Home-PC-StudioThe costs involved with studio time can be monstrous, let alone the journey to some of these remote locations and pressure to make use of the time are making home studios all the more attractive as an individual looking to record.

The obstacles to creating a studio at first seem to be intimidating, however the long-term benefits could prove to be invaluable to both your career and finances. Studio space is also continually climbing in price and creating your own can be a long-term investment that can save you money as well as make it for you.

Equipment

The hardware required to lay down tracks of vocal material is probably what will take the biggest bite out of any budget, since for a small home studio not that much space is required - eliminating the need to invest in a larger property or rented area (both highly damaging to the purse strings).

Depending on your needs it’s important to get value for your money, and thankfully in today’s market this is more possible then ever.

As a voice over artist, a good microphone is a necessity to really capture the essence and charisma of your voice and thanks to the global markets and ability to browse items from so many sellers. Good condenser microphones (in particular those made in Asia) are now available for people entering the market for the first time, which was previously unheard of.

Software

Computers and the software they run are also vital to the success of a home studio venture. Deciding between Windows or Mac OS is of course an important one, and if you already have a computer with access to one then it’s advisable that you stick with what you’ve got to keep costs down. If you own a Windows PC, a program like ProTools is going to be your best bet. For Mac OS, more and more studios are switching to the Apple software package Logic Pro as the standard they look to for quality. The availability of software and tools today mean that you can have a similar set up and the same software as many of the most famous venues.

Expertise

One of the things you sometimes pay for when you hire out a studio or work with a voice over agency is the technicians that work there - when in a home studio this is a role that is most likely going to be filled by yourself. If you have friends or connections that know about this then the easiest option is to enlist their help so that you can learn directly from someone, otherwise for those of us that aren’t so lucky there are a plethora of videos and tutorials on the internet that will walk people of all levels through the process of recording.

The Result

It’s important to note and remember that all this is so you can create and continually update a compelling portfolio that will attract employers under a cost effective budget. Later down the line once you are fully accustomed to your setup and process, letting other artists make use of your setup could be another potential pathway for commerce.