A recent comment from DavidT inspired me to write an article about the similarities and differences between Steinberg UR22 vs Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interfaces. If you find yourself in the position of having to choose one of these two devices and you need the ultimate reason to choose one of them, then the following
If you need a portable studio setup or you plan to build your own recording studio on a tight budget of $500 while still keeping audio standards up, you should probably take Rode NT1-A Recording Package into consideration as one of your best options. This package features everything you need for making music independently: one of the best microphones for a home studio, the Rode NT1-A cardioid condenser microphone, the Presonus Audiobox USB, Sennheiser HD 202-II Studio Headphones and an adjustable mic stand.
If you ended on this page you are probably just like me, in love with music. I bet that ever since you can remember you wanted to make music, you wanted to make your voice heard and get some credits for all that dormant creativity that's inside you. But before becoming a worldwide music star (or at least a local star) you need to have your own recording studio where you can transform the musical ideas in your head into beautiful sounds. In this article I will tell you about the best way to choose all the equipment needed for setting up a basic home studio.
13 years ago, when I first got into music, the Internet was not packed with tutorials and advices on how to create your own home recording studio, how to make an instrumental, how to record music, how to mix and master a song. Living in a small city made it impossible for me to achieve the right quality for my music. The lack of information almost broke my wings and the first couple of years of me entering the music world represented the dark age of my small "carrier". It took some time before I got my hands on a decent music software. Those where the days when I was using the N-Track Studio to record my vocals on an instrumental created on a common keyboard. As I said, totally unprofessional.
Some audio interfaces that use the USB or PCI port will add strange noises to the recordings or to your playbacks. This is a common issue for most USB audio interfaces, and there are some things that you can do in order to fix this the problem.
When you use your audio interface, there are a variety of reasons that can create pops, clicks, dropouts, crackles or distortion when you record or when you playback. Usually, this happens because the digital recording uses too much resources from your computer. Other times, it happens because there are other components on your computer that interfere with the audio interface, creating unpleasant sounds.
As I said, there are many reasons for hearing buzzing, clicking and popping sounds on your audio interface. I'm going to start with the simplest fixes, and finish with the most complex ones. You need to "try and test" every one of them until you spot the actual problem.
Finding the best microphones for building a home studio could become a real challenge! I still remember the first time I’ve ever built a home recording studio. I was around 16 and I had a dream of becoming a musician. Man, the audio equipment was so expensive at that time (at least for my budget),
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
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!
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?
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:
Ok, so you have seen what “Youtube” says about mixing and mastering. I will give you my fast recipe about this topic. Before going into details, you need to know there is no ultimate tutorial on how to mix and master a song, because there are many factors involved, and the raw recordings will always