The Reality of Setting Up a Guitar Home Recording Studio

guitar playerJust recently I got an e-mail from a popular guitar teacher in my e-mail that discussed how sophisticated & simple self-recording has become and “how simple” it is to produce your very own home recording studio and achieve “professional quality sound”. Now I’ve got to say that, Learning how to play the electric guitar in this respect (recording yourself) will always give you immense joy being able to playback yourself, but it can only be done if you actually understand what you’re doing.

While almost everything this guitar player stated held true, he failed to accurately depict how difficult recording can be if you don’t understand it. So I thought I’d go ahead and outline some things I felt were missing from his email about this.

Below we are going to discuss the truths about establishing a recording studio in your very own house that were missing  from the e-mail I got from this gentleman. After this brief post you will certainly have the ability to decide for yourself just what kind of studio you should set up for yourself.

The most typical lie produced by Guitar shops or websites offering you the latest and greatest in recording equipment in establishing your very own studio in your house that can create a “professional sound” is this:.

“If you get this item ( mixer, processor, audio user interface) you will not need to learn how to use this hardware effectively; Simply plug and play and you will sound like the pro’s.

Obviously though if you simply spend a little time learning the basics, you can create this kind of sound and easily convince others it’s of professional studio quality.

Expense of setting up your own studio

The bottom line if you’re a guitar player is that you will need to find out ways to make use of EVERYTHING. And discover the best ways to utilize it WELL.

Online marketers want you to invest as much cash as possible which is typically unneeded when starting with some simple pieces of hardware like a Line 6 UX2 which you just hook up to your computer, plug your guitar in, and you will now have the ability to record on your computer. Many artists like Sybreed and Periphery have used this same kind of software to produce some of their Albums.

The monetary expense alone can work out into the thousands of dollars if you exceed your grasp with equipment. Recording studios resemble a “black hole” that have the ability of devouring any amount of cash you are prepared to throw at it.

And Ironically, you’ll probably end up not using half of what you buy simply due to inexperience alone.

No matter how much cash you invest, if you’re simply a novice guitar player with little experience, no matter how much equipment you have, it is not going to make you sound better over night.

You will need to have the experience necessary to understand what you want to accomplish and understand what equipment can provide that to you. A recording studio is just there to supplement you’re present playing ability not increase it.


The bottom line is that you need to first learn how to play, and then to understand what you want OUT of a studio, and then understand the needs and necessities of what it is you want. Then you’ll know what equipment you should get and you’ll then have to put in the work at understanding how to USE that equipment if want to understand how to use a house recording studio properly.

The only way to sound better is to learn how to play better. That’s really the trick to getting a “professional sound”. Learn how to play better, and then once you have the equipment, you won’t have to worry about tweaking the sounds of your guitar so much that it’s immediately recognizable that you had to go through an immense amount of work, altering the sound of your playing to make it sound decent. This is something many hack guitarists think they can skip – but it’s not. My best advice is to find some simple and easy Online Electric & Acoustic Guitar Lessons and start learning how to play better FIRST.

Absolutely nothing can change effort and practice … if you asked me about talented players, I would tell you that to become a skilled player you have to be willing to practice more than the average player. And it’s usually this person who will become good enough to the point that actual recording equipment will NOT be necessary to take their playing to the next level of competence.

No one can take your skills from you unless they cut off your hands.

Everything in life has a cost … pay the price and it’s yours

A hack golf player for example with an expensive set of clubs is still a hack golf player! Some of the best practice routines I’ve followed were by finding some excellent professional guitar backing tracks for beginners and just practicing to them day in and day out and mastering my skills until I was comfortable enough on the guitar.

I welcome you to utilize these tips and tricks when thinking about establishing your very own studio.

And I extremely advise that prior to you even considering setting up a studio, you make sure that your guitar playing abilities match your understanding of musical devices and recording software applications.