recording studio mixer

You don't have to have high end recording gear to create a decent classroom recording studio setup. Here are some suggested places to start:

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Bare Bones (solo recording, small spaces):


  • Laptop or desktop computer with free Audacity recording software
  • USB Microphone such as Blue Microphones Snowball
  • Microphone Stand
  • Headphones or Studio Monitors (see Jargon sidebar)

Step Up (small ensemble recording with soloists (jazz band, show choir, etc):


  • Laptop or desktop computer with Garageband for Mac or MixCraft for PC
  • USB audio interface with 2-4 XLR and/or ¼ inch input jacks
  • Microphones (both dynamic and condenser)
  • Studio monitors or headphones

Full Featured (multiple miked instruments, most versatile):


  • Laptop or desktop computer with Logic, Reason, or other commercial recording software
  • Multi channel USB mixer with up to 16 channels and phantom power
  • additional selection of microphones for various applications (drums, piano, vocals, etc.)
  • Studio monitors and headphones

An edited version of this article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine on page 31 Under the title Putting A Studio In The Mix.  A copy for personal research use may be downloaded but no further use of this article is permitted without written permission from the National Association for Music Education.

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