In this video, I will be taking you on a behind-the-scenes look at my studio and walk you through all the gear I use so you have an idea of perhaps what you may want to get.
Most of what I bought was over many years and mostly with cryptocurrency. I was able to get my first XLR microphone, headphones, interface, and speakers several years ago with a music grant after I won a contest for a song I made back when I was attending university.
I will include the Canadian Amazon links from what I have bought, but you can of course find the same products elsewhere on Amazon or elsewhere. None of these are affiliate links.*
You’ll want studio speaker monitors, a good sound interface, a good XLR microphone, gold plated XLR cables, a shockwave mount for your microphone + a microphone stand, a windscreen or pop filter of some kind for your microphone, stands for your speakers, acoustic foam for the speakers and walls, plus a good pair of headphones. Avoid wireless anything.
I went with the Sony ZV-1 and the corresponding gear needed with it. Namely a stand, SD card, case, battery packs and charger, etc.
Cable ties and various products for cable management are key to a less cluttered workspace.
I apologize in advance for how poorly managed my computer’s internal cables are and my setup’s cable management in general!
I bought these at Canada Computers, and they are very low quality and mismatched sizes and color settings. I will upgrade them when I upgrade my graphics card to be all the same size, 120 Hz, same output connection, and all the same monitor for color consistency and a smoother visual experience.
· 1 – 32-inch IPS LG monitor 1920x1080 60Hz connected via Displayport
· 1 – 28-inch LED LG monitors 1920x1080 60Hz connected via HDMI
· 1 – 28-inch MP67 Series LG monitors 1920x1080 60Hz connected via VGA
Do you prefer 1 very large screen or multiple medium sized screens?
A lot could go under this section, but I just put the most obvious ergonomic things for my studio
Am I missing something?
I bought these so long ago at Staples & Ikea. I couldn’t find them on their website as they are pretty old and generic.
· 1 Manager’s Chair from Staples
· 1 Dark Brown Walnut Plywood Corner Desk from Ikea
· OBS Studio – Free – Used for recording videos and livestreaming - https://obsproject.com/
· Adobe Premiere Pro - $$ - Used for professional video editing - https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html
· Adobe Photoshop - $$ - Used for graphic design and thumbnails - https://www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop.html
· Adobe Audition - $$ - Used for cleaning up audio in real time or post recording - https://www.adobe.com/ca/products/audition.html
· Topaz Mask AI - $100 – For cutting people out of backgrounds. Very helpful for thumbnails - https://topazlabs.com/mask-ai/
· Handbrake – Free – For compressing videos before uploading to the internet - https://handbrake.fr/
· Storyblocks – $$ - For music, audio FX, stock footage, adobe after FX, animations, and more - https://www.storyblocks.com/
You can go with a green screen, but I personally like real things so I built out a background set based on things I like and things that would show my personality. All the electronics in the studio are controlled by smart plugs to make my life easy. I also have a diffuser and oil scent dispenser for aromatherapy.
· The nightstand, vases, Buddha statues, textbooks, fake plants, my LBRY certificate, Xbox 360, PS2, NES, Gamecube, and their respective controllers were not bought on Amazon
I bought everything at Canada Computer & Best Buy.
· 1 Samsung 2TB 870 QVO SSD
· 1 Samsung 1TB 870 QVO SSD
· 1 Kingston 250Gb SSD
· 1 Kingston 4TB HDD
· 2 16gb sticks of Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4 3200MHz RAM
· 2 8gb sticks of GSkill Ripjaws DDR4 3600MHz RAM
· 1 EVGA SuperNOVA G2 80+ Gold 550W power supply
· 1 Carbide Series Spec-04 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
· 1 EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4gb Graphics Card
· 5 generic fans & 1 heatsink CPU fan for cooling
· 1 ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming motherboard
· 1 Intel Core i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70 GHz
· Running Windows 10 – 64bit OS
· With 3 basic LED LG 28-32” monitors mentioned above
This was the second PC build I’ve done myself. I plan to upgrade my power supply and graphics card in the near future when it’s possible.
The Blue Yeti microphone – USB microphones are not even close to XLR microphone quality.
Scarlett Solo – I upgraded to the UR44 Steinburg interface which isn’t necessary for most people, but I wanted multiple pre-amps and two headphone outputs.
Logitech 4k Brio Webcam – I used two of these for years before I upgraded to a camera.
This is as comprehensive as I can possibly be for what went into building out the studio and the gear I currently use and why I chose to use them. Hopefully. this will help you learn from the mistakes I made and save some money if you want to create content too.
Was this helpful or insightful? Did this give you any ideas for your setup? Am I missing anything essential? Are the visuals or audio more important? Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!