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How to set up your home recording studio with Art of Guitar

Did you know that Billie Eilish’s award-winning debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go was recorded and produced in a home recording studio?

Famously pioneered by Pete Townshend and since dabbled with by artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Damon Albarn, Moby and Jack White, home recording is nothing new. But today’s advanced technology means that content creators and aspiring independent musicians alike can produce high-quality records right from the comfort of their own homes. 

And thanks to streamlined equipment like our Pro Audio Range, which spans everything from microphones and speakers to headphones and workstations, setting up a studio doesn’t have to be complicated. Art of Guitar also offers a full setup and installation service, as well as music production lessons to help get you started on your recording journey. 

What do I need to get started?

Choose the right room

Some rooms work better for recording than others. Ideally, you would pick a space that has high ceilings, a solid door, very few windows and a carpeted floor. You'll want to find a room that doesn’t give unwanted echoes and offers a refined purity of sound. 

Comfortable workspace

It’s important that your space is comfortable and conducive to creativity. You'll spend most of your time in your own studio, seated at your desk, so you must select a desk and a chair that are ergonomically appropriate for extended hours of music recording. We offer a fantastic range of ergonomic chairs, desks and racks that have been specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of music professionals and content creators. Call in to Art of Guitar to find out more.

Computer and software

Your personal computer will serve as the precious hub for your recording - a tablet or smartphone just won’t work as your main recording interface. If you make music on a computer, be that a PC or a Mac, your DAW - or Digital Audio Workstation, if we must use its formal title - is the most important tool in your creative arsenal. Consequently, finding the best digital range is vitally important. Our experts are happy to provide recommendations – why not give us a call to learn more?

Microphones

Audio is arguably the most important aspect to get right when setting up, so it's definitely something worth spending some extra time on. Whether you opt for a dynamic or condenser mic, we can provide you with an unrivalled diversity of options. At Art of Guitar, we're proud to carry a selection of Shure microphones that are designed to meet the demands of professional performances. From the dynamic SM58 to the versatile Beta 58A, every microphone in our collection is engineered to deliver exceptional sound quality and reliability.

Speakers and Headphones

Art of Guitar houses a range of speakers to suit all budgets and tastes, from the PreSonus ERIS 4.5 Active Media Reference Monitors, which have been designed for content creators, gamers, and mixing engineers, to the PreSonus Eris E5 2-way active studio monitors, which provide users an inexpensive way to get accurate sound that regular computer speakers simply can't deliver.

Equally as vital, you can have the best microphones and speakers but without good quality studio headphones, you won't be able to properly assess the true sound quality of your work. We offer an extensive range of headphones from long renowned or Innovative up-and-coming brands, including Shure, Audio Technica and Boss. 

Audio Interface

An effective audio interface is essential if you want to record to your computer software using microphones, guitar or your keyboard.  This basically converts microphone and instrument signals into a format your computer and software can recognize, a fundamental requirement for any professional studio setup. Our selection includes the PreSonus Studio 1824c audio interface. Loaded with 18 simultaneous inputs, the PreSonus Studio 1824c will give you everything you need to hit the ground running — just add music! Also delivering a ton of firepower in an affordable package is the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.  Simply plug in, fire up the bundled software, and you're ready to rock.

Full Setup and Installation Service

Equipment selected, now comes the really fun bit! Whether you're looking to setup a studio in your bedroom, or a hobby room in your house or office, for a fully kitted recording studio we can help every step of the way. Our experts can assist with a full setup and installation service at a time and date that’s convenient for you, including a pre-consultation to help you envisage the space and layout. Setting up doesn’t have to be complicated when we can do all the work for you.

Music Production Lessons

Once you are fully kitted up and ready to go, we can help you learn all about creating multi-track song structures, drums, melodies, and automated effects. You’ll also discover the unique nuances of the mixing process and EQing, with all the tools at your disposal to edit your audio.

We’d love to help you create the perfect recording studio to realise your musical dreams and potential. Just call in or drop us a line to discuss your requirements.

How to set up your home recording studio with Art of Guitar

Did you know that Billie Eilish’s award-winning debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go was recorded and produced in a home recording studio?

Famously pioneered by Pete Townshend and since dabbled with by artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Damon Albarn, Moby and Jack White, home recording is nothing new. But today’s advanced technology means that content creators and aspiring independent musicians alike can produce high-quality records right from the comfort of their own homes. 

And thanks to streamlined equipment like our Pro Audio Range, which spans everything from microphones and speakers to headphones and workstations, setting up a studio doesn’t have to be complicated. Art of Guitar also offers a full setup and installation service, as well as music production lessons to help get you started on your recording journey. 

What do I need to get started?

Choose the right room

Some rooms work better for recording than others. Ideally, you would pick a space that has high ceilings, a solid door, very few windows and a carpeted floor. You'll want to find a room that doesn’t give unwanted echoes and offers a refined purity of sound. 

Comfortable workspace

It’s important that your space is comfortable and conducive to creativity. You'll spend most of your time in your own studio, seated at your desk, so you must select a desk and a chair that are ergonomically appropriate for extended hours of music recording. We offer a fantastic range of ergonomic chairs, desks and racks that have been specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of music professionals and content creators. Call in to Art of Guitar to find out more.

Computer and software

Your personal computer will serve as the precious hub for your recording - a tablet or smartphone just won’t work as your main recording interface. If you make music on a computer, be that a PC or a Mac, your DAW - or Digital Audio Workstation, if we must use its formal title - is the most important tool in your creative arsenal. Consequently, finding the best digital range is vitally important. Our experts are happy to provide recommendations – why not give us a call to learn more?

Microphones

Audio is arguably the most important aspect to get right when setting up, so it's definitely something worth spending some extra time on. Whether you opt for a dynamic or condenser mic, we can provide you with an unrivalled diversity of options. At Art of Guitar, we're proud to carry a selection of Shure microphones that are designed to meet the demands of professional performances. From the dynamic SM58 to the versatile Beta 58A, every microphone in our collection is engineered to deliver exceptional sound quality and reliability.

Speakers and Headphones

Art of Guitar houses a range of speakers to suit all budgets and tastes, from the PreSonus ERIS 4.5 Active Media Reference Monitors, which have been designed for content creators, gamers, and mixing engineers, to the PreSonus Eris E5 2-way active studio monitors, which provide users an inexpensive way to get accurate sound that regular computer speakers simply can't deliver.

Equally as vital, you can have the best microphones and speakers but without good quality studio headphones, you won't be able to properly assess the true sound quality of your work. We offer an extensive range of headphones from long renowned or Innovative up-and-coming brands, including Shure, Audio Technica and Boss. 

Audio Interface

An effective audio interface is essential if you want to record to your computer software using microphones, guitar or your keyboard.  This basically converts microphone and instrument signals into a format your computer and software can recognize, a fundamental requirement for any professional studio setup. Our selection includes the PreSonus Studio 1824c audio interface. Loaded with 18 simultaneous inputs, the PreSonus Studio 1824c will give you everything you need to hit the ground running — just add music! Also delivering a ton of firepower in an affordable package is the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.  Simply plug in, fire up the bundled software, and you're ready to rock.

Full Setup and Installation Service

Equipment selected, now comes the really fun bit! Whether you're looking to setup a studio in your bedroom, or a hobby room in your house or office, for a fully kitted recording studio we can help every step of the way. Our experts can assist with a full setup and installation service at a time and date that’s convenient for you, including a pre-consultation to help you envisage the space and layout. Setting up doesn’t have to be complicated when we can do all the work for you.

Music Production Lessons

Once you are fully kitted up and ready to go, we can help you learn all about creating multi-track song structures, drums, melodies, and automated effects. You’ll also discover the unique nuances of the mixing process and EQing, with all the tools at your disposal to edit your audio.

We’d love to help you create the perfect recording studio to realise your musical dreams and potential. Just call in or drop us a line to discuss your requirements.

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