Essential Tools for Home Music Production

Exactly What You Need to Make Quality Recordings at Home

Most musicians record at home these days, mainly because it is quick and easy and now well within the financial grasp of most. It’s great to be able to produce demos and get your ideas recorded as you want to hear them, but you can also produce professional quality recordings that are ready for distribution without breaking the bank.

USB Audio Interface

To get started you will need a method of connecting all of your microphones and instruments to your computer. There are lots of USB audio interface devices around for under $100 that will allow you to connect one or two instruments and/or microphones. But if you are serious, you are going to want to connect four input sources and you can do this with excellent quality equipment for around $200. All of these devices include high quality recording software, as used in the major studios.

Here’s a sample of some well priced quality units that you can buy wherever you are located.

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MOTU MicroBook USB Audio Tascam US-144 MKII USB Audio Interface Lexicon Omega Studio USB Audio Interface
MOTU MicroBook USB Audio.
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Tascam US-144 MKII USB Audio Interface
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Lexicon Omega Studio USB Audio Interface.
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Studio Monitors

You really should have good quality active/powered studio monitors that will deliver true, accurate sound results. A second low-cost output device, like a boom box, is also useful to ensure parts of your mix don’t disappear on cheaper sound systems.

These affordable monitors would be ideal.

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SAMSON MEDIAONE 3A Active Studio Monitors Akai RPM3 Active Studio Monitors  KRK RP5G2 Rokit G2 Powered 2-Way Active Monitor
SAMSON MEDIAONE 3A Active Studio Monitors
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Akai RPM3 Active Studio Monitors
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KRK RP5G2 Rokit G2 Powered 2-Way Active Monitor
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Stand-Mount Condenser Microphones

Even though they can be used for a wide variety of situations, large diaphragm microphones are most often used for capturing warm recordings of studio vocals. Small diaphragm microphones are better for drum overheads or acoustic string instruments. For a basic singer-songwriter set up, try a large diaphragm condenser for the vocals and a small diaphragm for an acoustic guitar.

Here are some ideal mikes of both types.

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MXL 440/441 Recording Ensemble MXL 550 551R Ensemble Microphone Pack
MXL 440/441 Recording Ensemble
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MXL 550 551R Ensemble Microphone Pack
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Condenser Microphone
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BEHRINGER B5 CONDENSOR MICROPHONE Behringer C-4 Microphones AKG Perception 170 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
BEHRINGER B5 CONDENSOR MICROPHONE
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Behringer C-4 Microphones
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AKG Perception 170 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
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Acoustic Foam

Let’s face it nailing egg crates to the wall really does not cut it when you are trying to get that perfect sound mix. You can achieve the right sound environment with strategically placed acoustic foam. It’s not expensive and can be easily sourced below.

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Wave Panels Acoustic Treatment Universal Acoustics Mercury Wedge 300 Auralex 2 Wedgie
Wave Panels Acoustic Treatment
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Universal Acoustics Mercury Wedge 300
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Auralex 2 Wedgie
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MIDI controllers

Finally, a MIDI controller is the best way to create a physical connection between the music in your brain and the technology that you record with. Whether you are tracking keyboards, pads, strings or electronic drum parts, add a human element to your recordings with a quality keyboard or drum MIDI controller.

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BEHRINGER UMX610 61 Key controller keyboard Roland A500 Pro Midi Controller Keyboard M-Audio Axiom 49 II
BEHRINGER UMX610 61 Key USB controller keyboard
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Roland A500 Pro Midi Controller Keyboard
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M-Audio Axiom 49 II
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With this sort of set up you are going to create the type of demos that are going to be listened to more than once, or even quality sounds that are ready to be pressed and sold.

What are you waiting for? Get clicking and you could have your own home studio in action in a matter of days.


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CRAZY DEALS ON RECORDING STUDIO EQUIPMENT up to 24 tracks


ZOOM R8 Recorder


ZOOM R8 Recorder

- 8-track Digital Portastudio
- 2-track simultaneous recording
- (2) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
- (2) 1/4" line inputs, one switchable to guitar level for direct recording
- Built in Drum Machine
- Built in Microphones
- Built inTuner
- USB plus a Control surface


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ZOOM R16 Recorder


ZOOM R16 Recorder

- Records 8 tracks. simultaneously with 16-track playback.
- Audio interface with 8-in/2-out capability.
- Control surface for all major DAW functions.
- Supports SDHC cards up to 32 GB.


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ZOOM R24 Recorder


ZOOM R24 Recorder

- Records 8 tracks. simultaneously with 24-track playback.
- Audio interface with 8-in/2-out capability.
- Control surface for all major DAW functions.
-24-voice sampler with 8 pads and 3 banks.


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And For Mobile Recording Check Out These DIGITAL HANDY AUDIO VIDEO RECORDERS

ZOOM H4N Audio Recorder
ZOOM H4N Audio Recorder
OUR PRICE $299.00

- Onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics
- Perfect for use on a video or DSLR camera
- Up to 24-bit/96-kHz linear PCM WAV files.
- Also functions as a USB audio interface, letting you record directly to your computer.
- Includes Cubase LE
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ZOOM H1 Audio Recorder
ZOOM H1 Audio Recorder
OUR PRICE $119.00

- H1's onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern for stunning stereo imaging.
- Built-in directional microphones focus on the sound being recorded.
- Can record linear PCM (WAV) files at 24-bit/96 kHz.
- Supports microSDHC cards
- Input for external mics.
- Can quickly transfer files to any Mac or PC computer.
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ZOOM Q2HD Audio/ Video Recorder
ZOOM Q2HD Audio/ Video Recorder
OUR PRICE $219.00

- Allows you to stream your videos through your computer directly to the web.
- First handheld camcorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording.
- Full HD video
- 4x digital zoom
- 24-bit / 96kHz linear PCM sound
- Can also be used as an audio recorder.
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More information…

Boss Micro BR-80 Digital Recorder

Boss Micro BR-80 Digital Recorder (B-Stock)
The pocket-sized Boss BR-80 eight-track recorder has everything you need: a 1/4″ guitar input, built-in effects, eBand backing tracks, USB output, and more.
Was $189.95
CLICK HERE to get yours for only $165.00

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