Gear Talk Tuesday: 5 Home Studio Necessities
    • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    Looking to start building your very own home studio? You've been dreaming about it forever - that one place where no one can bother you. Complete solitude. Nothing but music making and pure bliss. So why not stop the talk, start the walk, and begin building your musical sanctuary?! Feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start is very normal, so let's help you out with the first five *very* basic things to start out with.

    1. An instrument.

    Whether it's a guitar or a software instrument, you'll definitely need some sort of instrument to start playing. Unless you're exclusively recording a cappella groups. Then power to you.

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    2. A program.

    Whether it's Logic, ProTools, or Ableton, you will need a program to record your instrument into. That's also where you'll mix, EQ, etc. Logic is good for songwriting, Ableton is good for making beats, and ProTools, well, ProTools isn't really good for anything (just kidding, a ton of people love it, I just personally don't find it user-friendly).

    gear talk tuesday home studio necessities


    3. Cables.

    Just get a lot of cables. Mic cables, guitar cables... Just stock up. Your friends who don't even like music will come over and steal them. They'll mysteriously disappear. You'll never not need them.

    gear talk tuesday home studio necessities


    4. A microphone.

    It depends what kind of stuff you're recording, but a lot of people need a mic for vocals. You can also gets mics for your amps/instruments.

    gear talk tuesday home studio necessities


    5. A computer.

    This one is definitely the most important, unless you're building a fully analogue studio, in which case you wouldn't be reading this. I've heard a lot of established musicians say something along the lines of this (because it's true): if you have a computer, you can do anything. It's not the gear you have but how you use it. If you're really not able to build a full-on studio right now, you could get by with Logic on a computer. Heck, making something awesome with nothing rather than a full studio is probably more impressive anyway.

    gear talk tuesday home studio necessities
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