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    This is a basic guide on what you will need to start your own home studio. this is for artists who do not have a lot of money to spend but would rather record themselves instead of paying for studio time. most of this equipment can be found at a reasonable price. you can find it at GUITAR CENTER & they will give you a discount if you buy it all at once.
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    1st - you will need a computer. anything with at least a 120GB HARD-DRIVE & 2GB of RAM (memory). this will let you record with out having multiple drop outs or negative feed back.

    2nd - you will need a condenser mic. these are the best quality mic's to record vocal's on. you want one that use's a MIDI cable.

    3rd - you will need a mic stand.

    4th - you will need a pop filter. this will protect your mic & give your vocal's better quality when you record.

    5th - you will need headphones. studio headphones are the way to go.

    6th - you will need studio monitors. these speakers are the proffesional way to go when playing your music back to level out the volume & know when something is peaking.

    7th - you will need a pre-amp/audio interface. this is what you use to hook up your mic/speakers/headphones to your computer.

    8th - you will need a PCI card. you need to install this into the back of your computer to plug your pre-amp/audio interface in to your computer.

    9th - now that you have all of the basic equipment you will now need to get a program to record with. most multi-track recording programs are good but there are some that work like a monopoly & make you buy certain equipment just to use their program. ask your sale's rep about this & which program will work best for your budget.

    10th - you will need to get some plug-in's/VST's. these are the effects you will need when mixing your music.

    11th - you will need to get some books & tutorials on your new program, music theory, & mixing. yes you will need to read & study to have more control over what you do. this way you will understand what your doing when recording. you can't just walk into a college & get straight A's you need to study.

    finally you will need to find a good place to set up your equipment. soundproofing is recommended but if you can't afford it right away it is not necessary. remember starting a home studio is not cheap & most people take a while before they actually are able to have control on their equipment. but if you are dedicated to music enough to work hard & put your all into it you will start making the type of music you like in no time.

    remember this music thing don't happen over night!!!
    Last edited by MrReason; 06-07-2008 at 1:42 PM.

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    Default Re: What You Need To Start Your Own Home Studio (for beginners)

    Honestly, I Take It U Jus Wrote That From Ur Own Memory, It Isnt Very Helpful & You've Explained Things Really Badly... No Offence

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    I put basic things people need to start a home studio dont be an arrogant fucking prick when Im helping people who dont have a clue on what to get. Its not standard for everyone to follow this guideline... its just simple things serious artists will need.

    you obviously dont know what your talking about if you had to read this
    your opinion is wack & LAME

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    Im just tryin to contribute to this site...

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    The first two things to consider are your software and your interface options. Your recording interface is, simply, the piece of hardware you connect your computer to in order to record. There's a lot of options, and all of them are better than using your internal microphone! Your software options are numerous, and it's really up to you what you're most comfortable using, and what you can afford. The most popular and powerful software package on the market is Digidesign's Pro Tools software suite. Pro Tools LE is aimed at the home recording market, while Pro Tools HD is more for professional studios who need expanded capabilities. There are several other software packages available, too - Apple's GarageBand is packaged with most Macintosh computers produced in the last couple years, and is a powerful music production tool. There's many other options to consider



    Microphones
    There's a very simple mantra to repeat to yourself when learning how to record - The better the source, the better the recording! Spending the extra money on a good microphone will really make a difference in the sound of your recordings. There's a lot of great microphones out there accessible to every budget! There's also some amazing microphones if you're able to spend a little bit more. Check out some of our microphone-specific guides for more information.

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    the resurrection of this thread... LOL

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    i use a laptop(4gb ram), fruityloops($undisclosed),samson usb mic($80 best buy),computer mic($7 wal-mart)yeah i use a hyphen!!,sony headphones($50 wal-mart)and guitar link($35 local music store)....thats a po man's stuido right there...plus my guitar.
    Get out that box.

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    I have to say I only clicked to see what you had to say and this is a pretty good list for someone whos a little lost by what they need to start recording though im think some people are to lazy to do the research and rathe ryou hand them a list of really cheap really great products to get lol

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    I agree with ninety9one^^^ This is a great idea to start a thread like this Mr Reason!! its good to see that you made a concerted effort in creating a thread like this to contribute to the site, and this can be useful. Other posters may be interested or want to know more about equipment setups, etc. so they can merely post and ask relevant questions relating to this topic.

    Anyway, as far as a setup goes I keep it rather simple to be honest mainly because I have over 7 years vocal/songwriting experience so microphone issues don't at all concern me..

    I have an AKG Perception microphone with Pop Disc, HP Envy 14 Beats Audio laptop, Casio Tonebank CT-470 Keyboard linked to laptop, AKG & Beyerdynamic Headphones, Reason 5 for main production software, I do have Acid Pro and Fruity Loops but haven't got into them yet,and I just use free software -Audacity to record vocals, I also have an M-Audio sound card which I don't even use lol dunno why, my system sounds good without it.. so like I said, I got a kinda simple setup but it works fine for me.. I mean equipment isn't really everything I think the knowledge and musical perspective are whats really needed in creating good music -peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilshot View Post
    I mean equipment isn't really everything I think the knowledge and musical perspective are whats really needed in creating good music -peace
    It's only true to a degree. In terms of getting shit done, you can do it with anything and you can make something that sounds "balanced" with what you got and lyrics and talent will always be present regardless BUT your quality is a major factor in having a good song and an excellent song. Take your favorite track and run it through as lo-fi MP3s through shitty gear and compare it. I make money off audiophiles and people serious about their talent. What label/team/investor is going to invest in someone who won't invest in them-self to have a project-professional studio quality? Talent is second rate in the music industry after looks and marketability and you can't market garbage quality. Whether that's the way it should be or not is a different argument, but the fact is that's the way it is today.

    With that being said, a home studio for beginner's isn't worth it. I've lived and experienced it. If you buy cheap, you buy twice. If you cannot live without something buy a cheap USB mic and a basic MIDI keyboard until you can save about $10k+. Sure you can buy in pieces, but take a $1k mic and run it though your shitty Alesis 8 track mixer .. you'll still have shit. You need quality converters, monitors, preamps, mics, and acoustical treatment for anything to be better than a basic USB mic. In all honesty they all link to each other and you are only as strong as your weakest link. You don't need exactly top of the line .. but if you only spend a few hundred on them pieces they aren't going to make much difference to be honest .. save the money for real studio time.
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    MAC,MXL,M-Audio interface, Pro-tools es.

    any body got a pop filter i can get my hands on?

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    hanger and pantyhose.
    Get out that box.

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    aha, i went with a peper towel but ima fucks widd it

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    Pop filters are dirt cheap these days and unless you're going for a metal one I wouldn't pay more then $10ish for one. I think you can do $10ish for a pop filter. The hanger and thick panty hose does actual work to a degree, but for $10ish bucks that it costs now .. it doesn't really make the difference. The paper towel though will not cut plosives and pops. Amazon.com: On Stage ASVS4B 4-Inch Pop Filter: Musical Instruments
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    My budget is limited, so this thread is very helpful. I probably will be recording all my own songs as soon as I have the time and money to by the right equipment.

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