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How much is a good home studio?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by matt212004, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. matt212004

    matt212004 Guest

    Hi Guys, funding acts to record is expensive, i can cost up to £50,000 for an album, so im thinking get a home studio.

    How much will a studio cost in my house? and what do i need? i want everything the pros have.

    thanks guys 8)
  2. matt212004

    matt212004 Guest

    I just need a price, i want to convert 1 of the bedrooms in the house to a recording studio, so i need all the gear, and the sound proof glass etc, can anyone help me please?
  3. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Your question is kind of like saying "I need to drive fast, so I want to buy a race car - how much will it cost?"

    F1? Nascar? IRL? CART? GTP? etc etc

    Also, having a fast car doesn't make you a world-class driver. You're talking a LONG learning curve here if you don't have recording experience. If you DO have recording experience, what sort of gear have you used in the past? Analog? Digital? PC-Based? Mac-Based?
  4. matt212004

    matt212004 Guest

    i have used none mate, i wont be the producer. i just want a home studio. just think of the basics, i need every bit of equipment needed to create good songs, but how much is every bit of equipment? :shock:
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Once again, how do you want to record and what will you be recording? Or are you in the dark completely? .. The requirements for recording RAP are quite different than those for rock and orchestral and classical music is completely a different thing.

    So in order to answer we need some definition.

    If you are completely in the dark as to the answers you should seek out a consultant or a recording engineer. What might be the best thing to do is to hire your engineer / producer and ask them to specify the equipment list according to how they do things. There are many different roads to Rome from this point..
  6. matt212004

    matt212004 Guest

    i am completely in the dark, i will be recording mostly pop, but i want all the equipment to record all genres,

    do you think were talking around £10,000?
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    there ahave been several threads in ro adressing the $10,000 studio- the consensus seems to be that 10 K won't do it- probably more in the 20-50 k range- you might want to start a new thread and call it 'the $20,000 studio' or as much as you are willing to spend.
    you will get some useful suggestions that way.
  8. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    That £ counts for more than a $, but not enough the completely change the picture.
  9. matt212004

    matt212004 Guest

    £10,000 is about $18,000
  10. frais_cafe

    frais_cafe Guest

    If you go to a music store in the UK I think you'll find that, on average, the gear cost more "dollar for dollar" (please forgive the pun) as opposed to gear at a US shop. The pound is stronger, but gear prices are also pushed up. Not sure why. So, if I were in the UK, I wouldn't bother saying, "Well, the Pound is stronger than the Dollar, so I should be alright." The fact is, you'll have to spend more.

    Just my .02 cents.

  11. matt212004

    matt212004 Guest

    lol then its a damn good job i didnt say "Well, the Pound is stronger than the Dollar, so I should be alright."

    i just said £10,000 is $18,000, which it is.

    i havnt a clue about studio costs, hence this thread.
  12. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    My home setup so far has cost close to $8k, and I haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg yet! For that money I have a computer, software, an FW-1884, a few plugins, cables, cheap monitors, a few mics, and some Auralex. I'm recording with the bare minimum of gear for $8k. I can see spending another $20k just to be competitive with the smallest home studios in my area.
  13. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I have a good set up right now for my home studio, Digital performer, dual mac 867, motu and apogee converters, a few good mics and pres, ok monitors, (not the greatest but I know them), v drums, guitars, bass, synths and lots and lots of soft synths and sample libraries. If I add it all up it will go over the 20K mark and it is still a modest set up. I would have to spend another 20K in mics, another 20 to 30 K in hardware (pres, compresors, eqs, etc) to bring my studio up to par with some pro studio projects out there, which I am going to do as soon as I get that big project with a major budget. Of course I still would not have that big neve console, but that's ok- I can always go mix at the big studio if I have a budget.

    I want to point out, though, that I still am getting decent results with my modest set up.
    More important than all the equipment is the world is to develop your recording chops and your ears. That is something you will never be able to buy- However, when you get your studio up and running probably the best thing you can do is to hire an experience engineer to run it. Then open your eyes and your ears, inmerse yourself in the music and learn.
  14. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    I'm in for about $30k so far (not counting the building) and figure I need another $10k to get where I want to be. I'm getting pretty good sounds, but always looking for better. That's the nature of studio disease!
  15. NolanVenhola

    NolanVenhola Guest

    If you have to ask... then you don't know enough.

    Hire a professional to design and build the studio.

    It will cost you about 40-60 thousand pounds for a control room with the toys you need and the recording room.

    good luck.
  16. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    I'm now approaching $80K on mine (took a little over 4 years to get to that point) with the building and the gear in it. It's not all just for my own persoanl amusement though - I do mostly rock and alt rock bands but have also done church choirs, solo acoustic acts and even some voiceovers. It's still a work in progress. I'd like to get better monitors, better acoustic treatments, a console upgrade or at least a major refurb of the one I've got, more mics, etc. If things continue the way they have been I wouldn't be surpised to see the whole thing going over $100K in the next few years. For a "home studio"!!!

    It's an expensive obsession but it keeps me sane.
  17. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    it's not the money you have!
    i can get much of a 5000$ studio than many of a 50000$!
    The little you have spend it right and dedicate hours and hours in experimenting and learning!
    if you don't have all the cool mics and pres for the drums that's ok! you just have to try with the ones you have! try all sort of aproaches and take very good care of mixes! i see a lot of guys that have great stuff and they don't even try! they just randomly put the mics and of they go! don't check one by one... etc...
    but with that money you can get very cool stuff! just stay out of pro-tools!
    i'd go with a rosetta 800 and maybe one 2channel very good pre! then i'd get other 8 channels of ok sound! mics- akg 112, shure sm57 (around 4-6) studio projects c4's, akg 451 and a good vocal mic! maybe the akg 414 or a second hand U87!
    just see how you do with the acoustics of the room!
  18. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    i agree that good chops and great ears are definitively priceless- but I wouldn't mind having all the toys I'd want either! :D
  19. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    of course me too... but you get it :)
  20. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

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