So you want to make electronic music
first you need a dedicated space either in your bedroom, or if possible a dedicated room for your music home recording studio setup. However as with most of us working class Americans budget does not always allow the luxuries of a dedicated room for our sound crafting pleasures. Good thing you don’t need much studio recording equipment to get you started.
Fear not nor let the size of your space discourage you from building your mini home studio, My home studio setup started in a little crevice. Real small as a matter of face i remember i had a small little corner in my room mates living room between his couch and back porch door. so if all you have is a small space next to your bed, or a crevice between furnishing like i had, we’ve got you covered. A true Music producer relies on his skill and creative abilities when it comes to music production not the tools and room size. Now lets get to the recording gear.
In this article ill be going over everything you need to go from bedroom echo chamber to bass in yo face drops, breakdowns, pads, kicks, hats, smacks, claps, and DAC’s. From the ground up, for those on a budget and those without. we will define electronic music production and provide an overview of the tools needed for a full functional electronic music production bedroom studio.
Electronic Music Production
Electronic music production is a process that has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it is no longer just reserved for professional music studios.
With advancements in technology, it is now possible to create, record, and produce music using electronic equipment and software from the comfort of your own home.
At its core, electronic music production refers to the process of creating, recording, and producing music using electronic equipment and software.
This can include a wide range of techniques, such as synthesizing sounds, recording and editing samples, sequencing MIDI, and mixing and mastering audio. Electronic music production allows for a vast array of creative possibilities, and it can be done by anyone with access to the right tools and knowledge mixed with some talent and the right creative environment.
The Small Space Crevice Studio
Sure, let’s get started with the fun part of electronic music production, where the only thing that matters is having a powerful computer and a room full of expensive gear. Oh, wait… did I say expensive? I meant to say, “affordable” gear that you can easily acquire with just a couple of clicks on Amazon.
But seriously, if you’re thinking about setting up a bedroom studio for electronic music production, you’ll need a computer that can handle all the heavy lifting that comes with running music production software. And by heavy lifting, I mean it should be able to run a marathon without breaking a sweat.
Once you have your computer, you’ll need music production software, because let’s face it, you can’t make music without it.
There are plenty of options out there, but my personal favorite is Image Lines FL Studio. Yes i do believe FL Studio has the most critics and nay Sayers of all the available DAW’s out there. For some reason it just stuck, from the first time i sat down and got to play with fruity loops, that’s what it was called back in the day.
I was stuck, for hours just playing with patterns, making beats and experimenting with all the virtual synthesizers it comes with.
It comes down to what you get used to and comfortable with really. Ive personally tried them all, minus a few of the lower end ones. Before you stick with just one as your go to i suggest giving them all a few weeks time, and find out which DAW really resonates with your work flow and style.
Of course, you’ll also need an audio interface to connect all your gear, a microphone to record yourself singing in the shower, MIDI controller to control software instruments, studio monitors so you can hear yourself clearly and headphones, because who needs to hear the outside world when you’re creating a masterpiece, right?
And don’t forget all the cables and adapters, because without them, your equipment is just a bunch of expensive paperweights. Lets go over the tools needed at minimum for the crevice studio.
Budget Room/Crevice Studio Tools and Gear
required to start making music
- Computer desk – not entirely needed however will prove to be a much nicer experience with than without, i used to sit on the ground with my laptop on-top of a night stand.
- computer chair – keep in mind you will probably be spending several hours in this chair during a studio session, so ergonomics and comfort should be priority when choosing your computer chair
- Desktop PC or Laptop – With so many options available when it comes to choosing a Desktop PC for electronic music production it can be overwhelming narrowing it down to making your purchase and moving forward.
- DAW (digital audio workstation)
- Computer Monitor
- Studio Reference Monitors – These are probably the single most important purchase youll make for your studio
- Personal Reference Monitors (headphones)
- XLR cables X2
- acoustic treatment
- monitor stands/isolation pads
- midi controllers
- dynamic microphones
- semi-modular desktop synthesizers
- keyboard synthesizers
- modular synth eurorack
- drum machines/external sequencers
When it comes to creating electronic music, having the right equipment is essential. From software and computers, to audio interfaces and MIDI controllers, the gear that you choose can have a big impact on the sound and quality of your music.
First and foremost, you will need a computer.
This is the backbone of any electronic music production studio, and will be used to run your software, record and edit audio, and process MIDI data.
For electronic music production, a powerful computer with a fast processor, plenty of RAM, and a large hard drive is a must. A laptop may be a convenient option, but a desktop computer can be more powerful and provide more expandability options. Additionally, it is important to make sure that your computer is compatible with the software that you plan to use.
Next, you will need a digital audio workstation (DAW) software. A DAW is the software that you will use to record, edit, and produce your music. There are many different options available, such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro X, and Pro Tools. It’s important to choose a DAW that fits your needs and is compatible with your computer. Some DAWs are more focused on live performance, while others are more geared towards recording and editing. It’s also important to check the DAW’s compatibility with the plugins and VSTs (Virtual Studio Technology) you want to use.
An audio interface is another important piece of equipment for your electronic music production studio. An audio interface is a device that connects to your computer and allows you to record and play back audio. It typically has inputs for microphones and instruments, and outputs for speakers or headphones. A high-quality audio interface will provide low noise and high-resolution audio, which is crucial for professional-grade recordings. It’s also important to consider the number of inputs and outputs that you need, as well as the type of connections (USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, etc.) that are available on the interface.
A MIDI controller is another essential piece of equipment for electronic music production. A MIDI controller is a device that sends MIDI data to your computer, allowing you to control virtual instruments, effects, and other parameters in your DAW. MIDI controllers come in many different forms, from keyboard controllers and drum pads, to wind controllers and guitar-shaped controllers. It’s important to choose a MIDI controller that is compatible with your computer and DAW, and that has the features and controls that you need for your music production.
Monitor speakers are another important piece of equipment for your electronic music production studio. Monitor speakers are speakers that are specifically designed for use in a studio environment. They provide a flat and neutral frequency response, allowing you to hear your music accurately, and can help you make better mixing decisions. It is important to choose monitors that fit your room’s size and acoustics, and that are compatible with your audio interface.
Headphones are also an important piece of equipment for electronic music production. They allow you to hear your music clearly, even in a noisy environment. It is important to choose headphones that are comfortable, have a flat frequency response, and are compatible with your audio interface.
A microphone is another piece of equipment that can be useful for electronic music production. A microphone allows you to record vocals, instruments, and other sounds. it is important to choose a microphone that is compatible with your audio interface, and that suits the type of recording you plan to do (for example, a condenser microphone for vocals and a dynamic microphone for drums).
In addition to the above equipment, there are also other items that can be useful for electronic music production. For example, a synthesizer can be a great tool for creating unique sounds and textures. There are many different types of synthesizers available, from analog to digital, and from hardware to software. It’s important to choose a synthesizer that fits your needs and is compatible with your computer and DAW.
Another useful piece of equipment is a drum machine. A drum machine allows you to create and program beats, and can be a great tool for electronic music production. There are many different types of drum machines available, from hardware to software, and it’s important to choose one that fits your needs and is compatible with your computer and DAW.
Effects processors, such as reverb, delay, and distortion, can also be useful for electronic music production. These effects can be used to add depth and character to your music, and can be implemented in hardware or software form. It’s important to choose effects processors that are compatible with your computer and DAW, and that have the features and controls that you need for your music production.
Finally, it’s also important to consider the overall layout and design of your electronic music production studio. A comfortable and ergonomic workspace can help you work more efficiently and comfortably. It’s important to choose a desk and chair that are comfortable and adjustable, and that have enough space for all of your equipment. Additionally, it’s important to consider the acoustics of the room, as well as the lighting and ventilation.
In conclusion, there are many different types of equipment that you should consider for your electronic music production studio. From a powerful computer and a DAW software, to an audio interface, MIDI controller, monitor speakers, headphones, microphone, synthesizer, drum machine, effects processors and studio furniture, each piece of equipment can play a crucial role in the sound and quality of your music. It’s important to choose equipment that fits your needs, is compatible with your computer and DAW, and that is of high-quality and durable. By having the right equipment, you can create professional-grade electronic music and take your production to the next level.