Wow, i am finally writing the post of the decade for future producers who are looking to put together their own personal studio at home,but dont have SSL mixing console money.
I have found, in my extensive 20 yir research the best options in my opinion for putting together a pro quality studio. Now, most people seam to think that if you just get a computer, a pro tools system, some random monitors, a $100 microphone, and some random headphones then you are ready to record and it will be top quality. I am hir to tell you that this is not so. you must carefully select everything and do your reasearch. The purpose of this article is to give those researching a guide to start.
Lets start with the software and computer. I am an AMD processor fan. Reason being I run cubase 5 as my recording software and the architecture in AMD processors seem to work better with cubase in my opinion. But there again I did my research. Your computer has to be strong enuff to run not only your recording program but also the virtual instruments and effects you want to run. Most programs have their minimum system requirements. I recommend having a computer that is atleast as 2x’s as strong as the minimum requirements. This will alow you to run multiple virtual instruments and effects at the same time. A good computer should run you about 800-900 if you are going PC. And your software shout run about another 400-500.
Microphones are actually the easiest to me to buy. You want to atleast find you a nice condensor microphone within the 250-400 range.But not only the price range but the brand is something to also consider. I personally in my studio use BLUE microphones because of the sound quality and the good pricing range. They have a very good warmth abouth them especially when used with a mic-pre amp. other to consider in my opinion would be Rhodes, AKG, Neiwman, and Sterling. They all have Good quality mics in that pricing range.
Now, with the monitors , it is very important that you can hear your music very well and clear and also flat. You dont want monitors that over exaggerate the sound because this will effect your mixes. If your monitors are bass heavy then your mixes can be either bass heavy or to light. Monitors usually are going to run in the 1000 and up range if you really want a true flat response.But there are good alternatives that have great sounds to them and are very flat on frequency response. I personally use the M-Audio BX8 v2 in my studio and the sound pretty darn good. Con they are a little bass heavy but easily can be fixed in mixes. I also recommend yamaha monitors they are very very flat and you can get awesome mixes from them. Both monitors you can get withing the 400-600 range.
Last but not least, you need something to trigger the sound and an interface to relay the message to your computer and etc. I personally have a presonus audiobox interface (150) and trigger my virtual instruments with my akai MPD26 for drums(200) and my M-Audio keystation 61 (150). There are alot of midi keyboards and midi drum pads out there that can suffice just as well but again its going to be personal preference and personal feel. Most producers i know dont have drum pads just a midi keyboard and it works fine for them, but myself, I like the drum pad feel. It reminds me of the old skool keyboard drum machine days that Im used to from the 90’s.
Stay tuned for my next article coming soon all audio interfaces aren’t equal”