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
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:
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!