Budgetting For a Home Music Studio

Dreaming about owning your own Home Music Studio? Wondering how much cash you will need to part with? It can be challenging to estimate how much you want to spend and weigh up different options and scenarios.

Unless you have an unlimited budget, you will most likely want to balance how much you want to do - recording, mixing, and mastering - with what you want to spend.

If only there was a really cool budget calculator tool to help ...

... oh! hold on ... there is!

Maybe a Home Music Studio is something you have toyed with and after something “entry-level” to see how it goes - (that’s precisely how I started!) - Or maybe you know a Home Music Studio is a serious project that you are willing to lux-out on!

Either way, getting a good grasp of what’s around, what’s needed, and how much it all going to cost is probably foremost in your mind right now. And if it is, this article is definitely for you!

A Set of Unique Studio Budget Calculators

A Set of Unique Studio Budget Calculators

I have set out five budget calculators:

  1. Budget I ($980): Aimed at those if you are looking for a minimum amount of gear at a reasonable price.
  2. Budget II ($2,409): Aimed at those who want to spend a little more but still want to control the price level.
  3. Budget III ($3,425): Aimed at those who plan to spend a reasonable amount get hold of some extra gear.
  4. Deluxe ($8,412): aimed at those who are taking their home studio project very seriously and have a budget to back it up!
  5. Flexi-budget ($Variable): Use this calculator to set up any level of options. Want every microphone on the list? Click ‘em all! Want two sets of monitors? You got it!

In each of the Home Music Studio budget calculators, you have the option to uncheck anything that isn’t suitable or required. For example, in the De-Lux calculator, if you don’t want a second set of studio monitors simply uncheck the box. The total, shown at the bottom of the list, will update automatically.

The lists are all displayed with the most expensive items at the top (to help you reach your budget!)

The items used in the budget lists are kept as up-to-date as possible (the last time I checked the current prices was October 2019), so they should be good for a look-see, but if you do find any “major” issues feel free to drop me a line through the contact form.

Budget I List

Assumes you already have a PC, Mac or laptop to run the DAW.

Untick anything that you don't need!

$388See on Amazon
$160See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$59See on Amazon
$35See on Amazon
$30See on Amazon
$10See on Amazon

Total : $


Budget II List

Untick anything that you don't need!

$999See on Amazon
$550See on Amazon
$250See on Amazon
$160See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$70See on Amazon
$48See on Amazon
$19See on Amazon
$15See on Amazon

Total : $


Budget III List

Untick anything that you don't need!

$1230See on Amazon
$700See on Amazon
$499See on Amazon
$250See on Amazon
$230See on Amazon
$138See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$70See on Amazon
$48See on Amazon
$47See on Amazon
$15See on Amazon

Total : $


Delux Studio Budget Calculator

De-Lux List

Untick anything that you don't need!

$4650See on Amazon
$700See on Amazon
$629See on Amazon
$550See on Amazon
$499See on Amazon
$329See on Amazon
$281See on Amazon
$230See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$75See on Amazon
$47See on Amazon
$24See on Amazon

Total : $


Flexible Studio Budget Calculator

Flexi-budget

Tick everything that you DO need! The total is updated at the bottom of the list.

Home Studio Monitors
Tick at least one option from the Studio Monitors section.
$700See on Amazon
$550See on Amazon
$388See on Amazon
XLR Cables
Use XLR cables to connect you monitors.
$100See on Amazon
$48See on Amazon
$30See on Amazon
Moitor Isolation Pads
Great for decoupling monitor vibration.
$24See on Amazon
$15See on Amazon
Hardware
MAKE SURE you double check the hardware will run the DAW you choose.
$4650See on Amazon
$1230See on Amazon
$999See on Amazon
$999See on Amazon
USB Audio Interfaces
Most USB Audio Boxes come with a DAW!
$230See on Amazon
$160See on Amazon
$150See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
Digital Audio Workstation
Do NOT select a DAW if your Audio USB already comes with one.
$629See on Amazon
$399See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
Studio Headphones
Get serious with the low-end of your mix.
$281See on Amazon
$138See on Amazon
$100See on Amazon
Controller
Great selection of external controllers.
$329See on Amazon
$250See on Amazon
$59See on Amazon
Studio Microphones
Here are some great microphones to choose from.
$50See on Amazon
$50See on Amazon
$50See on Amazon
$50See on Amazon
$69See on Amazon
$73See on Amazon
$88See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$99See on Amazon
$499See on Amazon
Pop Filters
Handy to reduce or remove vocal plosives.
$47See on Amazon
$19See on Amazon
$10See on Amazon
Microphone Stands
Invest in something not too budget!
$75See on Amazon
$70See on Amazon
$35See on Amazon

Total : $