In today’s music world, recording music has evolved into something more than it was just 20 years ago. Making music in big production studios, have overwhelming transformed into producing in the small home studios.
Many musical artists are transforming their bedrooms, and living rooms, into their very own, uniquely designed, music studios. Some of these artists are even creating chart-topping billboard hits from the comfort of these small home studios. Is it difficult to do – Maybe. But can it be done – Of course, it is. Today we’re going to talk about how to build low-cost home studio an effective way, without breaking your bank account, so that you can work on getting your music out into the world, to touch the hearts of many.
How To Build a Low-Cost Home Studio an Effective Way
Building a low-cost home studio can be challenging if you don’t know where to begin. There are vital factors that you need to take into consideration before you start building.
Invest In The Great PC First – You must understand that you will need to invest in a great PC – This is essential.
Buy Only Necessary Gear – Keep in mind that you have only to buy necessary gear that you will use.
Consider Buying From Secondhand – Consider buying your musical equipment and supplies from secondhand.
Prioritize Digital Route – Consider digital software tools & instruments over analog equipment.
Invest In The Great PC First
Whether you decide to go the digital or analog route, it is of considerable significance that your first home studio item should be a quality PC. With your PC, there are specific components that you want to make sure it has. First, you want to make sure that the model of the computer you choose is not very old from its initial release date. It’s because computers are updating all the time, so if your computer is outdated, the problems that would occur when producing music are:
1.DAW and VST compatibility with the current OS
2. Low performance
3. Lagging, Stuttering
In conjunction with your computer release date, when looking for a PC, you will not want to go for a PC with a processor less than an “i5 Processor.” The reason for this is i5 processors (not to be too technical) has a quad-core, which makes your computer run a lot faster and smoother when editing music. The i5 processors were released in 2009 (which falls in line with that 10-year mark), so going with this or anything more current would be your best bet.
For RAM, you will want to get a PC, with “at least” 8 GB. Anything less than this will hurt your music project in the long run. This will ensure that you have the correct computing power to survive all of the edits you will need to make to your music, once your home studio is built. This is a crucial factor that should not be overlooked.
Benefits of investing in a decent PC –
1. No more stutters, lags, and issues
2. You can have multiple VST plugins opened in your project with an ease
3. Very CPU-Intensive Processings that outdated PCs won’t do
Buy Only Necessary Gear
It is essential to remember to stay on budget – Buy only equipment that you really need and will use during the sessions. When you are online or in physical music stores, you will be tempted to get a lot of fancy and shiny items and things that look good, but that you may not need – Do your best to avoid this. Try only to buy equipment that you will use for a long time – It could be a MIDI Keyboard, MIDI-Controller, Studio Headphones, Studio Monitors, or Mic.
Before you begin building your home studio, do your research, look at customer reviews, and watch musical artist’s video reviews. Discover what musical equipment would be best suited to create a quality music studio, with the capability of producing “high quality” music. Then work on making a list of the music gear that you want to buy, and then start shopping. By taking this route, you will save yourself time, and money, for future musical items, that you may come to need.
Consider Buying From Secondhand
At the beginning stages of building your home studio, before you get into music production and home recording, think about getting some of your music gear from secondhand. If you are starting on your musical journey, your primary focus should not be to go out and spend ten’s of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars. Rather than that, you should be focused on getting quality equipment, that will produce high-quality music, at the most affordable prices. So buying second hand should be an option.
When buying from secondhand, there are some key points to take into consideration. First is to make sure that the actual source is reliable, and has a respectable reputation (whether they are a big company or an individual). When buying from them, there is no guarantee, so the source needs to be a trusted one.
If you are buying from a physical music store, test the equipment in the store. In case you are buying online, then you will want to see some customer reviews about this specific company, or person, selling you the secondhand items.
If there are no reviews from the seller of the secondhand gear – It’s highly recommended to avoid the purchase. At this beginning stage of building your home studio, every dollar counts. That said, you cannot afford to spend a few hundred, or a few thousand, on second-hand gear, only to find that it doesn’t work. Be diligent and always look for customer reviews.
If you choose to go only with digital production, it will be a matter of DAW software, and buying your favorite VST plugins that suit your music production needs. When doing so, make sure your software is compatible with the computer. (Logic Pro DAW working only on MAC OS.)
Main cons of making music digitally:
1. You can use save your project and presets in your DAW and VST plugins
2. More space on your table that makes your music production sessions more comfortable
3. No overwhelming
4. It’s in comparison to analog equipment with excellent value and comparable results
Source: Oleg Ivanov
Anyway, if you really want to choose some analog gear, it’s important to point out here that you will have to spend more money, than if you were to go digitally. Also, you will need to make sure that you have space in your home for the analog equipment. But again, when doing so, make sure you purchase something smart that you will use in the long-term. It could be an analog-hardware EQ or compressor.
Take your time, do your homework, research equipment, look at reviews, watch some video reviews. Decide on whether you want to go with a PC or MAC. Consider investing in digital studio software rather than analog equipment, especially in the early stage of music production.
Once you make that decision and begin shopping – Remember to stay on budget. If you follow these steps laid out here, you will save yourself time, money, and a lot of frustration. Take your time and enjoy the ride, it’s not a race – It’s a journey.