Because we want you to get up and running to make some music, here is a professional recording studio equipment list!
Professional recording studio equipment list
Gathering from my years running from recording studio to studio, I’ve seen what is and is not needed for a professional studio environment. Surprisingly, most of the things were easy enough to find. It’s a very simple list so let’s build this thing already!
Home recording studio equipment list
I’ve included what you’d need for a home recording studio as well as a professional.
Having a place to put your studio equipment is essential. You’ll need space and comfort if you wanna make some good music. A good desk or workstation will do just that. I like to call it the zone! Here, you will keep your studio monitors at ears length. Your PC can hide just under or to the side of the desk to keep things from being too cluttered. Many producers set things up differently so you’ll need to experiment with what makes you most comfortable. Generally, they are kept against the wall. But I have seen people put them the center of the room,
Professional Recording Studio Equipment List and the digital age:
It’s already 2021 and it’s pretty safe to say that the analog days are long gone! At least for the home recording studio environment. A few tears in my eyes? Yes. Do I miss them? Yes! But the digital age is here and thriving.
Computers are the center flagship for any professional recording studio. Need I say more? The things you can do nowadays on a good PC are mind-boggling, to say the least. Or Mac OSX! let’s not forget my OSX folks!
Why do you need a computer? It sounds like a stupid question for millennials but I don’t mind playing this game for a few quick sentences!
- A place to save and store your work
- A place to go online and find the best music to be more creative
- You’ll probably be creating epks to send out digitally
- And you’ll need a solid system to make good music!
What to look for
There really shouldn’t be any excuse not to have a good computer. Seeing as the prices have been on a steady steep decline over the past several years.
Here’s what you should look for in a good computer;
- Size does matter so you want something with a large hardrive. More than 500GB storage capacity. I’d go for a 1 terabyte SSD drive. You’ll need this if your’e using any worthwhile virtual instruments!
- Processing power should be equivalent to or more than and intel i5 4th or 5th geration. The i7 is even better.
- Your ram should be at minimum 8GBs. you’ll be running your DAW and effects on it and you’ll need that radom access. Trust me! 16Gb is even better!
- A solid video card. Most DAWs require a minimum screen resolution to work. If you’re playing games like The Division or call of duty on your PC, then you probably already have what you need!
If you go with a laptop I’d grab the Apple Mac Book Pro
For PC users: Get a Razer Blade Stealth 13.3
Your music should be in good hands with either of these! Well on your way with our professional recording studio equipment list.
Many of you are probably thinking “why can’t I just use a regular chair”? I don’t recommend a regular kitchen chair, sorry! Your back is important and if you plan on being in your studio for hours on in, I highly recommend a comfortable studio chair. You got it! The one that swivels and roles across the room like an office! You’ll find yourself sliding across the room to a second PC or to grab a cable or something similar. Having a studio chair makes it easy. Getting up every five minutes to grab something across the room will take a toll on your body! Trust me on this! I did it for years myself. It’s usually the last thing one would consider when building a home recording studio. I think it should be one of the first!
Having a good condenser mic is a no-brainer when it comes to building a home recording studio. It’s the first line of defense for a good signal path into your computer. If you want something cheap that sounds good still the same, I’d go with The Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition – 2070.
It’s a great-sounding USB condenser microphone with professional-grade sound. It has a Tri-capsule array – 3 condenser capsules that can record almost any situation. With over 6k reviews no wonder It comes highly recommended for home studio start-ups.
Alternatively, you can grab something more expensive if you want a step above the Yeti.
The Neumann TLM 102 come’s to mind as a solid step above the USB mic. Neuman has a solid history in the recording industry as one of the most sought-after condenser mics in the business. The TLM 102 has a price of just around 699.00 and with good reason. It’s a Large Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone and handles up to 144dB SPL.
You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a good mic stand. One that can hold basic mics as well as pro condenser microphones too!
These will certainly help with controlling the bass in the room. If you like lots of bass like me, you should grab some bass traps! Plus they’ll keep a reasonable amount of bass from leaking into other rooms!
Guys, please get acoustic panels! They will help keep most of the high-end sound from reverberating in your studio. When it comes to recording vocals, it’s always best to record in a dead-sounding room. Acoustic Panels will achieve this for you!. If you haven’t got the money to fill up your entire room, grab a few from Amazon and build it over time. Buy one or 2 each month. That’s what I did!
These are quite essential for a Complete Professional recording studio equipment list. Need I explain? LOL! Make sure you set these up correctly if you can. Try not to put them too close to a wall. If you do then you’re sound will most likely be inaccurate due to bass traveling up and down the ceiling.
There are several reasons you’d need a good pair of headphones in your home studio. If you’re singing, you wouldn’t want the sound from your speakers to bleed into the mic. Therefore, you need the sound going directly to your ears during your performance.
There are a few things you’ll need to take into account when finding headphones.
- Frequency response and balance. You want them to give you as accurate a picture of your sound without too much color.
- How they feel. Very important since you could be wearing them for hours at a time.
- How Loud they get without distorting.
- How portable they are
- Overall quality. Obviously you want something that can do the work for a long time
Lots of folks put their studio monitors on the work desk. If you can manage, I find it best to have actual monitor stands in your home recording studio. They’re nice and isolated plus you can adjust to the perfect height to get accurate mixes.
I’m currently using: Ultimate Support JS-MS70 JamStands Series Studio Monitor Stands (Pair). These are strong and stable at the same time. They also have good overall adjustment too!
There are many headphone amps to choose from. Be sure to get one that provides gain without too much noise! Recently there has been a surge of really good compact headphones too. Small and powerful like the PreSonus HP4 4-Channel Compact Headphone Amplifier
The good thing about this one is its size and power. Small and still packs a good punch.
- 4 screaming-loud (130 mW per channel) stereo headphone amps. Probably more than what you’ll need.
- Solid and wide full dynamic range
- Room Control monitor with level control
- You can even add more units in a daisy chain too!
- Compact 1/3U rack-mount chassis
- Mono summing as needed for any good mixing engineer.
You don’t want to be without a healthy library of virtual instruments. If you’re a music producer then this is probably a no-brainer. But if you run a studio that is mostly used for tracking purposes, it’s an easy thing to overlook. I have found myself needing to replace a piano or drum part after my guys left the recording studio. Having a diverse library of sounds saved me. Especially when in came to drum replacement in a pro tools session.
I recommend Native Instruments Komplete 11 Select Software Suite.
It comes loaded with over 2500 sounds and covers basically any music genre. With over 25 Gb of instruments and effects, you’ll have plenty to toy within the virtual instrument world!