How much to build a decent studio?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by spitfire3416, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 Guest

    I know nothing about recording but I'm looking to go to school for it soon and I was wondering. When I'm done with school how much would it cost for me to setup a little studio of my own? Nothing outrageous.. just the basics as to what I would need to keep my skills sharp and keep busy. Thanks
  2. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Could you please change your <title>and omit the word Noobie</title> to be replaced with a more defined question?

    Thanks. These guys know their chops...but that word can cause you to be overlooked. Or in some cases, over-ran :)

    Have you signed up for Fantasy football yet?
  3. MarkG

    MarkG Guest

    Computer and decent interface 2,500
    1 LDC and a bunch of 57's 1,000
    monitors + headphones 1,000
    cables, stands, other goodies 500
    TOTAL $5,000

    This is really the minumum ante to get in the game. I spent about 7K my first year in business and another 5K the second year, and another 5K the third and so on...
    This obviously includes no building or sound control, but you could do some remote stuff to get started.

    Just about everybody has a "studio package" to sell you, but I wouldn't do it. You will learn a lot more if you have to study and agonize over every piece of gear.
  4. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    "This obviously includes no building or sound control," /quote

    All outdoors, eh? What a pita THAT must be?
  5. MarkG

    MarkG Guest

    Hey, at least not having a building would mean not having to deal with all of those nasty reflections and standing waves and stuf like that.

    The downside is having to dump water out of the microphones after it rains. And yes, I do know from experience that mics WILL still work after you pour the water out of them!
  6. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Good to know! I'm gonna run all my stage mics through the sink to clean them! Will Dawn cut smoky grease spittle better then Ajax? :shock:

    Kapt.Krunch :wink:
  7. MarkG

    MarkG Guest

    Smoky grease spittle?!

    I offer my clients chocolate and bottled water. What do you give them, cigars and baby-back ribs?
  8. Greener

    Greener Guest

    I know where I'd record...

    Can I get some of the honey glaze on this cigar?
  9. dwoz

    dwoz Guest

    I note a DISTINCT lack of funds allocated for software. I'd suggest getting Audacity and Reaper (only a couple hunnerd ) and get as many free plugs as you can find, The DigitalFishFones stuff is great, also AIRWINDOWS has some good plugs, some for free.

    just say no to craks.

  10. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Can you drop out of school before you get started? Some of those schools will put you in hefty debt and chances are you won't be getting a job in the industry any time soon. Instead of the student loan, go and spend the money on gear and learn hands on. If you have to, go to the local adult learning center and see if they have a digital media program. A few hundred dollars for the basics is much better than 20 grand for the basics. You can learn a lot about mic placement from reading in forums like this AND from just experimenting.

    Research on the web is free BUT there is a lot of misinformation out there. This is a good place to ask questions as the miss info is rooted out quite quickly here due to the large population of WORKING engineers(myself NOT being one of them). I come here to read and learn.
  11. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Are you planning to charge for your services? I would say a proffesional studio can be roughly started for $25,000 USD +/- 5,000 USD.

    I have built 3 small studios over the past 15 years, and that number always seems to be about right. Each time I have traded up gear and acoustics.

    For a first time professional studio (i.e. one that charges for your services) you should invest in your mics, monitors and acoustics. Pick up a simple all in one pc interface to start, then after a bit of time move on to the next stage.

    The next stage would be A/D and D/A, PRE AMPS.

    Don't forget the cables, they cost more then anyone cares to remember.

    Anyway just a few thoughts...
  12. MarkG

    MarkG Guest

    That was a little on the low side. I was thinking of something like a protools rack unit with only the factory plugins. It deosn't take long to rack up another couple thousand in decent plugins. I also didn't factor in an external hard drive for about $300. I was probably thinking of numbers I would give my WIFE if I was going to build something. The estimate for my current studio (structure only) started at 20K....HA HA HA.....(over 40K and it's still not actually done yet)
  13. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Not to mention, most hardware comes bundled with software anyway.

    But I can't mention that.
  14. peterko10ko

    peterko10ko Active Member

    Aug 6, 2008
    10 grand was enough for me. i use nuendo for software. gets the job done :D
  15. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
    Home Page:
    hmmmm... 10k? 20k? I wish......

    I'm somewhere around $75k for the upfit and just over $120k in gear....

    I musta' did sumpin' wrong........ <sigh>
  16. MarkG

    MarkG Guest

    Keep in mind Spitfire used words like "little", "just the basics", and "not outrageous" to describe what he wanted to do.
  17. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
    Home Page:
    Uh huh.... that's what I said, too! :-?
  18. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK your wife?
  19. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    I concluded long ago that Max was married to a Saint...a really crazy Saint.
  20. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    I could easily drop 100k on a studio if I had 100k... an api 1608 would get you halfway there haha

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