Setting up a recording studio at home may seem like a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. At Kaotica, we set out to create a tool that would make every room into a recording studio quickly without the costly investment of expensive insulation that may or may not work. The Kaotica Eyeball makes recording high-quality audio, even from less-than-ideal locations simple and easy. While we believe we’re the only acoustic mic shield you’ll need in your home studio, there are a few other pieces of equipment that are absolutely vital.
Arguably the most important tool for your home studio is a good, functioning computer. No, we’re not saying you have to run out and buy the fastest laptop on the market. In truth, your existing desktop or laptop will probably be enough when you’re just starting out. Of course, if you’re looking for a wonderful computer to handle your recordings and grow with you as you become more advanced, by all means, check out the advice from the staff at E-Home Recording Studio. If budget is an issue, don’t worry; no one will judge you for working with your ancient desktop.
Don’t be fooled by the specs of your computer when you first bought it. That built-in mic won’t give you the best quality recording, if it picks up your voice at all. Instead, invest in a good microphone. After all, this is the mechanism that will make recording possible. Talk to your local music store and see which ones they recommend and carry. Not only will buying your equipment locally give you a point of contact in the community, it will also make networking that much easier. Just imagine what might happen when you discover that you’re GREAT at recording!Headphones
If you have a pair of high-quality closed-back headphones (which most over-the-ear headphones are), then they’ll be fine when you’re just starting out. The most important thing to remember is that earbuds won’t work for recording tracks. Sure, they’re comfortable when you’re biking to work, but what they have in comfort and portability, they lack in sound quality. If all you have is a pair of earbuds that came with your phone, upgrade...NOW.
Audio Interface and Workstation
Once you have the basic gear, you’ll need a way to hook that gear up to your computer. This is where the audio workstation and audio interface come in. The digital workstation gives you the tools you need to record and mix tracks while the interface allows you to plug all of your gear in so your computer can read the data and help you make your recording magic.
Whether you’re sitting while you play guitar or standing while you sing, you’ll want something to hold the microphone for you during long and intense recording sessions. A mic stand is just one of those things you absolutely must have in your home recording studio. Look for one with a solid and sturdy base. While you may be tempted to pinch your pennies on this piece of equipment, don’t. Remember, your microphone isn’t cheap to replace and if your stand wobbles, you may end up with a dead mic.
Acoustic Sound Shield
Unless you’re planning on releasing recordings full of bounceback and ambient noise, you’ll want an acoustic mic shield. Don’t be fooled by those acoustic boxes sold at the major chain music stores! They only offer mediocre noise reduction and often cost an arm and a leg. Instead, opt for the Kaotica Eyeball. Our incredibly dense foam mic shield makes any room sound like a professional studio.Acoustic sound treatments can cost thousands. Save yourself the money when you’re starting your own home recording studio and stick with the Kaotica Eyeball.