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8 Essentials for a Budget Personal Home Recording Studio Setup in Your Bedroom

8 Essentials for a Budget Personal Home Recording Studio Setup in Your Bedroom

If you want to set up a personal home recording studio then you must have these 8 things in your studio.  For a home recording studio, budget is very important. So I have also given the examples of the budget devices falling in those categories. A bedroom may be considered a good place for a personal music recording studio. Lets move on the home studio equipment list below!

  1. Computer
  2. DAW (Digital Audio Workstation/ Audio Editing/ Song Making Software)
  3. Audio Interface
  4. Microphone
  5. Studio Reference Headset
  6. MIDI Keyboard (With MIDI Controller Pads, Knobs/Faders)
  7. Microphone Stand
  8. Pop Filter

Lets discuss these Home Recording Studio Equipments briefly now!

#1 Computer

This is the Heart of a recording studio. You can’t do any thing in recording music without the computer. The computer may be Laptop or PC. It can be Windows based or Mac based. You should choose a computer with atleast following minimum specifications:

  • Processor: More powerful is more better
  • RAM Slots: Atleast 2 should be there
  • RAM: At least 4 GB (Recommended 8 GB)
  • Hard Disk Space: At least 500 GB (Recommended 1 TB)
  • USB Slots: At least 5 (for Audio Interface, MIDI Keyboard, External Hard Disk for additional back up, Keyboard, Mouse) (3 of them should be High Speed USB)
  • Cooling Fan: More powerful and More quieter

Depending upon following needs you can look on this Laptop: Acer E5/573G(5th/Ci5/8GB RAM/1TB HDD/2GB Graphics/15.6″/DOS)

Click Here to see the price of the above given laptop for home studio recording!

#2 DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

This is also called the music making / audio editing software which you use for recording and mixing your songs. There are many free softwares in the music world like Audacity. But, if you are serious then you should consider a paid software. Some good examples for budget DAWs for home recording studios are Cubase, FL Studio, Ableton Live, Sonar, Nuendo etc. It all depends upon the user that which software is good for him. Sometimes you can also get the audio editing software free with your interface or recording studio bundles.

If you want to get free DAW with the audio interfaces then you can purchase Focusrite Studio Bundle with 2i2 Interface! You will be most likely getting a Free Song Making Software with this interface! If you want to know the price of Focusrite bundle then you may click here!

#3 Audio Interface

This is also one of the most required device among home audio recording equipments. This ensure the premium quality of the recordings at your budget home recording setup. This is used to send the analogue signals of the vocals into digital form to the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). You should consider the following specifications before buying an interface for your home recording studio setup:

  • Type of Connectivity with Computer
  • Number and Types of Input and Output
  • Supporting Sample Rates
  • Phantom Power
  • Direct Monitor
  • Clipping Indicator

Confused about the exact model of the Audio Interface? Look at the Focusrite Solo Audio Interface which is very nice for home recording studio! Click here to know the price of Focusrite Solo Audio Interface!

#4 Microphone

No great audio recording can be achieved without a descent microphone in a home recording studio. You should consider the following specifications while purchasing the microphone for your personal recording studio.

  • Dynamic vs Condenser Microphone vs USB Microphone?
  • Connectivity Type: It can be either USB or XLR (XLR will be connected to the Audio Interface)
  • Phantom Power: Required for Condenser Microphone (but your Audio Interface should also support Phantom Power)
  • Internal Noise of Microphone should be minimum
  • Diaphragm Size: Larger size of the diaphragm will have better frequency range and sensitivity but costlier too

Still confused about the exact model of microphone? Look at the Samson C01 Large Diaphragm Vocal Condenser Microphone which you can connect with an XLR cable to the interface! Click here to know the price of the Samson C01 Condenser Microphone.

#5 Studio Reference Headphones

Studio headphones or monitors are very important devices for a song recording studio which is normally less considered by the beginner musicians. You can’t mix a song properly untill you have a decent pair of headphones or studio monitors. You should consider the following factors while purchasing reference headphones or studio monitors

  • Why to choose only Reference Speakers/Headphones then normal headphones?
  • Reference Speakers vs Headphones
  • Types of Reference Headphones

Still confused about the exact model of the Studio Reference Headphones? Look at the Samson SR950 Professional Studio Reference Headphones. Click here to know the price of Samson SR950 Professional Studio Reference Headphones.

#6 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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 (DAW). This saves a lot of time while doing any music production session.

  • Number of keys
  • Speakers
  • Size of Keys
  • Connection Type
  • Velocity Sensitive Keys
  • Pitch Bend Wheel
  • Modulation Wheel
  • Transpose Buttons
  • Number of Faders or Knobs
  • How many Pads are there?
  • Number of Faders and Knobs
  • Velocity Sensitive Pads

Look at the Samson Carbon 49 MIDI keyboard which you may get in low budget too! Click here to know the price of Samson Carbon 49 MIDI keyboard for your home recording studio!

#7 Microphone Stand

A good microphone makes a recording studio neat and disciplined. And believe me, this also saves a lot of time and makes your song recording process faster. You have to purchase a microphones stand which can withstand the load of microphone, shock mount and pop filter.

You can consider this microphone stand HITUNE-BASS Mic Stand with Boom BIG BMS-101 (1pc microphone holder free). Click here to know the price of HITUNE-BASS Mic Stand.

#8 Pop Filter

This is used to remove all the popping sounds generated from the wind thrown on the mic from the mouth. You have two options for this. Either purchase a separate pop filter with a big round filter or a smaller one which can be mounted on the diaphragm of the microphone.

Get this pop filter which has double layer for preventing popping: Kadence Pop Filter for Microphones! Click here to know the price of the Kadence Pop Filter!

Conclusion

There is no limit for the high priced equipments for your home recording studio but you should choose the home recording studio equipments which are the best in your budget and needs.

If you personally ask my own music recording studio setup then.. here are they:

  • Focusrite Studio Bundle with 2i2 Interface, Condenser MIC, Reference Headphones, Cubase(it may change), other free Focusrite and Useful plugins

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface and Recording Bundle with Pro Tools

    Includes: Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, condenser microphone, headphones, 10' XLR mic cable, mic stand clip
    Four analog inputs: two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain; two newly-designed instrument inputs, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
    Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit

    Price:  22,956.00  16,699.00

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  • A pop filter (Click here to see the price on Amazon)

Kadence Pop Filter for Microphones

360 swivel mount and flexible gooseneck
The diameter of the microphone wind screen is 15cm/ 5.9 inch
The length of the gooseneck holder is 37cm/ 14.56 inch

Price:  638.40  379.00

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  • Samson Carbon Midi Keyboard

Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller

49-key velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard; Compact design, perfect for live performance and studio applications
Assignable Data encoder and Volume slider, Edit key for adjusting up to 14 control parameters, and Dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
Includes traditional MIDI Out, Sustain pedal input and USB connections, iPad and USB bus powered, and Integrated iPad slot

Price:  7,800.00  5,894.70

Buy Now
  • A Microphone Stand

HITUNE-BASS Mic Stand with Boom BIG BMS-101 (1pc microphone holder free).

Type: Stands and Racks
Minimum Height : 10cm Maximum Height : 105cm Arms Length: 61cm,
Weight: 2.4 Kg Maximum Carriage Capacity 2 Kg

Price:

Buy Now

If you still have any doubts then you may write in the comments below. I will surely reply to them.

Click here to get more suggestions for setting up your home recording studio / professional recording studio!

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Set Up! How to Connect Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to Computer, Audacity, Cubase, FL Studio or Other Recording Software?

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If you have purchased your Focusrite Scarlet solo or Focusrite Scarlett 2i2  or higher end audio interface then you need to set up it properly, so that it can work properly in your computer. If you have not purchased it so far, then you can GET IT NOW ON AMAZON.

You can use this Focusrite 2i2 audio interface for either listening songs or for recording and mixing songs in professional audio editing software.

This article will show you that how you can make this audio interface work  in your PC. Please read the following,  step by step set up,  process carefully. If you have already connected this interface to computer and facing any problem, then you should disconnect it before proceeding further.

1. Register Your Interface

After purchasing this audio interface, you need to register this device on the official website of Focusrite. You need to sign up and enter your device’s serial number there after selecting your device. You may also get the free licences of the audio editing software or VST Effects plugins (if provided free with interface). Please follow THIS LINK to register your device.

Select your product and Enter Serial number of Focusrite 2i2 Audio Interface (You can find it below device)

Enter your email ID and click on “Get My Stuff” to get the licences of Free Software or Plugins (If any Provided with Interface)

2. Download the Drivers

After successfully registering your interface to the Focusrite website, you have to download the supporting driver for your device. For downloading the driver you need to VISIT THIS LINK. Then select your device model and click the download button given below.  This may be around 5MB.

Select Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) from Drop Down Menu
Click on the Driver’s name to Download Driver

After downloading Install the driver as per given screenshots:

Restart the computer (After Reading this article :)!

Changes will be done when you restart your computer. (Don’t forget to bookmark this page if you are restarting your computer now!)

3. Connect Interface to Computer/Laptop with USB cable

Now driver is installed on your computer and all you need to connect the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface to your computer/laptop with USB cable provided with this interface. One end of this cable will be connected to the interface’s back side. Another is just same as a Pen Drive USB plug which you can connect in your PC.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 connects with a USB cable to Computer
Connect one end of USB Cable to Interface’s back side slot
Connect USB end to computer’s USB port (Preferably high speed Port)

4. Connect Headphone and Microphone

This interface supports 6.3 mm jack headphone, so you may  need to use a headphone with 6.3 mm jack. But you can also use your basic earphone of 3.5mm jack after attaching an 6.3mm adaptor which you can SHOP ONLINE HERE. Then you need to connect a mic too. The mic can be connected with either XLR Cable or 6.3mm Jack. Follow these photos for setup:

6.3mm jack adapter is required to connect a 3.5mm Headphone

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3.5mm headphone is connected with 6.3mm adapter
You can use this type of adapter to listen from two headphones (One for Singer and another for Recording Technician)
Connecting an XLR Mic to the interface “Input 1”
In left side microphone is connected and in Right side an headphone is connected with 6.3mm adapter, while from backside it is connected with computer with USB cable
Put on the 48V Phantom power button if your microphone works only with phantom power. A red light will glow from the button to indicate that its phantom power is working.
Adjust the Gain Controller knob while speaking to the mic. Ensure that there should be only green light while speaking. Red light means the sound is getting distorted due to too much gain. Hence you need to adjust it so that it does not show red light at your maximum singing volume.

Now the connectivity is over and we will do some settings in Control Panel to listen the audio through our Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface.

Setting up Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 in Control Panel:

  1. Go to control panel
  2. Open “Hardware and Sound” 
  3. Go to Sound –> Manage Audio Devices
  4. Go to Playback
  5. Identify the Newly added Focusrite Device
  6. Right Click –> Enable
  7. Again Right Click –> Set as Default Communication Device
  8. Similarly Set up Recording Device too
  9. Play any song in your computer and you should listen the sound through your Interface’s Earphone.

Setting up Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 in Audacity:

  1. Open Free Audio Editing Software Audacity
  2. Go to Audacity Device Toolbar as shown in the below screenshot
  3. Right to Microphone icon, select the Scarlett Audio Interface from slide menu
  4. Right to Speaker icon, Select the Scarlett Audio Interface from Drop Down menu
  5. Do some recording (if you are connected with mic) or drag some audio sample/song in the audacity work area and play. You should listen the sound through the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 headphone.

Setting up Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 in FL Studio

  1. Launch FL Studio software in your computer.
  2. Go to Options–> Audio Settings
  3. On the top most Drop Sown Menu, select the Direct Sound Devices–> Scarlett 2i2 USB
  4.  In the mixer output–> Select Scarlett 2i2
  5. Play something and you should listen sound through the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface’s headphone.
  6. Similarly you can also select the input while recording audio in the FL Studio

Setting up Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 in Cubase

Please read the steps carefully and follow one by one.

Connecting Interface to Cubase

  1. Generally Cubase will ask you on the starting up. Select the “Focusrite USB 2.0 Audio Driver”. DO NOT SELECT ASIO here because it will be having a little latency.
  2. If Cubase does not give options on starting up then go to Menu Bar–> Devices –> Device Setup…
  3. Go to VST Audio System–> Drop down menu–> Focusrite USB 2.0 Audio Driver
  4. Pop up menu–>Switch
  5. Now you can see the changes made in Drop down menu.
  6. Press OK
  7. Go to Devices–>VST Connections
  8. Remove Existing Buses in Input and Output (Right Click on Audio Device–> Remove Bus)
  9. Now we have two inputs on the interface, so we can either record a stereo track (Left and Right mics together) or two mono tracks. It means we have to make three Buses: 1 Stereo + 2 Mono

Add Audio Buses

  1. Click–> Add Bus–> Select Count=1–>Configuration=Stereo –>> Give a Name to the Bus–> Add Bus. You can see a bus added there.
  2. Now add two mono buses: Add Bus–> Count: 2–> Configuration=Mono–>Give a Name to the Bus–> Add Bus. You can see the changes.
  3. In device port Mono Bus 2, click and select= Input 2 (Right)
  4. Lets add output Bus too. Add Bus–> Count=1–>Configuration=Stereo–>Give a name to the bus–> Add Bus. You can see an output bus has been added.
  5. Now close the VST connections Pop up and make a new project by going in File–>New Project. Select any type of project preset or select empty.
  6. Go to project add track–> Audio–> Add stereo track.
  7. Go to the left inspector window. Locate the inputs (you will see the name of the stereo bus you have given). Then select the mic 1 or 2 which you have connected in your interface. Click on the speaker button and you must listen what you speak in your mic.
  8. You can also record by pressing the red recording button and can do the experiments with the inputs and outputs.

If you are still having any problem regarding set up of Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Professional Audio Interface then you may write at the forums at: http://www.musicalmahesh.com/online-music-learning-discussion-forums-community/other-audio-editing-softwares-dawmusic-composing-discussions/

Do write in comments for any assistance. If you want to get more cheaper version of Focusrite then you may also like to Purchase Focusrite Solo from Amazon.

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New From: INR 11,799.00 In Stock
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All my recommended and tried Musical Gadgets (With Direct Purchase Link)

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Many Musician Friends ask me about the gadgets I use for my songs and videos. So here I provide them all with the links for purchasing:
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My Recording Studio Gadgets:
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Focusrite Studio Bundle (MIC+Headphone+Interface+DAW+Plugins) http://amzn.to/2hJkq24

Pop Filter for any MIC: http://amzn.to/2hGb7uP

Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller: http://amzn.to/2hG1jAY

Akai Professional LPD8 Ultra-Portable USB Pad Controller for Laptops: http://amzn.to/2i1CzV0

Guitar Capo: http://amzn.to/2hGbHZL

Microphone Stand with Boom: http://amzn.to/2hJul6g

F&D Speakers A510 2.1 Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker: http://amzn.to/2ioMwi6

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My Videography Gadgets:

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Logitech HD-720p USB Web Camera for Recording Music Tutorials or Cover Songs Directly in Computer/Laptop: http://amzn.to/2aDyvYx

Smartphone Holder/Tripod Adapter: http://amzn.to/2iuxKo8

Photron Tripod Stedy 450 for Camera/Smartphone: http://amzn.to/2hJjSaC

3-in-1 Clip-On Fisheye + Wide Angle + Macro Lens Set for mobile phones: http://amzn.to/2hJsQXg

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Other Budget Song Recording Gadgets for Beginners:

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Focusrite Solo Audio Interface: http://amzn.to/2hGbJ3L

Focusrite 2i2 Interface: http://amzn.to/2hG9bCy

Xlr 3 Pin Male To Xlr 3 Pin Female Microphone for Recording through Interface: http://amzn.to/2ioPO4X

Shure SV100-W Multi-Purpose Microphone with XLR-1/4″ Cable: http://amzn.to/2i1Ib1z

Samson SR850 Studio Headphones, Single: http://amzn.to/2hJnGKI

M-Audio M-Track USB Audio Interface For Recording Voice/Guitar in Quality: http://amzn.to/29h8Gzr

Aurica Pyramid Shaped Acoustical Foam Panel 10 for Quality Voice Recording: http://amzn.to/2aRvKl

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