How to Setup Your own Home Music Studio
How do you Setup Your own Music Studio in your Home to be productive, inspiring and spark your creative mind, every time you go into it to make music. I have made a list of what I recommend as the 10 Home Studio Essentials. Let’s go through them one by one, right now:
1. Get a Quality Desk for all your Equipment
You might be surprised that I place this as the number one piece of equipment to get for your home studio. But think about it. This piece of furniture will be the center point and command central of your studio setup. It will hold all your equipment, and also have room for future upgrades. I strongly recommend going for something that also will make you feel more professional, not simply a cheap small IKEA desk.
2. Treat the Acoustics of the Room
Making music in a room with bad acoustics, is such a nightmare. Even if you are not recording any vocals or acoustic instruments, it is so much more inspiring to make music when you can listen to it without lots of bad echo in your room destroying the sound. There are some easy things you can start with to treat the acoustics, like thick carpets, using heavy drapes for the windows, and minimizing all big flat, hard surfaces that bounces sound and creates a bad echoey vibe. But I recommend you to also invest in some acoustic treatment to hang on your walls. It makes a huge difference in the sound, and it also makes your home studio, actually look like a studio. It is more inspiring to work in an environment that feels like it is dedicated to the particular style of work, in this case making music.
3. Invest in a High Performance Computer Setup and Software
Now, we all know that the computer is the production central of modern music production. That is why it makes sense to spend money getting a high performance computer setup. I personally recommend a desktop computer because I believe a big display, or even multiple display setup will benefit your workflow a lot. Things to focus on when it comes to specs are: CPU Cores and Speed, RAM, and Internal Disc Drive Speed and Space. Also, I would recommend getting a fast external drive to store your instruments and sounds. Then of course you need a software for professional music composition and production, a DAW. And there are so many choices today, so you can’t really go wrong. If you haven’t already found your favorite, I recommend getting trial versions of several different DAWs to find the one that suits you personally, your creative workflow.
4. Get a Quality Audio Interface
The Audio Interface is the hub of all audio that will go into, and out from, your studio computer. Here is where you will connect all your instruments, microphones, and also output the music to your speakers and headphones. Get a quality audio interface with good pre-amps so that you can record high quality audio with minimal noise, and get low latency when working in your DAW.
5. Get Studio Monitors and Studio Headphones
Making music is all about sound. And of course it is so much more inspiring to have good sound when you are working with your music. And it will also help you get better sounding final mixes of your songs. I personally prefer working with studio monitors, but if you need to make music without disturbing others, a good pair of studio headphones is great to have.
6. Buy a Good MIDI Input Device
MIDI is the language of software instruments. It is the modern equivalent of sheet music. And while you can potentially write all notes with your mouse and computer keyboard, it is both much faster and much more inspiring to input your notes from a MIDI Controller. Most often a MIDI Keyboard, but you can also use a Pad Controller if you prefer that.
7. Get a Decent Microphone to Record Vocals and Instruments
Audio is of course essential in music, for recording vocals, and acoustic instruments like a guitar for example. And even if you don’t record external audio to use in your music, you still benefit greatly to have a microphone to record your ideas for music. Humming, singing and even beat-boxing to get your ideas inside your DAW.
8. Find a Chair that feels Comfortable
This is something that many people forget. But not you. Because I’m sure you recognize that you will sit in that chair for many long hours. So having a chair that feels comfortable is very important.
9. Organize and Optimize your Studio Setup
Organizing your setup for good ergonomics, as well as cleaning it up, will both improve your workflow, and make your complete studio setup feel more inspiring to work in. Things like placing all your tools and equipment to be easily reachable, for quick and easy access. And also organizing your folders, sample banks, and sound libraries on your computer so that everything can be easily found by you when you work on your music.
10. Design the Mood & Vibe of your Studio
Finally, don’t forget about the vibe of your studio. It is your work place, your place of creativity and production. So why not make sure that the mood & vibe feels inspirational and makes you want to spend time there. It can be as easy as adding some ambient lights, pictures on the walls that inspire you, some plants for a relaxing home-like atmosphere and so on.
BONUS TIP: Whatever you do, make sure that your home music studio feels professional, inspiring and invites you to create music every day. Because that is the purpose of having a home studio after all.
Good luck, and have fun setting up and optimizing your own home music studio! =)