Home Recording Guide For Rock And Metal –
Part 1: Overview

Setting up a home studio to self-record your band’s music can be a daunting task. There’s so much gear to choose and so much room to mess things up. In this Home Recording Guide we’re going to look at the needs of a basic recording setup and what’s important before and during sessions.

This first part of the Home Recording Guide series will give you an overview of what goes into a serious home recoding setup. In the follow-up parts we’ll discuss all those aspects in detail, so that they hopefully serve you as a reference in the future. These are the topics and keywords we’re going to expand upon:

1. Studio components for home recording

There are many parts that go into any studio setup. The following basic ones that are relevant for general band recording purposes will be included:

  • Room(s)

  • Acoustic treatment

  • Microphones, DI-Boxes

  • Cables

  • Audio interface + Preamps

  • Computer

  • DAW

  • Plugins, virtual instruments, amp simulations

  • Studio monitors

  • Recording headphones

2. Home studio setup

The studio setup includes:

  • Room preparation: acoustic treatment, moving furniture (if needed) etc.

  • Recording space setup: Positions for instruments, vocalists, microphones

  • “Control room” space: Desk, computer, interface, monitors

  • Interface/preamp setup

  • Cable management

  • Computer setup/optimization

  • DAW setup

3. Home recording workflow

This part will be about organizing and maintaining an efficient way of running your home recording sessions. The workflow chapter includes:

  • Home studio vs. commercial facility

  • Separation of production phases (songwriting, pre-production, recording, editing, mixing, mastering)

  • Teamwork & distribution of tasks

  • Time management

  • Session preparation and organization

  • Tracking workflow

  • What to do after recording

4. Cooperating with studio professionals

Since we’re talking about ambitious home recording projects where you’ll want to release a commercially competitive record at some point, we’re also going to talk about how to hand off a project to a studio professional for parts of the production. This part about the specifics on collaboration includes:

  • What to do about editing (what, when and how)

  • Working with a mixing Engineer
    • Choosing a mix engineer
    • Scope of work and included services (reamping, drum replacement, additional editing, vocal tuning etc.)
    • Time frame
    • Upload format
    • Deliverables
    • Preparation of Files/Tracks
    • Reference songs
    • Preparing a rough mix
    • File delivery
    • Changes (revisions)

  • Mastering
    • Medium of distribution: Music streaming, Music video, CD, etc.
    • Scope of work (DDPI needed/included?)
    • Deliverables & Formats
    • Changes (revisions)

Ready to go deeper? See you in Part 2!

Raphael Arnold

Audio Engineer | Producer

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