Do you feel priced out by the cost of recording or film in professional studio?
There’s no need to feel like you can’t produce your own music videos, songs, or films by yourself – all you need is a moderate amount of money and a spare room to work with. We know that some of these things might still be a little out of reach for the normal person, but with a bit of scrupulous saving and savvy shopping there’s no reason why you can’t get a hold of your very own multimedia studio.
The best thing of all is that once you’ve got it setup and you know how to use it, then you should be able to rent out your services to others in need and start to make some of your investment back! It’s important to remember that not all of these components are compulsory, but they will make it a lot easier for you to get your work done.
Whether you’re producing your own music or editing video, you’ll always benefit from having a nice large screen to work from. Any screen size from 20 inches up will be useful, but the larger the screen the better resolution you’ll be able to work with (which is always a good thing). Having a larger screen will also mean that you can have someone sit alongside you and share the same view, a bonus if you’re hoping to collaborate with or produce another artist. Top tip: Look for budget HD televisions, rather than purpose built monitors, to make a saving with little impact on your setup.
, rather than purpose built monitors, to make a saving with little impact on your setup.
A decent computer is a must-have, especially if you’re planning on processing high-quality video or audio. As with all technology, (usually) the more you spend the better machine you’ll get. You can pick up cheap, refurbished desktops (which are always cheaper than laptops) with a decent specs for around £200-300. This will be one of the biggest investments you make, but choosing to skimp out on it will inevitably hamper your progress: you have been warned. Note: If you’re working with lots of power then it’s worth investing in a dedicated AC-DC power supply to handle it properly.
Speakers & Headphones
When mixing music and audio for film it’s important to have a couple of reference points to work with. Ideally you’ll have access to a set of high-powered, flat-response speakers that can give you as wide a frequency range as possible, so that you can get a ‘true’ reflection of whatever your mixing. A good pair of headphones are also a good idea, so that you can get a second-point of reference (and also not annoy your neighbours too much!). The sky’s the limit for how much you can spend. But, we recommend spending at least £200 on your set of speakers.
Microphone and Stand
Every multimedia setup needs an audio input and (luckily) these can come at a very cheap price! Make sure to buy a name brand (such as Sennheiser or Shure) to ensure that you’re buying quality and also invest in good cables to reduce the chance of static. Microphone stands can also be picked up on Amazon at a very reasonable cost.
At a pinch you can take great photos and videos with a high-end smart phone, such as the latest iPhone, but if you’re planning on focusing on creating visual content then you’ll really benefit from spending a few hundred pounds on a good SLR. Even the budget-range cameras from Canon offer professional features that will put you head and shoulders above an amateur instantly. Buy older used models to get an extra saving.
Overall, your multimedia setup could easily end up costing you £1000. We understand that this seems like a lot, but once you consider how quickly you’ll be able to make the money back in recording sessions and video production it will soon seem like a no-brainer!