You may already have a designated place to record, or already have your own home studio setup, but if not, here is a checklist of the main items you will need to produce a good quality song:
Computer: A lot of people already have this handy, but you’ll need a desktop or laptop with good speed and disc space left for your home studio.
Microphone: You will need a good quality microphone to record your vocal magic for your songs. Luckily enough, you don’t need to spend a grand or more on it. Good quality recording microphones from brands like Audio Technica and Rode will only run you around $100-$200 bucks.
Music Software and Interface: Music software is used to record and edit your songs online, while the interface is used to hook up your gear to the music software. A common combo that Indie musicians use is Avid Pro Tools software with the Mbox audio interface.
Headphones and Speakers: Headphones are a necessity when it comes to recording and mixing your music. As a beginner, you can stick to one pair of quality headphones (also around $100) or do it like a like a pro and get the two different types: closed-headphones for recording and isolation, and open back headphones for mixing and better sound quality.
After you've got the basic necessities down, there is one vital studio tool that you should consider if you want your sound to mimic the sounds of the professional, million-dollar studio setups. You need a portable studio booth! Loads of independent artist, bands and musicians record in the comfort of their home these days thanks to technology, but a large amount is forgetting about the miscellaneous sounds that can affect their recording session. Home studio booths come in a variety of options depending on your budget.
If you're going for cheap yet effective, you may want something similar to this studio booth that's available on SweetWater for around $99:
If you're looking for something a bit more 'Next Level' to shut out the sound, but don't want to pay over $500, you may want to consider a larger booth like this one for around $400:
Or if you're a professional with a big budget already, you can go ahead and get one for thousands of dollars on the level of a Whisper Room studio booth:
Why so pricey, you may ask? Because sound quality matters! Far too often, DIY artists and musicians are hurting their audio quality by recording in spaces with audible air conditioning, footsteps, voices in the other rooms, and even loud weather in the background! This hurts the mixing and mastering process and may cause you to lose out on being able to consider your track "radio quality". The popular phrase, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" holds true in this regard. If you're making music, it should mimic the sound of a song you hear on the radio!
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