Vlog: Creating Your Home Recording Studio On An Affordable Budget

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Multi #1 songwriter Clay Mills takes you behind the scenes, documentary style, of his home studio set up. Clay has made it his mission to put together a studio that he can use on records where the quality will sound professional while spending the least amount of money.

Join him on this must see video!



Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP hit songwriter, producer, and performer. His songs have been recorded by such artist as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Babyface, and Kimberly Locke. He has 2 Grammy nominations for “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio and “Heaven Heartache” by Trisha Yearwood. Follow him here: www.songtown.comat www.claymills.com

9 thoughts on “Vlog: Creating Your Home Recording Studio On An Affordable Budget

    1. I’m new to music production and songwriting. After spending a few thousand dollars on a new computer and small recording studio, 6 years later I still could not get it to work.

      After I saw this video, I ended up copying what you have here. It was “plug & play”. Finally I am able to start recording my music.

      Clay, thank you so much for your inspired video. It has helped me immensely.

  1. Hey clay mills, wanna give big shout to you and your wonderfull team for the great video blog, for a bigininer like this is very importand, my question is which app did you Download for getting the BEAT on? I cound’nt gat it on my app store, or it may be i didnt hear you clearly , (spell),

    Thanks charles

    1. Charles, on my iPhone I often use iMaschine 2 … the spelling has an “S” in it. They also have a hardware drum pad for use with a computer DAW. The one in the video is Maschine Mikro.

  2. Very nice run through! I’m sure this will help a lot of people. I have taken the economy an mobility to a new level recently. I scored an OpenBox great deal on an iPad Pro 12.9″. It eliminated the need for a pad controller because I can now tap beats right into Garage Band on the iPad. Next, I got a great USB mic that also goes right into Garage Band via USB to Lightning adapter. I can make pretty decent demo’s without even a power outlet now.

    The main goal for me, however was to have just enough stuff to make a decent demo that doesn’t require me to bring an extra bag when I travel (for the day job). So wherever I am, whenever an idea surfaces.. phlegm flam boom bam I can make me a simple track and write to it and then put the vocals in it. Garage Band now has come nifty chording options for the guitars so you just tap the tab to insert chords in the MIDI and also the Bass and Guitar, being on a touch screen now registers the note, slides, velocity and all. I do have a little Jam Stick (Bluetooth) that I bring sometimes.

    It’s probably not quite as professional sounding as the rig you ran through, but once back to my home studio, I can just drag and drop the tracks into another DAW and use all the great Virtual Instruments and plugins there. That is just the mixing part then.

    Just thought I’d share a couple more ideas on this thread.

  3. That was AWESOME! Thanks Clay! I’ve been wanting a new vocal mic…trying to decide between the Slate or the Sure SM7B…glad you like the Sure SM7B. Which do you prefer? Thanks Clay

    1. Both are great options Mike. The Slate system is a higher price tag but gives you more options for different mic emulations. Good luck!


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