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How to build your own home studio

Producing music at home has never been easier, as new and more affordable technology solutions become available. Here’s what you need to set up your home studio

Microphone

To create a professional and authentic sound, there is certain equipment you really need in your home studio. Here are five ideas to help your home studio fulfil its potential.

Auto-Tune Equipment

Auto-tune equipment is not always the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to building a home studio. Those are for the big buck studios and the pop stars, right? Wrong! There is no rule to say you can’t have auto-tune devices in your small studio, and the Antares Auto Tune is a credible option worth exploring.

Tech such as this comes in a variety of forms and can enable not only more perfected vocal sounds but instrumental tweaking as well. Plus, any sale here means a discount on auto-tune software, which can be otherwise a tad expensive.

Auto-tune can make your track sound more professional, better ‘finished’, and expertly produced by eliminating poor tonal elements of the recording such as missed notes.

Studio Monitors and Stands

Studio speakers are an integral part of the production experience. They are designed for this purpose and therefore emit a more specific sound to relay all the components of a track in their best light.

They have astounding decibel capacity and can handle a solid range of frequencies. Don’t forget you may need stands to keep them above the rest of the equipment.

Soundproofing Methods

Soundproofing a studio is important for two reasons. Firstly, to keep noise from escaping and disturbing those close by. Secondly, to stop those close by infiltrating your recording session with their noise. There are a few viable options for achieving these goals in a home studio setup:

  • Thick carpet and foam underlay
  • Acoustic panels
  • Foam panels
  • Draught excluders on door gaps
  • Blackout material on windows

Mixing Vitals

Mixing is a key part of the song producing process. This occurs when all instrumental and vocal parts have been recorded and is a way of bringing all these sounds together for the final result. If you have been using software on a regular desktop, that is fine and there are plenty of credible options for making decent songs that way, but you can take it further. Try acquiring a DAW, or digital audio workstation. This is encompasses all tasks related to song production and grants access to every process from MIDI edits to master edit functions. To complement this, think about an Audio Interface. Audio interfaces are the most direct way of converting recorded sound straight into a readable format on your PC and DAW software.

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