Looking to get started with making sweet music from home, but you don't know where to start, or what gear you need?
Stick around, because here you'll get a simple list of all the necessary items you need to get started making great music from home.
In order to get started recording quality music from home, you need 7 things: A computer, an audio interface, a microphone, recording software, headphones, a mic stand, and a pop filter. Below I'll share how you can get all of these for under $350.
Seven items might sound like a lot, but you can get them all for under $350. Keep reading to see how...
Cheapest Home Recording Studio Setup
This is the cheapest, quality, home recording studio set-up you can find. Some items might be interchangeable with others, but I did my best to find the best quality tool at the lowest possible price for each of the 7 pieces of equipment that you'll need to get started.
With that said, let's dive in...
If you want to record music from home, then you need a computer. Good news is you probably already have one that will work!
So long as your computer isn't the one pictured above, it's probably good enough to get started with music production.
So don't worry about going out and buying a new computer. Just use what you have.
I made my entire first album on an HP laptop. However, I got frustrated with my HP laptops dying every couple years inexplicably, so I eventually switched to an iMac in 2016, and I'm still using the same computer.
minimum computer requirements for music production
For comparison, the specs of my computer are:
In summary, what you already have is probably good enough.
iRig Pro Duo
Next, and arguably even more important than your mic, is your audio interface. If you're recording through a great mic into a poor interface, the recording is going to be poor.
That's why the biggest investment I recommend in creating your first studio, is a quality audio interface, and the iRig Pro Duo by IK Multimedia is that interface.
The MXL 770 condenser microphone continues to amaze recording artists all over the world with its incredible performance. The 770 is praised for its solid bass, as well as its upfront high-end. The MXL 770 even uses a high quality FET preamp with balanced output for a wide dynamic range.
Recording Software (Digital Audio Workstation)
Garageband or Cubase LE
You don't need fancy recording software to get started creating music. I got started myself with Cubase LE when I had a Windows computer.
If you have a Mac, you can just use Garageband!
Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones
The Tascam TH-02 are decent-sounding critical listening headphones. Obviously, for $20, you're not going to get the best studio headphones, but these are the best you can get at this price.
Mic Stand & Pop Filter
Microphone Stand & Pop Filter Bundle
Finally, you're going to need something stable to hold your mic while you're recording, and you'll want a pop filter to reduce plosives (hard "P" and "B" sounds) if you're planning on recording vocals.
I used to use a standard mic stand for recording my vocals, but I've found it's so much easier and more efficient to use a mic boom arm that just attaches to my desk.
This might not be the case for you, but since I use my recording space as an office space as well, it's not convenient for me to leave a mic stand up that can easily be knocked over.
Instead, I use a boom arm that I can easy swivel over any time I want lay down some vocals quickly.
You can get a the bundle pictured above with a boom arm and pop filter by clicking the button below.
So What Is The Total Cost?
MXL 990 Condenser Mic
Audio Technica ATH-M20x
Mic Stand & Pop Filter
Boom Arm & Pop Filter
Getting started with your home studio doesn't have to be expensive or complicated!
What's more important than your gear is how you use it, which is what Orpheus Audio Academy is all about teaching you.
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This will be especially beneficial if you've ever been unsure about where to start, or where to go next with your mixing process.
If you've ever mixed a song for hours on end, but been frustrated because you're not sure that it sounds any better...and may even sound worse...
I hope you got value from this post on, How To Build A Home Studio For Under $350.