Home Studio Tip #2 – Your Computer

Thanks for sticking around. I hope you find these home studio tips helpful!

Yesterday I talked about the perils of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and why you shouldn’t rush out and buy a bunch of new stuff.  Even if you have the money to do it. That’s not how to make great home recordings.

Today’s tip is about looking at the gear you already have and how you might be closer than you think to making some pretty decent home recordings right now. Here’s the first thing you’ll need.

A Decent Computer

Since you’re reading this on-line, I assume you own or have access to a computer. If you don’t (like, you’re in the library or somethin’) fear not! You can get a computer that’ll do all you need for less than $500. I recently bought a computer for my mom, a refurbished dell laptop, on eBay for $217, including shipping, that would totally work for a home studio.

For the techies and gear-heads, look for a machine with at least 2 GB (GigaBytes) of RAM (Random Access Memory), 120+ GB Hard drive, 5400 or 7200 rpm hard drive, a CD/DVD drive, at least two USB  (Universal Serial Bus) 2 ports. Basically, anything newer than about 2008 will have all that, but it’s good to check.

Yes, some guys spend big bucks, thousands of dollars, on computers specially designed for recording multi-track audio, and I’ve done that myself in the past.  But for now, pretty much any laptop or desktop machine built with in the last 4 or 5 years will work, MAC or PC.

If you’re shopping, check eBay, Amazon and Craig’sList. If you can’t find it there, it probably doesn’t exist!


Tomorrow, in Tip #3, we’ll be talking about recording software, and how to get this party started without breaking the bank.


Craig Olson
Home Studio Geeks

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