The Score Magazine June 2017 issue - Page 24

10 Steps for setting up a Recording Studio at home. These are 10 basic steps for beginners to set up a home or bedroom studio. Contact us if you need more details. We will get you all the help you need to set your home studio. 1. Selecting your Computer (Mac or PC) The first thing to buy when trying to set up your recording Studio is a good Computer. This might be your major expense, whether it is a Mac or a PC. In my personal opinion, I highly recommend a Macbook Pro for its compact in size, portability, and functionality. 2. Choosing your Audio interface: It is always better to first decide what you are going to do and how many inputs you require to record. If it is just Vocals and guitars, an ideal two channel interface with a Mic and a DI input is more than enough to start with.If you want to go for tracking an entire band or drums, get an eight channel Mic Pre interface for your computer. 3. Treatment of your room: Before you start recording, try to place your mattress and pillows in the corner of the rooms to cut the room reflections. If you can afford to do an acoustic treatment, then please do opt for that before you start recording. 22 The Score Magazine 4. Choice of Mic: If you want to record great vocals, the most affordable ones are RODE NT1, Shure SM 58, Shure SM7B, SE Electronics SE-x1. These will get you a great result when you are recording at your bedroom studio. Tip: Try not to place the Mic in the corner of the room to avoid. 5. What Cables do you need? Cables are very important and it plays an important role in getting great signals. Get good XLR mic cables, TS for Electric Guitar or Electric bass instruments, a pair of TRS cables for line input for Keyboards live recording session. 6. Good Studio Monitors Great sound is achieved through hearing your final mixes from your studio monitors. You can get a good and an affordable pair of Studio monitors like Yamaha HS5 / KRK Rokit or Genelec if you can! 7. Headphones for Home Studio: In a home studio setup, your recording (Tracking) and Control (Machine) are both assembled in the same room. During recording, you need Mute your monitors and start your session in order to prevent feedback from the monitors. Get a Closed Pack headphones like the Sennheiser HD 280Pro or Sony MDR7506. 8. Microphone Stands: Get a good Mic stand which can hold it firmly to capture great sound. Try to get full boom Mic stands for Vocals. 9. Pop Filter This is one of the most important tools in your studio. When you sing in your mic, it captures everything you record including your air blows like ‘P’ and ‘B’ which we call Plosives. This can be very annoying. Get a pop filter with a single screen or Double screen to prevent this from happening. 10. Learn to Hear Good Sound: This is one of the most core areas in getting the required sound. You should train your ears to understand the fundamental frequencies and the frequency range of your recorded material. You need to have a proper understanding of your Monitors, headphones and how they translate to you. You don't need an expensive set up to do all this. Author: L. Baba Prasad. He is the Owner and Chief Sound/Mix & Mastering Engineer at Digi Sound Studio. He also teaches Sound Engineering & Music Production courses. For more details visit: / www.