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Creating your own recording studio is an exciting yet daunting thing to do. One one hand you're opening up the chance to enjoy a creative hobby that could lead to new careers, on the other hand you've got a mountain of different tools and pieces of kit you'll need to buy. As most people have laptops nowadays it's simple get yourself started and be recording within a matter of minutes. With this guide you'll get a better understanding of how to set up your studio and invest in the most useful piece of kit you'll own: a microphone.

DAW and Interface

Before you begin you'll need to sort yourself out with a laptop, a DAW (digital audio workstation) and an interface. It's all pretty straightforward. The laptop needs to have a decent amount of RAM and processing power, however any low-mid priced one will do, just try to get something that can run lower spec games and you'll be fine. The DAW is your digital mixing desk that will allow you to record and mix your music, podcasts and video. There are many different DAWs around, some are free and some require one off payments or subscriptions. Fortunately some of the industry leaders offers beginners packages that are free to use, they just have some of the features removed. Finally an interface is like an external soundcard, allowing you to connect microphones and instruments and record into your DAW.


Now you have your initial setup you'll want a microphone. If you're just looking at simple podcasting there are a number of great USB mics available that mean you don't need a DAW, however these will always be limited in terms of quality. If you want to invest in your sound you'll want to have a selection of mics. Dynamics mics are hardwearing and can handle lots of knocks and sound pressure making them ideal for instruments which produce a lot of low frequencies like drums. Condenser mics however have a thinner plate that captures the vibrations and are more sensitive, making them ideal for vocals and softer instruments. Decide what you want to record and set your budget, then look online for mic reviews and establish whether they will suit your purpose. Some companies offer packs as well, such as drum setups or vocal bundles that provide stands, pop shields or multiple mics. These can often save you lots of money and can sometimes be paired, meaning that they will sound alike. As mics are created individually, they have character and sometimes will vary slightly in terms of frequency response and timbre.

For more information, contact companies like Wagner Electronics.