How to Use Music Recording Equipment to Create Your Productions

Gear

It's important to choose the right music recording equipment for your home studio

 

It’s important to get the right music recording equipment for your home studio if you want to produce your own music. It’s easy to get started – you just need to know what to look for to get up and running.

 


Music Studio Equipment

 



Music Studio Equipment




Music Board




Control Surface




Audio Compressor




Audio Limiter




Noise Gate




MIDI




How Do Synthesizers Work?




Sequencer




Sound Card




Effects Unit




Equalizer




How Do Studio Monitors Work?




Studio Headphones




DI Box




Studio Audio Connections




Audio Interface Guide




The Best Two Channel Audio Interface




PreSonus AudioBox Review




Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review




Portable Vocal Booth


 

The best way to set up a home studio is to center it around a computer with a DAW program on it. It’s the easiest and most efficient way for you to record, mix, sequence, and edit your music. It also allows you to have greater creative control over your productions.

An audio interface can then join up with the computer, where you can hook up your monitors, headphones, microphones, and instruments. It’s also vital to choose the right cables for all of your studio’s connections.

These days, most studio tools can be found as both hardware and software devices. These include signal processors like compressors, limiters, gates, and equalizers, as well as effects units (like delay, chorus, or phasers).

 


Other Home Studio Choices

 

There are a great number of hardware and software synthesizers to choose from, from newer designs to software versions of all the hardware classics. You can even build your own software synth, using a program like Reaktor from Native Instruments.

A control surface can let you directly manipulate the settings inside the different software tools you use to make music. This kind of hands-on control can give you a more intuitive feeltowards making your music, and definitely beats using a mouse to dynamically change your settings.

MIDI plays an important role in all studios, commercial and home-based, allowing a lot of your studio equipment to communicate with each other.

A physical mixing board isn’t always needed for a home recording set-up. But a software mixer inside your DAW runs along the same ideas and principles, so it’s worth learning how a mixing board actually works. There are also much smaller versions of mixing boards available, which can be useful in some home recording situations.

 


 

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