up over time. You will want to try and do this project as cheaply as possible without compromising on quality and that is certainly the first challenge.
It is technically possible to set up a home recording studio for as little as you will probably spend on your monthly family food shops, but you may wind up with faulty items and equipment that doesn’t last very long. Therefore we are going to take you through the most necessary items that you need to build up a fantastic studio. The following items are everything that you need for your family’s musical pleasure which you will be able to add to as their skills mature.
A computer is one of the most important elements of any sound studio. You will probably already have one or two laptops or computers in your house that you can use or you may want to invest in a new computer specifically for this purpose. The computer itself is not as important as the software, so don’t worry about investing in a top of the range laptop. Music recording apps and producing software is readily available online these days so it is really easy to research the best software out there in order to get your studio up and running. Apple Macbook Pros even have an inbuilt, and completely free app for music production, so if you have one of these laptops you are already good to go.
If your children are all about drums, guitars and loud instruments you are certainly going to want to choose a room in the house that is as far away from your most popular living spaces. You may even want to fit in some acoustic foam sound treatment & soundproofing material in order to minimize the amount of noise coming from this area. Although this sounds like a big project, there are many companies that specialise in this that would be able to take on this task for you.
DAW & Audio Interface
DAW, which stands for Digital Audio Workstation is the software that is used on computers to record, edit and mix music. The Audio interface is the hardware that is used to connect your musical instruments to your computer. So these items are the next two most important items on your list. You can either buy these two items together or separately depending on the packages that you are most interested in. Buying them both together is generally a good idea as it is cheaper than buying them separately and combination packages offer compatibility between the two and technological support.
Microphones are going to be the next item on your list. Although over time you may accrue more, you will only need one or two to begin with. You will have to choose microphones that work the best with the instruments that you are going to be using so it is worth putting a little bit of research into the different types of microphones available on the market.
Headphones are a great investment not just for your musicians but also for the rest of the people who are living in the house. Headphones will allow people in the music room to be able to play and listen to their music so that the music is only audible to them and not to everyone within the local neighbourhood. So it is very wise to invest in a quality couple of pairs of headphones to get yourselves set up. There are two basic types of headphone that you will want to consider and those are closed back headphones for tracking and open back headphones for mixing. Again, it will pay off to put in some research into the best models for the type of music you or your children will want to be playing and creating.
Studio monitors are also really important for any home recording studio as you will also need speakers for premium sound quality when not playing music through headphones. Of course it is not always going to be possible to play music through speakers due to the noise level but they are a good purchase nonetheless for the times when your children will be able to really let rip with their musical prowess.
As time progresses you will no doubt end up with a lot of different cables. However the best cables to start you off will be XLR Cables. To get started you will need one long XLR cable for the microphone and two short XLR cables for your monitors. There are a huge variety of models and prices available so put some time in online to find the best packages for you.
So as you can see setting up your own home recording studio is not as complicated as one may assume. Just putting in some research to the best deals and packages available, and even looking for some of these items second hand, will have you and your family well on the way to music stardom in no time at all and all without breaking the bank.