Setting up a home recording studio

Setting up a home recording studio

Consider equipment, processes and practices for both audio production and post-production when setting up a home recording studio. It’s not as simple as slapping on a pair of headphones and speaking into a microphone.

The idea of setting up a home recording studio sounds complicated. But when you’re working from home as a voice actor, you need good equipment that produces top-quality, professional recordings. Since in the voice over business you’re only as good as your last job. And since your recordings are done in your voice recording studio, everything from auditions to final deliverables has to be top-notch. 

Remember also that voice acting is both an art and a craft. That means voice actors also need the right tools to get the job done properly. A decade ago, these tools were expensive,  especially if you were a new kid on the block. Nowadays, home recording studios have become the new normal. So, good equipment is more affordable and accessible, which makes learning more about setting up a home recording studio a walk in the park. 

Brief guide to microphones

As outlined in our microphone guide: not all mics suit all voices. So, you’ll need to experiment until you find that suits your voice and its unique tonality. We’re not saying you have to spend $5,000 on a mic for your voice recording studio. We’re saying find the right mic. And the right mic doesn’t always mean an expensive mic. Research the topic online. Determine a price range you’re comfortable with. Chat with people online and ask sales associates questions. Due diligence is key.

Mics of the Round Table

Hear what Kabir Singh, Matt Ellis, and Kenita Hill (Voice123 top performers) thought when buying their first mics!

Audio equipment for home voice over recording studios

“So many people, so many opinions” definitely applies to home voice over recording studios. But some brands and types of equipment have proved trustworthy. And are more popular because of it. 

Microphone aside, we recommend having: 

  • A computer or laptop
  • A professional microphone and its accessories
  • An audio interface
  • Digital audio workstation (DAW)
  • Studio headphones
  • A recording space and acoustic treatment

Read more about these items in “Equipment for a home studio set up.”

How to make your voice sound better

Setting up a home recording studio is not only about focusing on your equipment and production needs. It should also include your post-production needs, too. Click To Tweet

Post-production, which includes editing, mixing, mastering, is just one method of how to make your voice sound better. So with the help of Jairo Pineda, an audio engineer, we put together a tutorial video series of the common voice over recording issues and ways to fix them.

Explore technical audio production and post-production topics here to aid in successfully setting up a home recording studio.