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Setting Up A Home Recording Studio | An Introduction

by Stuart Charles Black

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Updates
  • 3/29/19.
  • 1/10/19. Headphone Updates.
  • 1/15/19. Image replacement.
  • 12/24/20. Added updated studio image and some words.
  • 1/12/21. Updated headphone collection.

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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!

Dusty.

The gang’s all here.

Crisp.

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:

1/10/20 Update: I have sold most of my headphones in the above pictures. The only ones left are the Sennheiser HD600, Philips SHP9500, and Skull Candy Uproar Wireless (for the gym). I have also since bought an AKG K702 & K612. Updated pictures to come. 🙂

1/12/21 Update.

  • Current headphones (from left to right): AKG K240M (600 Ohm), AKG K260, AKG K612, K702, Koss KPH30i, Philips SHP9500, Sony MDR101, Philips SHP9600, Sennheiser HD600, HIFIMAN DEVA, Koss KSC75 (lower shelf).
  • Not pictured: Skull Candy Uproar Wireless, HIFIMAN TWS600.


The Lab

Circa 2007

Circa 2007

Gear

  • PC: Gateway (Can’t remember the model)
  • Monitor: 19″ Lextron
  • Turntable: N/A
  • Drumpad: KORG padKONTROL (Old/White)
  • Interface: M-Audio Fast Track Pro
  • Keyboard: Roland (Can’t remember the model)
  • Studio monitors: N/A
  • Speakers: Logitech R-20
  • Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50
  • Microphone: Samson C01
  • Stand: On Stage MS7701B
  • Tank: Fish XD
  • Desk: My old desk from when I was young. It was a great desk in its time.
  • Chair: Computer

December 2014

December 2014

Before I sold that laptop and those KRK ST6’s.

Transitioning from the old laptop to the new (Lenovo T510)

Gear

  • Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad T510
  • Monitor: 24″ used Dell Monitor ($10 at the thrift store, lol).
  • Turntable: Audio Technica AT LP60
  • Drumpad: KORG padKONTROL (Old/White), AKAI MPD18
  • Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st gen)
  • Studio monitors: JBL LSR 305.
  • Speakers: Generic
  • Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50
  • Microphone: Samson C01
  • Printer: HP DeskJet 3632
  • Camera: Nikon D3200

May/December 2016

May 2016

December 2016

December 2016

Gear

  • Laptop: Lenovo Think Pad T510 (upgraded to 8GB of RAM)
  • Monitors: Dual ASUS PA248Q Monitors (amazing btw, highly recommended)
  • Turntable: Audio Technica AT LP60
  • Drumpad: KORG padKONTROL (New/Black)
  • Mouse: Wired
  • Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st gen)
  • Studio monitors: JBL LSR 305. Don’t arrange them as 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. 😛
  • Speakers: Generic
  • Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50, Sennheiser HD600
  • Microphone: Samson C01, Blue Yeti, Audio Technica AT2020
  • Stand: On-Stage MS7920B
  • Printer: HP DeskJet 3632
  • Camera: Nikon D3200

December 2020

More images to come!