You can think of your DIY home studio as an open project.
First you get all the music equipment and software you really need to make music, then improve your project studio slowly as you go along.
You want to research and plan your studio well before you start to purchase gear because mistakes could cost you dearly down the line.
Your home studio set up can be painless, as long as you keep these guidelines below in mind before you start.
Consider the main factors involved before you build your Lab...
1 - Your Core Music Studio Equipment...
Your Music Recording Computer
Your Recording Soundcard
Your Studio Monitors
Your Recording Microphones
2 - Your Studio Monitor Placement...
Your DIY Home Studio Monitor Set Up (Article on Sound-on-Sound web site.)
3 - Your Listening Environment...
Get a Grip On Room Acoustics
Use the above articles as a point to start from and then do further research online before you purchase anything.
Quick Tip: How to buy music studio equipment for your home recording studio, the Renegade way...
You can research recording studio equipment online with the search engines, manufacturer's web sites and music production web sites and forums.
You can then compile your list and head out to your local music instrument store to test your top choices and obtain price quotes.
You can then go online again and compare the prices your local store gave with those of online music instrument stores.
This way you can either order the gear online should the price be better, or should the price not be much lower online, you can purchase from your local music store.
Your home music studio will always be a work in progress and will grow as your music production skills grow and you expand your music career.
Try to avoid the "my music would get better when I have [enter name of new studio toy]" trap. Remember, your studio is your workspace and your studio equipment serve as tools. You make the music.
Get what you need to make your own music, and once you have your basic home studio set up, learn to use it well before buying new music equipment.
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