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What are some affordable home recording studio equipment options?

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When recording into a computer, Pro Tools is the industry standard software. Other software options include Logic and Cubase. Affordable microphones include the Shure SM57 and the Audio-Technica AD2020, while headphones such as the Sony MDR-7506 offer reasonably-priced monitoring. Further options for affordable condenser microphones include the Rode NT3 and the Behringer C1.

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It is possible to construct a home recording studio for under $2,000 as of 2015. A basic home studio requires a computer or multitrack recorder, an interface, and a microphone with a stand and pop filter.

An interface provides microphone inputs that connect to the computer. The Focusrite Scarlett offers microphone and guitar inputs, along with low latency and high sound quality. It also includes the Focusrite FX Suite, which is a series of software effects including reverb and compression.

These options allow users to record a variety of instruments and vocals at home. Monitoring headphones and monitor speakers are used to mix the final recordings. Along with the MDR-7506, Samson SR850 headphones are designed for users who are mixing tracks, rather than everyday listening. Affordable monitor speakers include M-Audio's studio monitors and KRK Systems' Rokit 5.

Optional extras include a MIDI keyboard and room treatments such as sound baffles. The M-Audio Axiom 25 is an extremely popular keyboard that features pads and knobs for extra MIDI control and is ideal for use with software instruments. For room treatment, the Auralex DS-2 Pro Designer Kit includes foam baffles that help reduce echoes in the room.

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