Intro & Setup

Building a home studio can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are a vocalist, a beatmaker, or any sort of musician, you have probably thought about what it would be like to have your own equipment. A studio to call your own.

I too dreamed of having my own space filled with all of the musical things that make me tick. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of stuff. Some of it I still have, some of it I sold because either I upgraded, or didn’t need it anymore.

The setup I have now suits me very well, and is meant to show beginners that you don’t need any fancy pants state of the art equipment. You can derive great sound from affordable products.

Below is my current headphone collection followed by the lab in different stages!


Headphone Collection!

Pictured left to right: Sennheiser HD25, Philips SHP9500, Audio Technica ATH M40x, V-Moda Crossfade M100, Sennheiser HD 558, Sennheiser HD 600, Sony MDR V6, Audio Technica ATH M50, Samson SR850.

Not pictured:

Given away/sold:

Audio Technica ATH M50. Yep. I finally gave them away after 5 years (January 2013). I will be doing giveaways every so often, so check my channel for updates! I’m thinking a giveaway every 100-200 subscribers. Here is the video where I gave them away:

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The Lab

(more pictures to come!)

Circa 2007

Gear

  • Lextron 19″ monitor
  • Gateway PC
  • Logitech R20 speakers w/ Subwoofer
  • M-Audio Fast Track Pro
  • Korg padKONTROL
  • Roland keyboard (used)
  • Samson C01 (not pictured, it’s off to the right where you see the mic stand)
  • On stage stands MS7701B microphone stand.
  • Fish tank 🙂
  • Computer chair.
  • My old desk from when I was young. It was a great desk in it’s time.

December 2014

Gear

  • 24″ used Dell Monitor ($10 at the thrift store, lol).
  • Lenovo Thinkpad T510
  • JBL LSR 305 Studio Monitors
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Generic computer speakers (for the turntable)
  • Audio Technica AT LP60 belt driven turntable
  • Audio Technica ATHM50 headphones
  • Akai MPD18 drum pad
  • KORG padKONTROL (old & broken/white)
  • Samson C01

May 2016

Gear

  • Dual ASUS PA248Q Monitors (amazing btw, highly recommended)
  • Lenovo Think Pad T510 (upgraded to 8GB of RAM)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Generic computer speakers (for the turntable)
  • Audio Technica AT LP60
  • Audio Technica ATH M50
  • JBL LSR 305. Don’t arrange them like I did. I don’t have room on my desk to place them properly, and the only way to do so is to get a new desk or make modifications to the existing one. I experimented with rotating the monitors up and was able to fit them on either side. But I didn’t like the way the screen was, as it resulted in less space. So there they are. 😛
  • Samson C01
  • KORG padKONTROL (new/black)
  • HP DeskJet 3632
  • Nikon D3200 (not pictured)

The following guide is designed to get you started in the right direction. It is meant to be clear and organized, while giving suggestions about how to start a home studio (with what I know works). The last thing I wanted to happen when I began my journey was to get confused. Although I did on occasion, eventually I figured it out by doing endless amounts of research while in the process having about a gazillion browser tabs opened. I want you to avoid that!

Let’s get started…

[Setup]

First things first. You’re going to want to choose a comfy place to record your sounds or craft your beats. I chose my bedroom, as it is the most convenient and comfy place I know of! Here I can escape the world and drown out all my troubles with music.

The only place I wouldn’t recommend is a bathroom setup. That area is designated for other tasks and wouldn’t be ideal.

Choose some furniture…

My awesome chair which is now peeling 🙁

Take it from me, there’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your studio space. I’ve experienced some of the worst seating in the business. The feeling you get from sitting in a crappy chair for 6 hours is like sleeping on concrete.

I’d recommend going with something similar to my super awesome, extra comfy, uber soft executive chair that you see to your immediate right. 😛

Next I would decide on a desk. An L shape is ideal because it provides ample room for gear and lots of space for other stuff as well. It also makes you feel like a mother f*cking executive! When i plop down to make a beat, I feel like a king. You should too. I can’t recommend my own desk since I got it so long ago, but you should definitely go with something that makes sense for your particular set up. Always keep in mind the type of room that you will be using.

(Storage)

I have a desk with drawers, but if I didn’t, I would probably invest in some plastic storage containers. They are a great way to keep your miscellaneous wires organized, and can be had for cheap. In addition, you may want to add an over-the-door coat hook. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time was wasted in the past untangling chords and trying to figure out what’s what. Save yourself the trouble.

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