Build a home recording studio for $300 #MusicMonday

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If you wanted to create your own recording studio but were intimidated by the cost, this project is for you. The guide takes you through the steps to create a studio for a relatively small amount of money. Shared by JacobC160 on Instructables:

With the digital age continuing to show us how technology has lessened the need for professional services, it is becoming easier to obtain good results on art forms such as audio recording. It is my goal to demonstrate the most cost-effective way of building a home studio, as well as tips to get any home recording enthusiast started on the path of audio engineering. In order to achieve the best results, it is recommended that you save up at least $300 for the build. I think that anyone who is ambitious and eager to learn this trade will have a fun time and will absolutely enjoy the end result.

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Conclusion

Taking everything mentioned above into consideration, you should undoubtedly have an ideal setup for recording your band, or a friend’s band for that matter. Let’s add up all the items that I talked about in this article and see if building a home studio is attainable. A computer is something that almost everyone owns, so I’ll factor that out of the overall cost. You can get very good recording software for free (such as Pro Tools First and Studio One Prime) so I’ll also factor that out. A good interface with two inputs can cost around $100. Studio monitors can cost as low as $100 for a three-inch pair. Let’s use the Mackie CR-3’s for example. I mentioned the MXL 770 for a good microphone option; that will cost about $70. And lastly, enough acoustic foam to achieve good results will cost about $20 for a 12 pack of panels. This totals up to be $290. That’s less than $300! I hope I’ve proven that anyone can start a home studio and at a very affordable price. There are definitely other options for equipment and manufacturers do a great job offering different products for different skill levels. If you take the time to research, and have enough money to start, I would highly recommend building a studio. It’s a lot of fun!

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1 Comment

  1. Love the intent of the post, but as someone who runs a studio, I have to say that acoustic foam is going to hurt more than help – killing your highs and leaving all kinds of mud in the the lower-mid and bass range. You need good broadband absorption panels, which can be built using rockwool for about the same price as this whole setup and will serve you much better.

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