Many musicians and singers out there would love to play music professionally, but the cost of a recording studio can sometimes just be out of reach. Recording studios require a lot of equipment such as mics, mixing decks, DAW, preamps and more. 

Although, if you're someone who loves to belt out a ballad in the car or shower, being able to have your own home set up to record and start making music could be more accessible than you think.

Everyone needs to start somewhere, so this article is a great way to learn about what you can do to budget for your own home studio.

You can learn how to start recording, mixing and mastering your own voice no matter whether you're a soprano, bass or tenor with almost any budget!

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Microphones & How Much they Can Cost

Is there a way to record vocals if I don't have a condenser microphone?

Microphones, how much should I be spending?
A mic should be one of your first investments, so do your research before committing your coin. (Source: Pexels)

A decent microphone should probably be one of your first purchases when decking out your own at home recording set up. In terms of your budget, you can be slightly flexible here as there's plenty of quality mics for a decent price out there.

Given that you can find great mics for beginners for under $100 if you find a good deal, they can become costly and set you back a couple of thousand dollars.

No need to fret, if this is your first home studio then one of the basic mics you can find from your local music shop should do the trick.

If you're looking for a high-end mic with a professional sound then expect to spend $500 and upwards. Even though this is on the pricier end of some people's budget, it is excellent value-for-money and will elevate your voice.

You can choose between static and wireless mics, too.

Digital Audio Equipment: How much does it cost?

As we're sure you know, in terms of audio production and creating amazing tracks will require more than just a mic. You will also have to think about an audio interface to process your tracks and songs, as well as a sound card.

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Budgeting is important for your audio equipment
Although costly, equipment for a home studio is an investment that will hopefully last you years. (Source: Bru-nO)

Musicians, singers and producers are creative and use quite a few different ways to record. For example, if you've got a computer at home that has an inbuilt sound card then you can record and create using this software

However, if you're on a tight budget then you could download a free app with audio interface software such as Audacity which is easy and simple to use. 

If you're looking to improve audio quality, you can also think of an external sound card as an investment for your music production.

You can buy one of these up for under $100 or upwards of $500, there's sure to be plenty of reviews so see which one suits your needs and budget!

It's no secret that it's easy to spend quite a bit on your own digital audio workstation (DAW) for audio recording, it's helpful to keep a running total of all the equipment you'd like to add to your wish list.

For people who want a recorder on the go, the Zoom recorder goes for around $250. Otherwise, devices such as dictaphones can also be used to record your voice, just plug in a mic one or two and start singing.

In order to get the most out of recording at home, let's see what other accessories can assist you to capture your ultimate track. 

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Accessories: Which ones do I need?

Making sure you have a decent audio quality is essential to make any song or track you've recorded sound the most excellent that it can, no one likes pesky background noise.

To reduce the risk of unwanted audio interference, there are a few helpful accessories you can buy to boost your tracks.

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Which audio accessories do I need?
To get the most out of your recording, there's a few extra accessories you can buy to elevate your sound. (Source: Bru-nO)

Recording music and vocals is all about the fine details, which help make it count. Let's find out about the accessories you need to refine your singing.

There are a few essential accessories that we have to mention:

Pop Filters

This is just about essential for all singers, a pop filter helps stop a mic making popping sounds when pronouncing aspirated plosive like "p" for "pop". It can also reduce the noise of wind, and other background noises making it great for live performances.

There's not a huge difference in quality when it comes to how much you want to spend, you can purchase a decent quality pop filter that'll do the job between $10 and $50 if you've got a smaller budget.

Mic Stands

It's fun to carry our mic around when we're singing, whether we're on stage or working on a track. However, sometimes singers microphone on a stand with a balanced sound throughout production is preferred. A mic stand allows you to capture your voice without interruption from moving around.

Mic stands are reasonably affordable, you can buy one up from your local music shop for about $40 to $100. Ask at your local music shop which one can make sure your mic won't fall while you're singing.

Headphones

Headphones are another essential accessory if you want to record and create music at home, being able to hear yourself makes sure you can sing in time with the music. You'll be able to find a decent pair of headphones for about $150.

There are of course more expensive headphones, but if you're just starting out you don't have to break the bank right away.

Speakers

Speakers can help you listen to where you needing to focus on mastering or trying again as a different version. Often, the inbuilt speakers in your computer won't be amazing so external speakers can reduce any unnecessary tinny feedback when you're listening back on a track.

External speakers are a fantastic investment, if you want to splash a bit of your budget here expect to pay upwards of $220 for good quality speakers. However, there are plenty of more affordable options that will also work fine if you're in a pinch.

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Renting a Studio Space to Record

So far we've covered the costs you can expect to budget for if you set up your own space to record at home. Although, we haven't yet covered what to do if you have all the equipment and tools but don't have a space at home to use them!

If this sounds like you, then you might have to adjust your budgeting to account for renting equipment and time at studios. Some studios offer packages at different prices. 

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Music studios and how much they cost
In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to record in a studio rather than at home. (Source: Didgeman)

Different packages vary and could look like:

  • $200+ per hour with a sound engineer
  • $2000+ for an EP deal with editing and mixing

So you won't only be paying for the space, equipment and tools, you'll also be paying for other people's time and services. Renting time at studios is one of the most efficient ways to record and create, however having your own tools and equipment is still a good move in the long run. 

Maybe one day you'll even have the chance to visit Abbey Road.

 Singing Lessons to Improve Your Voice

If you want to record and create songs at home or in music studios, you'll be able to hear aspects of your voice that have room for improvement. Taking care of your voice and practising with a singing teacher can be a great way to elevate your talent.

Working with an experienced teacher might also support your learning if you're new to understanding the most efficient ways to create songs and capture your voice. Learning from an expert is a surefire way to fast track your skills! 

Here with us at Superprof, your first lesson is free, you can browse through our tutors' profiles and see how much they charge per hour. You can also think about whether private, online or group tuition would be most suited to you and your needs.

In terms of how much you should save up to purchase the equipment and tools you need to start making music at home approximately $1500 should just about cover the basics to get you going.

Don't forget to ask friends and family if they have any old school equipment or forgotten speakers hiding in the spare room before you buy, you never know what you can find! 

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Sophie

A lover of learning, Sophie is currently studying a masters and working part-time in Melbourne.