A Beginners Guide to Home Recording Equipment

By Carmen McLean


With home recordings and live-streamed gigs more popular than ever, we spoke to some of our staff to find some of the best value pieces of equipment for home recording.

We asked David Featherstone (Senior Studio Technician), Chris Milnes (Senior Lecturer) and Craig Golding (Programme Leader for Music Production) for their recommendations on the best pieces of kit for home recording.

Focusrite Scarlett 18I8 3Rd Gen 18X8 Usb Audio Interface 1 901X

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen)

Focusrite Scarlett Series Interfaces

  • Small and basic interfaces, with great sounding preamps
  • Easy to get working, just plug in and play
  • High-performance converters, allowing you to record, mix and play back audio in studio quality

View on the Focusrite website here

"When I was starting with home recording, the conversion on most smaller interfaces was abysmal. Nowadays, it’s very good quality. The Scarlett 2i2 Interface is cheap, and you are getting a lot for your money" - David Featherstone, Senior Studio Technician


Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone

  • Cardioid condenser mic which suits vocals and acoustic instruments particularly well
  • Features a built in pop shield

View on the Aston website here

"The Aston Origin is excellent, and they're a relatively small British company which is nice. It's a great cardioid condenser mic which suits vocals and acoustic instruments really well" - Chris Milnes, Senior Lecturer

Dt770pro 250Ohm Perspective V1

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones

  • Closed back headphone, with great isolation for recording
  • Soft velour ear cups mean that the headphones are comfortable even if worn for prolonged periods

View on the Beyerdynamic website here

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Adam Audio T5V Nearfield Studio Monitor

Adam Audio T5V Nearfield Studio Monitor

  • Well balanced sound and excellent value for the quality
  • Weighing in at only 5.7kg, they are equally well suited to moving and travelling
  • They are active monitors, so there's no need for a separate power amp

View on the Adam Audio website here

"These monitors are well balanced and excellent value for the quality that you get" - Chris Milnes, Senior Lecturer

Shure Sm57 1156 (1)

Shure SM-57

Shure SM-57 Mic

  • Basic, affordable dynamic mic which captures instruments well
  • Contoured frequency response captures a clean sound
  • Includes a swivel stand adapter and a storage bag

View on the Shure website here

Alesis Q25 Angle Weblg

Alesis Q25

Alesis Q25

View on the Alesis website here

Leeds Conservatoire students can claim a 5% discount on purchases made at the PMT Leeds Music Store. Click here to access the discount code.

By Carmen McLean

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