Setting up a home studio is a great way to engage in media that pertains to your intended message. Whether it’s with recording a song for the next big trend, or podcasting for a channel dedicated to business life, having an at-home studio will let you do the job you enjoy without ever having to leave the comfort of your home.
In this post, I will discuss some key points to keep in mind when going about setting up your home studio.
Setting up Shop
First and foremost, depending on what you want to do, you have to select the appropriate equipment. As an example, I’ll use a recording studio primed for podcasts and radio discussions.
Recommended DO: Dedicate a Room
Though one’s bedroom would be an acceptable place to set up their first home studio, it is ideal to set up in an area of the house that is less connected to the general living room area. With having said that, working in the same place that you sleep can lead to unnecessary hindrances, including:
- Equipment disruptions
- Lacking productivity. This sets in when easily distracted.
- More frequent distractions. If you have your studio set up outside of the living area, your family and roommates will know not to interrupt you unless what they need truly warrants your attention.
Provided that you’re setting up a studio at-home for the first time, if you can reduce the noises and distractions to execute the perfect recordings, then you’ve set yourself up for success.
After you’ve found a place to set up your “office,” you can start shopping for your supplies. The Do’s and Don’ts for equipment are as follows.
Recommended DON’T: Buy Equipment Based on Price Alone
As an example, we’ll use a laptop. You’re at Best Buy, browsing the mobile electronics. You’re aware that the kind of work you want to do requires stricter specifications (specs for short); however, you’re also on a relatively strict budget (we’ll say between $400-$800).
You see two laptops, both of which caught your eye on the bases of price or specs.
The laptop that you need (the one with the right specs) costs $750 altogether, which really pushes your hands down into the pockets that much deeper. In purchasing this laptop, you’re giving up the opportunity to purchase other goods or services that could (or could not) pertain to your most current consumer wants. This is what’s known as opportunity cost (economics review).
On the other hand, the laptop that is practically a steal, at around $450, does not have all of the necessary specs. In this case, you wouldn’t feel as guilty about the purchase, as the opportunity cost is not as extensive. You could also use the money leftover to invest in higher quality equipment more fitting to your studio needs (i.e. audio workstations), or place the money into an account to withdraw for a later date for a more fitting laptop.
Recommended DO: Buy Equipment on the Basis of Specifications & Needs
I cannot emphasize this point enough. When buying equipment that could potentially invest in your future, it truly is a matter of “you get what you pay for.” Cutting corners never suffices in any kind of business (especially not music or radio journalism).
Upgrading your Home Studio
Having a home studio, generally, is a great place to start for those wanting to initially get their names out. However, it should not be an endgame. Though one may think that having a home studio can bring in the right audience and revenue, this is generally the exception to the rule. Most broadcasters, between Youtubers and Podcasters, need higher quality equipment and settings to fully utilize their skills.
When deciding on a home studio, it is a case of “quality over efficiency.” You may save time by cutting corners, but you’ll waste more of it compensating for the setup errors.
As you set up your equipment, the concept of “you get what you pay for” will, generally, always apply.
After having set up, don’t get too comfortable in the home setting. Eventually, a more professional setting opens up in a semi-pro (oe even pro) studio.
Home studios are an investment; as such, they should not be taken lightly.