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Making music can be a fantastic hobby – or career, depending on how you’re feeling. Regardless of your goal, you may feel that now is the time to sit down and begin recording what you’ve created.

Setting up a home recording studio is easier than ever; you just need time and money to get it going. Here are some essential tools you’ll need before you consider recording your music at home.

Computer

One of the many tools you will need is a computer, either a laptop or a pc. This is one of the core pieces required for recording. Take the time to research your options, as there are many choices. Things to consider include mobility, price range, and functionality. For example, the higher the RAM and CPU, the more powerful the computer.

Microphone

Another essential tool you’ll need to invest in is a microphone. The type of microphone you choose may vary, depending on the music you’re recording. However, you’ll still want to select a high-quality microphone. You should choose the best one you can afford within your budget.

Audio Interface

Next up, you’ll need an audio interface. This tool is critical for connecting what you’re recording (through a microphone or musical instrument) to your computer. Without it, you won’t be capable of recording anything. Naturally, this means you’ll want to invest in a reliable interface. Ensure that it is compatible with your computer before buying.

Software

Along with an audio interface, you’ll need some recording software to make your computer function as necessary. This software is called a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW for short. This is the tool that lets you record, edit and finalize audio. In other words, it is not a tool to skip.

MIDI Controller

A MIDI Controller is an excellent tool for recording an instrument, especially the piano or keyboard. It looks a lot like a keyboard but offers many additional tools. It’s a great device, even if this isn’t an instrument you traditionally use. 

Headphones

Headphones are another essential tool for any home recording studio. The best headphones, contrary to popular belief, are wired. There is a wide range in quality, so feel free to choose whatever works best for you.

Additional Tools

The music you’re recording will partially decide if any additional tools are required. For example, you may want to purchase drum software, or if you’re recording a singer, a pop filter may be in order. Additional research will help you understand what tools you’ll need on top of the basics.