The price that a full studio kit costs can vary depending on your needs. If you’re looking to create some quick beats on your laptop, you can just use a simple software and an external keyboard and be pretty much all set, costing you anywhere between $100 and $300. However, if you want to record some natural noises with a microphone, you need to do your research and make sure you are getting what you need. Not to mention you’d need more sophisticated audio mixing software. Sure, GarageBand will do the trick for simple stuff, but once you go up a couple of tiers, you will need to start doing heavier research and invest in hi-fi condenser, dynamic or ribbon microphones, and so on.

Let’s focus on a mid-tier setup example; something that you can make semi-complex instrumentals with, record real instruments with an acoustic treated space and have professional software to boot. Here is an example of the items that you will need.

Studio monitors
Depending on your workload and level of professionality, you can get one or more between $100 and $1000.

High-quality headphones
These can range anywhere between $75 and $400.

An audio interface
Between $100 and $2000. The price range varies so widely because it depends on the quality of the DAC, converters, pre-amps, and the number of input and outputs. These can be either USB or Firewire.

MIDI controller
Between $150 and $500. It depends on the driver’s capabilities and its range.

Professional music recording software
 Between $40 and $600. The majority of music recording, mixing, and editing software programs share many of the same features. However, it is true that some programs can excel at certain aspects of content creation where others fall behind; this is why some professional producers use up to 4 or 5 different programs to record and edit tracks, depending on their needs for each specific song. Check out some of these reputable software brands; Ableton, Pro Tools, Record, Reason, Logic, Garage Band, Reaper, Cubase, and Sonar.

High-quality speakers
It’s always important to have a set of speakers that can output the highest fidelity of sound possible. Do your research on the best brands, and purchase a set based on the kind of music that you plan to create, or buy an extra expensive pair so that you can future proof your setup in the future. When you are ready to purchase, it’s smart to check out the equipment on Amazon and you’ll get some competitive prices.

Of course, those are just some of the most basic elements in your recording studio. Depending on your needs, you will need a suitable room for recording and mixing. If you plan on recording with real instruments, you will need to have an acoustically treated room, and an area to store your precious wooden instruments. If you plan on making hip-hop through using samples, etc., then that desk next to your bed should work just fine. Just remember to do your research, plan accordingly, and not to go overboard!