10 Home Recording Studio Essentials for Beginners

If you are a musician, music artist, or music producer looking to make your own music. Here are 10 home recording studio tips.

With the advances in home computers, the amazing hardware and software available, and the flexibility of the digital format, recording your own music at home has never been easier. Wondering how to get started?

Read on for a few pointers….

Article was written by Sah Sabado

10 Home Recording Studio Tips

  1. Get a high-quality computer with enough memory to run the hardware and software you need.
  2. Invest in a back-up hard drive. You won’t want anything to happen to these precious files while you’re working on them, or once they’re completed.
  3. Research the various software that are available. Remember, free doesn’t always equal best!
  4. Invest in excellent speakers. If there’s one area that you should splurge, this is it. Replaying your recordings and trying to hear the intricacies over your tiny computer speakers is nearly impossible.
  5. Learn at least the basics of MIDI and digital audio, and how they work together.
  6. If you want to make your own CDs, you will need a CD burner.
  7. Know how and when to use EQ—sometimes less is more!
  8. Take advantage of the many online Music Forums available; follow the advice of those who have done this before.
  9. Plan your budget carefully, this equipment can really add up.
  10. Patience matters. Knowledge and experience will follow.

Whether you are an aspiring musician, have a fun garage band, or you’re a seasoned industry vet, learn production techniques and consider using your home computer to make your music. Why pay someone else to do it for you when it has become so easy to do it yourself? And remember, it’s easy with the help of our friends, why not join a music community today, its free!


Authors bio: Coming from a family of musicians, I am the only one who is unable to play any musical instrument, hence my desperation to find some way to contribute something during our private performances at home. Thanks to computers and the internet, I have started exploring the new world of digital music. Join me in my quest at finding the best resources for home recording!

Do you have any home recording studio tips?

Mark V.

Written By Mark V.

Mark Valenzuela is a professional blogger, entrepreneur, and educator with more than 15 years of experience in music production. In 2008, Mark founded Hip Hop Makers, a top resource for aspiring music producers and beatmakers. He specializes in content on music production, software, gear, and free music resources. Committed to empowering creators of all levels, Mark continues to inspire and help music creators pursue their dreams.

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  1. This really helped, I hope I can to make my own music

  2. Good monitors are totally the starting point for me! I also think (as a non professional) that once you’ve set up your room, listen to a variety of tracks which you know or consider to be great productions (Maybe Michael Jackson or David Foster or Quincy Jones – depending on your generation and genre) in that room. I found that I needed a reference sub-woofer, not in any way over baring, but to put back the warmth and “floor” that wasn’t their in my little room. If you are not hearing it, you tend to try and EQ it in or bring up levels of the arrangement which you think will get the result, only to find it sounds shocking when you play the CD in your car on a a hi-fi. Get good speakers, treat the room as best you can for acoustics (High end reflections and bass trapping). Lots of what ends up being a great recording, is in the musical and vocal performance and arrangement too – there is a limit to what good gear can achieve without this.

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