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Home recording studio equipments for beginners

Jules, in Music lessons
Feb 09, 2021 | 10 min read

If you are looking to build your own home studio in 2021, we have the perfect guide for you. We’ve created a checklist for home recording studio equipments that you will need.

Here you will find all the gear you need to get started recording music right from the comfort of your bedroom.


Wires and cables

XLR cables

You may have a high-end condenser and good quality audio interface but with a worn out XLR cable you risk having noise in your recording. Mechanical damage, corrosion, and dry out cracking can happen easily if you buy a cheap XLR cable.

We recommend Mogami Gold Studio – you can pick between 3, 6, 15, and 25-foot lengths.

  • comes in different lengths
  • recommended for studio recordings
Monaga

TS vs TRS cables 

So what is the difference between the two and which one do you need? TS cable connectors are perfect for instruments with mono signal – like guitars, mixers or a receiver.

TRS cables have 3 contact points. They are commonly used to connect balanced equipment or for running both left and right mono signals to stereo headphones.


Microphones

Shure SM57 Dynamic microphone

The Shure SM57 is one of the most legendary recording microphones on the market. In fact, many award-winning albums have been recorded with just a single SM57, making this the absolute best choice for a versatile mic that can do everything.

The SM57 is best suited for instruments, but can also work well with vocals. It gives off a very neutral sound and does the job keeping voice clean and clear without and with no pop. If you want to take it up a notch on making it clean, consider a mic stand and a pop filter.

  • Perfect price range for the quality of sound
  • High loudness tolerance
  • Die-cast steel

RODE NT1-A

If you want an incredible dynamic range, this is the all around mic for you. You can mic up your drums or even a quiet talking voice – you can be sure that RODE NT1-A will give you a clear, quiet and clean sound. It has a 1 year warranty that you can extend to 10 years upon registration.

It comes with a RODE SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover.

  • Dynamic range
  • Gets rid of hiss from grounded mics
  • Comes with a full microphone setup


Audio interface

Audio interfaces allow you to connect and play with pro mics and instruments, making them an essential component of your home studio.

Scarlett USB interface

  • Offers great value for money
  • Several versions depending on the amount of input that you need
  • Easy to set up

Our easiest suggestion is the Focusrite Scarlett Studio. If you want to set up, record and play back within 5 minutes – this is the best one. It just simply does what it’s supposed to do without fail.

It also comes with a range of software: Avid Pro Tools, Ableton, Softube and even a 3-month splice sounds subscription.

If you choose the Scarlett 2i2 Studio, the interface comes with a CM25 MKIII condenser microphone, and HP60 MkIII

DAW

Are you looking for the best value DAW subscriptions or even free ones? We’ve covered almost all of DAW software available! Check out our in-depth review for DAW tools here.

Great budget monitor

If you are really looking into creating quality recording, mixing or mastering, having good monitors will is the perfect addition to your home recording studio equipments.

Adam Audio T5V

This is a highly affordable two-way monitor perfect for smaller rooms or a home studio. It has top end EQ adjustment and is very customizable.  It also allows balanced and unbalanced connection.

Yamaha HS5

Another 5” woofer that we love! This size is perfect for a home recording studio. With the HS5, Yamaha had both professionals and beginners in mind, yet was still able to keep it at an affordable price. It has excellent build quality and a great frequency response that allows for excellent mixing and mastering. Clean and refined design also allows your studio space to have a professional feel.

MIDI Keyboard

Arturia MiniLab Mk II

Just with a glance, you can already tell that MinilabMKII has sturdy and high quality keys, knobs, pads, pitch and modulation. Some parts of the case are made out of metal which gives it a good heft and a solid feel.

It also comes with hundreds of free virtual instruments that you can download. Ableton Lite host software is also included, but is limited to creating a maximum of eight tracks.



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