3-kids-home-studioPeople often talk of building a home recording studio. The fact is – you can set up a home studio capable of recording and producing professional quality music, voice-overs, podcasts, video narrations, etc. without building a single thing. All you really need is a decent microphone – which is probably way less expensive than you think – and a way to hook the mic up to your computer, which can be either directly via a USB mic, or through an audio interface. The latter will ultimately be the more professional way to go, giving you cleaner and better sound.

Here is a 2-part video series that will walk you through how to set up your own home recording studio without having to build a darned thing.

Part 1

How to Build A Home Recording Studio – Part 1

Part 2

How To Build A Home Recording Studio – Part 2



Hey everyone! I wanted to let you know, before the weekend in case you have big plans to start doing some awesome music or voice-over recording, that the 5th and final article in the series has been posted.  You can see that post, which discusses recording accessories like mic stands, cables, pop filters, shock mounts, etc, at this link: www.homebrewaudio.com/how-to-build-a-home-recording-studio-part-5-accessories

If you have not already read the first 4 articles in the series, you can start on part 1 here: www.homebrewaudio.com/how-to-build-a-home-recording-studio-part-1

The idea here is to show how easy it is to put together an inexpensive computer-based home recording studio capable of recording and producing professional quality audio, quickly and easily.  If you have a computer, and I’m not talking about a high-end-super-fast one, then you already have a bulk of what you will need.

If you plan to do primarily voice recording for, say, voice-over jobs, video narration, podcasts, etc, the only other thing you need is a good USB mic (not the headset kind – you want a large one) and some software.  For entry-level professional quality, a mic like the Samson C01U will cost around $75-80.  You can get started in the software department for free by downloading Audacity.  For a big step up though, I always recommend Reaper, whose 30-day trial allows you to keep evaluating for as long as you need to (even beyond 30 days) and will only cost $60 for the discounted license.  You’ll have to read about their insane fair pricing scheme here – www.homebrewaudio.com/how-to-build-a-home-recording-studio-part-4-software.

Basically this all means that pretty much anyone can afford to buy the things needed for a pro home recording studio.  I so wish that had been true 20 years ago.  Sigh.

Anyway – happy recording!



Setting Up A Computer-Based Home Recording Studio

May 8, 2012

Here is a post that is the first in a series explaining not only how to build a home recording studio using your computer, but also how to get the best possible audio quality from it for the least cost. These posts will explain two types of gear configurations and offer 4 tips for creating […]

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Review of The CEntrance MicPort Pro Portable USB Audio Interface

March 2, 2012

I reviewed a very cool little device yesterday that is about the size of a lipstick case, and yet it is a professional audio interface you can put in your pocket (if you need to) and take with you wherever you go.  It’s called the CEntrance (no, that is not a typo) MicPort Pro. You […]

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Guitar Recordings For “That Thing You Do!” Cover – Line 6 POD Farm

February 6, 2012

Folks were asking how the guitars and bass were recorded for the cover of That Thing You Do that I put out last week.  They wanted to know if I used amps, and if so what kind.  Also folks were interested in what microphones I might have used on the amps in question.  Well as […]

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Cover of “That Thing You Do” – Record a Rock Song on Your Computer

January 30, 2012

  If you were wondering whether it was possible to record a song, specifically a rock song, on a (very) modest home recording studio, take a listen to this.  It’s a 1-man-band cover of the song That Thing You Do, (written by Adam Schlesinger for the movie of the same name) recorded from scratch on my computer-based home […]

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Always Keep Up On New Audio Recording Gear

January 27, 2012

New equipment for your home audio recording studio is being unveiled every day. You can keep informed of all new arrivals for pro audio gear as it arrives at B&H Photo-Video-Pro Audio by checking in with us as often as you like.  The link will take you to the B&H page for just pro audio […]

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Finish Long Voice-Over Jobs Faster

January 25, 2012

Here is a tip that can really help you shorten the process of recording and producing long voice-over jobs, such as audio books, or any other job that requires reading and recording paragraphs of text at a time.  Very few of us are perfect, and we often make little mistakes as we read.  This tip […]

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Cut, Copy or Paste Parts of a Song

January 23, 2012

It is very handy to know how to quickly and accurately cut, copy and paste audio.  It’s especially useful when dealing with music.  You can slice up a song to make it longer or shorter, or if you are recording your own song you can copy bits that are particularly hard to play or sing, […]

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Omnidirectional or Directional Microphones? Huh?

January 10, 2012

Do you have a directional microphone?  Maybe you have an omnidirectional mic. Maybe you have a mic that can do all the different microphone polar patterns.  You did know about the different mic patterns right?  What’s the difference? Why should you care? Well as with anything else, the more you know about something the better […]

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