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Bob's Home Recording Studio

Updated on March 27, 2012

Bob's Home Recording Studio

Although I started playing trombone in 1963 and guitars in 1968, I didn't begin doing any personal home recording until 1994. Like many, I started with a (Yamaha) 4-Track Multi-track Cassette Tape based unit, moved to a (Yamaha) 8-Track Cassette Tape based unit, then to a (Yamaha AW16) Digital 16-Track unit and now using a Computer based DAW system utilizing the Yamaha n12 Digital Firewire mixer and Cubase 4.5.

My current set-up can be seen on the photo below!

My Home Recording Studio Workstation/Desk today.


It has taken me 18 years to purchase a piece here and a piece there to get to where the studio is today on top of being so fortunate to have won a piece or 2 in the wonderful contests that so many retailers and others have on a fairly regular basis. (A list of Recording Equipment on this desk is in a module below.)

One of the many things that I have learned is that low-cost DIY projects have helped me save money in this process.

For instance, I designed and built the desk that this equipment is sitting on for only $50.

There is more information below about it and the available build plans.

My Little Collection of Microphones

Some of the most expensive "New" Recording Studio Microphones can cost well over $10,000.00.

However, some older and used Recording Microphones that are considered the "very best ever built" can cost $20,000.00 and $30,000.00!

Amazing but true!

Of course, none of my Studio Microphones cost anywhere near that amount but they are very good nonetheless.

The "Condensor " type of Studio Microphones are used most often in Pro-Recording situations although "Ribbon" Microphones have been used for decades as have "Dynamic" Microphones.

All but 3 microphones shown here are Condensor Microphones with one being a "Ribbon" Mic and 2 are Dynamic Mics.

The "Ribbon" Mic is sitting back to the left and has the horizontal silver grille sections.

Where most of my Condensor Mics use Solid State Electronics to work, the big microphone in the back left is a microphone that uses a vacuum tube as its primary element.

Bob G designed $50 Recording Studio Workstation/Desk that you can build. - I now have built plans available so you can build this Recording Studio Workstation/D

Here is a photo of the desk I designed and built soon after the construction, assembly, and painting was completed.

It is comprised of 2X6's, 2X4's, 2X2's, 1X2's, wood screws, 2-glued panels (for desktop and monitor shelf), a few nails and other misc. items.

The frame parts can be assembled and then attached to each other and easily moved to the room where the desk will reside.

I now sell build plans for this desk for $5.99 on my website!

The most recent build plan purchasers have been from Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and all across the United States.

The photo of another DIY Project I designed and built is on the photo below!

Multi-Depth Auralex Acoustic Panel DIY Project. - Build plans with multiple photographs for this DIY Project are on my website

This multi-piece DIY Project was made with a $55 box of Auralex Wedgies, 3-2ft X 4ft pegboard panels, some basic lumber, nails and screws.

All told, this 3-panel project was completed for around $100 AND I have enough Auralex Wedgies left over for another panel if needed.

My Recording Equipment to date

Although not an entire list of studio equipment, this is a list of Recording Equipment on the desk.

Desktop Equipment:

On the far left is the dual-vacuum tube-based Universal Audio Solo 610 microphone preamplifier and DI.

To the right of that is the solid-state transformer enhanced Focusrite ISA One microphone preamplifier and DI.

In the center is the Yamaha n12 Digital Firewire 12 channel Mixer.

On the right is the Yamaha USB KX25 Midi Keyboard Controller.

Behind the Yamaha KX25 is the Alesis SR-16 Digital Drum "Machine".

Monitor Shelf:

The larger black and gray audio monitors (speakers) are the (self-amplified) M-Audio BX8a's.

The audio monitors with the yellow speakers are the (self-amplified) KRK Rokit 5's.

The smallest audio monitors are the passive (no internal amplifier) Avantone Mix Cubes which are powered by an Alesis RA-100 power amp.

The Computer Video Monitor on that shelf is the 22-inch Westinghouse.

(The computer off to the side is the Duo Core 2.4 Mhz Dual-Hard-Drive Sweetwater Music "Creation Station Rack"

Please share your comments and suggestions

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      waynermusic 18 months ago

      do you have plans for a 3-tier desk? I would like to add a second monitor shelf. thanks

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      homestudiobob 5 years ago

      @IanAtmos: A little late on my response, but I appreciate your kind words!

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      homestudiobob 5 years ago

      I have Low-Cost DIY Build Plans for sale on my website and on eBay for 2 recording studio desks and a 12-Space RecordingStudio Rack. More in the making!

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      homestudiobob 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm late in responding but there are currently Low-Cost DIY build plans for 2-desks and a 12-Space rack on my website (same ones are on eBay too!).

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      homestudiobob 5 years ago

      @anonymous: There is an XLR "in" on each channel 1-8 as well as a 1/4 inch TRS (balanced) "in" on each channel 1-8. I have my ISA One connected to the Channel One TRS "in". When you use the TRS input, it automatically shuts off the XLR Input. There are also effects "inserts" on each channel which can be used that DON'T cancel out the XLR but I do not know how to properly use them to do so.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi, how do you connect isa one to yamaha n12? can you bypass the n12 preamps? thanks, bye

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      IanAtmos 6 years ago

      Love the work you've put into this home studio!

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      JimDuke 6 years ago

      Cool Beans-I'm just a bit envious in a friendly way-I love the low cost table you built!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Very nicely done lens especially for the first one...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Show us more!

      Build Instructions down the road?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lookks good so far