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!