Studio Essentials for Beginners

Tutorial Studio Essentials for Beginners

  • This guide focus on to get you start with proper equipment and software.

Ever since I started from having nothing and eventually, my hobby start to grow up, Having people that can work with you, is the best thing that can help you grow fast. I will included everything that i know, to help you start with minimum budget.

What equipment i should get first?

1. A Computer

Anything that you have is the best tools available.

2. Digital Audio Workstation Software (DAW)
Absolute must have regardless what's DAW you choose.
If you want to bake a cookie, you need to have a oven.

Every DAW have their own roadmap, design, etc. Every each DAW have advantage and disadvantage and you need to be able to use it in a very longtime. So be better to do some research.

The DAW that i highly recommended.
1. Waveform Free
2. Cakewalk by BandLab
3. Studio One Prime
4. Pro Tools | First
5. Ardour
6. MPC Beats
7. SoundBridge
8. Reaper
9. Podium Free
10. Garageband

3. Headphones
It should be the second thing that you should have.
Which is why in the beginning, all you really need is one pair of headphones.
For studio purposes, there are 2 very specific designs considered standard

1. Closed back headphones for tracking – which offer optimal isolation at the expense of lesser sound quality.
2. Open back headphones for mixing – which offer optimal sound quality at the expense of lesser isolation.

Here are the best studio headphones under $100
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
Yamaha HPH-MT5
PreSonus HD9
AKG K240 Studio
Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro
Shure SRH440
CAD Audio MH510

*But if you don't have budget for proper headphones.
Anything that can generate the sound while playback should be enough to get you started.

4. Audio Interface
If you don’t already know.
The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is the software used to record, edit, and mix music on your computer.
And the Audio Interface is the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of your gear. (microphone, headphones, guitar, etc) but if you're not recording anything, then it unnecessary.

Here are the best Audio Interface under $200
Mackie Onyx Artist 1.2
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 1
IK Multimedia iRig HD 2
Behringer UMC22
Steinberg UR12
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Gen3
BandLab Link Digital

5. Plugins for Audio production
You need proper tools for specific job and those tools are essentials for production.
Almost every DAW have standard tools (stock plugins) that can get you start.
But, Not every DAW share the same tools, some DAW have handful of tools but some DAW are have a few tools.

I already create guide Tools for audio production to help you get everything necessary.
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    Adding list of Audio interface
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    Adding list of studio headphones under $100