Whether you already have a live sound studio or you are going to make one, one must know about the essential live sound and studio equipment’s to grow from a tiny bedroom studio to a professional one. As soon a one takes a look at the picture of the studios on social media, one always dreams of upgrading their studio just like the ones on social media.
However, it just depends on one’s budget. One business starts small and then gradually expands with time. It all takes time to develop skills, getting clients and then reinvests in their business.
The live sound and studio equipment need to be built with proper information not to waste money on the wrong things.
TYPES OF RECORDING STUDIOS:
1) Bedroom studio:
it is a fundamental kind of studio that may be set on the table next to your bed. In this studio, you need some essential equipment to record vocals, making beats, etc. and producing music. However, it only requires a laptop, a decent mic to record, an audio interface.
2) Home studio:
It requires an extra room for recording and producing purposes. In addition, it requires some acoustic treatment with some additional studio equipment such as an audio interface, decent mic and computer.
3) Semi-pro studio
Home studios cannot record multiple musicians simultaneously but can set a semi-pro studio in your home but with the use of more than one room or in a commercial place. these studios have the equipment necessary to record multiple musicians simultaneously
4) Pro studios:
These studios are located in a commercial place and have the necessary tools to produce professional results, just like Hollywood projects. However, these studios require millions of dollars to establish because it needs massive money from the acoustic treatment to the hardware.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT USED IN A STUDIO:
1) Digital Converters
Digital converters are an essential part of any digital device in your studio, such as audio interfaces, digital effect processors, etc.
In-home and semi-pro studios, we usually don’t need a standalone digital converter, but in pro studios where every quality matters, you will find several dollars priced digital converters familiar.
Engineers in a pro studio are conscious about tiny things that increases the audio quality, so they like to use standalone digital converters over the inbuilt ones in the audio interfaces.
2) Master Clocks
Every digital audio recorder has a clock called a word clock which should be in sync with other devices by master and slave arrangement where the slave devices follow the master devices word clock.
The difference in word clock between two devices creates unnecessary pops and clicks. So it’s essential to connect the devices with a master device.
3) Analog Effects
Till now, we have encountered VST plugins that are good for project studios. But in pro studios, where every detail of audio has been considered, analogue effect plugins make a big difference in quality.
The first and most crucial advantage of analogue effect plugins is that they provide much more analogue test than every music producer wants in his recordings.
4) Mixing Rack
What are mixing racks? – Mixing racks are all one solution for mixing and recording for recording studios. From the 80s to the 50s, mixing racks were trendy among professional recording studios.
Just as analogue effect plugins, mixing racks make a big difference in audio. With more depth and an analogue feel, it’s one of the essential pieces of equipment in pro studios. This list will help one choose the right equipment for three studios, whether it’s a bedroom, a home, or a semi-pro studio.