If you read from the beginning to this final part, you would acknowledge many audio equipment as well as analog and digital connectors. The final step is the most interesting with beginners who’re eager to try home recording studio, guess what? It’s shopping plan.
This topic will share experiences as well as notices when purchasing audio recording equipment or even upgrading your studio reasonably.
1#: Know what you need
The first thing to do is specifying your demands, preferences. You need to know your studio’s characteristics. What do you want it to be? What are your common conditions? Singing recording, musical instrument recording or 95% singing recording and 5% musical instrument recording, composing music only, arranging only or mixing only?
2#: Expansion possibility
If you know for sure that you’ll upgrade your studio after working for a while, you’ll need to choose equipment carefully especially audio interface in order to be ready to receive more connectors at the same time.
3#: Learning carefully before buying
When starting to choose any equipment, don’t listen to other people about which is good, better,… then buy it immediately, remember, the first action is getting to know that equipment.
How do you get to know it?
- Finding out about hardware values: values which producers provide.
- Searching comments of previous buyers or users. But you need to be extremely careful when listening or reading opinions of people who use low-grade equipment on websites. Because those people who use those low-grade equipment don’t often have much experience, especially people who you don’t know or have never heard of.
One AT2020 microphone is about $99 belong to low-grade production but you’ll see many 5 star review of good sound, high quality for this product when you search for reviews. And, it also has 3 star or 1 star review though.
Don’t think that there are much more 5 star reviews mean it has quality as claimed in those 5 star.
You need to understand that one 5 star rated product produces great audio is different from product produces better audio quality than the quality should be according to its price. Even though it is rated with 5 star, it’s the 5 star of difference between quality and the cost you pay. That’s what you need to take note.
When evaluating any equipment, you need to compare your receiving sound with the cost you pay. Back to previous example, don’t assume that AT2020 produce bad sound. It’s worth to buy because it can be used in some conditions with its price, right?!
4#: Secondhand purchasing
You need to be careful and have experienced people with you. Be two times careful when it comes to purchasing on website which is because you don’t have chance to go outside or hard to return.
5#: Soundproof materials
You still have one more notice after making purchasing list which is saving the money for anti-noise materials. This is compulsory! And with soundproofing, you need it or not depends on your working conditions.
If you work mainly with mixing and there’s not much noise at your home, you don’t need to soundproof. But if you record for customers or working professional audio recording project, you need soundproof area.
You should know that if one of your devices is at low level of audio quality, the others even if are high-grade, the final sound you receive will be in the middle or low level.
Because sound is reduced in quality through bad device. Therefore, all of your audio equipment needs to have similar quality.
When you want to upgrade your audio system, upgrade totally and similarly if you can afford that. If you can’t, upgrade equipment which has big effects on audio first.
For you to follow easily, replace microphone and you’ll see differences. With converters, it’s hard to realize. This means if your studio is mostly about recording, upgrading microphone will bring you better audio or bigger difference than upgrading converter.
When you have upgrading intention, you need to make sure that the equipment’s efficiency will soon give you big income to cover the investment. This is usually applied for commercial studio.