The thunder of bass piercing through various speakers, sound proofing foam lining the walls, and various types of equipment and technology spilled about the room are the main ingredients to this phenomenon called the home studio. Many people are aspiring to be music artists these days; however, breaking into the industry can be very expensive and recording time is no exception. Therefore, everyone knows someone who responds to the question “where are you” with an “at the studio”.
Normally the person asking imagines an elaborate building containing expensive technology; however, the person responding is actually in Jimmy’s cousin’s basement inside of a closet they call the booth. The home studio booth holds a microphone hanging from the ceiling or perched on top a mic stand, a pair of headphones (preferably Beats by Dre), and foam or carpet filtering the walls and door.
Outside the booth, you can find a beat machine attached to an enthusiastic producer pounding out the keys while wearing headphones in hopes that a passing recording artist will ask to hear some of their work and purchase a track. Beat machines make the perfect home studio accessory because these little gems are like having several different instruments at the tap of a key.
A Yamaha keyboard with all trimmings or similar must accompany the rest of the musical soldiers in the home studio as they come armed with thousands of different sounds and effects that add to a producer’s arsenal. What would any of these melodic weapons be without the proper technology however?
The aforementioned music paraphernalia must be connected to a computer (usually a Mac) laced with Pro Tools HD, Logic, and Sonar for maximum recording. Because these programs and the compositions they create take up a lot of space, at least a terabyte of extra storage must be a part of this militia as well. In many cases artists will bring their own storage space; however, so the person that owns the studio will not own the rights to their work because it is on their device. It is also important to remember that the proper cords and a mixer will be needed to connect all of the equipment together.
An Internet connection with WiFi capability is ideal because it allows the recording artist to email their tracks to the engineer, the producers to send their beats along, and for them all to share their previous works or do research for projects. Boxbe is the preferred sharing method because it works with Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Outlook accounts allowing the user to attach, send, and receive large files that a regular email account does not. This mixture of instruments, software, and hardware equates to a home studio and they are becoming more and more popular as the music world continues to progress.