Category Archives: Studio Gear

Posts and articles relating to all kinds of home studio equipment such as microphones, instruments, computers and acoustic treatment.

The Cheapest Basic Home Studio Setup

Are you totally new to the recording game? Do you really just want to get started with the minimum spend possible? Well there are options for you.

Yes, it’s great to have high end equipment that costs thousands but we all have to start somewhere. There is plenty very good, affordable gear out there to get you putting out music right away. Read on to find out exactly what you need to get going. Continue reading

Yamaha HS vs. KRK Rokit

Here’s a question you will see a lot in forums and groups online. Which are the best studio monitors for my home studio or production setup, Yammies or Rokits?

The reason I think we see this a lot is because both are high quality and reasonably priced studio monitors, and ideal for someone with a small to medium budget who wants to get the best for their money.  There are lots of other makes and models of studio monitor, of course, but for the purposes of this article we’ll just focus on these two brands. So, which ones are better? Let’s look at the details and decide…  Continue reading

Xmas Gifts for Home Studio Fanatics

Yes. It is nearly that time of year. CHRISTMAS PRESENT TIME!

If you’re anything like me, you may be quite specific about the things you would like. My wife appreciates this as it makes her Christmas shopping that much easier. This year I figured I’d share my list of things I’d quite like and maybe you or someone you know might like them too. Continue reading

Home Studio Gear on a Budget

If you are anything like me, and many other DIY musos around the world, then you probably don’t have thousands of pounds (or dollars/euro/rand/rupees/etc) to spend on gear and software for your home setup. It’s still currently just an (all consuming) hobby after all, so there’s no return on investment, no tax relief, no sponsorship… And audio stuff is expensive!

So how are we supposed to get hold of all the studio gear we need to create the wonderful music that we want to, without having to sell our less important possessions like clothes, cars and houses? I have a few suggestions that might help… Continue reading

The Best Headphones for Your Home Studio

If you are hoping to make music that is at least comparable to commercial releases then you will need to be able to listen to what your working on and be able to hear it accurately. For this you will need either good studio monitors or good headphones, ideally both. In this article I’ll look at some of the best headphones currently available, according to my research. Continue reading

Choosing the Best Budget MIDI Controller for Your Home Studio

In this article I look at the best affordable MIDI controllers on the market. A MIDI controller is basically a bit of kit that generates and send MIDI information to any other bit of kit. They can include keyboards and pads for sending note pitch and velocity values, dials and sliders of various kinds, buttons and switches. Continue reading

Audio Interfaces for Home Recording

If you want to be able to record into your computer you are going to need an audio interface. This is basically a bit of gear which allows you to plug real world audio devices such as microphones and guitars into your computer, as well as send audio from your computer to external monitors. However, there’s usually a bit more to it than that and there are a variety of audio interfaces available which have slightly different functionalities and build. In this article I’ll list a few of the best low-budget audio interfaces on the market to get you started recording at home.
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