If the next generation of musicians has their way, every chartbuster will get produced in the home. Modern recording studios are helping redefine the music production landscape. With the advent of the Internet and ), artists are practically turning their bedrooms into studios. Laptops and computers are taking over from mixing consoles and traditional recording interfaces.
This is definitely making things a bit easier for many struggling songwriters and instrumentalists who work towards making ends meet, solely based on their music careers.
Recording songs, mixing and layering them is significantly cheaper – and easier – now. Gone are the days when everything was sent back to the physical console – you had to hear it, slice it and then get the final output. Everything can be done on the computer now – delete if you don’t like a section and even redo it. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons why most of our favourite contemporary musicians don’t sound the same when they perform live.
Whether you are a solo performer or a novice, you can set up a decent studio and start recording at home. However, the setup will change depending on your interest and vocation.
The entire process of building a home recording studio is far easier and faster than most people might imagine. All you really need are a few key essentials.
These are the basics if you need to set up your own recording studio as a beginner. In fact, the entire kit is portable – you can dismantle it in a few hours, put each piece in your van and hit the road. It is like carrying your own studio and setting it up in multiple locations.
As you become more and more familiar with the equipment and your level of commitment and seriousness in the field increases, you can enhance your studio by adding few extra things.
The headphones need to be studio grade, preferably reference grade with a good quality headphone amplifier driving it. Almost all the time, the headphone amplifier in the interface is sufficient to drive the headphones. In case of high impedance reference headphones, you may have to add an additional powerful headphone amplifier to drive them. Typical rooms for Music production are small, and a 5-inch studio monitor is usually sufficient for near field monitoring. A full range monitor with good stereo imaging and frequency response is desirable.
Prashant Govindan is senior director for India and Sri Lanka for Harman Professional.