First of all I want to share some words about me and why I can share something useful with you. Nine years ago I co-founded a heavy metal band and in 2005 we released our debut album, which was quite successful. For the debut we played a lot of gigs and even as a support of German metal legends like Accept, but later I left the band and joined a technical death metal band where I also got a lot of stage and studio experience. Finally, in 2009 I decided to resurrect my dismembered band. Due to a lack of time I understood that it would be very hard for me to book ordinary studio time and do everything like I did in the past and this is why I decided to do my own personal home studio, which would help me at any stage of the process – songwriting, recording, mixing, etc.
Yes, mastering was out of the scope, because equipment for quality mastering really isn’t suitable for home studios. From the start I wanted the equipment which would help me to have a sound of a nice, professional record, not just a demo. I know a lot of talented guys, who are still struggling with equipment at home and the quality of their records sound really unimpressive, even when they use middle-budget studios. So, if you want to know how to do your own home studio and achieve a nice sound I would be happy to share my more than 10 years experience with you guys, so let’s get started!
First of all you need to decide to use a desktop or a laptop computer. In my case, since I am traveling a lot and I need to have all my work with me, I decided to use a laptop computer. One of the most critical parameters of a home studio computer is the processor. Any audio production requires a lot of tasks and more cores in your processors will seriously improve the overall performance versus higher clock-rate processors with lesser cores.
The next important parameter is an operational memory your audio software can get. If you would like to use a lot of VST plugins or instruments, I would not recommend having less than 8 gigabytes of operational memory and, for sure, a memory with higher clock-rates and lower timings will perform much better. Storage is also one of the most important aspects of the home studio and the largest hard drive is not always the best choice. For nice performance you need a fast hard drive and probably an array of solid state drives will be the best choice.
But in this case you need to remember to use a battery backup unit with your desktop, otherwise you have a good chance of losing all your information due accidental blackouts. It is very important! In addition to this, I want to note that bigger screens and a quality headset will make your work more comfortable and additional screens can cost you about $50 dollars, but will boost your performance tremendously. You just need to consider connectors to your second screen at your video adapter.
So, just remember the things we talked about and you shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to choosing your home studio computer. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!