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Putting Together Your First Home Studio

gear Mar 28, 2024

Today I'm going to be going over all the gear you'll need when putting together your first home studio. If I was starting from scratch with zero gear, this is exactly what I'd get.

In this video you'll learn:

  • The gear you'll need to for your first home studio and how they all fit together
  • What each piece of gear does and what to look for
  • Specific gear recommendations at different prices points

The foundation of any home studio is a reliable computer. For Logic Pro users, a Mac is essential and required. Shop for models from 2017 onwards in order to be able to run Logic Pro 10.8. I recommend getting a mac with at least 16 GB of ram to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Microphone Options:
Choosing the right microphone is crucial for capturing pristine audio recordings. I recommend starting with a versatile large diaphragm condenser microphone like the Rode NT1 or Rode NT2A. It's perfect for vocals, acoustic guitar, and more. Alternatively, dynamic microphones like the Shure SM58 offer excellent performance in live and studio settings where outside noise can be an issue.

Audio Interfaces:
An audio interface acts as the bridge between your microphone and your computer, allowing you to record and playback audio with professional quality. Look for interfaces with the right number of microphone preamps and headphone outputs to suit your recording needs, such as the MOTU M2 or Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

Headphones and Monitors:
Accurate monitoring is essential for mixing and mastering your music. Invest in quality headphones like the Steven Slate Audio VSX headphones, which offer modeling technology which allows you to mix in virtual spaces such as high end recording studios. Alternatively, studio monitors like the KRK Rokit 8 are a great option and provide detailed playback for critical listening.

MIDI Keyboards:
Enhance your music production workflow with a MIDI keyboard controller. The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A61 is an excellent choice, offering seamless integration with software instruments like Kontakt and Komplete. Choose the keyboard size and key action that best suits your playing style and budget.

Building your home studio is an exciting journey, and having the right gear is key to unleashing your creativity. By investing in essential equipment like a computer, microphone, audio interface, headphones, monitors, and MIDI keyboard, you'll be well-equipped to produce professional-quality music from the comfort of your own space. Start building your dream studio today and turn your musical vision into reality!

00:00 Intro
00:46 Gear Guide
01:04 Computer
02:34 Microphone
05:32 Audio Interface
07:56 Headphones
10:50 Studio Monitors
11:59 MIDI Keyboard
14:02 Shopping Cart
14:35 Final Thoughts