Studio equipment: How having the right gear will make you better

By mic on 8/21/2013

Guest post by Aurora Johnson on behalf of IT Rentals. IT rentals offers professional sound, IT, and AV equipment for hire.

If you want to be able to record and produce music from the comfort of your own home, whether you’re a solo singer/songwriter or part of a band, it’s vital that you invest in the right equipment.

Why? Because substandard equipment can only produce one thing - substandard sound.

Buying the very best products that you can afford will ensure your tracks sound as good as possible, and there’s nothing stopping you from upgrading them in the future.

So, if you really want to find out why investing in the right equipment can help, check out these tips and explanations:

Cable connectors

1) Avoid white noise with great audio cables

Mediocre audio cables could leave you with intermittent white noise in and around your studio, which could end up recording onto tracks and ruining all of your hard work. Make sure you can focus properly by purchasing high quality audio cables that are still within your budget.

Audio patch panel

2) Save time and effort with an audio patch panel

If you don’t currently have an audio patch panel, you’ll know how difficult it can be to change connections in your studio. With one though, you’ll be able to quickly and easily switch between numerous connections to get the sound you want.

Studio headphones

3) Forget about consumer listening headphones

Using a pair of headphones designed for consumer listening in your studio is counterintuitive. They’re designed to colour the sound of whatever you’re listening to, so you’ll never really get a genuine reference as to what you’re playing back. Instead, go for some high-quality headphones that are made for studio recording.

Condenser microphone

4) Have at least one condenser microphone

Recording with anything other than a condenser microphone will be incredibly hard, and you’re likely to end up with mediocre tracks every time. A condenser microphone can be used to record vocals and acoustic instruments very well, and you should always start out with at least one.

Digital audio workstation

5) Get yourself a DAW as soon as possible

A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) will allow you to mix and record tracks as if you were a professional, and once you’ve got used to the kit you’re likely to find it hard to work without it! A DAW can integrate with your Mac or PC and comes with numerous bells and whistles that will make your life much easier in this department.

Do you have any tips or tricks for those looking to invest in good-quality studio equipment?

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