Ok, so I’m going to chronicle the build of my new studio. Right now all I have left from the previous studio is my keyboard (a Roland Fantom Xa), a Korg padKontrol, and a Midisport 2×2. Since my previous setup, I’ve acquired a Traktor S2 DJ controller – I had fun for a while playing DJ in my room.
Today my first piece of new gear arrived: my studio monitoring headphones. For this studio I selected the Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 headphones. For the price, these are some of the best: they are semi-open backed which is the preferred style for mixing in the studio, have awesome dynamic range and response, and are very comfortable for wearing for extended periods.
I have also already selected and ordered new studio monitors. My previous monitors, the first-generation M-Audio BX-5, have irreparable speaker cone damage. If I could replace the cones, they would be great secondary monitors – or I could sell them. As is, they probably aren’t worth much, but the current generation of BX-5 is one of the best selling studio monitors in their class, so I think I’ll hold on to these and see if I can replace the cones someday.
My new monitors are due to arrive in a couple of days, and they are the Fluid Audi FX8, in white. I’ve not listened to them yet, and it may be considered risky to buy monitors that you haven’t heard. I ran across these by reading an article of a reviewer that saw the monitors at the recent NAMM show and he absolutely loved their sound. So I did a lot of research and all of the reviews, both amateur and professional, rave about how pristine their sound is. I did go and listen to several other monitors, but was unimpressed with everything I’ve heard – so I’m jumping in and going with Fluid Audio. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
My previous studio was built around a consumer-grade PC, running Sonar X1 Producer as the DAW. I now have an iMac that I’ve had for a couple of years, so I will be using that as my main studio computer now, and will go with Logic Pro X for the DAW.
The rest of the gear and software I’ve selected, for the first phase, is:
- Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
- Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61
- Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate 10
- NI Strummed Guitar
- Output’s complete line of instruments (Signal, Exhale, Rev, etc.)
After I have that up and running, I plan on adding gear to record vocals. I’m definitely no expert, and I’m not even really experienced in recording vocals, so this gear may change, but here’s what I’m thinking for phase 2:
- MXL990s condenser microphone
- Stand, pop screen, etc.
- Isolation screen
And I want to add these instruments (possibly) over time as well:
- iZotope Creative Bundle
- Wide Blue Sound’s Orbit
- Omnisphere 2
I’ll probably do the iZotope bundle first, because once I have 2-3 tracks worthy of mastering, I’ll get iZotope and start learning how to master the tracks as best I can.
So that’s my plan for now, and things are just getting underway!