Welcome to the second day of my studio redesign! This series is for my students who want to set up their own home studio. Here are some questions. What do you want to do with your studio, record yourself, record others, produce electronic music, mix, master or create orchestral mock-ups? With today’s technology, you can do almost all of these on lower budgets.
My studio has conveniently turned from a fun hobby into an integral part of my teaching practice. For example, I spend much time in my studio teaching, composing, recording, mixing, and mastering. My studio must function in a certain way to meet my needs and serve its purpose. My studio must have a piano, mounted cameras, and a powerful enough computer to run numerous peripherals. My studio was a fun hobby, and that line has blurred considerably since moving to online teaching. More of my students are becoming interested in the instruments they see behind me on camera, and more want to learn about music production.
My studio is an example of how much fun a music hobby can be. I didn’t design my studio for professional mixing or mastering but to facilitate my teaching. My students had a broad range of interests; some had the same software or instruments with questions about using them.
Many of us who own home studios enjoy watching the Epic Home Studio videos, and I can assure you there is nothing Epic about my studio. It’s plain, has standard gear, and is nothing to get excited about, but it’s mine, and I enjoy working in it. I tell students their studio can be a Chromebook, a midi controller, and headphones. That’s a great place to start. If you know what you’re doing, it’s incredible what you can do with a minimal setup, which some people prefer.
I’m a music teacher and home studio enthusiast, so you won’t find professional studio advice here, but maybe a new idea or something inspiring. Who knows? One can always hope. Thanks for reading; I’m just a music teacher having fun; catch ya on the next one.