There’s a tremendous selection of very good budget-priced gear available today to build your own little home recording studio. We believe it’s possible to get very good results without having to spend a fortune but not going for the bottom of the barrel either.
We could use a number of analogies here but we will get straight to the point and take a look at ‘Recording on a Budget: Six Home Studio Essentials‘ with 6 pieces of gear that will help you get your studio up and running and provide you a very good platform to produce quality music productions.
Microphone: AKG C-1000s
The AKG C1000 S multipurpose small-diaphragm condenser microphone is an extremely versatile recording microphone. It will give you great results for vocals as well as a multitude of musical instruments.
Audio Interface: Tascam US-2×2
The Tascam US-2×2 USB 2.0 Interface provides great sound quality with 2 x Ultra-HDDA high gain mic preamps and on each channel there’s an XLR/TRS combo jack, which lets you record a microphone or instrument signal at up to 24-bit/96kHz into your DAW on a Mac or PC.
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): Ableton LIVE
Ableton Live is designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool for composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering and comes in 3 version, Intro, Standard & Suite. You can get started on the Intro version and still get amazing results.
Keyboard Controller: Arturia KeyLab Essential 49
Arturia’s KeyLab Essential 49 is not only a controller but a virtual instrument workstation that’s perfect with multiple hands-on control. This unit provides the total integration to your DAW of choice and comes with thousands of sounds that included with this controller.
Studio Monitors: JBL 3 Series MkII
These studio monitors deliver performance at a most affordable price point in that ‘what you hear is what you get’ which is so important when using a reference studio monitor. They come in three size configurations, but for the most part the 5” powered monitors will suffice.
Headphones: AKG K-92
For a small outlay, the AKG K92 headphones deliver an extended low-frequency response that gives definition to kick drums and bass guitars. At the same time, a detailed frequency response that is great for vocals, guitars and acoustic instruments. The closed nature of the headphone provides the versatility for use in tracking and mixing.