How To Choose The Best Studio Monitors To Produce Amazing Tracks

How To Choose The Best Studio Monitors To Produce Amazing Tracks

Having a studio monitor at home is the next best thing for your ears. Maybe you are asking yourself what it is for, because you already have a set of headphones for listening purposes. However, let me tell you that if your goal is becoming a pro; then, you should start to investing on a studio monitor to listen to your mix. Here’s how to choose the best studio monitors to producing amazing tracks for your home recording studio.

Headphone Mixing

When I first started mixing songs, the only means I had in my hand was money to buy for a cheap pair of headphones. In fact, here’s the picture of my very first headphone today.

Don’t be fooled by the looks of it. The Superlux HD-660 still does the job for me. I use this as my reference headphones when I need to check any resonance or issues that I am hearing from the tracks. The only downside of using this trusty old pair is the crumbling peels of the leather pads that actually stick to the sides of your face. It is quite annoying.

I know some of you have a very simple home studio set up and I bet some started with their old computer or laptop and some headphones as well. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, actually. I always take pride with my humble beginnings, and you should, too. However, at some point in time, you also need to open your ears up. How do you open your ears to sound frequencies with your headphones?

It helps, but…

You really need studio monitors.

My good old pair of headphones…

What’s the Need for Studio Monitors?

Studio monitors produces sound transparently compared to headphones as headphones tend to emit sound closely to your ears. What does this mean to you?

This means that your two ears hear the sound from the headphones exactly at the same time. This way your perspective on what you hear comes from inside your head, instead from your forefront. With headphones, panning instruments will sound wider than it is, and other effects such as reverbs and delays will appear wider and deeper to you. So, at the back of your head, you are asking now what’s wrong with headphone mixing?

Are Headphones Bad to Your Ears?

It is not. The good thing about mixing with headphones is that you hear every detail. But, the problem with this is that you can easily misjudge your mixes and your perspective on what you hear may not actually be true.

Just by mixing with headphones, your brain tricks you to think that you already have enough reverb or delays on your vocals, or the stereo field is already wide. And I have been a victim to that several times. That’s the main reason why I was always asked why my first mixes had too much reverb when in fact, I thought it didn’t have much.

There were two YouTube collaborations I had that made me start doubting about my job. Both asked me what was up with the reverb. When I went back to listen to the mix using just crappy speakers, the reverb was glaring right at me.

And that’s the start of my AHA moment!

So, I am sharing with you three factors you need to look at in choosing the best studio monitors:

How Big the Environment Is

Behringer MS40

Size Matters. When choosing the best studio monitor for your home studio, the first step is to check the size of your room. Most home recording studio rooms are quite small compared to the commercial ones, so it means that the size of the studio monitor depends on the size of the room. This means small room equals to a small studio monitor. Big room means big studio monitors.

You need to choose a speaker size that matches your room. Why? Those huge monitors in a small space take up a lot of room space, push too much air which overpowers room resonances and most especially, annoy your neighbors. On the other hand, a studio monitor that matches your room will give you a better frequency response.  I have a 5-inch Behringer MS40 Active Near Field Studio Monitors that works perfectly fine with my small space.

How Much Money You Have

This is one of the first factors to consider when buying your gear. Since you already know at this time the size of the monitors that you need to buy, then the next question is – your budget. A good pair of powered monitors ranges from a few hundred dollars up to more than a thousand dollars.

As a rule of thumb, do not spend more than you cannot afford. If you have a lot of money, good for you. However, even with that amount of money you have, you still need to consider buying a studio monitor based on your production needs, not wants. Of course, we all want the most expensive pair of monitors for our set up. But, at a lower price point, you can already get a speaker that sounds amazing. What you need to do is do a lot of researching on the prices and types on the particular size of the speaker. Reviews will help you determine the right speakers for your home studio set up.

Hey, don’t forget to check out the Resources where you can see my home studio gears. You may want to start there for your research.

best studio monitors

Buy the Best Studio Monitors and Get to Work

Once you’re done with your diligent research, go ahead and purchase what you have chosen. Then, use and abuse it. Simple.

At the end of the day, all home music producers listen to different pairs of headphones, different pairs of studio monitors, and different types of gear. The most important principle that you need to live by when it comes to music production is Less is More.

Less is more means that do with what is available to you. Use that one studio monitor you bought and start mixing your tracks. Your ears are far more important than your gear. You must train to open your ears to frequencies, practice daily mixing, spend 10,000 diligent hours on honing your craft.

There are a lot of specifications that you must know in buying studio monitors. That’s why you need to spend time in research. You are not limited by whatever gear you have. Your limitless possibilities lie on what you can do and produce from your tools in your home studio.

What You Need To Know in Buying the Best Computer for Home Recording

What You Need To Know in Buying the Best Computer for Home Recording

The computer is the fundamental tool for capturing your creative ideas in making your songs, producing your album, and promoting them to the world. Having the best computer for your home recording needs is something that you need to think about and invest in, for it will make your recording productive and efficient.

Does having the best computer in your home recording studio mean burning a hole in your pocket? Let’s find out and assess if this is true.

Does Best equal to Expensive?

Honestly speaking – it depends on how you get creative with your choices.

What do I mean by that?

When buying the best computer for your home recording studio, you need to look at these factors:

Budget

Your budget is the deciding factor. Ask yourself how much money you are willing to spend for your computer. Of course, the higher the amount, the more choices you have. However, even with a tight budget, you can still get a quality and stable tool that has more than enough power to run the software, plugins, and render processing.

Mac or PC?

Up to you. This is a matter of preference. Some are PC guys; and then some, are Apple fans.

Whatever operation system you prefer to use, it is not an issue. The only thing that you just need to keep in mind is your software of choice. Not all DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) run on a PC or a Mac. For example, Logic and Garageband run on Macs; while Mixcraft and Sonar run on PC.

But, let us get into the thought process of a consumer like you and me. I want us to put into consideration budget with your preferred operating system. I have two computers listed below:

Retina 5K Display

3.4GHz Intel Core i5 Quad Core

8 GB RAM

1 TB Fusion Drive

NVIDEA GEForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 3GB Video Memory

3.5 GHz 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400

12 GB RAM

128G SSD, 1 TB 7200RPM SATA

Here’s a comparison between these computers with a price range of $900 above.

They challenge each other on a number of specifications like the RAM and the memory. Both run on Intel Core i5, but it also depends on how many cores they have. Also, the major difference and I say, a huge bump, is the price – with a margin of $779.

What I am pointing out here is going back to what your priority is.

$779? You can buy another computer or gears for your home studio set up with that money.

Fact of the matter is Macs are far more expensive than PCs. At their price point, you can already assemble a PC that you can say a powerhouse in terms of specs, as well as processing power. If you are not planning on assembling your own PC, you can also buy a PC lesser than the price range of a Mac – that is already a stand out.

You maybe thinking I am not a Mac person. I am a PC junkie, Yes. However, this is not to undermine the quality and the brand of iMac. I admire the brand for its quality, durability, power, and the luxury of owning the product itself. But as a home musician, and with a tight and limited budget at that – owning a much affordable desktop PC with the specs that you need is enough.

Mobility

Are you going to be just making music at home or you also work on the road? You also need to answer this question because this will help you decide whether to buy between a desktop computer and a laptop. You might as well think of buying or investing on both due to easy access to your files. Bringing a laptop while you are on the road can definitely make you more productive in working on your projects.

I have a laptop, an Acer Aspire V13, in which I highly recommend because this laptop has helped me with my YouTube collabs and mixes for other artists/musicians that I work with. Traveling has been a big part of my work, as I travel once every three months to meet up with artists/musicians to record them. For me to fully utilize its functionality, I did upgrades on the laptop to suit my need for speed and proficiency.

Having a laptop is also good for live performances.

Software to Use

As I mentioned earlier, the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or the recording software that you choose is also a factor for the computer you are buying. There are DAWs that only run on Macs as well as PCs. With this, check the operating system which the software runs on.

Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio, my chosen DAW, runs on Windows. It is a powerful DAW that is perfect for home and commercial studio owners, because it is already a complete and professional software that is only $179! Nothing can beat that!

Specifications

CPU

Since music making is a CPU intensive task, you may want to check which processor the computer has.  Get the latest generation i5 and i7 intel processors, dual core to quad core.

RAM

8GB of RAM is minimum. I know that there are some who uses 4GB, but trust me, if you want efficiency, then start with 8GB up. And then as you go along, I recommend upgrading to a higher RAM.

HARD DISK DRIVE

1 TB HDD is good but I suggest that you get a computer which already runs on SSD (Solid State Drive). The minimum is 256GB. You may want to head to what I did to upgrade my Laptop and PC for maximum power and speed for my production.

Conclusion

I do hope that this information will help you decide on what to invest on. Having the best computer for your home studio set up truly is an integral part of your music production journey.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts on this.

Until then! 🙂

The Best Way to Building A Home Recording Studio

The Best Way to Building A Home Recording Studio

Building a home recording studio may be overwhelming to a beginner at first. Thinking about it, there are a lot of things to buy as well as items to consider. Not only that, you’d also think about if they are within your budget range; moreover, would satisfy your musical and creative needs to make sure you get the best sounding tracks from your gear.

So, the best way to build a home recording studio is to plan your set up.

Building Your Home Recording Studio

building home recording studio
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

It is most likely your bedroom or a spare room that will serve as your first recording studio within your house. If you have the money to build a professional, or should I say, a studio of commercial standards; then, why not? However, we will start at the initial stage – a home studio for beginners. So let’s start planning your very first home recording studio project! Here are the items to check during the planning stage:

Setting Up Your Recording Room

How To Choose The Right Room

Your Recording or Listening room plays a very important role in your music creations. If you have a good-sounding room, your mixes will sound good. If you have a bad-sounding room – your recordings will turn out bad. However, there’s no such thing as a perfect room. All rooms create sound issues. Do you know why? It is because all rooms are enclosed. And in an enclosed room, sound bounces li:ke a happy fellow! So, in choosing the right room, you need to look at:

ROOM LOCATION

ROOM AREA

FLOORING

 Room Location

The room’s location is very important. Please, do not think that you can use whichever room that you have in your house for your home studio. Remember, this is where you will spend most of your time recording and mixing your tracks. This will also house your gear and musical instruments.

Your room shouldn’t be situated near a very busy and noisy area. The noise will bleed through your recordings; thus, giving you never-ending issues to fix in your tracks. Do you want to hear the busyness of a nearby street, or the honking of cars, trucks, and buses that drive by? Do you want to hear your neighbors shouting at you, annoyed by the loud noise you are creating while making music? Or the worst is, the sound of animals like barking dogs and chirping birds? I don’t think you want that while recording your next best song!

However, if there’s no other way; then, the only way is for you to build a room within a room – in simple terms, ‘soundproof’ it. The only issue with this is – there’s no inexpensive way for anyone to build a room within a room. It is costly as well as time-consuming. Nevertheless, if you know that this can work for you, do it.

So, choose the quietest area in the house.

✓ Room Area

When you are looking at room area, this is where you need to give it some serious thought.  Some say, you must choose a bigger room; while, others tell you to choose a smaller one. From what I learned from Joe Gilder, founder of Home Studio Corner, the dimensions of a room are exactly what you need to look at.

And a room with good dimensions result to the best-sounding room.

So, what’s the requirement for a room with good dimensions?

Here are two room dimensions:

7’ x 9’ x 11’ and 8’ x 10’ x 10’

Which room would be best suited as your studio?

Problem Frequencies

The room dimensions pretty much determine the frequencies that will give you the most problems. To find out what the problem frequencies are, here’s a simple formula to give you the accurate numbers:

Speed of sound/wavelength = frequency

(1130/wavelength = Hz)

In the example above, let’s solve for the problem frequencies:

1130/7=161 Hz

1130/9= 126 Hz

1130/11= 103 Hz

So, in this room, there are three problem frequencies and they are all bass frequencies. So, the next thing to do here is to fix these trouble frequencies by installing bass traps.

Let us solve for the frequncies of the next room:

1130/8= 141.25 Hz

1130/10 = 113 Hz

With these dimensions, you’d probably think right now, that the room gives you the same frequency issues.

However, this isn’t really the case. You must choose a room that are not divisible by the same number or a common number.

In room 1, the room dimensions are not divisible by any common number nor by a same number. But, room 2 is divisible by 2. The number 8 is divisible by 2, 4 and itself. Multiples of the problem frequencies will cause big problems. Whereas, room 1 only has 3 problem frequencies because they cannot be multiplied exponentially anyhow by any divisible.

Which is which?

The result is – the best room between the two is the first room. Your room will sound much better with acoustic treatment, because you know you will not just “deaden” the sound of the room, but have the confidence that the acoustic treatment’s purpose is effective – making your room perfect for your recording needs.

 Flooring

Photo by John Hult on Unsplash

Carpets are not good for your studio. Period.

If you have a hardwood, tile, concrete, linoleum, and laminated flooring, these are all great for your home studio.

Carpets absorb high frequencies, acting as a low-pass filter. Because of this, the room sounds boomy, which results to more problems in the long run. If you install Bass traps or LENRD (Low-End Node Reduction Device), it will not be effective because the sound of the room has already fooled your ears.

So if you have a room with these floors, you are good to go then.

Acoustics

home studio acoustic treatment

Acoustic treatment is a must in any home recording studio. If your room is super small with low ceilings, and walls everywhere, these factors negatively affect the sound of your room. However, since we cannot have a large room that professional studios have, our next best option is to treat the room and improve its sound by adding acoustic treatment.

Your room is for recording, mixing, and listening. Even though it is not at par with professionally built commercial studios, what our mindset should be is always to create radio-ready music – music that can compete in the global arena.

Rooms untreated have uneven frequency response; thus, affecting what you hear. With this in mind, acoustical treatment helps improve our ears to record, mix, and listen.

Example of Acoustic Foam: Acoustic Panel Studio Foam Wedges

Home Recording Studio Essentials

One more thing, you must have a good mixing desk as well as a comfortable studio chair.

Of course, you need tools to record your music and mix them to radio-ready songs. As a start, you can use a PC/Mac or a Laptop.  Check out the resources page for my recommended tools for your home studio. The items listed there are of utmost quality and budget-friendly, perfect for a beginner. 😊

Conclusion

When building your home recording studio, you are crafting for yourself is a space conducive for music creation. That’s why you need to make sure that it is very comfortable and designed to make you create more and more music. Remember, you will be spending a lot of time in that room you are building! So, think creative and productive.

Alright folks, until the next topic!

Make Your Music Creations Better Everyday!

Become a Mixing Mastermind Today.

Learn More

This Is What Happens When You Improve Your PC for Music Recording

This Is What Happens When You Improve Your PC for Music Recording

Recording, as well as mixing music, eats up a lot of the performance power from your laptop or PC. Because of this, it is a must to improve your PC for music recording.

This way, not only that you have a seamless workflow during the extensive process; but, also assures you with a fast and reliable tool that gives you outstanding results.

Use Solid State Drives

For musicians like you and me, if we rely only on traditional hard disk drives for processing and rendering, we are not guaranteed of a smooth workflow all the time. 3 years to be exact, is the amount of time that I waited before deciding to do an upgrade for both my PC and laptop. After installing a 250 GB Samsung EVO Solid State Drive to both my PC and laptop, I began to experience the following:

 

Fast Load Time

I used to wait for minutes to load sample libraries and samples on Mixcraft Pro Studio 8 using the traditional HDD. But with the SSD, it only takes around 20-30 seconds to load a significant number of instruments. Because of the upgrade, it enabled me to start working on projects much faster than usual.

I

Better Music Playback

I found no errors nor glitches during playback. You need to understand that your projects contain several samples that require performance power for the tracks to play. Sometimes, as you work on your tracks, you find yourself adding more instruments as you change the song arrangement. This extensive process demands more spinning power from the hard drive; thus, creating glitches and errors along the way. Because of the upgrade, it enabled me to start working on projects much faster than usual.

n

No Data Losses

     The HDD installed in my ACER Aspire V was loaded with 1 TB of storage which is already significantly great for music production. However, with the traditional drive, I experienced multiple crashes which resulted to data loss as well as projects without any samples written on them. After the upgrade, I have not experienced any crashes anymore. In other words, I’ve been working seamlessly ever since.

Installing a SSD is an immediate solution to a faster, more productive, and more creative workflow for your musical pursuits. I recommend installing a Samsung EVO 250GB SSD drive for your upgrade. It is the best in the market.

The video shows how fast it is to load a 55 – track session in just a matter of seconds!

Double Your Ram

Better yet, max it out. For a few bucks, you can upgrade your RAM to increase your computer’s functionality. I’d say 8 GB of RAM is typically okay, but if you want to be really be so sure, 16 GB of RAM is enough.

Computer Power Set Up

Set your computer’s power to High Performance Mode. If your computer’s setting is to conserve energy, that will create problems as the computer runs the audio files.

Do Not Record and Mix on the Same Hard Drive

This is a huge no-no. Doing this is actually common sense. If you record and mix on the same hard drive, the hard drive will both do the same actions that require more spinning power – which is taxing for the computer. Instead, run the OS, DAW, and plugins on the SSD; then, store your projects, samples, and sessions on an external hard drive. This setup allows your computer to do the processing much faster; thus, creating more space to do more. As for me, I also store the plugins on a separate hard drive for much more space and processing power that I can have.

Great tip: Use the HDD you replaced for storage as an external drive, instead of throwing it away. I house all my files on the 1 TB HDD.

Use Submix Busses and Send Tracks for Plugins

improve your pc for music recording

Plugins are the biggest drainers on your CPU. It may be good to put plugins for each track, for organization and sound effect purposes; however, this method might produce glitches and playback errors because of the amount of power the plugins utilize. A great way to utilize the effect of a plugin is by using submixes and send tracks especially for global effects such as reverbs, delays, compression, and side-chain. Grouping tracks by putting them in a submix and then adding one effect to the submix is the best way to go about it. Please see the image above.

Try to strategize when using effects. Sometimes, an instrument track doesn’t need EQ or compression. If it sounds good, let it be. Less is more, as the saying goes.

Close All Other Applications When Mixing

The computer has limitations. Inspite of the upgrades that you already made for your PC to be optimized, you may also want to have as much power as you can when running your DAW. Closing all applications in the background frees up a lot of space and resources; thus, giving you the extra punch of power to use for your plugins, effects, and samples.

Close out the following – everything except your DAW!

In addition to this, turn off your internet connection as well as your background applications.

Bounce Out!

Bouncing out stems (mix to a new audio in Mixcraft) is a good mixing practice especially when you’re preparing the tracks for mixing. This is a process in which you mix or bounce the track to become a new track with the effects printed to it. This way, the plugins are not running on the bounced track and you can still hear the effects on it.

So by upgrading your PC to perform better is also one way of making music recording affordable to you. Think of it this way, you may be shelling out some money at first: but imagine the profit and outcome that you’ll get out of it, right?

improve pc for music recording

Can My Songs Sound Epic With Inexpensive Gear?

Can My Songs Sound Epic With Inexpensive Gear?

Without any hesitation, the answer is YES! Your songs can sound epic with inexpensive gear. How so?

Mixing engineers of today will always recommend that we get the best equipment for our home studios. Correspondingly, we think that we must purchase an expensive gear because of its quality. As consumers, we are taught to believe that if a product is expensive, the quality is at its best. Although this may be true; basing it from experience, it is not always the case.

Delayed Projects Due to Overthinking

Songs Sound Epic Inexpensive Gear

Man, before I started with music production, my desire was just to have a starting point. Since I didn’t know anything about it yet, my goal was to have just one gear – one gear for me to get going. As soon as I finished setting up the studio at home, with all the equipment in place, I began to do the work. I thought I’d be able to make gazillions of songs out of the mini space that I have. As I worked on my projects, I found myself not satisfied with my output. My mind began to wander and searched for alternatives. Doubt entered my creative atmosphere – I doubted my skills, workflow, and most especially, my equipment!

To demonstrate this, imagine having workdays asking yourself, “why is the sound different from what I hear from the reference track?” Imagine the frustration that I was experiencing along. Because of this, I thought that my gears, which were mostly budget gears, were the culprit.

Oh well. It really came to a point where I didn’t want to proceed anymore. However, a part of me still wanted to go on because of the time that I already allotted for this endeavor. So, one day, I came to realize that it is not the gear, but it is the lack of knowledge and application that hindered me from creating the best sounding projects.

It is how you use the gear – that makes your sound epic!

My Home Studio Set Up

As music producers, we live and breathe by our creative artwork.  If you are relatively new to the music production world, one guiding principle that you must live by is that your gear is an essential fragment to the music creation process.  And the good news is that it is 100% guaranteed that you can get a home studio set up running within an affordable budget range.

Without further ado, this is the home studio set up I started and still the set up I have until now. Observe all the prices listed here. They are all priced mid-range and working great for me for years.

Computer – I have two computers that I use for music production. My PC that I use for my home studio set up is an Intel i5, with 10 GB RAM, with 7200 RPM with 1 TB HDD Space. For mobility, I use an ACER Aspire V laptop, which is one of the best purchases I made.  It runs on Windows 10 Pro, 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD; however, I made initial upgrades on my laptop already. When it comes to music making, the ACER Aspire series is bang for the buck! Here are two laptops that I recommend for music production:

ACER Aspire V13

ACER Aspire V3

For the rest of my equipment, head straight to Resources, where I list all the gears that I use for music making.

Oh! But Expensive Gear is Nice, Too!

Hey, if you want to buy expensive gear, there’s no one stopping you. One or two of those in the studio is certainly nice to have! In fact, I bought Izotope Neutron, Izotope’s flagship mixing plugin which is truly an outstanding tool for mixing. In this case, I saved up my money to buy this baby. So really, there’s nothing wrong with purchasing this. All I am saying is, your sound doesn’t on the price point of your equipment or plugins, but heavily relies on how you use them.

Here’s A Video on Using Neutron in Mixcraft:

So, what do you think? Send me a comment below and let’s talk about this. 🙂

Please stay tuned for the next read which will cover improvements that you need for your PC. You will get a lot of ideas from there!

How To Make Music Recording Affordable To You – Easy!

How To Make Music Recording Affordable To You – Easy!

Have you ever wondered how you can make music recording affordable and easy at the same time? Find out how I managed to make it happen for me. If I did it, then it means that you could make your music dreams come true, too!

If you read the story behind Mixing Mastermind, you’d probably have an understanding why I am keen to sharing what I know in helping people record their music at home. Notably, there are two questions that we need to answer today regarding music recording. And these are:

Is it affordable?

And if it is; then, how can you make it affordable?

Is Home Music Recording Affordable?

The music industry today has totally evolved into what we call “the new music industry.” In general, the old music industry practices the traditional way of dealing with artists and music labels. One way that is constantly done by bands and artists is submitting a demo cd to a recording label and hope for the best.

When my band recorded our first demo cd, we submitted our portfolio to one of, our should I say, the best music recording labels in the country. If I remembered it correctly, we got an immediate answer that our demo cd didn’t have the quality they were looking for. Yeah, as an amateur band, with little knowledge of the recording arts, we recorded the demo in a shabby studio that offered cheap rates.Only good for band practice, the studio didn’t have the set-up for recording music. Although the studio owner knew that his 4-track mixer would just produce so-so results, we found him very helpful by offering to record us at a very low price.

Obviously, we knew that we didn’t have a studio-grade demo. However, armed with confidence that the music producers of the label company would hear the genius in us, we proceeded with submitting the cd. Regardless of what they might say, we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the cut.

The New Music Industry

The first time I heard the term, “New Music Industry,” it made perfect sense. I heard this from Leah McHenry, an online international recording artist who makes Celtic and Fantasy inspired music. She said that we are now in the new music industry, which has given musicians plenty of opportunities in the online world. It has broken the barriers of music creation – which means that you don’t have to go to a professional music studio to have your song recorded. And because of the environment of the new music industry, the opportunities are limitless.

music recording affordable

To point out, the old music industry, which very much happens today, entails a lot of actions and requirements to be done such as:

Auditions

If you want to get famous, audition for the Voice!

I

Demos

Likewise, a studio-grade demo cd is a must here

Touring

You’ll be traveling a lot! (which is not a bad idea!)

Talent and Guts

If you’re shy and suffer from stage fright and don’t that stage presence, this isn’t the career for you

new music industry mixingmastermind

The new music industry; however, gives you the opportunity to create your songs, album, and even start a very successful music career – at the comfort of your own home.

So, to answer the question, is music production affordable, the answer is YES!

How Can It Be Cost-Effective?

As soon as I found out that having a home studio could be a reality for me, I spent a lot of time researching on the subject. After a great amount of time spent on my own studies; surprisingly, I realized that having a home music studio wasn’t that complicated at all.

Cost-wise, a home studio saves you a ton of moolah in the years to come compared to recording in a professional commercial studio that burns a hole in your pocket.

In reality, it took me three years to build my home music studio because I did it on my own.  In fact, if you combine the time in which I built the studio and studied music production, that is about 5 years in total.  As a result of this, it is with my intention that I do not want you to do the same thing.  With proper guidance and coaching, you’d be able to start creating your own music in no time.

How To Make it Within Your Budget Range?

Having a home music studio is not as expensive as you think it is. Nevertheless, you can definitely buy the most expensive gear for your studio if you want to. It is up to you. But honestly speaking,  the results are not dependent on how expensive your gear is.  It is how you use the gear that will make or break you in the music creation process.

Think about it, having to record using your own equipment compared to recording in a professional studio is already a big jump on savings. In order for you to make sure that you get the most affordable finds in building your studio, you must have these 4 Decision making principles in mind to help you.

Recognize what you need

Determine what you need or want that you must satisfy. For example, list down all the things you need for your home studio.

For example:

✓ Computer

✓ DAW

✓ Audio Interface

✓ Mic and Mic Stand

✓ Studio Monitors

✓ Headphones, etc

Learn from the Experts

Experts in the field of music production can help you tremendously on what to buy or not to buy. To demonstrate it, I am here sharing what I know and works best to you. But, I also recommend you do your own research for validation. 

Make Your Music Creations Better Everyday!

Become a Mixing Mastermind Today.

Learn More

Have Alternatives

As a consumer, you always think about getting the best deals for the products you want to buy. With this in mind, check for reviews and testimonials on products and services that you are interested in as well as compare prices. Choose the product that fits all your parameters.

Evaluate

So, ask the question to yourself before buying, is it a want or a need? Does it match my expectations?

3 Easy Steps to Make Music Recording Affordable

Here are the steps to start creating music at home without burning a hole in your pocket:

1. Buying Equipment – it is very important that you have the right set up for your home studio. The things that you need for your studio may be a lot for you at first; however, it is imperative that you look at everything holistically. By starting with the end in mind, you will not think of buying gear as a tedious task. You may think of it as expensive at first, but as you tick off your checklist, you’d soon realize that you have already completed the necessary requirements for your home studio.

2. Buying the right gear – having the most expensive gear can help you create the best sounding song you could possibly record; however, this isn’t the case most of the time. Likewise, you can produce your best album just by a mid-range priced equipment. It is just how you use it that makes the difference.

For example, the industry-standard tool for recording is Pro Tools. Inasmuch as I want to have a license for its latest version, I still find the DAW expensive for me, eventhough they have monthly terms. That’s why I am using Mixcraft Pro Studio 8 because this power-packed DAW has everything I need that Pro Tools can give.

3. Master your gear/plugins/tools – after buying one equipment, master it. Consequently, there are those who buy a lot of gear, having that mindset that they get the best sound out of those. Reset your mindset regarding that theory – best gear equates to the best sound. You can mix your tracks using stock plugins that come with the software you have. If you are not satisfied with your plugins, you can find a lot of free plugins around. After all, those free plugins bring out the best in my mixing.

There you have it! I hope this helps anyone who is thinking of building their own home studios or planning to record music at home.

What are your thoughts on this? Please comment below! I’ll happy to know what you think!

Pin It on Pinterest