#2 – Achieving The Perfect Sound From Home: Everything You Need

By November 1, 2014 March 2nd, 2020 Quick Tips

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Budget-Based Equipment Guide


1. Mac vs. PC: By default, Macs are generally more reliable with handling audio. However, it all depends on what’s inside of your system. I actually use PC because I prefer the Windows operating system. I just made sure I put in it what it takes to process audio proficiently (24 GB RAM, Intel Core i-7, 500 GB SSD System Drive, 4TB worth of extra space). You don’t need all of that to get started though.

2. Vocal Booth/Recording Environment: Your recording environment (vocal booth) cannot be assessed/treated through a general studio setup checklist. However, it is vital to having a clean sound. While I do recommend “Reflxion Filters” from Se Electronics to help, they are only supplements to your environment and do not completely take care of your acoustic space.

Be sure that you are recording in an area that is isolated from outside noise (insulated and padded with ‘studio foam’ preferably).

For complete vocal booth systems (pricey), I highly suggest vocalbooth.com.

3. Plug: All links are to Sweetwater.com. I don’t make anything off of this. They just have AWESOME customer service and I swear by them. I would be remiss if I did not send you there as well!

Small Budget

1. DAW – Pro Tools ($600)

2. Interface – Focusrite Scarlett Solo ($110)

3. MicrophoneAudio Technica AT2020 ($99)

4. MonitorsJBL LSR305 5″ ($300)

5. Sound IsolatorSe Electronics Reflxion Filter X ($120)

6. Computer – Anything with 4 GB RAM+, 500 GB+ HD, 7200 RPM Speed on HD (preferably SSD instead of HDD), Core i-7 processor+ (~$700 – $1,200)

7. HeadphonesM-Audio MTH 50 ($100)

Total Investment: ~$2,150

$1,210 without computer

Medium Budget

1. DAW – Pro Tools ($600)

2. Interface – PreSonus Studio 192 Mobile ($600)

3. MicrophoneWarm Audio WA-251 ($800)

4. MonitorsKRK Rokit 6’s ($400)

5. Sound IsolatorAston Microphones Halo Reflection Filter ($300)

6. Computer – Anything with 6 GB RAM+, 750 GB+ HD, 7200 RPM Speed on HD (preferably SSD instead of HDD), Core i-7 processor+ (~$1,000 – $1,500)

7. Headphones Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro ($230)

Total Investment: ~$3,930

$2,730 without computer

Large Budget

1. DAW: Pro Tools ($600)

2. Interface: RME Fireface UCX ($1,600)

3. Preamp/Compressor: Universal Audio 6176 ($2,500)

4. MicrophoneNeumann U87 ($3,600)

5. MonitorsFocal Solo6 Be ($1,350)

6. Sound Isolator – Aston Microphones Halo Reflection Filter ($300)

7. Computer – Anything with 8 GB RAM+, 1 TB+ HD (SSD), 7200 RPM Speed on HD, Core i-7 processor+ ($1,500+)

8. Headphones AKG K812’s ($1,500)

Total Investment: ~$12,950

$11,450 without computer

Questions? Comment below so that others can see the answers as well. Thanks!