Are you ready to take your music-mixing hobby to the next level? Then maybe it is time for you to invest in your own, private studio room. In this guide, I’ll introduce you to some of the equipment you’ll need to fill your studio room and how to arrange it to get started practicing mixing. Follow this simple guide and you’ll be producing music in no time at all!
Purchase Studio Monitors
If you’re going to get serious, computer speakers aren’t going to do the trick anymore. They simply don’t allow you to hear all of the little details in the music you are producing. In order to better tell when you’ve got it right, invest in a good studio monitor. Unlike most speaker systems, studio monitors don’t embellish the sound to make it more appealing, allowing you to hear a clear, accurate rendition of the music you produce. Get it sounding great on a studio monitor and it will sound even better coming through the high-end speakers of a club.
Consider an Audio Interface
If you are wanting to use your own instruments or live voice, don’t forget to buy an audio interface. Even if you’re not, it’s still better to have one. Audio interfaces allow you to connect your headphones, microphone, keyboard and other instruments, and a number of other equipment to your computer depending on how many input and output ports the model you purchase has. Because of this, you’ll want to figure just what you want to be able to connect and buy an audio interface that best fits your needs.
Find a Good Turntable (If You Don’t Have One Already)
If your hobby hasn’t yet taken you to purchasing a turntable, now is the time. No studio is complete without one. Look for one that has USB ports for ease in uploading music and one that will easily fit within the studio you’re setting up. Being able to comfortably maneuver is key in producing quality music.
Putting it All Together
Purchase these three things and you’re pretty well ready to get started arranging your studio (assuming you already have a computer and music-producing software of course). Find a sturdy desk to store it all in a comfortable accessible fashion. You can buy one specifically for the purpose of housing studio equipment, but with enough looking around you can probably get a general-purpose desk for much cheaper that suits your needs just as well. Or you can go the DIY route and build your own. Either way, set everything up in the room the way that is most comfortable for you. Ideally, your computer will sit at the center of the desk, with the turntable in front and below it and the studio monitors positioned on the wall above it. Plug the turntable, instruments, microphone, and any other equipment you may have into the audio interface and store it somewhere where it accessible yet out of the way and you’re ready to get started mixing in your very own studio.