Lately, I’ve been listening to classical guitar compositions on my cheap record player. They inspired me to check out this home recording studio equipment list, with hopes of also recording something with my best acoustic guitar. And so in this post, I’m sharing what I learned for those in the same boat as me.
One Microphone (Instead of Two)
I am eyeing the Shure SM57, not because it’s the best there is, but because it’s what I can afford. That’s not to say that I’ll be making do with a so-so mic. On the contrary, the Shure SM57 is considered a must-have for every recording studio. I’ll only get one, instead of the two that’s commonly recommended for creating a stereo effect. Anyway, such effect could be satisfactorily simulated during post-editing.
And of course, I’ll be getting a microphone stand to hold it. I only have two hands, and both will obviously be busy fiddling the classical guitar.
Audio Interface for MacBook Pro
These days, most computers are more than sufficient for recording music. Luckily for me, I already have a Macbook Pro which is considered pretty decent for music production. With that taken cared of, what’s needed now is an audio interface that will get the sound into that laptop. A good one is the Avid Fast Track Duo, which is confirmed to be compatible with Macs. Moreover, with its line level inputs, you can connect other music equipment besides the mic pointed at the classical guitar.
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
Once you get the sound into a computer, you’ll need to record it using a Digital Audio Wokstation (DAW). The DAW will also allow you to edit and mix such sounds or audio on your computer. The good thing is, the audio interface mentioned above already comes with the Pro Tools Express DAW. In case you haven’t heard, Pro Tools is popular among professional sound engineers. The one with the Avid Fast Track Duo is only a light version, but the full upgrade is significantly discounted.
A Good Pair of Headphones
The headphones you’ll get is important — they could make or break the recording of classical guitar compositions. There are two types, and the one you should get is the closed back kind (which covers the entirety of your ears). And no, don’t even try using the earplug kind of headphones — they just wouldn’t cut it. Yes, they are temptingly cheap, but they are not even worth the money you’ll save. The Sony MDR7506 is a much wiser choice. With it, you’ll get a good feel of how your recording really sounds.
Time to Record — At Long Last!
And that’s it, your good to go. With a mic (and its stand), a computer, an audio interface, and a DAW, you have what could already be called a home recording studio. There are a few more equipment you can add, like studio monitors. They might also be featured and discussed in the future, so stay tuned to this site.