9 Things You Need For A Home Recording Studio

by Walsh on October 8, 2012


In Home Recording StudioG
etting started is often the hardest part of a rap career. After you have mentally committed yourself to doing whatever it takes for success, you have to surround yourself with certain pieces of technical equipment that will put you in the right position to achieve success. Luckily, in this day and age, technology is so advanced, you can record a solid track within the confines of your own home without the help of any major studio! That’s right. You have the power to create and record professional quality music…ON YOUR OWN! Here is a list of 9 things you absolutely MUST HAVE in order to build your own homemade recording studio and get your rap career going in the right direction. Check out the list below, not in any order of importance.

1. Create a Vocal Booth

In order to be taken seriously as a rap artist on any level, your music sound quality must meet a decent level. One way to directly address this issue is by creating your own in-house sound booth. The good news is that they are not as difficult or expensive to make as they seem because, guess what…if you have a small walk in closet or even a empty corner in your basement, the structure of the booth is already there! ANYONE can do it, all you have to use is a bit of creativity and your songs will sound significantly more professional. Here is a video that I thought was a very innovative and inexpensive way to set up a decent recording booth right in your house…

2. Computer

Nowadays, laptops play such an integral part of the world community that owning one has becoming a necessity. They are essential for school, business, collecting information and connecting with friends–just to name a few. Rap is no different. Owning a laptop gives you the freedom to explore so many different options with your music to the extent that not owning one would put you at a significant disadvantage. For those of you looking, I recommend the following Macbook Pro

Macbook Pro — $1,749.99

macbook pro screen

  • Very user friendly
  • Great virus protection.
  • Compatible with Pro Tools and various other DAW software.
  • Extremely Portable and light.

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3. Microphone

A quality microphone can make or break a track for you. No matter how dope your lyrics may be, if they come out sounding scratchy or muffled, the song will not be taken seriously and your effort will be erased. Spending big money on a microphone is always a wise choice, so if you got the dollars, I highly recommend this purchase. However, with the economy being as it is, not everyone can afford the top notch $7,000.00 mics, so here is a moderately priced one that I recommend. But, be sure to check out other options if you have the dough.

Rode K2 — $699.00

rodek microphone

Acoustic Principle Externally polarized 25 mm (1″) condenser
Active Electronics Thermionic impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Pickup Pattern Multi-pattern
Frequency Response 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Sensitivity -36 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (16 mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 2 dB
Equivalent Noise 10 dBA SPL (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
Maximum Output > + 30 dBu (@ 1% THD into 1kOhms)
Dynamic Range 150dB (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
Maximum SPL 162 dB (@ 1% THD into 1kOhms)
Signal/Noise > 81 dB (1kHz rel 1 Pa; per IEC651, IEC268-15)
Power Requirements Dedicated Power Supply (110 ~ 120V/220 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz)

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4. Pop Shield

They might be the simplest piece of equipment in the studio, but they serve a crucial purpose in ALL of your tracks. Pop shields are placed a few inches from your microphone and are used to prevent a “popping” noise from effecting the quality of your vocals. They are all relatively cheap and the price is well worth the quality of vocals you will be recording.

Nady 6-in. Clamp on Pop Shield — $19.99

Microphone Pop Shield

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5. Headphones

The right pair of headphones can completely change the way you listen to your music. With a quality pair, sometimes you can literally hear different sounds in the instrumentals that you normally wouldn’t pick up. Make sure when you buy your pair, that they are a good balance of quality and comfort and that they actually enhance the musical sound for you. The devil is in the details, so make sure you give yourself the chance to get as specific and precise as possible with your music.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO — $168.00

beyerdynamic dt 770 pro

Closed, diffuse-field systems “Bass reflex” technology for improved bass response.

Clinically high and mid-range reproduction.

Rugged headband construction.

Single-sided cableSoft ear cushionsGold-plated jack plug 3.5 mm and 6.35 mm adapter.

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6. Studio Monitors

For obvious reasons, you want your studio monitors to be as quality and clear as possible at an affordable price. After you’ve finished laying down some vocals on your latest track, you want to hear the song in its finest form. Make sure you have at least a decent pair of monitors so that you can not only hear how clean and smooth the song is, but you can also pick up on any flaws that show up every now and then. I recommend the M-Audio BX5 D2 monitors. They provide quality sound at an affordable price. Check them out below!

M-Audio BX5 D2 — $213.36

M-Audio BX5 D2 Monitors

  • Bi-amplified design with 70 watts of distributed power for cohesive, accurate sound
  • 5 Inch low-frequency drivers with Kevlar cones for rich, defined lows
  • 1 Inch high-frequency drivers with natural solk domes and integrated waveguides for smooth, clear highs
  • Optimized rear ports for extended low-frequency response
  • Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic wquipment

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7. Soundproof Foam

Let’s face it, some of us are still bustin’ out tracks in our moms basement and most of us at least have roommates or neighbors we have to stay aware of. Recording music often gets extremely loud and it is important that you do your best to keep your noise in and other noises out of your studio. Soundproof Foam is a cheap and easy way to get this done. So, buy a few rolls of this foam and line your walls with it and before you know it, you’ll be lining the walls of your own studio instead of your mom’s old jacked up wallpaper.

Auralex 2″ Wedge Studiofoam Acoustic Foam–$29.95

Soundproof Foam

  • Anechoic wedge cut offers superior sound absorption.
  • Effectively reduce standing waves and flutter echoes
  • Won’t crumble with age
  • Absorbs up to 60% better than other brands with an NRC of .80
  • Class B Fire Rating

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8. DAW Software

DAW stands for “Digital Audio Workstation” and it is the essential software that recording artists and producers use for their music. It is absolutely crucial to creating a quality song and the best part is, with practice, it is relatively easy to use.  “But what about those big mixing consoles???”– no need for ‘em–…at least for the moment being! After you buy the DAW software of your choice, simply install it into your computer and you have almost all that you need as a recording artist right on the screen in front of you. That’s right. All the beats you hear on Jee Juh were created straight from a laptop screen using DAW software calledPro Tools.” This program is highly recommended, but feel free to shop around for other programs that fit to your liking. This is an essential part of your home studio, so make sure you get this software up and running before you record any tracks.

Pro Tools Software–$694.59

Pro Tools 10 Software

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9. Beats

Once this in house studio project is completed and you have installed all the necessary pieces to get it up and running, you will need some beats to work with! Make sure to check out the Instrumentals here on Jee Juh, pick one out you like, and lay down some vocals on it with your new equipment! It ain’t the quality of the studio, it’s the quality of the artist so don’t worry too much about having the greatest facility in the world….that will come later!

Try putting together these 9 suggestions and I think you will surprise yourself with the quality of music you can create….

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C.Smith December 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Pretty amazing how a recording studio can be put together on a thousand dollar budget. Technology has changed a lot of things for recording artists.

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dyna turner December 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

some good informations right here

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Munzy January 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

very helpful..def bookmarking this one

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deafproofbeats February 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Great article, I actually have those monitors and I love them so far

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Buy Rap and R&B Beats February 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

And I just used your link to purchase foam, thanks!!

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richard April 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

If you want good audio…you need a computer which is most stable…. A desktop, and not a standard powersupply, now only seasonic offers the best quality and not APPLE
And don’t have the illusion that mac offers a great powersupply….a laptop is also very tidy build with everything close together and onboard firewire/usb controller…….noise+20%…. Then you buy an expensive motherboard and check the components, cause there are no good onboard usb/fire controllers. Everything has to be watercooled:warmth=noise the psu gets also shielded against emi and your watercool pump+reservoir get connected to the outside of your full metall, grounded case….The standard connectorcables will be replaced bij shielded cables and every connector pin you may solder (on the right length) and that takes a lot of time….The atx cables gets seperated from eachother(don’t forget that your pc is designed by giving for example your 8 core processor swithed powersupply from many amperes, so that’s a lot of interference…. Buy an expinsive fancontrol for your PWM-fans And buy a seperate usb or firewire pci-x card with an extra power connector… And you can solder and cut for two hours again. Don’t use a normal
dvd-drive…. cheap shit and goog ones are hard to get…..but you buy one for 200euro…. At the end you have my desktop pc and will set you back 5000euro, but then you still have to buy a second hnd powerconditioner…..700euro….

And only this is the right way to start…. Allways make your cables yourself…
People which say that cheap cables are also good talk bullcrap… The best way offcourse is that you let them make for you by someone like me…. It takes quite a lot a math to do it right.
And you doný buy good audio-interfces for less then 750 euro’s…. Not that cheap focusrite nonsence or so…. crappy budget stuff… And please build a little space in a room which vocally makes any sence…. The which wrote this ain’t no pro….
Why buy a 650 dollar mic when the rest is crap…. including m-audio monitors….
He’s a salesman. He doesn’t even know what’s inside the macbookpro…..and
in a studio you don’t need an laptop….. Why spening 2000dollar on a laptop while recording???? A desktop has sooo many advantages and everybody complaining and discussing why they have latencyon their 200dollar ‘studio-audio-interface’. Well the answer is….200 dollar ain’t enough. And your laptop/desktop sucks….win or mac, cause you have no brains a haven’t thought about the fct that you computer is a piece of shit for real recording….
Luckily has intel/microsoft made a good tab, so the audio industry has no choice to finnaly use usb 3.0 and alll those nice mixers , like the zed serie..with their new mixer with USB1.1, only because they then have to write the drivers them selves, will be replaced by normal standards…..cause they use these days usb 2.0 high speed, and the problem is that they don’t use a constant powersouurce….. how can you use a usb 2.0port for fast datatransfer and poweruse—> impossible….
Just tested the tascam us-366 for a site. Budget thing………collapse totally at 60% of output, just like presonus and focusrite….and NI-a6 m-audio …all….except the rack ones… Bot a good powersupply will cost 50euro’s and an powersupply on a second usb 2 bus is tricky on a normal laptop….cause they all come together on a onboard hub….and they suck, also when you have an apple. So the unit doesn’t gets enough power…….distortion..dropouts….large latency’s(which they allready have) ..It’s a huge rip off…

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rockersrule April 17, 2013 at 1:39 am

Whats works for u is whats best… theyre are no best or worst.. its all bout ur brain n ur talent… its in ur fingers…as long as ur pc or mac or whatever will run ur daw wout glitching then its all u need to produce world class audio.. n its not hard… as for rap any body can record digital beats and write jumbled rhymes….sheesh

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Do you have to buy or well have the soundproof foam and the daw software

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