With a budget of $300 to $500 you can set up a home studio to produce
radio quality recordings or backing tracks using your computer.
A musician with a good personal computer can assemble the components for a great home PC recording studio for $300 to $500. Backing tracks can be a great asset for playing venues that feature few musicians with a big sound.
Guitarist, vocalist, percussion or bass players can record in high quality at their home studio, upload samples to their website, and provide the full arrangement at live gigs.
This is an “audio to digital” converter used to sample various analog sounds to store in a digital format on a computer hard drive. The interface hardware usually has a “pre-amp” that insures the integrity of the signal, low and high impedance inputs, phantom power to drive condenser type microphones, and converters with CD and higher quality sample rates.
This hardware can be found to be bundled with like quality items like:
and other accessories at a “deal” price. Buying the bundle can significantly reinforce the studio budget.
This is your digital audio workstation. A virtual studio that resides on your computer. I assume you have a computer, but if you don’t, you will have to expand your budget and include one. Most computers will handle this software. I suggest getting a laptop because you can take it to a gig. Otherwise, desktops are powerful enough and since they are being overshadowed by new generation laptops and tablets, you can find one for real cheap.
I used “Sonar version 8”, originally a “Cakewalk DAW”. There are newer “lite” versions on the market are amply equipped with “tried-and- true” plugins, that help you create professionally compatible mix-downs.
The software can be bundled with other hardware, like your audio interface or a keyboard controller.
A “condenser mic” has the widest frequency response and the best transient response of the many types of microphones. This electrostatic mic produces the clearest sound for studio recording.
Improvements in the sound recording industry has made this item super affordable, at around $100. Accessories usually bundled with a condenser microphone are: High impedance cable(s), pop filters, microphone stand(s) with boom extensions for positioning the mic.
Forget about getting a set of studio monitors right now, and go for a set of studio quality headphones. Using speakers in the recording room will contaminate the mix by spilling previous recorded music onto a new track. You want to isolate your tracks from being crossed over onto previously recorded tracks.
A good set of studio headphones can be bought for about $100 to $130. Isolated tracks and easier to remix in your recording software. Plug-ins that add reverb, echo, compression and many other filters work best when complementing a track that is not muddied with leaked tracks from studio monitors.
Studio monitors are good for playing the recording back to a several people. Having 4 or 5 headphones is not practical and the room will “color” the mix if re-recorded using a live monitor.
The room mix will have to be processed through an equalizer to match the it’s effect on the overall sound. Mixing with speakers will only ensure that problems like latency will only be magnified.
PreSonus AudioBox USB 96
* LyxPro Recording Bundle
* Studio One 3 Artist Software
Novation Launchkey 49 MK2 Keyboard Controller with Knox Keyboard Stand and Sustain Pedal
JBL Professional Control 1 Pro High Performance 2-Way Professional Compact Loudspeaker System, Black or white (sold as pair) – C1PRO
Latest 150W Pro quality version of JBL Control 1
Assemble a digital home recording studio for $300 to $500. Radio quality recordings, backup arrangements and demos in your home.
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