How To Build A Home Studio

How To Build a Home Studio
In the winter of 2005 I developed a strong interest in making music. One of my friends had been producing music using Reason 2.0 and a super old version (new at the time) of ProTools LE and I was amazed. I knew that this is exactly what I wanted to do too, but I had no idea where to even start.

 

I had toyed with a demo copy of Fruity Loops 4, but I didn’t even own a computer at the time so I was completely lost. I begged my friend to teach me and asked him to write a list of things I would need to get started. I could tell he didn’t really think I was serious, but he gave in and wrote a bare bones list of things I would need.

 

 The list read something like:

-Computer

-Reason Software

-MIDI Controller

-Headphones

 

So I took that list and set out to buy what I needed. Then I realized I didn’t have any money. Lol. So I decided that day that my nice shiny Honda CBR 929RR had to go. By this time spring was in full force in Wisconsin and the fresh arrival of warm weather made it easy to sell a motorcycle. Once I sold the bike I used the money to fund my new musical endevours.

 

At the time laptop computers were ridiculously expensive so I decided to purchase a refurbished DELL laptop for around $500. It had a 14.1” display, AMD Processor, 256k of memory, and a 60GB hard drive. To this day I still don’t know how I even ran Reason from that laptop. Next, I bought a 61 key MIDI Controller and a copy of Reason 2.5 from Musicians Friend then a cheap pair of $30 DJ headphones from the local music store. I had officially purchased my first production rig.

 

That was in 2006. I learned a lot from that little set-up and will always remember how it all started. Technology has come a long way since then and this has allowed producers such as myself to be able to more affordably produce higher quality music right from home. I always knew I wanted to have a really nice home studio one day and over the last 8+ years I’ve worked my dream into a reality.

 

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their creative space, but I love the way my current studio is set up and wanted to share it with you. Now I in no way am saying that this is a step-by-step guide in building a production space at home or that you NEED every piece of gear mentioned in order to make amazing music. This is just what I use and I hope that it can inspire you to chase your dreams too. Below is a detailed list of the gear mentioned in the video as well as links for you to be able to get more information on each item.

 

I also have over 1.5TB of software on my computer that I use to produce. It’s a lot to cover and I didn’t have time in this video to do so. If you would like me to make a second video covering software such as mixing plug-ins, virtual instruments, drum kits, DAW’s, etc. please leave a comment on the video via YouTube. If enough people ask for it I will make a video for it. If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and fee; free to hit me up on one of the social networks. Thanks for visiting the blog and watching the video.

 


 

 

Acoustic Treatment

 

All Acoustic Treatment was purchased from Overtone Acoustics. I currently have 26 total panels which include 2 Bass Traps and 3 Skyline diffusers. I highly recommend going with Overtone for any and all of your Acoustic Treatment needs. The quality is outstanding and the prices are very fair. http://overtoneacoustics.com

 

Desk

 

Studio RTA Creation Station Studio Desk: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/studio-rta-creation-station-studio-desk (Discontinued)

Great Alternative: Z-Line Designs Cyrus Workstation

 

Desk Chair

 

MARKUS Swivel Chair: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00103102/

 

Power Conditioners

ART PowerStation 4×4: http://artproaudio.com/art_products/power_solutions/metered_solutions/product/ps4x4/

Furman M-8Dx: Furman M-8Dx Merit Series Power Conditioning, 15 Amp, 9 Outlets with Wall Wart Spacing, Pullout Lights, Digital Voltmeter

Computer

2012 Apple Mac Pro Tower

3.33 GHz 6-Core Processor

Upgraded Graphics Card

32GB RAM

6TB Internal Hard Drives

 

Video Monitors

 

DELL S2340M 23” IPS LED Backlight LCD Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260109 (Discontinued)

New Version: Dell P2314H 23″ Full HD 1080p Widescreen LED Backlight IPS LCD Monitor, 1000: 1 Contrast Ratio, 250cd/m2 Brightness, 4 USB 2.0/VGA/DVI-D/DisplayPort

 

Studio Monitors

 

Yamaha HS8: Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor, Black

 

Secondary Reference Monitors

 

Avantone Audio Active MixCubes (Butter Cream): Avantone Active MixCube Powered Full-Range Mini Reference Monitors – Creme, Pair

 

Monitor Control Switch

 

SMPRO M-Patch 2 Monitor Control Switch: SM Pro Audio M-Patch Active-1 Precision Monitor Control Plus Studio Talkback and USB Audio I/O

 

Audio Interface

 

Universal Audio Apollo Duo:Universal Audio Apollo Duo Core 18 x 24 Firewire/Thunderbolt Audio Interface

 

Preamp/Compressor

Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II:Universal Audio LA-610 MKII Tube Recording Channel Strip

 

MIDI Controllers

 

Akai MPK49:Akai Professional MPK49 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads

Yamaha KX8: http://www.zzounds.com/item–YAMKX8

 

Keyboard Workstation

 

Yamaha Motif XF6: Yamaha Motif XF6 Music Production Synthesizer

Microphones

 

Neumann TLM 103: Neumann TLM-103 Microphone

Oktava MK-319: Oktava MK-319 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

Studio Projects C1: Studio Projects C1 Condenser Microphone, Cardioid

Shure SM7B: Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid

 

Vocal Reflection Filter

 

Sterling Audio VMS Vocal Microphone Shield: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Sterling-Audio-VMS-Vocal-Microphone-Shield-107014417-i2100737.gc

 

LED Accent Lights

DIODER LED 4-Piece Multicolor Light Strip Set: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50192365/

How to build a home studio.

Did I miss something? If I did make sure to let me know by leaving a comment on the video via YouTube. Thanks again!

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Home Studio, Music Production, Tutorials

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