A few months back my vocal coach Natalia moved into a new house that had space to build a studio! I was more than eager to help her pull it all together.
Starting with gear, I first recommended an easy-to-use and affordable interface: the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. The Sapphire is great because it has 8 analog input and outputs. The 8 inputs can be used in either mic or line (also has phantom power!), so Natalia can use them for microphones or direct keyboards, guitars, outboard gear, etc. For monitoring, I recommended the Mackie Big Knob. Not only is it affordable, but it also has a variety of inputs, allowing you to monitor multiple sources separately or all at once. This makes it a great tool for an in-home studio. For her larger speakers I recommended the first generation Mackie HR824s. These monitors are found commonly in professional recording studios and sound great. Natalia also already had a variety of gear, including a mixer, a microphone, and a few smaller speakers. On to the setup!
Once we built her new desk, she placed all the equipment and I guided her with what cables to buy. Then the custom iso booth was installed. That’s when the room really came together!!
Natalia has been songwriting, producing, and teaching voice for years, so I’m excited to see what happens now that she has her own studio! You can check out her website MusicByNatalia.com to see more pictures of the studio, as well as other services she offers.