Why Do We Need A Home Studio in 2021?
Yes, we put countless hours learning at school how to write with a pencil. We barely use that skill anymore. We type more and more and audio-visual content becomes the norm for youngers and corporations. After the pandemic, virtual meetings are there to stay and become gradually the standard. They offer convenience and new business opportunities. Although in real life business meetings we put much efforts in visual settings (we dress up, we select the right location), in virtual meeting we haven’t explore much the possibilities yet. Here technology can help amplify and better convey your messages. When it comes to virtual, do we put as much efforts? Can we improve other users’ experience?
The video game and movie professionals know that 50% of the experience is visual and 50% is audio. Many blog posts cover the visual aspects (cameras, lenses and lighting). In this post, I’ll be focussing on the audio part. The key information here is that computers come with very low end audio (mics and speakers). Therefore, you can easily upgrade the quality of your voice by purchasing external devices and learning a few softwares. A few bundle packages are presented by the end according to different budgets: $300, $1,000, $8,000. Please note that no affiliation with nor commission from any vendor is associated to this post.
How to Proceed?
The answer is simple: Proceed by iterations. Start today by purchasing a small budget setup and upgrade if you become a heavy user or need more quality.
To purchase, you might want first to see the present video where I explain how an audio setup is composed and works:
Source: YouTube – The Bast Blast Channel
An Audio Setup For Each Need and Budget
Now if you want to proceed you will need equipment. Here are presented 3 examples of audio setups according to different budgets. Here products come from a specialized merchant in audio who validates products’ quality. You may want to explore other options but these packages aim at providing a good overview of the possibilities.
The $300 Budget Audio Setup
The entry level package could be set at $300. It is most likely a great improvement of your sound quality. You will enjoy this setup to for video conferencing, even broadcasting.
Microphone Stand – $46
The $1000 Budget Audio Setup
The mid level package could be set starting at $1000. It is an improvement from the previous audio setup. Feel free to explore options as this package is just a personal preference that allows you to record with higher quality. It suits well applications like live streaming, broadcasting and even recording your own music album.
Audio Interface – $199
Microphone – $269
Microphone Stand – $154
Headphones – $299
The $8000 Budget Audio Setup
The high class level package presented here includes tube based equipment used by Madonna, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg for a warm and natural sound. Also here, a rack mount approach will prevent all these wires to mess your desk. So if you and your company are looking for the “high-end” studio sound, this package might be more what you are looking for.
Audio Interface – $1499
Microphone (with shock mount) – $1395
Microphone Stand – $154
Microphone Pop Filter – $24
Power Conditioner – $579
Headphones – $649
Rack Mount (4U) – $135
I hope this will help improving your business results. Again, these packages are not tight to any sales affiliation or commission. Feel free to modify the proposed options, and leave comments or questions.