The first step in how to produce music on a tight budget is getting the right recording equipment. It’s obvious when you think about it.
So, if we’re talking just the basic equipment needed to record music, here’s what you’ll need:
- A computer
- A digital audio workstation (DAW)
- An audio interface
- A microphone, XLR mic cable, mic stand, and a pop filter
- Headphones or monitors
And that’s about all you need to start. All of this equipment can cost under $500 (assuming you already own a computer).
Now let’s dive into each piece of equipment (and software) and talk about what to look for.