I am David Campos. I wrote this article to help you with home recording software and general information on how to set up your own home based recording studio based on my own 20 years experience in the music industry.
I have grown up in recording studios and around musicians my whole life. My father was a very successful session musician who later became a well known music producer. He was from the old school of electronic gear and analogue tape BUT I was the new generation and I loved computers and computer music. With home recording software packages becoming common, the costs of setting up our own home recording studio became reasonable and the whole idea became alot more feasible.
We eventually built a fully fledged recording studio at my dads home using home recording software and we never looked back. When I was 21 , I decided to leave my Dad’s business to start my own music production career and I immediately set up my own home studio. that was 15 years ago.
1st Home Recording Software Studio
This was my 1st studio . An Ensoniq EPS on a box in my apartment. I couldn’t hear the mix properly because the sound was bouncing off the concrete walls and there were police sirens and car hooters coming from outside.
I used the built in sequencer on the ensoniq EPS to program my first songs on my own. The interface was a nightmare. fiddly little knobs and a tiny LED screen. BUT I worked hard and came up with excellent music. I managed to convince an ad agency to let me pitch for an UNO Fiat commercial against top music producers with multi million dollar studios. I actually won the job and got paid big time. I bought more gear with the money .
2nd Home Recording Software Studio
In those days virtual reverbs and compressors etc were not to the high standard of outboard gear like they are on home recording software packages or DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) of today. I recorded most of my productions on “Audio Logic” and some work on Cubase and fruity loops all on a PC with Windows XP.
3rd Home Recording Software Studio
This is the 3rd studio I built with my brothers about 3 years later. It took us 3 months.
In this studio It was the first time I managed to run my entire studio on virtual FX and instruments with no outboard gear and no analogue mixer. The results were astounding. First the quality of mixing internally digitally was instantly noticeable. Second the ease of saving all your reverb, compressor and instruments settings in the same session as the sequence was very practical and saved alot of time. Thirdly the cost had been brought down even more because all you were really splashing out on was the software and the plugins.
4th Home Recording Software Studio
This was my 4th studio I built 4 years later. Each time I built a home studio I improved it just a little bit. This time we literally built from scratch. I also did all the woodwork myself. It was a steep learning curve.
I changed from PC to Mac and I used Logic Studio and Pro Tools as my home recording software . In this studio I went 100% virtual including recording, sequencing, mixing and mastering. All on one machine .
I have now recently moved to a MacBook Pro laptop . I can compose full tracks anywhere, like my beach house on headphones at the pool or in bed . I can then plug in my laptop to my sound card in my proper studio later just to record vocals or do final mixing. People cant believe the results I’ve been getting.
It almost feels like I’m back where I started . just a simple setup BUT very powerful.
I have done it the hard way and I thought to myself that there has to be a better easier way. That is why I have pioneered a new method to build a recording studio fast and easy in few easy steps.
4 reasons my new method is better
- 1 week to build
- All the Labour on my own with no help from anyone
- No Nails
- Extremely cheap