3 Options To Build A Home Studio On A Budget In Nepal

For anyone looking to start a YouTube channel and make cover songs, or even originals with decent quality, you might want to upgrade the gear you’re using. In normal circumstances, people generally record audio with their laptops or phones and upload it on social media for their family and friends to see.

However, if you’re thinking about catering your songs to a larger crowd on the internet, it would be wise to invest in equipment that won’t cost you a fortune. In this article, I’ll give you some affordable options available in the Nepali market to begin recording.

USB microphones

If you’re mostly concerned with putting out cover songs or only looking forward to recording an acoustic guitar and your voice, USB microphones might do the job for you. Unlike XLR microphones which require separate mic preamps often present in audio interfaces, USB microphones come with inbuilt preamps that save you the hassle of purchasing an audio interface or a mixer.

Although the microphone and its preamp both fit into a single device won’t give you an optimal performance like that of an XLR microphone connected to an interface, it will still get the job done. One thing to keep in mind is that you have to choose the correct microphone for you. Singers not only have different voices but also their unique singing styles.

Some have a deeper voice and some tend to sing in the upper register. Moreover, you must also consider factors like how loudly you’re going to sing into the microphone. Taking all these things into account, you can choose the USB microphone that suits you the best. Some USB microphones are- Samson Go, Samson C01U pro, Rode-NT USB mic, etc.

Portable recorders like the Zoom H1n

Portable recorders, or field recorders used by filmmakers, are convenient tools that can record high-quality audio without the need of a computer or even in some cases, microphones. What’s even more impressive is that these recorders have good quality preamps in them and have sample rates that can record the audio in studio quality. These handy records act as an all-in-one solution to all your audio requirements, as they come with built-in microphone capsules, are battery-operated, and can record files of different formats like WAV, mp3, etc into an SD-card at different sample rates.

These recorders are versatile and can be used to capture live concert performances, studio recording, and can be great for acoustic guitar recordings because of the built-in stereo mics in them. The Zoom H1n, in particular, can even record overdubs, which can be great for musicians who want to add layers to their songs.

Studio Bundles

For anyone who is not only looking to plug in a microphone but also their instruments, an audio interface will make it happen for them. If you think a USB microphone won’t cut it for you and are looking to buy an audio interface, there are several choices to choose from. Having said that, you’ll still need a microphone and a pair of headphones. Buying a microphone, an interface, and headphones separately can cost you more than what you can get with a bundle. 

These bundle packages can quickly get you started with recording your songs. However, the downside to it is that you won’t have much freedom to choose the exact microphone or headphones that you want. Even then, people are still producing great music from these bundles because after all, it’s about making things work with what you have. 

One thing to keep in mind is that when you buy an audio interface, you’ll have to invest in thinking about the future too. There are interfaces with only one input like the Focusrite Scarlett Solo. If a single input is all you need, then you can still produce high-quality audio from it. Despite that, you may be looking forward to adding more instruments in your mix or recording stereo guitars with two microphones. Although you can record the guitar parts twice and pan them left and right, it’s arduous to get two separate performances in perfect sync and that will require you to practice with a metronome. Besides that, you might be looking to capture performances with one microphone for the guitar and the other for the vocals. 

Keeping these things in mind, you must consider how many inputs you need, the quality of the preamp, the Equivalent Input Noise of the preamps (especially while using a low sensitive dynamic microphone like the Shure sm7B) as well as the software packages that come with these bundles if you want to add other microphones in the long run. Also, the Audient EVO Start recording bundle can be a good choice for those who want to start recording immediately without the hassle of gain staging as the EVO comes with a smart gain feature (automatically sets your input gain). You might even want to look up some reviews of the microphones and headphones that come with these bundles and finally make a decision after considering all these things.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, it’s your skills as a musician that matter the most, and these upgrades are also necessary to record them in decent sound quality. After all, the listeners not only deserve a great performance but also good quality audio. 

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Atif Abidi
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