Home Recording Studio Packages – The Skinny
I know you’re eager to get your studio up and running but beware of home recording studio packages as they may not accommodate your specific needs. If you find one that does, with minimal compromise, you stand a chance to save some cash – which is always a good thing!
One size does not fit all
Nearly all major name manufacturers offer home recording studio packages of some sort. These packages range from simple like a microphone, headphones and an audio interface to the more complex which can include more gear such as speakers, stands and other accessories.
Years ago (many) I bought an Alesis package that included an ADAT 8 track VHS recorder, a 16 channel analog mixer and some other stuff. It wasn’t a bad deal at the time but looking back I’d have rather had a different board. So there is some compromise, usually, when buying a package … like cable you want certain stations but to get those you have to buy a bundle and get 500 stations of crap too. Of course, and from my experience, the music equipment manufacturers don’t give it to you like the cable companies do if you know what I mean.
So packages are great to start and there are many to fit any budget just keep in mind that you’ll probably out grow most any package on the market if you are getting into recording for more than personal pleasure. I said personal pleasure. Let’s see how many posts I can fit that into.
What are the alternatives
Many. And this comes back to asking yourself questions. make sure to keep your long term goals in mind too. And if you do not have long term goals plan on the fact that you will eventually want to upgrade or expand because if your anything like me and thousands of others that record music you will want to expand.
Sure purchasing gear piece by piece may take a little more effort but you will surely get exactly what you want. This does not have to be expensive either. Look for deals locally. Sign up for all the music equipment retailers free catalogs and don’t forget used gear. Just be careful when buying used gear in person or over the web.
At the end of the day whether you buy a package or build your dream studio piece by piece you will be certain to have a blast when all the little lights are on, the room is dead silent, the faders go up and you say, rolling. About 5 seconds later you’ll probably say take two but who knows!
Would you like to know more
I am working on a review page which will include recording packages among other equipment. Keep your eyes peeled this is going to ROCK!
Have you had an experience with a home recording studio package? Leave us a comment below and let us know the pros and cons – or just say hey.