Build your own mobile recording studio for under $1,000Brian Tong breaks down what you'll need to get started building your own mobile recording studio without breaking the bank.
Now, we heard how Nelly talked about his recording studio so we wanted to show you how you can create your own mobile version on the go and really, it starts with a laptop that is really the heart of this system. So what we recommend is a Macbook Pro, 15-inch, not a Retina display. And the reason why is this guy comes packed with 500 gigs of storage. It costs $1799 which is cheaper, and then you can bump up the RAM to 8 gigs which is what I would recommend. It's just $100 extra and this really gives you a full system with a big screen that you can use to create your music. Now, once you have that set up, you'll need an audio interface and this is where we recommend the MBox Mini with Pro Tools Express. Pro Tools is the software side of it. The MBox Mini, this is where you add all your instruments, something like a microphone and you record through this box, it goes through your computer, and that's how you start making sweet music. And, that bundle costs $299. Now, once you have that set up, you wanna check out a microphone. Really, the standard for a home recording studio, kind of a project home studio when you just got started, we recommend the Rode NT1A. This is a condenser mic and it really sets the bar in a great value at $229 for this microphone setup. And the next piece of this puzzle is a keyboard so check out the M-Aduio Axiom 25. This is a 25 key mini controller. It also has 8 trigger paths so you can punch out beats and also put in some sample at the same time. This costs $199 but this really brings everything together. So let's break all this down and assume that you have a computer that's compatible. What we're gonna do is start off with the MBox with Pro Tools. That's gonna be $299. Then, we have the Rode condenser mic, that's $229. And then, the M-Audio Axiom 25, that keyboard you have. That's gonna be $199. But I like to throw in a little addition if you want some really great studio headphones. So check out the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. These are great for mixing sound and you can get them for around $119 on Amazon. So we're gonna add all that up and it comes out to just under $850. And there's your mobile recording studio and that's how we hook you up.