10 Audio Accessories You Absolutely Need for Your Set-Up

You’ve been toying with the idea of being a musician for a while. You’ve bought a few of the basics like a microphone, stand, and pop filter. If you’re going to record music that you’re proud of, you’re going to need a few more audio accessories to add to that.

You should also get cables, headphones, speakers, an audio interface, and a computer to mix your sound. These aren’t the only items that should be on your shopping list.

To help you get started, here are a few more accessories that you’ll need to pick up in order to create your full home studio.

  1. Audio Interface

The audio interface allows you to hook up your headphones, speakers, and microphone to your computer. Audio interfaces come in different sizes with varying numbers of USB ports.

If you’re recording an entire choir of people you’ll need a larger interface than if you were just recording yourself for example.

  1. Microphones 

There are two types of microphones that you can pick up. Which one you get depends on what you want to use it for.

Dynamic 

Dynamic microphones are the most common ones you’ll find. When you see your favorite musical artist or comedian on stage this is probably the one that they’re using.

They’re good in noisy areas. If you have loud roommates the mic won’t really pick them up. Dynamic Mics also work well with bass drums and other instruments.

Condenser

Condenser mics are the ones that are used when recording in a booth. As long as you’re not going to be using instruments, this will be a good first choice for you.

They do pick up subtle sounds so if you have loud pets or roommates, you would be better off going with a dynamic mic.

  1. Microphone Cables 

If you want your microphone to work then you’re going to need XLR cables for them. You can pick these up for pretty cheap but you still don’t want to go with the cheapest option.

Nine times out of ten, a cheap price usually means cheap quality. Still, a cable is a cable. Don’t break your bank over it either.

  1. Microphone Stand

Each one of your microphones is going to need a stand to hold it. The rules for the XLR cables sort of apply to the mic stand as well.

Mic stands will wear out over time. By going ahead and investing in a quality stand, you’ll get a longer-lasting product.

  1. Pop Filter

Your mic is going to pick up every puff of air you make. As you can imagine, this will ruin your take. The solution is to pick up a pop filter.

Pop filters aren’t that expensive and will stop your mic from picking up any extra noises you make while you’re talking or singing.

  1. Headphones 

Headphones that are used for mixing can be expensive. The good news is that if you’re recording by yourself you only need one good pair. When picking out your headphones you have two options, closed back and open back.

Closed back headphones give you the ultimate in isolation so you can focus on mixing but the sound quality isn’t as good. The reverse is true for open back ones. The sound quality is amazing but they don’t offer as much isolation.

Whatever you choose, it may be a good idea to pick up an extension cable of some kind. The cables that come with the headphones are always way too short.

  1. Computer 

Getting a computer is going to be your biggest expense when you’re starting out but it’s a necessary one. You won’t be able to record, mix, or edit your audio without having one.

You need one that’s fast enough for the job. Unless the computer you have now is prehistoric, it should be able to handle it. If your current computer runs sort of slow, you should replace it as soon as you get the chance.

  1. DAW/Audio Interface Cable 

DAW stands for, digital audio workstation. It’s the software that allows you to record, edit, and mix your audio on the computer. As we said earlier, the audio interface is what allows you to plug your equipment into the computer.

You can get these two as a combo deal. In fact, if you’re starting up your first studio, it’s recommended. You may not have too much money to throw around yet, and the combo is cheaper than buying them separately.

  1. Monitor Speakers

You can do all your mixing on headphones, but if you don’t have a lot of experience with mixing yet, it’s not recommended. You’ll want to use monitor speakers to mix for a while.

Monitor speakers offer higher audio quality and using them gives you the chance to hear how your mix actually sounds. Even after you’ve gotten a lot of practice in with mixing, you still always want to double-check on the speakers.

  1. Rack Effects 

If you’re going to be playing the guitar you’ll need to invest in a pedal effect. Pedal effects plug into the guitar and amp in order to create a unique sound. However, there is a problem that you may have with them.

They sort of sit on the floor which makes them vulnerable to being destroyed. All the cables can also get messy. That’s where rack effects come in.

The main benefits of rack effects are that they can create the same sort of unique sound but with none of the mess and they last a lot longer.

Audio Accessories That No Good Setup Can Do Without 

If you’re trying to become a musician, you’re going to need a proper sound studio to get started. There are certain audio accessories that you won’t be able to record without. Fill up your shopping list with some of the items here and get your career started.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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