How to Build a Home Studio from Scratch


Building a home recording studio isn’t as complicated as you would think. You can actually get started for a lot less than you might imagine. Basically all you need are a few essentials. Today I will walk you step by step through the process of building a home recording studio from scratch.

The best way to start off is to keep it simple. If you attempt too much at one time, you can become overwhelmed, get discouraged and eventually quit. So the best thing to do is just keep it simple.

Yes, it is true that home recording studios can be expensive, but there are a lot of affordable options that still produce good quality music. 

The most important items you will need to start a studio or the following:

1. Computer

2.DAW / Audio Interface Combo

3.Studio monitors


5 Microphone


7. Mic stand

8. Pop filter

This right here will allow you to start a home studio with a minimal investment and more importantly, it’s the perfect foundation to build upon as your skills progress.

Now we can go into detail about each item.


When starting a home studio, the computer is the biggest investment you’ll make. If you already have a computer, you are already ahead of the game. If you don’t have a computer, what you will want to do is look for a computer with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM. If your computer only has four gigabytes of RAM, you can upgrade it yourself. My computer had four gigabytes of RAM and I upgraded it to 16. It is now fast enough to run various.DAW’s.

DAW/Audio Interface Combo

DAW stands for digital audio workstation. It is the software used to record, edit and make music on your computer. An audio interface is the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of your studio equipment. You can purchase these items separately or as a combo. For your first studio it’s recommended to buy the combo. It’s cheaper than buying them separately and it makes setting up a lot easier. Here are some of the combos I would recommend.

1.Presonus audiobox USB

2.Pro Tools duet

3.Steinberg UR22C

I would recommend the Pro Tools option if you have that type of budget, but for most people the presonus option is priced a bit more reasonably and it is a lot more affordable.


The longer you record, the more microphones you will acquire. For now all you need is one to get started. If you are just recording vocals, a classic large diaphragm condenser mic is recommended .A good recommendation is a Rode NT 1A. This is a reasonably priced mic and can get you going in the direction you need.


You only need to purchase one pair of headphones if you are going to be recording by yourself. There are two specific designs of headphones.

1.Closed back headphones for tracking

2.Open back headphones for mixing

Closed back headphones are a necessity.

A good pair of.Closed back headphones is Sennheiser HD280.It is also smart to get an extension cable for your headphones.

Studio Monitors

Even though many home studios do the majority of mixing on open back headphones, most the time, mixing is always done on speakers. Also known as studio monitors. Studio monitors have a much flatter frequency response and they provide a more neutral, uncolored sound to help you judge your mix. I would recommend getting a pair of JBL monitors. You can get these for under $300.


The longer you record, the more cables you will amass, but starting out you only need one long XLR cable for your mic and two short ones for your monitors. These can be purchased on Amazon or any music website.

Mic stand

You will need a mic stand.If you plan on recording vocals. You can acquire one of these off of Amazon or any music website for under $50.

Pop filter

Have you ever seen a movie where someone was recording into a microphone and there was a mesh filter in front of the microphone? That is called a pop filter. Its purpose is to filter out unpleasant vocal artifacts known as popping. It blocks the air caused by the pronunciation of the P and B sounds. They are pretty cheap and they help a lot.

These are the basic things you will need to start a home studio. I suggest buying them all at the same time, but if you cant afford that then buy one item at a time until you have everything you need. Many websites, like Sweetwater and Musicians friend, also offer payment options, where you can make 25% of the payment and pay the rest over the course of the next few months. Buying a home studio is the best investment you will ever make if you want to be an Artist. I hope this helped you guys with getting an idea of what it will take to open up your own home studio. See you guys on the stream. Crock Pot Cartell for life.

Bobby Everything

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