Rode NT1-A review: the perfect microphone for a home studio project

Rode NT1-A review: the perfect microphone for a home studio project

Jul 8, 2013 Reviews by
They say that you will never find a professional microphone under $500. In order to prove everyone wrong, Rode decided to create the perfect microphone for a home recording studio at half the price. Even more, the mic comes with a lot of physical features that will definitely worth your money. If you plan to make a solid investment in your home recording studio microphone, Rode NT1-A is probably the first mic you should take into consideration. This large diaphragm condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern has the same quality and performance of mics found at prices over $1,000 but you can actually buy it for $229. But before going into further details, let's talk about the physical aspects of this exquisite microphone.
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Cheap Home Studio Keyboards and Midi Controllers for Music Producers

Building a home recording studio is not all about buying microphones and audio interfaces. We need ways to create our own instrumentals, beats, music lines, songs. There are producing programs out there that allows you to create your music line using a virtual keyboard, but you will never get the same touch and feeling by doing this. I have tried it for myself, and I could never get the song done, because everything felt so digital and fake. When it comes to creating instrumentals, I'm always staying with my Akai midi-controller. It never failed me so far.

Fact: Home Studio Keyboards are cheap these days, so you can buy a MIDI controller under $200 and still get quality and practicability. Let's see some of the best pics that I like. I'm targeting keyboards in the price range of $100-$400.

Cheap Home Studio Keyboards


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Affordable setup for a home recording studio

How to create a home recording studio? Here is an affordable setup The first thing you need to do when you assemble your home studio is to get a computer with enough RAM (minimum 2GB of RAM) to sustain the producing and recording process. I assume that you already have one, but if you don't you need to acquire one right now! MAC or PC, Desktop or Laptop it does not matter, though the laptop gives you more freedom of movement. If you got that out of the way, it's time to buy the actual items required for a recording studio
  • The Condenser Microphone
  • The Microphone Stand
  • The Pop filter
  • An Audio Interface
  • Optionally, you can add a microphone preamplifier, compressor, etc
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Best Tools for a Music Studio

Building a Home Studio around $500 might not get you enough equipment needed for the job. Sometimes you need more stuff to help you around in your home studio or to improve your recording/mixing experience. Keep reading until the end because the best things comes last! SanDisk Ultra Fit CZ43 64GB USB 3.0 Hi-Speed ​​USB Memory Stick Although the USB Memory Stick is a fairly common accessory in a home recording studio, you need to take into consideration the possibility that Hi-Speed ​​USB Memory Hi-Speed Sticks can be used for back or even to carry all your home studio data on it: studio-on-a-stick. You can store all your VSTs on it, instrumentals or things that you do not wish to leave in the studio computer. Basically, you have the entire collection (with very few exceptions) of VST's and sequencer on a stick that moves really fast. SanDisk Ultra Fit CZ43 64GB USB 3.0 stick is able to run multi-track (besides Reaper and VST's directly from it), though still limited to 6-8 channels to write speed. That's pretty good for a stick, right?
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How to make a music studio with a budget of $500

If you ask me, making music is more than a hobby, is a passion for art that needs to be cultivated and promoted more often these days. Some people are lucky, and being able to make a living out of it is not that hard to achieve these days. Making music like a pro in your own recording studio is not a faded dream, it is something that can be achieved with a proper (but not that large) budget. All you need is a voice, an idea and a... recording equipment. Before searching for recording studio equipment for sale, you should know exactly why you need a recording studio. Why build a home music studio? Because, before becoming a huge star, you need to be noticed. In order for you to be noticed, people need to hear one of your songs. And for that, you need a home recording studio. From this point on it's all about being creative, write the best lyrics you can write, compose/acquire the best instrumentals. So, in this regard, I will present a home recording studio setup priced around $500: mxl-condenser-mic Microphone
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