Home Recording Studio Setup – For Under $300

When you are thinking about purchasing your first home recording studio setup it can be pretty overwhelming. Everywhere you turn everyone is telling you how their product is the best and how if you want to have “professional” Home Recording Studio Setuprecordings then you have to get their product. Well I am going to be straight up with you, that’s a bunch of crap! Every software and recording equipment company on the market are fighting tooth and nail to get your dollar and what better way to do it than feeding off your own insecurities. Let me tell you the truth that most of those companies don’t want you to know. It’s not about what you have it’s about what you do with what you have. Allow me to explain.

If you we’re to find yourself at the drag strip and was about to witness a Honda Civic lining up to race a Corvette most people would automatically think the Corvette would win because it’s Home Recording Studio Setupmore expensive and has a bigger motor. But what you don’t know is the classy & sassy Corvette is being operated by an inexperienced weekend driver who’s worn out his clutch and is just wanting to go fast without playing hard to get with the cops. While the owner of the humble Honda is a wrench head who has maximized the capabilities of his fine machine which he has appropriately named Turbocharged Marge. He’s rocking a EK-9 Type-R motor, his gas tank is filled with high octane racing fuel which performs lovely with his turbocharger and intercooler. Needles to say Turbocharged Marge blew the brakes of the Corvette and left it’s driver dumbfounded by what just took place.

When you are getting your initial home recording studio setup all you need is good quality gear, this doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Recording gear has never been as affordable as it isHome Recording Studio Setup today so don’t let anyone deceive you into thinking you need to get a second mortgage in order to get professional results. Once you get your gear you need to learn how to maximize your gears capabilities. This can be achieved by learning how to get quality recordings by simple mic placement and gain staging techniques, learning the ins and outs of your DAW and referencing what professionally mixed records sound like on your speakers or headphones to give you a gauge of the results you are aiming to achieve.

presonusI get asked all the time what home recording studio setup do I recommend and I always point them to Presonus Audiobox Studio. The reason is because of sure value, quality & flexibility. With the Presonus Audio Box Studio you are getting all the major components of what you need for your setup bundled all in one package.  A pair of headphones, a quality condenser microphone which is phantom powered via the Audio Box. The Audio Box  is usb powered which hooks right up to your computer. This means you don’t need a bulky power cord to plugin to a wall which gives you the mobility of recording on your laptop on the go! The only con is that I wish it had a second headphone output. This is just me being picky but if you anticipate recording other artists in your studio then make sure you pick up another set of headphones and a headphone adapter from Radioshack; the adapters are only like 10 bucks.

The Audio box has two inputs and each fit xlr microphone connections and 1/4 inch instrument connections which gives you the flexibility of connecting microphones or instruments into each one! The front panel of the Audiobox gives you full control Home Recording Studio Setupover your two mic volumes, headphones, mix, and main output levels as well as a phantom power switch which is super duper convenient! This device also has a midi in and out connection on the back for hooking up your midi controller keyboards and other midi devices. And last but certainly not least this bundle comes packed with Presonus Studio One recording, mixing & producing software. Which comes bundled including 20 dynamics processors, reverbs, modulation effects, amp simulators, and more. The software allows you to have an unlimited amount of tracks and gives you the power of recording up to 24-bit/44.1-48kHz. And my favorite part of all is the price! All of this is only going to set you back $199. Yes you heard right, $199 and it’s brand new! You don’t even have to worry about dealing with any shady characters off craigslist in a dark parking lot in a sketchy part of town! Not that I’ve done that or anything.. lol

Assuming that you already have a computer the only other items you will need to purchase apart from this bundle is a Pop Filter and a Mic Stand which are very inexpensive. You can get them both for around $30 but if you purchase them online you may pay up to an additional $30 in shipping fees which really sucks! Unless you qualify for amazons free shipping you might be better off going to a local music shop and picking up these items.

The Verdict
  • Flexibilty
  • Value
  • Quality
  • Features
  • Price

Summary

The Presonus AudioBox Studio is the ultimate solution for anyone looking to purchase their first home recording studio setup. Just the Audiobox interface alone is worth the purchase value. You can get the Presonus Audio Box Studio + a mic stand & pop filter for a total of only $237.00 You can not go wrong with this product and your pockets are sure to thank you for it.

Thanks so much for reading this review! If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you promptly. -Cole Mize

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Comments

    • cole mize says

      Thanks Mauricio! I am glad you enjoyed it! I will doing my best! Thanks for reading and hope you have an awesome week!

    • cole mize says

      Thanks C-Style I’m glad that you enjoyed this article and found it helpful. Hope you have a great day! Much love! -Cole Mize

    • cole mize says

      Thanks so much Arka! I am glad that you found this article helpful! If you ever have any questions or need anything just let me know! You rock!

  1. says

    Awesome! Just what I was looking for! I’ve been performing in bands and recording for 20 years now – and I’m looking to set up my own studio – this info is the best I’ve found to do so – as in you cut the crap and just nail it! Thanks Dude! ;)

    • says

      Thanks so much Steve! I’m very happy to hear that you found my article helpful. Yeah I tried to cut the crap and get straight to the point! lol I’m wishing you the best on everything and if you ever have any questions about the home studio I’m here to help. Wishing you nothing but the best! You rock!

  2. says

    I really like the background images here. I really adds to the content of your post. Thre product review will surely help buyers make better choices when purchasing a recording studio setup. Blessings!
    Hilda

  3. says

    Wow Cole – what an expert you are! I really like your site – the images are great, and the photo of you over to the side (the background) ROCKS! I have lots of instruments and have always wanted to record music, but – apparently my life isn’t going to include a studio for the near future, at least. So many dreams, so little time!
    Best of luck in your endeavors (but it doesn’t look like you need it!)

    • says

      Hey Vee I can’t thank you enough for your incredible feedback on the site! That means more to me than you may ever know! I know how it is to have so many goals but so little time lol I wrote an article on here that tackles that called “why being narrowminded can be a good thing”. I’m wishing you nothing but the best in all your endeavors! You rock!!

  4. E.J Hudson says

    Hey cole I’m thinking bout getting
    Something like that Presonus Audiobox Studio. But I play guitar & don’t know
    If this is the right thang for me homie? But any Advice would be greatly appreciated
    & it’s Always good to hear from you. Much love brotha. Trust Jesus :-)

    • says

      What up E Hud? It’s always good to hear from you as well homie! I didn’t realize you played guitar bro that’s awesome! I could better make a recommendation for you if I knew a little more about what your needs are. Do you already have studio equipment such as a microphone, recording software etc..? & are you primarily going to be recording guitar or are you going to be recording other live instruments like drums, vocals etc.. If you could let me know that would be great and I will get right back to you with some more info. I appreciate you reaching out. God bless you bro!

      • Ehud:-) says

        Hey cole what up. Yeah all I got is an amp & guitar also
        a head unit for mics & other
        guitars. Got too 12in cabinets
        For the head. I’ve got lots of
        Talented friends & we won’t
        To start recording some of
        Our stuff. We are Christian
        country/hip hop/metal band.
        Bumpin beats & metal riffs
        But Christian lyrics & background cuz I’ve got talent given by god & won’t to share it with others. So we have electric & acoustic guitars
        Mics but no drums. Kinda thinking bout getting a groove production beat box/maker
        Or something I can play around with & make my own beats/bass licks & record sounds. Vocals also.

        I appreciate all your info bro
        A million thanks to ya homie
        I enjoy your art in music &
        I have been known to bump
        The Cole Mize in my ride up in north kackalack.Truth.
        Keep on doing what you do &
        Trust Jesus.

        • says

          Wow man I am really looking forward to hearing what you guys come up with! That’s so outside “the box”! I love hearing music that’s not “cookie cutter”. And I already know you are going to be coming with tha truth! And thanks a million for tha love and support on my music as well! I am looking forward to releasing some more up to date material.

          Getting back to your equipment is the head unit you referenced to a unit for live sound like a powered mixer? And are your speakers passive (require a pre-amp) or active (pre-amp built into speakers)? and are you looking to mix your own records once you record them or are you going to be outsourcing the mixing to a third party?

          • Ehud says

            I have no idea bro
            The head is like
            For live playing
            & no mixer. Idk
            On the pre amp. &
            Yeah I would like to
            Mix my own stuff.
            But I don’t know
            What I’m doin when it comes to recording & electronics.
            Sorry for the lack
            Of info. Thank ye
            Homie.

          • says

            It’s all good bro. From what info you have shared with me I would still highly recommend this audio interface for you. You can actually record your guitars directly into it, it comes with a good mic which you could use to record vocals. You could also use it to record acoustic or even record your guitar amp through the mic. You just can’t beat the value of this unit. Whenever you are ready to purchase your studio just let me know and I would be glad to answer any questions you may have to ensure you are getting exactly what you need. Much love bro!

          • says

            It’s my pleasure to help out bro. If you ever need anything I will try my best to help out. I’m not sure if you are already on my mailing list but I send out e-mails to all my people once every 2 weeks. If you haven’t already signed up you can at http://www.colemizestudios.com/ygl2see I will be sending out an e-mail to you next week. Much love, grace and peace to you and yours!

  5. Ehud says

    Ehud:-) says
    September 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hey cole what up. Yeah all I got is an amp & guitar also
    a head unit for mics & other
    guitars. Got too 12in cabinets
    For the head. I’ve got lots of
    Talented friends & we won’t
    To start recording some of
    Our stuff. We are Christian
    country/hip hop/metal band.
    Bumpin beats & metal riffs
    But Christian lyrics & background cuz I’ve got talent given by god & won’t to share it with others. So we have electric & acoustic guitars
    Mics but no drums. Kinda thinking bout getting a groove production beat box/maker
    Or something I can play around with & make my own beats/bass licks & record sounds. Vocals also.

    I appreciate all your info bro
    A million thanks to ya homie
    I enjoy your art in music &
    I have been known to bump
    The Cole Mize in my ride up in north kackalack.Truth.
    Keep on what yu do &
    Trust Jesus.

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