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The Basic (but good) Recording Studio

budget recording studio

We live in the golden age of budget home studio gear.

Not only can you set up a recording studio for less than $500, but you can actually set up a GOOD home studio for less than $500. This is one area where budget doesn't always mean cheap.

In my opinion there are 3 levels of home recording studio:

The Bargain Basement: this is the absolute minimal to get sound into your computer, just a one input cheap USB interface and a microphone. It can get you recording for less than your monthly Starbucks bill, but comes up short on quality and options.

The Budget Engineer: This is our sweet spot. Decent microphone, 2 input interface, and a couple monitor speakers (and/or headphones) usually costing between $300 and $1000. We are keeping it simple and affordable but still have the ability to record and mix great quality content.

The Gear Perfectionist: We all know that guy who bought the $3000 Neumann ribbon microphone to record his 7 years old's piano recital. Don't be that guy.

Today we take a look at option #2, and the basics of getting a decent sound at a decent price.

The Basic (but good) Home Studio

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There are many, many gear options to achieve a similar result. Below is the gear I have in my studio.

AKG Condenser Microphone: (or)

MXL 2 Microphone Kit:

Audiobox USB Interface:

Mackie Studio Monitors:

AKG Headphones:

Keyboard (optional):


This studio will work with Mac, PC, or Linux and will get you ready to record anything you can think of. Watch the video below to see how to set up a basic home recording studio.



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