At times it feels as though it that doesn’t seem to matter how much money we invest into our studio setups a bottleneck will always develop which impedes the efficiency of our studio. In modern DAW based recording studio the bottleneck is typically the computer, but this may not be the case for everyone as studio bottlenecks will vary depending on type of producer and the types of audio productions they produce.
In this article we ask you, The Production Expert Community, to join in and let us know what you consider to be the single biggest bottleneck holding back this small home music production recording studio. This humble little rig is used everyday with at least four full music productions being completed each week using it.
The studio in the top image is the home studio of the Cooper household, which is tucked into the corner of a bedroom. We already have some thoughts about what the bottleneck is… but before we go ahead, we wanted to hear your opinions before we spend anymore money improving this rig.
Here’s the challenge… We have a budget of around £500 to improve our home studio setup:
What do think the bottleneck is holding back this studio?
How would you spend a £500 budget improving this setup?
Let us know your opinions in the comments below. To help you draw your conclusions we’ve listed the gear and software in this home studio below:
Computer: 2012 Mac Mini
2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
500GB SSD system drive
USB 3.0 500GB Media Drive
Audio Interface: Digi 003 Factory
Control Surface: Digi 003 Factory
DAW: Pro Tools 11 (non HD)
Monitors: ADAM Audio T5 on Quik Lok monitor stands
Microphone: SE Electronics SE X1 with SE metal grill pop shield
Reflection Filter: SE Electronics
Outboard: Avid Eleven Rack
MIDI Controller: M-Audio Keystation 49
Plug-in & Audio Production Software Bundles: