Build Your First
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The Ultimate Guide for setting up a home recording studio
(in 12 articles)

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1. Start here
If you need to figure out how to make broadcast quality recordings at home, click here.

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2. Choosing a computer
At the heart of a recording studio is a computer, but which one do you need?

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3. Choosing DAW software
There’s many types of software for producing music. Which one suits your way of working?

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4. The audio interface
A little box plugs into your computer, which processes the sound coming in and out.

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5. Choosing a microphone
There’s a few different types of microphones to consider, each with their own pros and cons.

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6. Which studio monitors?
This depends on the room size, the music you’re working with and the acoustics of your room.

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7. Studio headphones
You need headphones to check your mixes, and to listen to backing tracks while recording.

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8. Controller keyboards
Whether you’re a pianist, drummer, or not a musician, you’ll need a way to input music.

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9. Soundproofing your music room
Find out how to keep your neighbours happy, and stop noise getting onto your recordings.

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10. Acoustic treatment
The sound of your room has a huge impact on the quality of your recordings.

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11. Cables and Stands
You’ll need a selection of cables and stands to join all the equipment together

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12. Musician mindset
Working as a musician can be challenging. Learn how to stay happy and keep on track


About me

I’m Daren Banarsë, welcome to my website!

I created SOUNDREF as a comprehensive resource for anyone getting started with their first home recording studio.

I’m a busy TV and stage composer, working from my own home recording studio. I’m a former lecturer on the music degree course at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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