Today it is within anyone's reach to build their own home recording studios. With quality interfaces and pre-amps getting increasingly more affordable, everyone that likes making music wants to create a home recording studio in their house or apartment.
Some people make do with only getting a small interface and a microphone to demo their recordings into the computer. Others want to compete with the big boys and make a living out of their spare bedroom.
With a little equipment, some acoustic considerations and a little DIY you can create a nice little home recording studio in whatever spare space you have available.
Home recording studios can be all sorts and sizes, from small voiceover studios in a corner, a basement studio or a converted garage.
Whatever the size of your studio, there are some essential equipment that you will need to record audio and do some studio work.
Acoustic Folk will call for some nice condensers, while electronic musicians might favor investing in some good synths and midi controllers.
Acoustic treatment is somewhat difficult to grasp, but if you follow some of the advice on this page you should be able to make your home studio sound a little better. For a more in-depth guide on acoustic treatment and your room, check out
Big commercial studios consist of a few areas, but the need for home recording studios to conserve space often means that the recording area and the control room are one and the same space. When you are both recording and mixing in the same room you need to consider a few things so you can accommodate both aspects of your audio production.
The pictures on this page were taken from a workshop that was converted into a home studio. See how you can build a home recording studio like theirs here, with a picture tour of their home studio.
I've found that by trying the deaden the room as much as possible you can achieve much better results than by trying to keep it too “live”.
It's impossible to take away a roomy sound from a recording so a deader room might be a better bet. However, too much absorption can make for an unnatural listening experience so you might have to try experimenting with diffusers as well.
With the careful combination of absorption and diffusion you can create a pleasing listening space, that's also effective for recording. If you take the really dead room route, one of the things you have to be careful about is not adding too much reverb to your mixes. Mixing in a very dead control room means that you are less likely to hear the effect your mix has when listened back in a normal room.
I'd call it the best camera for that price. I'd go for it.
FYI, Downsides are:
* Limited lens compatibility (no autofocus motor, so many Nikon lenses won't work)
* Autofocus is slow enough to be completely useless in live view mode (try it in a store)
* Video mode isn't up to par with Canon and friends. You get limited resolution, awkward frame rate, horrible audio (11kHz with low quality built-in microphone, and no microphone input, and the kit lens will give you lots of image stabilizer noise).
Stepping up, Canon 550D is an amazing camera (albeit without the pivot LCD)