Microphones and Monitors
The Two Most Important Ingredients ~ M&M’s
to your home recording studio design will be microphones and monitors! I understand you are probably saying what do microphones have to do with designing a recording studio ~ well not a lot for most small one room, home or project studios.
However the number of microphones, placement, uses, isolation and other key topics revolving around microphones will be very crucial in your studio design.
Monitors will also have to be taken into consideration when planning your design. Again most of us with small home studios or the inspiration to build one will not need to go in depth into room acoustics and special monitor placement to focus the sweet spot.
For most of us the monitor concerns to keep in mind are physical size, power size, quality and connect-ability.
Where to Spend Your Hard Earned Cash
On microphones and monitors of course!
If you look at the various aspects and components in the recording chain there are very few things most beginners will have control over, unless they have an unlimited budget of course ~ I’m not in this category for sure!
The start of the chain typically (but not always) starts with a microphone. Ever heard of GIGO ~ Garbage In Garbage Out? Why record your amazing 20 minute guitar solo that rocks the house with a cheap microphone. If you do you’ve accomplished to immediately detract from the sonic quality of your piece. That sounds really official ~ immediately detract from the sonic quality of your piece.
You get it … right?
The same holds true at the arse end of the chain, monitors. You need monitors of decent quality and you must know them or learn them. Yes, this is true.
So take a good portion of your budget and use it here.
What About Other Equipment
I agree that all equipment needs to be of decent quality, including cables, boards, effects, processors and so on. I also agree that microphones and monitors are pretty boring ~ no flashy lights, no buttons, no cool screens and fancy options as in the case with most DAW’s ~ you just buy them and that’s it, done.
What I’ve seen too often, and been guilty of myself, is going gear crazy. I put the cart before the horse so to say.
Think of recording as a vehicle, bare with me here this will make sense soon (I hope), You definitely need wheels and an engine right? Well that’s the microphones and the monitors. The DAW, recorder, cables, processors, effects, stands and so on are all the other parts of the vehicle.
Most people start with a junker, at least where I live, and over time move on to better vehicles. So get great tires and a great engine and worry about the upholstery and paint later ~ trust me I’ve been there more than once!
Get the Most Out of Your Home Recording Studio Design
by paying attention to detail and starting with the two most important ingredients, microphones, and monitors!
I have started writing reviews on equipment and have one completed on a new set of monitors I purchased. You can find it under the Reviews tab up top or just click here to get there! Technology is so darn cool!