Make a Home Recording Studio In A Closet

I often record my voice for my One Minute Storytelling Tip videos. A few people have asked about my home recording studio, and I thought you might be interested too. It’s easy and relatively inexpensive to set up your own home recording studio. My small closet contains:

* hanging clothes to act as a sound baffle

* Zoom H4N Pro ($300) and 2 AA batteries

* Behringer C-1 Condenser Microphone ($57)

* Standard Microphone Cable, 15 feet ($27)

As shown in the photo below, the cable connects the microphone and the Zoom H4N Pro. I record in WAV format on to an SD card, which I then use to transfer the audio to my desktop computer. This way, I never have to worry about computer fan noise. The Zoom H4N Pro is silent.

The reason this works is simple: the Zoom H4N Pro provides phantom power to the microphone, as shown in the photo below. Why does the microphone need phantom power? It’s a condenser mic. (Put very simply: dynamic mics are great for heavy metal bands. Condenser mics are great for warm vocals.) Condenser mics need a power source.

What’s the sound quality like? I used this set-up to record for NPR’s Snap Judgment. Click here to listen – scroll down to “You Look Lonely”.