Enhance your music production with Novation Ultranova

There is certainly something to be said about this synth, especially if you are into music production or sound design.

It could be easily priced at 1200$.

However….

novation ultranova

For less than 600$, you are getting serious weapon into your arsenal.

Made for all musical genres – hip hop, electronic, pop, rap, jazz…

With powerful software editor you can easily visual edit all parameters.

300 onboard patches you can play and perform right out of the box.

Used by many famous musicians and music producers including Kanye West or for example Grammy Award Wining Producer Teddy Riley.

What Novation UltraNova does the best is the creating new huge sounds: with 14 conventional waveforms and 36 wavetables you are getting 5 effects slots for each sound. Impressive. It also come with 12 band vocoder with dynamic mic. You can plug into Novation Ultrasound pretty much anything and tweak this sounds as you want. 2 inputs, 4 separate outputs, SPIDIF output, and also MIDI in/out. Well done. More in following video.

Sure SM57: The only mic you need to have

This is an industry standard.

It also calls “when engineer reaches for a mic”.

Professional studios usually have a dozen or more of them.

It is durable, reliable and versatile in application.

You can use it to record drums, vocals, instruments. It has been used by President of US for more than 30 years (public speech). All major artists are using this mic in studios or live on tours.

sm57 micFor under $99, you will get killer weapon. Applications are endless, just to name a few:

  1. Great on guitar amp – it is very midrange focused mic and can bring out some of the best characteristic of the guitar
  2. Classic when it comes to snare drum – even if your drum setup is minimal, recording snare with Shure SM57 will give you fullness and fatness and also punch that you want. This little guy can be used also for toms. Ask almost any music producer what is the best mic for miking a snare drum….their answer will be the same….SM57
  3. Excellent for vocals – Jimi Hendrix, Chris Cornell, Bono Vox, Michael Jackson…..they used SM57 both on stage and also in recording studio to capture their monstrous voice

With its wide range of capabilities and applications, most musicians consider the Sure SM57 to be the most useful microphone in their tool kit.

If you can get ONLY one mic, get this one!

 

Native Instruments Komplete 10 and NI Komplete Kontrol S-Series

Native Instruments has released new update for their popular collection of virtual instruments and effects – Native Instruments Komplete 10,  the latest generation of industry standard music production suite.

If there was only one music production tool you could buy, get this one.

Native Instruments Komplete 10 contains a total of 39 instruments, 12,000 sounds and over 130 GB of data.   If this is still not enough for you, you can upgrade to NI 10 ULTIMATE:

  • 75 tools,  over 17,000 sounds, over 440 GB of instruments and effects
  • 17 000 sounds covering a full range of styles from electronic, rock, pop, jazz to cinematic and sound design
  • and more than 440 gigabytes of sound libraries (for easier installation already supplied with an external 500GB HDD).

For owners of older versions there is available inexpensive upgrade, update and crossgrade.

What is new in NI 10?

rounds native instruments 10Rounds

New synth that combines digital and virtual analog engines.

Good for sound design and sequencing.

kontour native instruments 10Kontour

Kontour allows you to create stunningly organic textures.

Going from organic analog sound to distorted, noisy and aggressive sounds.

polyplex native instrumentsPolyplex

Another drum designer. Fast, intuitive and easy way how to design your own drum kit setup.

Plenty of possibilities for additional sound shaping. 

gentleman definitive piano ultimateThe Definitive Piano Collection

Is it really definitive? 3 new high-definition sampled pianos were added to existing Piano Collection.

The Gentleman – based on an upright piano from 1908

The Maverick – Unconventional sound of piano, each note full of character. 1905 concert grand piano made for Prince of Prussia

The Grandeur – Mainly for mainstream pop, jazz and classic music productions.

What’s the next?

komlete kontrol s seriesNew audio interface and MIDI keyboard controller device designed specifically for use with NI Komplete.

Komplete Kontrol S-Series.

Quality FATAR keyboard supplemented with Multi-color Light Guide backlit keys. Simple operation and maximum integration with Komplete instruments package makes Komplete Kontrol S-series invaluable tool for all music productions. This MIDI keyboard controller is available in three sizes: 25. 49 and 61 keys.

komplete kontrol

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable acoustic treatment solutions for your studio

You have made some basic acoustic treatment to your home studio, and now you realised:

So that is why my RECORDINGS and MIXES sounded so crappy?

Well, that is the wonder of acoustic.

So to get the best POSSIBLE sound out of our bedroom, we have to do our best in terms of acoustic treatment. On the market there are a lot of brands that offer many types of acoustic foams at different price level. At first sight all acoustic foam look similar…BUT….

There is a reason why the price is set differently. They may LOOK similar, but they don’t PERFORM similar. So let’s have a look now on the list of reliable brands, deals and offers you can find on the market and that you will need to get the best treatment for your home recording studio.

Basically there are 2 companies, that stand a step ahead of the competition, when it comes to quality/money ratio: Auralex and Primacoustic. Anyhow, there are also some other brands that we should mention here.

soundproof acoustic 1Acoustic Soundproofing Studio Foam Tiles

This studio acoustic foam will never crumble or harden and will remain soft and in ideal sound acoustical conditions for many years.

Pack of 12. For use in vocal booths, control rooms and studios.

Functions as a full frequency bandwidth absorber for any size room when used in conjunction with corner bass absorbers and male/female broadband absorbers

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acoustic treatmentATS Wedge Foam Acoustic Panels

This ATS WEDGE FOAM ACOUSTIC PANELS can be matched with ATS Acoustic Foam Corner Bass Traps.

Relatively cheap and reliable solution.

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acoustic bass traps foamATS Acoustic Foam Corner Bass Traps

These wedge foam bass traps can be the most cost effective solution for basic sound control and are a reliable acoustic sound absorber. Installs easily using Tape Taps or spray adhesive and are designed to match ATS Wedge Foam Acoustic Panels.

Easy, affordable option for low frequency control.

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auralex studio foamAuralex Studio Acoustic Absorption Foam

This is great solution for spot treating sound studios, home listening rooms, vocal booths and more. Studiofoam wedgies are also a great solution for small echo problem and, when spread apart, yield beneficial sound diffusion off their exposed edges.

Great solution at a low cost from a reliable and popular brand Auralex.

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auralex monitorpadAuralex Monitor Acoustic Isolation Pads

Loudspeakers are usually the most critical components, that you are using to verify the quality of your music production. No matter how good your mixer, mics, preamps, cables, and other pieces of gear that you’ve invested in, you’re not truly hearing what your recordings sound like until you isolate your monitors from their environment.

Auralex Monitor Isolation Pads provide sonic isolation between your monitors and whatever your monitors are resting on, INSTANTLY improving the accuracy of your entire monitoring system. 

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acoustic absorberReflection Filter AcousticAbsorber

It’s important not to let the room affect your mic’s signal. This is the cost effective solution to reduce unwanted audio reflections, especially when tracking vocals. The RF-X features a 4-layer acoustic filter and a lightweight clamp assembly that’s quick to install to almost any mic stand.

Very easy install on almost just about any mic stand.

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auralex diffusorAuralex Sustain Diffusor

For all of you, who want to take their home studio to another level.

Auralex Diffusor will evenly scatters high frequencies to enhance ambience of a room.

Easy to install. Alleviates flutter echo and slap back.

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All in One Packages

All in One are the ideal solution for everyone, who don’t want to bother with “guessing” and rather would buy complete package for the whole room. Usually with buying whole package you save money and headaches 🙂

acoustic treatment for a home recording studioAuralex Roominator Kit

Popular and very affordable solution. Usually it would fit for any normal sized home studio.

Easy to install, your sound will improve immediately.

Complete acoustic control kit, various sizes.

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acoustic treatment home studioPrimaacoustic London 12

Mid-range package for your room.

Everything you need to get your studio sound right.

Also, you can choose from various sized-packages. London 12 is for mid-sized studio.

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DIY acoustic treatment for home recording studio

Nowadays, with technology progress, most of the amateur, but also professional music production happens in the home studios, usually in our bedrooms. It is time to learn how to build perfect control room, right in your bedroom.

The shape of the room

If possible , avoid square layouts. The worst possibility is a cube . Also, long elongated rooms are not appropriate. It is best to have rectangular room.

Placement of furniture and equipment

The most important spot in the studio is the listening position. The acoustic should be optimize there as much as possible. For rectangular room the desk with monitors should be positioned parallel to the shorter wall, ie . it should be perpendicular to the long wall. Due to the accumulation of echos and reverbs of the room, it is not suitable to place listening spot in the middle of the room. Place it closer to the shorter wall. It should be placed about 40 percent of the longer side. Ideal position for studio monitors is separate stands located between the shorter wall and the desk. Studio monitors should be above the table top. If the studio monitors must be placed on the table, it is always good idea to separate them from the table using a special material, so they do not reflect unwanted reflections. This material should not transmit vibrations to the table, so definitely wood is not a good idea. Try to use polystyrene foam or other harder, thicker layer of rubber, in an emergency you can use books.

The tweeter of studio monitors should normally placed at ear level, but it is better to look in the monitor manual, some manufacturers have a sweet point between the woofer and tweeter. Monitors should be at a greater distance from the wall, and certainly not in the corner, because then we will hear enhanced bass frequencies.

On a stand or tabletop slightly turn the speakers so they are pointing to a common point, which is the head of the listener. These three points – left monitor, right monitor and the head of the listener should together form an imaginary equilateral triangle with an angle of 60 ° at each corner. Location of monitors in the studio is the most important thing and it is worth some time to look for the best possibility with the help of the measuring microphone.

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For the acoustics the room symmetry is crucial. The table should be as far away from the wall to the left and right side. If you place furniture along one wall, there should be something similar along the other wall. Also, we place the acoustic elements symmetrically, as if the left part of the room would be mirrored the right. Otherwise you will hear a different sound in the left and right ear.

Noise of computer

Noise computers is a huge problem in the recording room. There are two ways to deal with this problem. Either you let build an entire computer from components, which are the least noisy or you will place comp. outside the recording room. The first solution is very expensive and also never completely resolved. The computer can also be placed in a sarcophagus – lined acoustically absorptive material, but there is a risk of overheating. Therefore, I can see the location of the PC outside the recording room as the final and best solution. Not a big deal to drill a larger hole in the wall, route the cables through a hole and afterwards clog it again with something. For this solution, it is advisable to use an external CD / DVD drive (USB or FW ), located in the recording room , so you do not have to constantly run out.

The room acoustics

We must distinguish the purpose for which the room we want to use. If we want to record instruments and sing into the microphone, acoustic treatment should primarily deal with thumping bass. Mids and Highs reflection can be present, so in the final sound will be powerfully and vividly, not sterile.

If the room is used for mixing, we have to choose a compromise between more vivid and dead rooms, because during the mixing session is desirable to have less reflections. Some engineers and music producers even prefer to mix in the completely dead room.

A separate chapter is, when we want to deal with in addition to the room acoustics also sound leakage inside out. Then we have to basically build a room in the room. First, overlaid on sides (including doors) with a thick layer of acoustically absorptive material (eg mineral wool) and closes all openings, because even the smallest can ruin our work, and afterwars we can deal with the internal acoustics in the inner room according to the text above.

Suitable materials

In the small rooms it is the best form of treatment acoustic absorption, ie . absorption of maximum number of reflections. As a complementary solution we can also install diffusers, which are designed to eliminate repetitive echoes and resonators that absorb specific frequencies, which were calculated. But it is always good to start in a home studio with absorbers.

Generally, a higher frequency (1.6 kHz above) absorbs any material that has a little rougher surface, such as the drapery hooked on the window. Mid-frequency (300Hz – 1 .6 kHz) already require a mass of material and the hardest is to absorb frequencies below 300kHz, where we need to have a good acoustically absorptive material and even a considerable thickness.

For beginners with acoustics is best to purchase a broadband absorber that absorbs everything – bass, mid and treble. The first suitable product with such a properties is a mineral wool. Each of the producers (Rockwool Orsil Knauf and others) has a range of more preferable types of wool for sound absorption and less suitable. It is necessary to look into the catalog. I had a very good experience with the products Orsil Orstrop , Rockwool and Isover Domo Airrock ND.

Another suitable material is the so called acoustic foam, which have open cells, and absorbs sound energy very well. If you have more money you can buy whole acoustic solution set for room treatment.

How thick acoustic material we need

It is true that the lower frequencies we absorb, the stronger must be acoustically absorptive material. Absorber for absorbing bass, middle and treble is necessary to use mineral wool ideally with a thickness of 200 mm. The same holds true with acoustic foam. The thickness of wool around 100m we will not have absorbed frequencies below 100Hz. If you have a low budget, you can install crash absorbers with a thickness of wool around 100m and slightly delay it from the wall. Absorption lower frequencies will improve, but a much better solution is to have a thickness of absorbing material more than 160 mm .

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Home made production of acoustic elements

For the homemade production of acoustic elements you have basically a few options:

  1. Make a portable walls, and surround your recording corner. After recording you can always move them somewhere in a corner. Wooden frames filled with mineral wool in foil and covered with textile are usually working well.
  2. Make the elements that will be placed on the walls and into corners, but in the case of migration will be transferable.

Some comments on this:

When working with mineral wool definitely wear a dust mask and gloves. Long-term inhalation of cotton is hazardous to health. That is why I recommend wool absorber placed in a foil (eg large plastic garbage bags) to avoid leakage of small particles of cotton. If you drag a textile over the absorber material, you do not have to worry about the negative impact of plastic bags on the acoustic properties. Mids and bass pass through it without any problems and the Hi will absorbs into the textile.

Where to place the acoustic elements

Let’s start by installing acoustic components in all corners of the room and floor-to -ceiling windows. Due to the accumulation of bass in the corners there should be a maximum thickness of absorbing material – ideally 200 mm and more. Other absorbers can be placed on the wall, which routes the monitor speakers. When you sit at the table, it should be a wall behind you. Absorbers install in locations where the monitors are pointing out. You can choose absorbers with thinner materials (eg 100 mm) and because of the fragmentation of reflection is suitable absorbers slightly rotated.

Next, place the ceiling absorber between your head and the back wall. Afterwards we can measure our treatment with microphone, because it is possible that these adjustments will already be sufficient.

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Measurement

After installation of acoustic elements is appropriate to not only rely on our ears. It is always good to measure the acoustics of the room with microphone. Cheapest microphones for use are a Behringer ECM8000 T.BONE MM1. You can also use another microphone (for example, large diaphragm vocal condenser), but then you must have a manufacturer specific characteristics of your printed piece and have entered into the measuring software. Measurement microphones apart from other mics are characterized by a relatively linear characteristic. If you use other microphone with an unknown characteristic, there is always a risk, that you will see in the resulting graph problem, where in fact it is not.

As measuring software can be used as Room EQ Wizard. The measurement is performed so that the microphone is placed on the stand against one of the monitors. The height should be where is your head when listening. If the microphone has a switchable characteristics, switch to the omni. Other characteristics tend to hide the shortcomings of the room. Run the preamp and measurement software. On the preamp we will set the required gain and run the test. From the monitors we will hear a frequencies from the bass to the  highs, which microphone will record into software. After measuring and generating curves turn the microphone against the next monitor and repeat the measurement.

After the measurement, the measuring softwarewill generate the curve of the two monitors through the entire frequency range. The elevations or depressions in the graph show room problems, which need to be discussed further.

For example, if there is a hump at 150Hz, it means that in the room there are too rumbling bass and you need to install additional acoustic elements. Conversely, if for example there is a suppressed band around 5 kHz, it means that we too many absorbers at higher frequencies and it is necessary to increase the number of smooth surfaces.

With Acoustic modifications and treatments we are always trying to straighten the curve as much as possible . If these differences will result in + / – 15dB, we have suitably adjusted room for recording,  excellent adapted room will result into + / -6dB.

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Virtual instruments that every music producer should have

addictive

So you have your own home recording studio and you see yourself as somewhat of a composer.

Fair enough.

But unless you have a warehouse full of instruments at your disposal, your sounding possibilities are limited to keyboard or guitar.

This can be easily solved with different VST (virtual instruments), that allows you to reproduce the sounds of ANY musical instruments, quite REALISTICALLY. Most DAWs come with a useful range of free plugins and VST instruments, it should be more than enough to get you started. However, at some point, they will start to sound similar to you and soon or later you will want to pay a little extra for a set of high quality virtual instruments, new toys you can play with.

So here is the essential list of quality VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS that every music producer should have:

Firstly, we have to solve the “beat” question. In home studios recording acoustic drums the traditional way is simply not practical. We need to get a killer weapon that can help us to create any beat in any specific genre. Here is my offer:

addictiveAddictive Drums

I’ve tried a lot of virtual drummers; BFD, EZ Drummer, Superior Drummer…

However,

nothing can beat the simplicity of Addicted Drums from XLN Audio.

Minor cons is that STOCK sets sounds little bit cheap.

Anyhow, there are a lot of AdPacks with some killer sounding drums – Ludwig, Sonor, Tama, DW, …. The best thing about Addictive Drums is, that everything can be tweaked and customized in very easy way, and that this VST got a very huge fan base: you can find online plenty of MIDI Beats and Groove ready to use. Often I used them in my production as a starting point and later on I tweak them to something totally different according to my track needs.

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slate trigger vstSlate Digital Trigger EX Drum

The next thing you won’t regret is this little guy: Slate Digital Trigger.

Approved and used by many famous music producers including Dave Pensado, Michael Brauer, Chris Lord-Alge, Mike Shipley and list can go on and on... Again. There are a lot of Triggers out there, but this one can easily blow all others out of the water. 

Universal plugin that can ensure absolutely precise sample triggering, easily separating ghost notes from mic bleed. 

Still want something more?

It comes with premium drum sounds from Stephen Slate’s standard EX instrument library and this library is considered as one of the most quality libraries out there.

Slate Trigger along with Addictive Drums will help you to recreate any beat you are up to.

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native kompleteNative Instruments Komplete

There are many many plugins out there. Way too more. And all of them for the same reason: sometimes you want to have in your track realistic piano, sometimes huge and powerful bass, little bit strings here and there and good sounding guitars as well….To buy all of these instruments separately you would become soon homeless.

What if I tell you, that there is ONE Komplete Bundle, where you can find EVERYTHING you will ever need for your music?

Get a Native Instruments Komplete and you are done with shopping. 

Very powerful and popular bundle, I bet that all bedrooms music producers have it for every day use.

For less than $400, you can find there:

  •  33 full-fledged instruments and effects,
  • 12,000 inspiring sounds
  • over 120 GB of premium samples

Enough to keep you busy for next few months.

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The world’s most simple and cheap home recording studio

Questions:

Isn’t it too complicated?

Do I need really all that stuff to build up my own recording studio?

You always saying on budget, but as I’m getting through it, my mind is telling me that it will take ages to make all that money I need….

You asked. Fair enough. Here is the most simple solution.
Not only simple, but also the great option for all newcomers to music production.

Following the technology…

One day musicians will said, that making music on the laptop is not so cool and FREE.

Here is how I would approach my new home recording studio today.

Computer

Get an iPad. As I said before, I trust in Apple when it comes to performance and stability.

Good not only for music.

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DAW

With Ipad you just got GarageBand (free). Good and reliable multi-track DAW for any sophisticated music production. With huge sample library, plenty of virtual instruments and plugins for everyday use.

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Get Focusrite iTrack Studio Complete Recording Package.
For less than $200 you will get QUALITY audio interface, studio-quality condenser mic + 3 mt XLR cable and solid headphones for monitoring.

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ik multimedia midi keyboardExtras

For everyone who wants to have all-in-one package. Portable keyboard control IK Multimedia iRig Keys USB ready to perform. It’s got all the goods to play your apps and virtual instruments expressively, like velocity-sensitive keys, pitch bend and mod wheels, and an input for an optional expression pedal or sustain pedal.

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What’s next?

Under $600 now you have your own home recording studio.

I bet, that this is the most simple, effective, cheap and straightly way to fulfil your dream about making your OWN music. Maybe you can ask:

Why to be bothered with buying keyboard controller?

Well, maybe now you are the beginner.

But, the distance between beginner and pro,
is the way of DISCIPLINE AND PRACTICE.

Spend few minutes a day making music, playing with the keyboard, trying out different virtual instruments and in few months you will see the difference. And we all want to make PRO music one day.

What to expect from this studio?

If you are new to recording this is an ideal and perfect solution for you.
It allows you to:

  • to get your feet wet and start to make your OWN music right away
  • record voice / instrument, arrange tracks, make complete song, remix, whatever you want
  • turn your masterpiece into a a stereo audio file and share it with your friends

If that’s ALL you want, this studio will get you there.

MUST-HAVE accessories for every home recording studio

So you got all that gear in your bedroom. Fair enough.
New question is coming out.

Is there anything else I will need?

Well, of course YES. You can spend shopping all day.
There will be always something you can find useful.

However, we want to start to produce music ASAP. So in this post I’m covering the MUST-HAVE accessories for every home recording studio that can keep you away from recording and playing with music.

XLR Cables

There will be day, when your studio will be full of different cables. But to start now, you will need 4 of them:

  • 1 long XLR cable for connecting your microphone
  • 2 short ones for your studio monitors (most monitors work with XLR just fine, but your audio interface may only allow you to use 1/4″ TRS cables. Check the output options on your audio interface and the input options on your studio monitors to ensure you get a pair that’ll work)
  • 1 longer instrument jack-jack cable

There are usually 4 things to consider when buying audio cable:

  1. Brand
    There are a lot of crappy companies out there, so to help you get better orientation, I can recommend you: Mogami, Monster, Pro Co, Hosa. You will never buy bad cable, if you stick to these brands.
  2. Length
    3-6 ft works well for monitor cables in all bedroom studios.
    10 ft is usually optimum for all instrument cables.
    To choose a length for mic cable can be trickier, it all depends on the room size, also often with gained experience, you will start to play with different mic positioning. In a small 10×10 ft room, a 30 ft of cable is plenty.
  3. Connectors
    This is the most important part of the whole cable. Get them wrong and you audio cable is useless! The most quality brand for connector is Neutrik. I wouldn’t buy anything else. Remember, you want to get the most accurate and true analog audio signal into your DAW. That’s why it is so important to choose the right cable with the right connector.
  4. Price
    It should be somewhere between $5-$60+.
    Cheap ones break, the expensive ones are rip off.
    Your aim for price is between $20-$40.

My recommendations:

MIC Stand

For now you will need only 1.
Don’t buy cheap, or your stand will not be reliable.
Don’t go to expensive, because you don’t need to.
Stick only with the most reputable brands, $20-$50 is a very solid price range.

If you don’t know which one to pick, you can try On-Stage Stands company – they make plenty of great stands that are cheaper.

POP filter

It will not keep you away from producing POP.
Anyhow, you don’t want to record a singer with all that “puffs” created by his breathing. It will sound nasty. If you plan to record vocals, POP filter is a must.

A headphone extension cable

The usual problem with all headphones.
The cables are ALWAYS way too short.
Professional studios solve this issue with special headphone amplifier.
For beginners, headphone extension cable,  is much more simpler and cheaper alternative.

For all of you, who are curious what I meant by special headphone amplifier…

This little device is also good for splitting headphone signal, if you plan to record more musicians at once. Remember, by buying this you will also need to buy jack-jack cable to connect it to your audio interface. As I said at the beginning, it is easy to spend all day shopping.

Music Stand

This one is not as necessary as previous gadgets, however you will find it useful later on + your studio will become a bit PRO.

Good for everyone, who is planing to record a lot of vocals or instrumentalists.

Ready to begin?

So this is your first checkpoint in your being music producer journey.

You have all the things and gadgets you need for setting up your first
OWN HOME RECORDING STUDIO.

Give it a name. It is your baby.
Press record and you can start recording music NOW!

What are you waiting for?

 

 

Best affordable studio monitors for home studios

affordable studio monitors

Well, lets face it:

Nothing is more important in every studio than a good pair of monitors.  If you’ve never heard music through a pair of  decent monitors, you might be blown away by the detail they can provide.

But there is a problem.

The cheap monitors are usually the piece of crap.
The good studio monitors typically cost > $1000.
And what are the stand for “good” monitors, anyway? Often what sounds good to one person, can sounds dreadful to another.

If you are the beginner, you would be crazy to pay all that freaky money for unsure results.

Solution? Research. There is always plenty of fish in the sea. We have to spot the one, that is most popular. That’s why I made a list of the most affordable studio monitors for home studios sorted by the overwhelming flood of positive reviews for each of them.

affordable studio monitorsKRK Rokit 5 G3

What sometimes takes your attention on the pictures of other bedroom recording studios, is the distinct yellow color of some monitors in the background.

So famous design…

Big music producers, like Dr. Dre have lot of pictures on the internet with monitors looking familiar.

Even if he uses upper class of monitors from the same brand….this can only mean one thing:

KRK is a very solid brand.

KRK Rockit 5 are the most popular, reviewed and highly recommended monitors for all small home studios. At that price level, you will not find the better deal.

Other notable features are:

  • you can control high and low frequency by special knob
  • a limiter that prevent overload and speaker damage
  • “soft dome” tweeter for all frequencies up to 30 Hz

jbl cheap studio monitorsJBL LSR305

Let’s recap.

Low price, the numbers of positive reviews….seems pretty much similar to KRK’s.

If you are buying your first pair of studio monitors, but you don’t like the yellow color, you won’t be sorry, after getting JBL.

Interesting fact:
JBL designed this monitors with many “borrowed” hi end features that can be found in their flagship unit the M2 Master Monitor, priced at a crazy $6.000 a pair. Here we go!

Still not convinced? Check this:

  • very unique Image Control technology checked
  • a tighter low end delivered by patented “Slip Stream” bass port checked
  • wide sweet spot for flexible and powerful listening checked

M-Audio-AV40 the cheapest good studio monitorM-Audio AV-40

Looking for truth?

Maybe you won’t find there “near perfect” reviews of the previous mentioned monitors.

But it doesn’t mean, that I put M-Audio AV40 here by mistake. Especially, if you consider one BIG advantage over the others.

This monitor costs HALF as much. Right. I repeat again. They are priced / 2.

Rare exception. Normally for that price you will find only garbage.

And for that price you get also this:

  • improved detail and clarity using OptImage III Tech
  • Volume control and headphone control sitting on the left monitor
  • No interference with other desktop electronics. How? Using magnetic shield 

What’s next?

If you are on the budget, your first studio monitors don’t need to be the killing one. Also, it takes time to learn how to listen your mixes properly, how to hear details and clarity in the music. I guarantee, that for that price, you WILL NOT find the better deal.

Also remember, regardless of what you get, you should also buy a pair of  isolation pads so the quality of sound aren’t negatively affected by the surface you place them on.

 

What equipment needed for home recording studio

Before we start to talk about recording, mixing, mastering, there is really not much you can do, until you build your own recording/mixing setup, right? So let’s get you one, of course, we are all starters and not millionaires at this moment, so we will do it in a cheap, but PRO way!

So first thing is: take a pen and paper and make your own TO-DO -BUY list. It looks simple, but sometimes this kind of task can take months, mainly because of research. Yep, there are so many equipment and so little time/money. Wouldnt it be nice, to have a one source where is explained everything you need to have and everything you should know, so you can start to record and produce your own music THIS week? So here we go, I’m here to help you with this task.

This is the list of essential gadgets, every home recording studio needs to have:

  1. The best computer for music production
  2. Choose your favorite DAW
  3. Quality audio interface for beginners
  4. The most versatile microphones under $200
  5. Get a good set of studio monitor headphones
  6. Affordable studio monitors for your bedroom studio
  7. Why to be bothered with MIDI keyboard controllers
  8. MUST-HAVE accessories for every home recording studio
  9. Virtual Instruments that every music producer should have

And now….we are still talking about building you home recording studio on the budget, however we haven’t defined yet what „on budget“ exactly means. Our aim is to get you recording setup for maximum efficiency and creativity in other words PRO level at relatively low costs.For you guys, who are really short on funds at this moment I have special BONUS here – your best alternative is to go with this SUPER cheap highway:

And also if you are interested in live looping, check out Live Looping act blog.