Essential Home Studio Gear - Our Best Deals!
If you have your own home recording studio and is looking for some great gear to upgrade your setup, here's our selection of some studio essentials every producer should own!
Want to make great recordings? Here's a selection of affordable essentials to help you, check our list:
1) QUALITY STUDIO MONITORS
It's surprising that some people still don't invest in good-quality monitors, but they are as essential for any recording setup as a good microphone! Fortunately, there are some great options available for affordable prices. One of the best choices is the KRK Rokit RP5 G3, which delivers studio quality sound at a great price. KRK monitors are used worldwide in many top recording studios, but the RP5 G3 model is an affordable option for the home studio.
Other perfect choices are the Yamaha HS5 and Yamaha HS7 Nearfield Studio Monitors, which have high-end quality at a low price. Yamaha engineers have designed and produced new transducers for this latest range, delivering exceptionally clear, natural and detailed sound. Watch the video:
OK, so now you've invested on a good pair of monitors. Great! But one thing some people forget, is that such an investment may be partially wasted if you don't also buy some good sonic isolation for your monitors! Auralex MoPADs are the best and very affordable solution, the reason why MoPADs are one of our most popular products! Whatever your monitors are resting on, these rubber mounts act as anti vibration pads which instantly improve the accuracy of your entire monitoring system:
MoPADs are affordable and really effective at decoupling your monitors from your room and all its contents. You've gotta get some! Until you do, you'll never know what your recordings really sound like.
3) CONDENSER MICROPHONE
A good Condenser Microphone is simply essential if you're recording vocals. One of the best choices (and great value) is the Rode NT1-A Vocal Recording Pack. The NT1-A microphone is a new version of the NT1 model, which was used by Amy Winehouse when recording her hit 'Valerie':
The NT1-A is a bright, great-quality mic that delivers a clear sound. Also perfect when recording acoustic guitars. The sE Electronics Magneto + Pop Filter Bundle is another good option.
4) AUDIO INTERFACE
If you record on your computer or laptop, a good audio interface is simply essential. the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Recording Interface is a fantastic choice. Built around the award-winning technology of the popular Scarlett 8i6 interface the awesome Scarlet 2i2 ships withthe Scarlett 2i2 Plug-in Suite and Ableton Live Lite. If you also need to buy a microphone, you might as well try the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack, which is great value and includes both, plus lead and headphones.
5) MULTI FX
Some guitarists love them, some guitarists hate them! But a multi-FX is also a very useful tool for the recording artist at home: if you use guitars, but it's not really your main instrument, it's perhaps better to just have one convenient multi-FX unit at hand, such as a Line 6 POD 2.0 (pictured above) rather than several FX pedals which you may not use very often. Also, amp modeling saves you the trouble of using an amp and miking it, if you're not too experienced and don't want to spend too much time with this process!
The Line 6 POD has been used by many pros in the studio, thanks to several very useful effects such as rotary (leslie speaker simulation), tremolo and compressor - they're always good to try out not just with guitars, but also keyboards and even vocals, if you feel a bit more experimental!