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.

Sure, working from home is wonderfully comfortable and convenient, but working from home as a voice actor is not quite as simple as it might seem. First and foremost, you’ll need good equipment – the kind that’ll produce top-quality, professional recordings. In the voice over business you’re only as good as your last job, and great reputations are hard to gain and easy to lose. Professionalism and integrity are paramount.

Voice acting is both an art and a craft. Just like any qualified artisan, voice actors need the right tools to get the job done properly. Barely a decade ago, obtaining these tools was almost prohibitively expensive – especially if you were a new kid on the block with nothing more than a great voice and a gleam in your eye. Nowadays, especially with the pandemic, home recording studios have become the new normal and good equipment is much more affordable and accessible.

Brief guide to microphones

Understanding the fundamentals about microphones in our microphone guide: not all mics suit all voices, so experiment until you find one that makes your voice and its unique tonality sound just right for both yourself and others. We’re not saying you have to spend $5,000 on a mic; we’re saying make finding the right mic a labor of love. 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

Why not learn from Voice123’s top 10% performers? Hear what Kabir Singh, Matt Ellis and Kenita Hill thought when buying their first mics!

Audio equipment for your home recording studio

“So many people, so many opinions” definitely applies to the voiceover craft, but it’s nevertheless true that some brands and types of equipment have proved themselves trustworthy and are more popular because of it. That said, all the equipment voice actors use falls into the same general categories. 

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 every item on this list on “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 – editing, mixing, mastering, etc. – is just one method of how to make your voice sound better. So we definitely didn’t want to leave this out of the mix! With the help of Jairo Pineda, an audio engineer and quality control expert at Voice123, 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 support the success of your home studio set-up.