Home recording studio setup for beginners

Are you just getting started with your first home recording studio setup? Maybe you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused?

Good news … you are in the right place! At Talking Studios we have years of experience in helping people get started. In this post, we explain the key components of a music recording studio for beginners so then you are all setup to make real progress with your recordings.

Our mission is to guide you step by step and make the learning process as simple as possible so that you succeed and make the most of your home recording studio.   Audio recording is a fun, exciting and rewarding activity. And today’s affordable technology means that anyone can have in their home the tools they need to professional sounding recordings. Gone are the days when this was only possible in a multi-million pound studio. But the problem is that simply buying the tools alone is not enough to do the job. It is essential that you also learn how to setup and use them properly and there is a learning curve.  We want to help you succeed! So we take a very simple approach here. Start of with the right home recording studio kit – you only need a few basic items to get going. Then we give the help and advice you need to get it setup correctly.  

1. A good computer More often than not you already own a computer that is capable of being the hub of your home recording studio.” Graham says you should go with what you know. Great music is being made on both. His one specific recommendation is to get as much RAM as you can afford.

2. Any DAW (digital audio workstation) This is the program which you’ll be using to record and edit (and sometimes mix and master) your music. Graham believes that most of the popular DAWs are great — so just get one that’s compatible with your computer (and in your price range) and get started!

3. A solid audio interface You need a way to turn analog or acoustical sounds (vocals, guitars, etc.) into a digital signal.  Most DAWs work with just about any brand of audio interface. This leads to an endless list of boxes to choose from. Let me give you a suggestion: limit yourself to just 2 channel interfaces. What I mean is, don’t buy more than you need. Check out the following audio interfaces:

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Universal Audio Apollo Twin