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Basic Equipment For Home Audio Recording

Updated on October 5, 2012

If you're just starting out, or if you don't have a lot of space or money, here are some essential equipment to get you started on your home audio setup.


Computer: Your single most important piece of equipment in your home studio will be your computer. It really doesn't matter whether or not you use a mac or a pc to record. What matters most is the amount of memory it has. Make sure you are getting something with at least 8 GB of on board memory. Anything less and you run the risk of having your computer freeze multiple times in the middle of a session and losing work.


Microphone: What you record with is extremely important. It will dictate the quality of what gets put on your computer. You can EQ many things out of a recording, but some things just need a good clean recording from a good quality microphone. The Blue brand is my personal favorite. They sound good and as a bonus they are stylish. If you do not have a midi interface try the Blue Snowball. This was my first home microphone and it has done wonders.

If you do have a midi interface, I would go with the Blue Spark microphone. I use it in the studio on all of my acoustic covers.


Headphones: For a basic home audio setup, you can get away with not having monitors, as long as you have quality headphones. The best has been and still is Bose. After Bose, I would recommend either, Sennheiser or Beats By Dre. Then I would recommend Sony MDR-V150


External Harddrive: The best advice anyone could give about recording is to always backup your work. The best product to backup your large files would be with an external harddrive that is at least 500GB, although now you can get a 1TB on sale for close to the price of the 500GB. Western Digital is widely used, followed by Seagate.


Software: You do not need Pro Tools to start with. If you have a mac, master GarageBand first, then move onto Logic and Logic Pro. A good piece of software to use on a PC is Adobe Audition and then move onto Reason.


Once you have these items, you can begin to really expand your recording setup.

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      That's the good thing about live, you don't have to be a producer it's good for live sessions for singers, guitar players etc etc

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      msLarayne 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I'll have to experiement with Live as well soon. I'm not a producer though, so I will not claim to know everything, just enough of what is what and how to translate my ideas to a producer of engineer. A lot of them I've worked with have Pro Tools or Logic. I think it's really a preference thing and what you feel comfortable with. There are so many options so you cant really go wrong!

      The camera?... I don't know the model as it's my producer's and I haven't looked that hard into it, but I believe it is a Sony.

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      Ghost Producer 5 years ago

      @msLarayne Live is a really good application. What I love most about it is it's engine, it runs very well. The approach to music creation is very unique a little hard to put in words I might have to comeback and post some vids of people working with it.

      It's just one of those daws that keeps you inspired as you work (which is great) and it's not a CPU hog..

      Great all purpose application for Production, Djing and remixing

      what camera are you using for your video?

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      Vs Logic ? and Reason ...well i would recommend ableton for anyone .especially if you're running a live session or just producing ....it's great for live session and performance, I've done a one man show with it ... It's ridiculously easy to warp, loop, chop, and edit any type of waveform. when i first got ableton it frustrated me ...once you get past ...it's like riding that bike i always fell off...In addition, i am not much of software producer anymore ..i just use Maschine and the MPC 1000 and 2000...Try ableton it's free for 30 days....you'll love it

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      msLarayne 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Yeah, plus it's better to master the simpler items so when you get the more extensive software and the higher priced hardware, you fully know the benefits and can enjoy them more!

      I haven't used Ableton, but heard about it. How does it compare to the other programs I mentioned?

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      When ti comes to software ..i'm an Ableton Live head it does everything whether im recording vocals or making a beat..i started out with just an MPC and a pair of Sony Headphones..reading this made me realize it's not how expensive your studio is, it's what you put into it and how you utilize it..Nice !