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Public Radio 101's DIY Home Studio

Nice studio, but where are the blankets?

So you want to build a home studio. You can do it! Two important factors are what you want to use it for and how much you'd like to spend.

But let's start basic.


1) A computer

2) Audio interface (this gets audio into your computer. In a pinch, you could use a portable recorder)

3) DAW software

4) Headphones

5) A good mic or two

Oh, and piles of pillows or blankets to deaden the sound.

There are many more things we can add to this list, such as speakers and pop filters, but I promised you "basic," right?

Great information (no products are being endorsed, by the way):



Show us your home studio!

Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.