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A Simple Recording Studio Setup – Devs Music

Don’t spend lakhs of Rupees setting up your Recording Studio, here is what you need the most.

A Computer

You can select a Computer that is familiar to you, MAC or PC or desktop or laptop. Your comfort level is more important when selecting which computer. Most of us we already have a PC. These days even Laptops are just fine, just get a god configuration with a high RAM. It gives you great mobility. You can edit mix even on the move.

A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) / Sequencer / Music Production Software

A DAW has many names. If you have your computer picked out, then that will also help make your recording software decision much, much easier as not all DAWs work on both Mac and PC. The big players are as follows: Logic and Digital Performer are Mac only, Sonar and Audition are PC only, while Pro Tools, Cubase, and Studio One are all dual platform. They are all fabulous programs and will get the job done for you. Which one should you go with though? That's a question only you can answer. We definitely recommend Protools due to its ease of use and dual platform capability. Even the big producers in the industry use Protools.

None of the DAWs sound better than the other, they all do the same thing, offer more or less the same features. Various Mixing Engineers have their personal favorites. It is a “Myth” that one DAW is better than the other. Pick a piece of software that fits your budget and go with it. At the end of the day, when people listen back to your finished songs they aren't going to be able to tell what program you used to record or mix. Nor will they even care! All they care about is whether or not the song sounds good!

However if you intend to do Sound Engineering professionally, then you probably want go the Pro Tools route since that is the most widely used program in the industry today, by far. Don’t waste too much time deciding which DAW to buy.

Audio Interface

Since the computer understands only digital information, we need an interface which can convert the analog sound from the source into digital data. This is where an Audio interface comes into picture. The best way is to for a two channel interface. Most DAWs work with any Audio interface. You will be fine with a simple 2 channel USB audio interface with at least one microphone preamp with phantom power, line-in inputs for guitar cables and keyboards, stereo outs, and at least one headphone out.

Microphones

There are three main types of microphones: dynamic, condenser, and ribbon (with dynamic and condenser being the most widely used). Dynamic microphones are great for use on stage in live settings. They are very durable. The also tend to be very directional in that they will only pick up what's directly in front of them. Condenser microphones, namely large diaphragm mics, use a different technology to pick up audio and convert it into electricity; and they do it in a way that brings so much detail and realism to the recording that for years they have been the favorites of recording engineers. With these microphones one can even record drums, guitars, along with the normal Vocal recording.

Monitoring Setup

For a decent monitoring of your recordings a simple closed back paid of studio headphones does the work. If someone has more budget you can go with a set of good studio speakers for monitoring purposes. If you choose to use headphones for monitoring make sure they are closed back as you don’t need any sound to pass through.

Just remember that in today’s world with technology costs going down, the converse effect is it opens up unlimited options. So don’t waste your time trying each and every option in the market, get hold of one and get going. As discussed earlier all DAWs do the same thing no matter how much any one debate on this matter it is a never ending discussion, just like we suggest Protools as a easy to use DAW someone else will suggest some other DAW. What matters at the end of the day is the skill and expertise of the Mixing Engineer and not the DAW.

All the Best, Regards Devs Music

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Written by Dev Sir — May 19, 2013

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