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How to Make Budget Song Recording Studio

Many beginner musicians can’t decide about what music recording equipment they require for their dream music recording studio. So here I present few Music Instrument/Recording Gadgets which are “Must Buy” for a perfect home studio. Just get these recording studio gadgets and make your dream recording studio today. These are high in quality and budget friendly too.

ACOUSTIC GUITARS


Yamaha F310, 6-Strings Acoustic Guitar, Natural (Electronics)


List Price: INR 9,490.00
New From: INR 8,900.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

AUDIO INTERFACES


Behringer UM2 Audio Interface (Electronics)


List Price: INR 4,879.00
New From: INR 3,000.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

MIDI CONTROLLER KEYBOARDS


Akai Professional MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard and Pad Controller with Joystick (Electronics)


List Price: INR 9,300.00
New From: INR 9,250.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

CONDENSER MICROPHONES


Generic Professional Condenser Microphone Mic Sound Studio Recording Dynamic-57000927MG


List Price: INR 1,080.00
New From: INR 900.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

DYNAMIC MICROPHONES


Shure SV200-W Multi-Purpose Microphone (Electronics)


List Price: INR 1,850.00
New From: INR 1,850.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

GUITAR AMPLIFIERS


Palco 103 Guitar Amplifier


List Price: INR 2,500.00
New From: INR 2,000.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

How to Setup a Home Recording Studio in India?

If you are planning to setup a home recording studio then you might be searching for best home recording studio gadgets which you may need. First of all, we must know that what are the basic thing required when you want to set up a home recording studio. Since, there is no limit for higher end professional studio, but here we will be discussing the lowest budget home recording studio which any Indian Home Musician can afford.

What are the things required for Making a Personal or Professional Home Recording Studio?

Okay, this question is very genuine when it comes to set up a home recording studio. These are the following (minimum) things which are required for a song recording studio:

  1. Computer
  2. Audio Interface
  3. Microphone
  4. Reference Speakers/Headphone
  5. Midi Keyboard
  6. Midi Controller Pad/Faders/Knobs

We will now understand that what should be the specifications of these gadgets for recording studio.

High Performance Computer

This is the heart of a music recording studio. All things you have to do, will be processed by computer only. Starting from recording to mixing and mastering, a computer is a MUST BUY thing. Now you will be thinking that what kind of computer it should be?

Which computer configuration is required for a music recording studio?

The computer you are going to use in your studio should have following minimum standards:

Hardware

It should have a cabinet which can handle excessive heat generated by high multimedia processing. The cooling fan of CPU should be silent but powerful. It should have good number of USB connections, for example: 1 High Speed USB for Audio Interface, 1 USB for MIDI Keyboard, 1 USB for MIDI Controller/Pad, 1 USB for external Hard drive for backing up. As many, high speed USB you have, it will be better to connect all the gadgets in your computer system. 

Processor

This is the most important thing you should look for in a computer when planning to make a home recording studio. You should at least have a quad-core processor with a good amount of clock speed. It should support 64 bit configuration. 

Intel BX80662I56600K Core i5-6600K (3.5 GHz) Socket 1151 Quad Core Processor (Accessory)


List Price: INR 22,999.00
New From: INR 18,999.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

RAM (Random Access Memory)

You computer for recording studio should have at least 8 GB RAM (4 GB RAM may work fine in some basic cases). Currently almost all professional song making software use big plugins and sound libraries. More RAM is useful for loading a lot of sound libraries in to your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software. 

HyperX Fury 8GB DDR3 1866MHz CL10 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX318C10F/8) (Personal Computers)


List Price: INR 10,000.00
New From: INR 5,437.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Number of RAM Slots

There should be at-least 2 or 4 slots. For example in future, if you want to extend your computer’s RAM, then you can directly insert new RAM chip in your computer. 

MSI G41M P33 COMBO LGA 775 Motherboard with Dual RAM Slots DDR3 and DDR2 (Accessory)


List Price: Price Not Listed
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Used from: Out of Stock

Audio Interface for Song Recording Studio

What is Audio Interface?

If you have never listened about audio interface then you might be wondering that what is an audio interface? 

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface (Electronics)


List Price: INR 9,178.00
New From: INR 8,190.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Well audio interface is nothing but a device which is normally connected with a USB cable to the computer. The main purpose of using audio interface is to connect high end quality microphones and speakers to the computer software without losing much quality and latency issue. Now you will think that if a computer already has 3.5 mm jack for headphone and microphone then why do we require an external audio interface?

The answer is very simple. Because the sound board which comes in CPU has a lot of internal noise and the recording quality is not of the standard level. Also there is a big issue of latency.

So, to eliminate all this negative points due to internal motherboard’s sound card, we have to use an external audio interface, because in music production the quality of audio is everything. This is the thing which every mixing engineer want in the end of a session.

Features to have in an Audio Interface

Which audio interface you should choose for your song recording studio? I have mentioned few important features you should look in an audio interface before purchasing it.

Type of Connectivity with Computer

Normally an audio interface is connected to the computer with a USB cable but you should ensure that the USB should be of high speed for example it should support USB 3.0 connections. So that you can record your audio and listen it without latency.

Number and Types of Input and Output

Another important thing, which you should look in an audio interface is that how many inputs and outputs does it have. Also we have to confirm, what type of connections does it use for connecting microphones and speakers. 

Krown XLR Female to 6.3MM Mono Male Microphone Cable 8 Mtr


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Normally in a home recording studio, we use either XLR or 6.3mm microphones. So an audio interface should have XLR and 6.3mm Jack connectivity. If you want to record your music band with many musicians playing various music instruments together, then you will need an audio interface which at least supports 8 inputs. However, for home recording studio or beginner’s professional studio you can use an audio interface which is having at least two inputs and two outputs for reference speakers and monitoring headsets.

Supporting Sample Rates

An audio interface having more sample rates will provide more detailed audio recording. An audio interface supporting at least upto 96 KHz will be good option to start.

Phantom Power


(In the context of professional audio equipment) Phantom Power is DC electric power transmitted through microphone cables to operate microphones that contain active electronic circuitry. It is best known as a convenient power source for condenser microphones, though many active direct boxes also use it. The technique is also used in other applications where power supply and signal communication take place over the same wires.

An audio interface must support Phantom Power because most of the high end condenser microphones require Phantom Power.

Direct Monitor


Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface (Electronics)


List Price: INR 18,125.00
New From: INR 16,000.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Direct monitoring is very important thing which you should have in your audio interface. The main purpose of the direct monitoring, is to monitor all the audio inputs, which are coming in the audio interface. So that we can adjust the volume or effects while recording live. It also helps a singer to sing in synchronization with the beat.

Clipping Indicator

When the audio volume goes beyond zero decibel (maximum level without distortion), then it starts clipping. It means the sound gets distorted. A distorted sound is of no use. Because you cannot improve its quality. When a sound is recorded with a clipping distortion, then you can never make it as good as a sound without distortion by any means.

So there should be and indication (small LED) light which can indicate you whenever the volume for instruments or sounds get much Louder than the acceptable value.

Microphones for Song Recording Studio


Who doesn’t know about a microphone? But less people are able to choose right microphone for the studio setup. Below, I have given some features that you should look in a microphone before buying!

Types of Microphones for Recording Studio

There are normally two types of microphones. One is dynamic microphone and another is condenser microphone. Both work great in their field of application. There are many occasions when you need a dynamic microphone. There are many reasons when you need a condenser microphone.

Dynamic Microphones


Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone (Electronics)


List Price: INR 2,970.00
New From: INR 2,150.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

The dynamic microphone (also known as the moving-coil microphone) works via electromagnetic induction. These are good for live recordings of a band. Good for performing live. Also good for less treated rooms.

Condenser Microphones


Samson C01 Large Diaphragm Vocal Condenser Microphone (Electronics)


List Price: INR 6,170.00
New From: INR 9,400.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Here, the diaphragm acts as one plate of a capacitor, and the vibrations produce changes in the distance between the plates. These are highly sensitive and records almost everything which they listen. They require a well treated room for recording properly. These are also more delicate then dynamic microphones.

How to choose a Microphone for a recording Studio?

Connectivity Type


Swanky® Premier Series XLR Male to XLR Female Cable 3 Meter / 9.8 Feet


List Price: Price Not Listed
New From: 0 Out of Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

In professional recording Studios generally there are two type of connections. One is XLR and another is 6.3 mm jack. So your microphone should have one of these two type of connections. If you do not have an audio interface then there are a lot of microphones which are also connected with a USB cable directly to the computer.

Phantom Power


Neewer NW-1500 Condenser Microphone Set, Black (Electronics)


List Price: INR 3,899.00
New From: INR 2,263.25 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Normally all the condenser microphone which are coming nowadays are supported with Phantom power. But if your audio interface does not support Phantom power, then you should buy a microphone which is working without Phantom power.

Internal Noise of Microphone

If you record something from your old mobile some smartphones then you might have listened some background noises in those recording. That may be caused due to circuitry noise or due to poor microphone. So when you are purchasing a microphone, then you should also know its internal noise specification. Because if its internal noise is more, then, if you record even in a peaceful recording studio, then also you will be having background noise.

Diaphragm Size


Marantz Professional MPM-1000 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Electronics)


List Price: INR 10,639.00
New From: INR 3,307.50 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Generally more the diaphragm size is, the more sensitive and delicate your microphone is!

Reference Monitors or Headphones for Song Recording Studio


Samson SR950 Professional Studio Reference Headphones (Electronics)


List Price: INR 3,475.00
New From: INR 8,484.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Reference monitors or headphones are very important accessories for professional or beginners personal home song recording studio. These look like normal headphones or speakers but are very different from the basic headphones.

Why to choose only Reference Speakers/Headphones?


PreSonus Eris 4.5 High-Definition 2-Way 4.5" Nearfield Studio Monitors (Electronics)


List Price: INR 18,600.00
New From: INR 16,800.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

When we listen the music with the normal headphones which comes with a smartphone, then actually, those headphones make the sound more soothing and melodious because they are intended to enhance your listening experience. If your audio song is not mixed properly or is a little bit out of tune then also these headphones will try to make that song beautiful.

But for a song recording studio, we have to use such a headphone or speaker that presents the Sound as it is recorded so that we can make such song which sounds beautiful on all the audio listening devices. They are little bit costly than the normal headphones, but believe me, there is no song production without quality. So we have to invest in a good reference headphone or speaker.

Reference Speakers vs Headphones

Another question comes, that what should we purchase between these two? It means should we take reference speaker or headphone? The answer is very simple. This depends not only on your budget but also on the studio environment you are recording your song. This also depends on the fact that mostly songs are listened in the headphones.

For reference speakers, you need to have a well treated sound recording studio. So that, there is no reflections from the wall and whatever you listen from the speakers, that should come to your ears without any echoing or reflections. In case of headphones, you can use them everywhere you want!

Types of Reference Headphones

There are normally two types of reference headphones. One is closed back headphones and another is open back headphones.

Closed back headphone is used to listen the background music by a singer so that he can sing on the correct beats and tune. Also, whatever singer is listening from his headphones, should not go back to the microphone.


Samson SR850 Studio Headphones, Single (Accessory)


List Price: INR 7,921.00
New From: INR 4,874.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

While the open back headphones are used for mixing and mastering because they provide more detailed audio explanation.


Samson SR850 Studio Headphones, 2-Pack (Electronics)


List Price: Price Not Listed
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There is also a mid-product of both two, called Semi Open Back Monitor Headphones.

MIDI Keyboard for Song Recording Studio


Kadence Midiplus 37 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller


List Price: INR 10,400.00
New From: INR 6,999.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Midi keyboards are not too much different from the normal digital piano keyboards like Casio but the main advantage of midi keyboard is that, they can be directly connected to the computer.

Why Midi Keyboard is important for a music recording studio?

These keyboard are connected to the computer with a USB cable. Whatever we play on that keyboard, it can be directly recorded in our audio editing software or music making software. This saves a lot of time while doing any music composition.

Features to look for in a MIDI Keyboard

Before buying a midi keyboard you should look for these features:

Number of keys


Akai Pro LPK25 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops (Electronics)


List Price: INR 5,599.00
New From: INR 4,015.89 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

The very first thing you should have to see in a midi keyboard is that, how big it is. It means if you travels a lot, then you have to purchase a MIDI keyboard which you can easily carry from one place to another. But if you are static and are planning to make big professional studio where a pianist can come and record. Then you have to purchase a midi Keyboard which is full in size.

Speakers


Yamaha PSR-E253 61-Key Portable Keyboard (Electronics)


List Price: INR 8,590.00
New From: INR 10,373.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Normally the basic midi keyboards do not have their internal sound, but if you want to use those keyboards for live performance without any computer, then you should look for a keyboard which also has its internal sounds and speakers.

Size of Keys


M-Audio Keystation 61 II MIDI Controller (Electronics)


List Price: INR 14,500.00
New From: INR 11,297.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

There are normally 2 sizes of the keys. One is mini and another is full size. If you are a piano player then you should purchase a midi Keyboard which has full size keys. But if you have to carry it from one place to another place frequently and you are not a focused piano player, then you can purchase mini keys keyboard.

Connection Type

For current music studio applications, you should purchase a midi Keyboard which is connected with a USB cable to the computer so that the latency is minimum.

Velocity Sensitive Keys


Novation AMS-LAUNCHKEY-25-MK2 Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live (Electronics)


List Price: INR 13,140.00
New From: INR 11,826.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

With velocity sensitiveness, the keys will sound at the same level you hit on them. For example if you hit those keys softly, then they will make less volume sound. But if you hit them hard, then they will make high volume sound. So it is very useful, if you record songs in your digital audio workstation.

Pitch Bend Wheel

This is the small wheel which is normally in the left side of a midi Keyboard. This can be used to shift the pitch of any note, which is playing on the keyboard. This normally shifts the pitch one octave higher or lower.

Modulation Wheel

This is also the same type of wheel like pitch band wheel, which is used to modulate or vibrate the sound which is played from keyboard.

Transpose Buttons

These are very helpful if you are not a pro piano player. Because, by transposing you can play almost any scale while playing C major scale on all white keys.

Number of Fader or Knobs

If you do not plan to purchase a separate mixing or automation panel with headers and knobs, then you should look for a midi keyboard which has some faders and knobs this will help you to mix your songs. It helps you to control the automation parameters.

Midi Controller Pad/Faders/Knobs


BEHRINGER B-CONTROL FADER BCF2000 (Electronics)


List Price: INR 40,000.00
New From: INR 40,000.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Midi pad controller are very useful for making beats and for doing automation in song mixing and mastering.

Connectivity

The connectivity should be same as the midi keyboard, i.e., it should be connected with a USB cable to the computer for a basic song recording studio.

Number of Pads

8 number of pads will be fine for pad controllers. So that you can make the beats while using percussion and drums together.

Number of Faders and Knobs


Akai Professional MPD218 MIDI Pad Controller (Electronics)


List Price: INR 11,699.00
New From: INR 7,119.86 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

At least 4 notes and 4 faders are good for a basic midi controller for a basic song recording studio.

Velocity Sensitive Pads

Velocity sensitive pads are very important if you want to record the drum beats and percussion with the a feel of real drum set.

SUMMARY: Tips before purchasing Gadgets and Recording Equipment for your dream Home Music Recording Studio

Before Purchasing items from this page please go through the following tips:

  • Before purchasing any microphone for your home recording studio, ensure the mode of connectivity of the microphone to the computer. For example, what is the connection type of microphone. There are normally two types of connectivity: 1) XLR Connectivity 2) USB connectivity.

You can have any type of computer like PC, Laptop, Mac, Notebook etc. The main thing is the performance power of the computer. The more powerful is your computer, the more time you are going to save in your song recording and mixing processes.


Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio 2nd Gen USB Audio Interface and Recording Bundle (Electronics)


List Price: INR 22,956.00
New From: INR 20,600.00 In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Other Buying Guide for Home Recording Studio

So if you purchase a mic with XLR connectivity then you will need an audio interface which is a link between microphone and computer. If you purchase a USB mic then you can directly connect it to the computer with the USB slot of your computer.

  • If you want to purchase a guitar for recording through Audio Interface then ensure that the guitar have a jack for connecting guitar to the audio interface. So that, further the audio interface can be connected to the computer.
  • If you want to purchase a piano which you can directly record in the computer, then purchase one which has “MIDI Support”
  • Before purchasing an Audio Interface for your home recording studio, identify your requirements like, how many mics you will record together, so that you can record together.
  • For mixing and mastering the songs, its always recommended to use only standard Reference Headphones or Speakers.

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