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Some people are in the early stages of their careers (hobbyists included), some are intermediates and others advanced and earning a decent living from music and content creation such as Podcasts and YouTube channels.
Before going any further, you should ask yourself the following questions
For example if you are starting a podcast on YouTube, your setup would be different from a traditional music production studio.
Okay I’m done with the lecture.
As you scrawl further down, you will find some of the studio equipment for sale available on our website including links.
MidiPlus Studio S – It’s a two channel usb audio interface with an impressive sound quality
MidiPlus Smartface 2 – An affordable two channel us interface, suitable for small home studio setup. It has inputs for mic and electronic guitar.
MidiPlus Studio 4 – This 4 channel interface includes 2 x MIDI inputs. That means you can connect your midi controller keyboard, microphones and instruments on this hardware device directly to your computer.
Hey there, if you landed on this post chances are you are looking for affordable and high-quality speakers.
This blog post will cover Hybrid Speakers prices. If you are not an audio expert, it can be hard to find the right product that will cater for your specific needs.
And I also understand that pricing can be a major concern for most consumers because to be honest audio equipment is quite costly.
Anyway enough yapping, let’s go through the list of Hybrid Speakers as well as the pricing so you can make an informed decision.
Hybrid plus altium 12
First on the list is the Hybrid plus Altium 12. In order to avoid any confusion, I just want to clarify something here, there’s Hybrid and Hybrid plus. It’s the same brand, however the Hybrid plus model is the modified version manufactured using CELTO Acoustique Drivers.
Are we clear? Great then now let’s move on.
The Hybrid + Altium 12 are a 12 inch active speaker built with light birch play wooden cabinet and Bluetooth compatible.
The 15 inch model is also available (Altium 15) and comprises of the same features.
They are also easy on the pocket, retailing for not more than R3500 for a pair.
The difference between the two models is minimal; the HF5 is a 5 inch and the latter 6 inch.
Hybrid Party Starter 15
If you are planning to host a graduation party, a kiddie’s party or a braai for a crowd of fewer than 200 people, the Hybrid Party Starter 15 is the product that you consider purchasing.
It consists of two 15 inch speakers (1 active and 1 passive), 2 speaker stands, one microphone, a remote control, and cabling.
This combo retails for about R6000 +
Below is a list of speaker combo systems that are similar to the Hybrid Party Starter 15
Hybrid Party Box 12 – It’s a 12 inch set with two active speakers, two speaker stands, and a microphone and cabling
Retail Price: R6200
Hybrid Party Box 15 – This one is a 15 inch speaker set with two active speakers, two speaker stands, and a microphone and cabling
Hybrid Party Sub 18 – This is a standalone 18 inch subwoofer and it’s compatible with the Hybrid Party Box 12 and 15
Retail Price: R5500
Hybrid Speakers Prices for Passive models
Below I have included a list of Hybrid Passive speakers suitable for indoor and outdoor events. For those of you who might be wondering what I mean by “passive”. Well passive means speakers which require amplification in order to function.
Hybrid+PK15 UE (Retails for about R7000)
Hybrid+PK152MKII (Retails for R8000-R10000)
Hybrid+PK18S UE (Retails for R9000 +)
Hybrid+ PK218S UE ( Retail price R14000)
Hybrid+ PLA10 (Retail price between R12000-R14000)
I just want to state that, these prices are estimations and what these speakers sell for in the current market and economic climate. Bu the pricing could change at any given time.
I hope this post has given you an idea on how much you can expect to pay for Hybrid speakers and the type of models available currently.
Before worrying about what goes where and how, ensure that your room is acoustical treated. Reason being is that you want to make sure that your recordings will come out clean and crystal clear.
The goal here is to ensure that your music or whatever you will be recording to sound like it was professionally done (Mixed and mastered).
For acoustics you can use foams (or egg foams if budget is a major issue), blankets, or old mattresses, lol yes that’s right – especially when recording vocals. This is important.
I’m not going to cover this topic in detail and I’d recommend that you read further on acoustic treatment.
Once you’re done with the acoustics, then you can start connecting your equipment, below I included two different home studio setup diagrams for laptop and desktop users. But whether you use a pc and laptop is entirely up to you.
Home Studio setup 1
Home Studio setup 2
The second setup is for musicians and producers; you can record all your instruments and vocals with a midi keyboard controller and a live guitar.
Setting up a home studio shouldn’t be difficult and you don’t need a technician to do it for you. I hope this guide has clarified any misconceptions that you might have had.
Before we proceed any further, I want us to find out why it is important to own a pair monitors.
Have you tried to mix and master a song with normal hi-fi speakers only to find out later that something was off? Lol
Well maybe you have or maybe not. But it’s not a good idea, and that’s because normal hi-fi speakers were not designed for studio work.
The sound that you get from normal speakers is usually colorful and crystal clear. So you if you try to take shortcuts, that will come back to bite you hard – So don’t do that.
On the other hand, monitors have a flat-frequency and the audio quality might sound unusual or offish if you’re just a novice starting out.
But that’s what you should be looking for in the first place. That is the purpose of monitors, when you’re mixing (and mastering) you should be able to hear everything clearly from your track recordings.
Hybrid Monitor Speakers are no different and they are the perfect for price conscious producers and musicians just starting out.
Hybrid Studio Monitors Features
Let me give you a little history before we proceed. Hybrid is a proudly South Africa company founded in 1988.
They have been in the business of manufacturing consumer electronics for more than three decades. Their first product line was amplifiers until they expanded into other related products such as speakers, cabling, and music production equipment.
In 2017, Hybrid launched the Hybrid HF5 and HF6 Studio Monitors for aspiring music producers.
Now let’s have a look at these monitors
The Hybrid Studio Monitors comprises of two models, the HF5 and HF6 (as already mentioned.
The HF5 model is a 5 inch and HF6 is a 6 inch. The material used to build these products wooden oak, making them a little different from most monitors. They can be mistaken for hi-fi speakers in appearance. But they are beautifully designed.
Other features include, Bluetooth connectivity, microphone and auxiliary inputs as well volume controls.
Both models are sold as a pair comprising of one active and one passive speaker. What that means is that one speaker is amplified or powered while the other is not.
The Hybrid Studio Monitors are perfect for a basic home recording studio and music producers.
The pricing is usually under R3000, making them accessible for anyone interested in creating high-quality recordings at home.
Are you planning to start your own podcast or home recording studio? This article will cover the studio equipment list that’s essential to kick start your dreams.
Before the 21st century, it was difficult to launch to a recording studio at home unless you had deep pockets. So for most aspiring artists, that wasn’t an option.
But thanks to the internet age, computers and advancement of technology, studio equipment became affordable.
Below is the Studio Equipment list that is essential for beginners or hobbyists.
If you are a seasoned music professional such as an audio engineer, then this article won’t help you much.
I didn’t want to include this option because chances are most of you own or have access to a pc or laptop and it sounds pretty obvious.
But having said that, a good computer with a minimum 8GB RAM, 2.2 GHz i7 quad-core processor and 256 GB of internal storage would do. Whether you go for a traditional desktop or laptop is completely up to you, there’s no hard and fast rule.
DAW is an acronym for Digital Audio Workstation or software. This can include programs such the popular FL Studio for producers, Steinberg’s Cubase, Abelton and so on.
The choice of software program will depend on your needs and the type of projects that you will be working on.
Good monitors are a must because you need them reference. In other words, say you recorded instruments and want to have a listen; monitors will help you to identify any errors within your mixdown.
Monitors can be quite pricey but you don’t have to break the bank when you’re just starting out. The Hybrid HF5 or HF6 are affordable for less than R3K at most retailers.
In order to record crystal clear recordings, a condenser microphone is a must.
You have two options:
You can purchase a traditional condenser with XLR to XLR connection
A USB Condenser Mic
What’s the difference?
A standard condenser requires a 48 voltage in the form of a power supply or audio interface (We will cover audio interfaces shortly).
A USB Microphone has a built-in soundcard or audio interface, and you can connect this directly to your pc.
An audio interface is basically another fancy word for external sound. This is a standalone piece of hardware that will help you capture high-quality recordings.
Audio Interfaces have become affordable over the years. If you want to record small projects at home, you can try the Midiplus Smartface 2 channel interface.
For music producers, and beat makers, a midi controller keyboard should be on your studio equipment shopping list.
A midi controller allows you to work and make beats much faster with a basic USB plug and play connection.
If you are just starting out and have little music theory knowledge, a small 25 keyboard will work out just fine.
But for the experienced pianist, a 61 or 88 keys controller will give you more room to flex your creative muscles.
Get a good pair of headphones but not just any headphones – Studio/Monitor headphones are ideal. They are essential for mixing and mastering your projects. When shopping for headphones look out for “closed back or open-back” just to give you an idea.
If finances are a big issue, monitor headphones (closed-back) you can use them instead of monitor speakers because they serve the same purpose. But from a health standpoint that’s not a good idea especially long-term.
You can purchase a normal boom stand, table stand or boom arm stands for podcasts to support your microphone.
You will need XLR to XLR mic cables, jack to jack cabling for monitors, usb cables for the audio interface and midi controllers, rca cables, etc. Cabling will also depend on the type of gear you purchase as well because product specifications may differ.
A recording shield is placed behind the microphone on the stand. Its purpose is to shield function by blocking out unwanted noises, and ensuring that a more direct sound reaches the microphone.
A POP filter is also known as a pop screen. This item is placed in front of the mic and it helps to reduce or eliminate popping sounds while recording.
We just covered the studio equipment list for people just starting out. There are plenty of other goodies that you can add to your list. However, you don’t need lots of expensive hardware to start, the basics will do for now.
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