how to organize guitar gear

How To Organize Guitar Gear: Organize Your Guitar Studio

Organizing your guitar gear is overly rewarding. You can spend more time practicing your skills if your workplace is tidy. A messy workplace is a habit that every guitar player should avoid.  

Being a guitar player, organizing is not as simple as others think. We have so much stuff to organize. This can’t be done in one day. Isn’t not just keeping it in one place. The most tricky part is organizing to make the setup sounds good.  

How do you set up a guitar room or home studio?

Setting up a guitar room will depend on your skills. Basic setup for beginner to intermediate. For a semi-pro to pro, you need a proper studio with a full set of gears, like recording equipment. 

Here are some ideas to learn in setting up a guitar room or home studio. 

 A home studio can be achieved without spending a fortune and by doing everything yourself. For many musicians, the idea of a studio within their own home is one of the most exciting prospects there is, and the ability is there to be able to make a quick recording of an idea, or hunker down for weeks and make an album.

The Acoustic panel for your home guitar studio

Treating the acoustics should be top priority, especially if you are planning to make your recordings on a microphone rather than use a guitar interface. The acoustics will make your guitar sound clean and clear and allow you to hear whatever effects you put on without the room tainting the sound.

When it comes to recording, the plan audio engineers usually have is to get the recording as dry as possible, with no reverb or imprint of the room. Imagine a recording which takes place in a cathedral or even an echoey bathroom. Once this extra echo has been recorded on a guitar take it is impossible to get off. If you record dry, with no tainting of the room, even if you want to add this in later, you can use reverb effects. The clarity of the audio should be the top priority. For this, we want to make the room acoustically ‘dead’ or ‘flat’. To do this, in an ideal world, acoustic panels should be installed. These don’t have to be expensive and often are made out of foam. They work by ‘soaking up’ the audio rather than reflecting it back to us.

Equipment Required

The equipment you need to build a home studio can vary depending on exactly how you wish to make your recordings. Think about the signal path and how you wish to record your instrument. You should also consider whether you are using an acoustic or electric guitar, or a combination of both.

Naturally, you will need your guitar as well as any form of amplification. Like I mentioned above, organizing guitar gear is not all about keeping it in one place. Sound is the priority here. You can choose a few different ways to record. 

  1. You can record using an audio interface 
  2. You can run a microphone or multiple mics into a mixing desk or large audio interface
  3. You can use a guitar interface

Computer

You’d probably like to think that you’re the brains of your studio, but it’s probably your computer! Either a laptop or desktop is fine, just make sure it has plenty of hard drive space for storing your recordings, and can run the software with ease. There’s no need to install every piece of software going, just one reliable DAW.

DAW

The digital audio workstation or “DAW” is the software you will be using to record. You will need this installed on your computer. Your DAW should communicate with any audio interface, mixer or other hardware you have. An option like Pro Tools or Logic is great for a professional feel, but there are more affordable options out there. We find that Reaper is a good mix of value and features if you intend to use it without commercial use.

Interface/Mixer

You will need to run your audio source, either the output of your guitar or a microphone, into an audio interface or a mixer. This will boost the signal and turn it into something that your DAW can understand and record. A mixer will have multiple inputs, which means you can record more than one audio source, like with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

This might mean two mics on a guitar, or a mic on vocals as well as guitar. There are many ways to do it, but a mixer or audio interface with a lot of inputs will give you the most options.

You can buy specific guitar interfaces which can bypass the need for any sort of microphone. While these are good for sketching out ideas and recording on the go, we don’t recommend them for a full home studio as the audio quality doesn’t tend to be quite as good, and some of these interfaces aren’t as reliable. Plus, the lack of an option to use a mic alongside it can be very limiting. 

Monitor and Headphones

This is an area which so many people don’t contribute enough of their budget to. You should have a decent set of studio monitors (speakers) in any home studio. This is the only way you can get a true reflection of the audio you have recorded. The Edifier R1280T are excellent studio monitor speakers and are affordable coming in around $100. If you have poor monitors you might miss the fact that some of the guitar has not been recorded well or has background noise, for instance. The only way to create a clear recording is to ensure you can hear what you are doing without poor quality monitors tainting the sound.

You can use headphones, like the excellent and affordable AKGK240 Studio headphones above during the mixing and recording process. Even if you plan to mix your audio via your speakers, headphones will be useful during overdubs and for monitoring during live recording, and can avoid you getting feedback issues or even ‘bleed’ when you record what is coming out of the speakers onto the guitar track. If you’re playing a backing track this may become a prevalent issue.

Cables and Accessories

Some people skimp on the details such as cables. Remember that they are carrying the audio signal, and if they can’t do a good job of it they can cause distortion or interference to be recorded. Other accessories you need will include stands for your instrument and microphone, a good quality tuner and spare strings. Practice and apply what we’ve discussed on how to organize guitar gear. And don’t limit yourself in setting up a home studio. 

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