How to Build a Budget Studio
This is the cheapest computer-based rig that sounds decent!
Welcome to TweakHeadz Lab! TweakHeadz Lab has the following resources to
get you started building your recording studio.
In the Guide, Tweak
takes you through classes that cover all the basic of putting together a home
studio. You'll see what components are needed or the
simple mixerless studio to advanced
multi-track recording rigs for large bands.
You can see the gear that is used in many popular
that people use today to produce music at home.
The guide will take you through classes on
Which Soundcard or Audio Interface,
help you pick out a keyboard or
MIDI module and covers
Components of a Budget Studio
Here's the cheapest studio I would attempt to
record with. To be sure, you can find cheaper mics and a cheaper audio
interface, but they sacrifice on sound.
Here's a simply flow chart of how pieces
connect in a basic mixerless home studio. This type of studio is the
simplest and the cheapest, and it relies on the power of your computer for
recording and playback.
Here's some products that will get you going
at decent quality, but as cheap as possible. Note that you get software
bundled in with the Tascam, a budget version of a well known sequencer.
TASCAM has refreshed its best-selling USB interface with better audio
specs and a fresh new look for the US-122mkII. The US-122mkII starts
with two great-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for
condenser microphones. There's also a pair of balanced line inputs and a
guitar-level in for direct recording of electric guitar or bass. The
stereo signal is sent to your computer at up to 96kHz/24-bit audio
quality. (includes Cubase LE!)
The M-Audio KeyRig 49 turns your Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard
workstation. Featuring a 49-key, synth-action USB MIDI keyboard and the
award-winning Key Rig software for the PC, KeyRig 49 makes it easy to
start composing and performing music with a computer. Use KeyRig 49 to
play Key Rig's virtual instrument sounds, or audition loops and compose
songs with M-Audio's Session, Apple's GarageBand, Ableton's Live Lite
(included) or other music-creation programs. The KeyRig 49 keyboard also
includes professional features like pitch and mod wheels, an assignable
volume slider, octave +/- buttons and sustain pedal input. It's powered
via a single USB cable and works instantly with computers running Mac OS
X or Windows XP.
The AKG Perception 120 is a .667-inch diaphragm true condenser
microphone that offers solid build quality, outstanding performance, and
excellent value. The low-mass diaphragm delivers a clear sound with
accurate sonic detail. A switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad and bass
cut filter make the Perception 120 an excellent choice for a wide range
of recording and live sound applications.
Here's the cables and stand you need
OnStage 7700 Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
The On-Stage Spotlight Microphone Stand is the ideal
tripod boom stand for countless stage and studio applications. With its
durable construction of hybrid sheet metal and high-impact plastic leg
housing it holds up to repeated use and abuse. A cast steel mid-point
clutch also locks down the boom to secure your microphone. The boom arm
can fold flat for easy storage and is removable for those times when a
boom is not required.
LowZ Microphone Cable with Neutrik Connectors
The CBI MLN Performer Series mic cables are extremely
flexible and durable cables. They are constructed with Beldens 22-gauge,
2-conductor super low noise, ultra flexible audio cable, then fitted to
Neutrik male and female XLR connectors.
Hosa Nickel-Plated Dual Cable (Dual RCA to Dual RCA)
Precision molding of all plastics and high-tolerance
tooling ensure tight, positive connections for all Hosa RCA connections.
Hosa's Limited Lifetime Warranty expresses their confidence in these RCA
Some of the advantages: As of this writing
The M-audio Key Rig comes with Ableton Live Lite. TheTascam comes
with Cubase LE. Both of these are really pretty good software packages
to get started on. Naturally, there are other ways to do this.
I suggest you check out Tweak's Guide for detailed info on every one of these
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