10 Best Home Recording Studio Packages in 2021

10 Best Home Recording Studio Packages in 2021

Best Home Recording Studio Packages

In this post we’ll go over 10 of the best home recording studio packages on the market in 2021.

What are Home Recording Studio Packages?

I’m glad you asked! Home recording studio packages are effectively a bundle that you buy that includes the items necessary to get started recording for producing music at home.

Whether you’re recording in your bedroom, basement, or living room, these home recording studio packages can get you started making your own music at home today!

These packages will include at the very least an Audio Interface for your computer and a Microphone.

That means all you will need is a computer.

In most cases a laptop will work perfectly.

Some of these bundles will include more items like microphone stands, Digital Audio Workstation software (DAWs), headphones, and even speakers!

If you want to get started making your own music today, any of these home recording studio packages are a great and affordable place to start.

Do I need a Home Recording Studio Package?

Of course not! These packages are just the most convenient way to get all the tools necessary to start recording today.

There’s nothing wrong with buying an audio interface from one company and a microphone from another.

That’s what I did!

The benefit of these home recording studio packages is that you get all the tools you need to get started with one purchase.

No fuss, no muss.

Then you can focus on what’s really important.

Making your music!

What’s in this list?

In this list we’ll be covering ten home recording studio packages that range from very affordable to a reasonable investment.

We’ll cover what comes with each package, and some pros and cons for each!

All of the Audio Interfaces on this list are 2 Channel (meaning they can record two sources such as voice and guitar).

There are options out there with fewer or more inputs, however I feel that two gives you the most flexibility when starting out.

Let’s do this!

Home Recording Studio Packages

1. M-Audio – Complete Recording Bundle

This is fantastic bundle for beginners and is the most affordable package on our list.

This package includes:

  • AIR 192|4 – Audio Interface
  • Nova Condenser Microphone
  • HDH40 Headphones
  • Pro Tools First/ Abelton Live Lite Software
  • Microphone Shockmount
  • XLR Cable

This is the very definition of beginner kits. With this bundle you can be up and recording in minutes.

Pros:

  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs for recording
  • 24-bit/192 kHz recording quality
  • VU LED meters
  • Low latency monitoring
  • Large central volume control
  • USB/Direct knob for balancing between input and computer signal

Cons:

  • A little bulky
  • May have some issues with windows drivers
  • No microphone stand or pop filter

All in all this is a wonderful bundle for anyone looking to get started. The large volume knob is easy to handle and the LED VU meters are easy to see.

The main issue is that on some occasions there are issues with the windows drivers forgetting the device. This can be fixed by re-installing the drivers.

My other issue with this is ProTools First.

While ProTools is an industry standard DAW software, their free version is incredibly limited.

You may be better off getting a different free DAW to get started.

This package is great for musicians on a tight budget.

It has a large tactile volume knob to play with and rad visual LEDs.

This would also be good for someone with a tight budget that wants to get started with podcasting.

2. PreSonus AudioBox 96 Studio Recording Bundle

This package includes:

  • Audio Box USB 96 audio/MIDI interface with cable
  • Studio One Artist recording and production software (DAW)
  • HD7 studio monitoring headphones
  • M7 studio condenser microphone with cable
  • Comes with the Studio Magic Plugin Suite

Pros:

  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs for recording
  • 24-bit/96 kHz recording quality
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • USB Powered
  • Built to travel

Cons:

  • Gain needs to be fairly high for microphone
  • Notched gain nobs
  • No microphone stand or pop filter

Presonus is an excellent budget company and are the creators of Studio One (which is the DAW that I currently use).

The inclusion of the award-winning Studio One Digital Audio Workstation makes this bundle and excellent choice for any beginner.

This interface is small and portable.

Some reviews claim that you need to set the gain on the inputs fairly high while recording through the microphone.

This could potentially cause for a noisy signal.

The gain knkobs are also notched, meaning that you can only gain to the predetermined levels (1 -2, 2-3, etc) and not the spaces between.

Not a big deal, just something to be aware of.

I’m a big fan of Studio One and this bundle also includes a bonus plug-in package for all your mixing needs.

All in all, this product is great for musicians who don’t have a lot of space to work, but want to make great music.

3. Behringer U-PHORIA Studio Pro Complete Recording Bundle

This package includes:

  • U-PHORIA UMC202HD USB audio interface
  • C-1 condenser microphone
  • HPS5000 studio headphones
  • Swivel stand mount
  • XLR microphone cable
  • USB cable

Pros:

  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz recording quality
  • MIDAS preamps
  • Individual PADs for each channel
  • Direct monitoring button

Cons:

  • No DAW software included
  • No microphone stand or pop filter

Behringer is owned by MIDAS who make excellent quality equipment that’s used in recording studios and live music venues all over the world.

Behringer is known for using high quality electronics placed in affordable housing.

This keeps the cost down, but the quality high.

Also the inclusion of individuals pads for each channel is excellent if you’re recording a loud source like a guitar amp.

This bundle doesn’t come with any DAW software, but there are many free DAWs like Reaper that you can get online.

This package seems to be aimed at podcasters, however it would be great for any musician who already has a DAW software that their used to.

4. Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio

This package includes:

  • Scarlett 2i2 Studio interface
  • CM25 MkIII large diaphragm condenser microphone
  • HP60 MkIII closed-back headphones
  • XLR and USB cables
  • Pro Tools First/Ableton Live Lite DAW software

Pros:

  • High performance at a reasonable price
  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-bit/192 kHz recording quality
  • 3rd generation AIR preamps
  • Durable metal casing

Cons:

  • Some users have complained of noisy inputs
  • No microphone stand or pop filter

If you’re looking for a high quality, affordable music production package to get started, this is probably the one for you.

The Scarlett 2i2 is highly reviewed and I personally know many musicians who use this interface.

Some reviews have complained of noisy inputs and faulty units, but when you consider that this is a product that is produced in high quantities, there is always the chance of a defective unit.

Those complaints seem to be minimal.

Their microphone and headphones are excellent quality and the housing on the interface is incredibly robust.

This interface is widely used by many music streamers and gets a great quality sound without busting the bank.

5. Presonus AudioBox 96 Studio Bundle

This package includes:

  • AudioBox 96 Audio Interface
  • LyxPro Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
  • Recording Headphones
  • Studio One Artist Software Pack
  • USB Type B
  • XLR Cable
  • Shockmount
  • Microphone Stand
  • Pop Filter

Pros:

  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-bit/96 kHz recording quality
  • Includes Studio One Artist DAW
  • Includes microphone stand and pop filter

Cons:

  • Low headphone amp gain
  • LyxPro microphone not as high quality as others
  • LyxPro headphones not as high quality as others

This is the first bundle in our list to include a microphone stand and a pop filter.

This means it includes literally everything you need to get started podcasting, streaming, or recording music.

We’ve already talked about the AudioBox 96 and its issues earlier in the list.

I’ve read mixed reviews about the quality of the LyxPro microphone and headphones, however this is a company I’m not familiar with.

If you’re looking to get everything you need in one bundle, this is the one for you.

6. Steinberg UR22C Studio Bundle

This package includes:

  • UR22C USB audio interface
  • ST-M01 condenser microphone
  • ST-H01 monitoring headphones
  • Cubase AI DAW software
  • XLR and USB cable
  • Microphone mount

Pros:

  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 32-bit/192 kHz audio recording
  • USB-C
  • Class-A D-PRE preamps
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • Loopback function for streaming
  • Huge plug-in bundle

Cons:

  • Not always available online
  • No microphone stand or pop filter

This is the only interface on our list that’s capable of recording at 32-bit, which is a much higher quality audio converter.

The Cubase DAW software is integrated with iOS meaning you can use your iPad or iPhone to manage recording and editing.

The loopback function also makes this interface an excellent choice for live streaming music on the internet.

7. Mackie Producer Bundle

This package includes:

  • Onyx Producer 2.2 interface
  • EM-91C Condenser Microphone
  • EM-89D Dynamic Microphone
  • MC-100 headphones
  • Pro Tools First DAW software
  • Desktop micorphone stand
  • Microphone clip and shockmount
  • Carrying pouches
  • XLR and USB cables

Pros:

  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-bit/192 kHz recording quality
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • Rugged design
  • Comes with dynamic and condenser microphone
  • includes desktop microphone stand
  • DAW Essentials plug-in pack

Cons:

  • Gain needs to be set fairly high
  • No pop filter
  • Only one microphone stand
  • 48v Phantom Power for both channels

This bundle is great for anyone who wants options.

Coming with a condenser microphone and a dynamic microphone, this bundle can cover just about any situation you can throw at it.

Mackie is known for their build quality and their speakers, so the headphones are comfortable and reliable.

The issues with the interface are the same for most of the budget options, you need to gain your inputs fairly high.

You can also only turn on phantom power for both channels at once, which is a little frustrating.

If you’re looking to have lots of options for recording, and for a good looking interface, this is probably the bundle for you!

8. Presonus AudioBox 96 Audio Interface Full Studio Bundle

This package includes:

  • AudioBox 96 Audio Interface
  • M7 studio condenser micorphone
  • Eris 3.5 Pair Monitors
  • HD7 studio monitoring headphones
  • Studio One Artist DAW software
  • XLR Cable
  • Pop Filter
  • ¼” Male to ¼” Male Instrument TS Balance Cable
  • Kit Stereo Cables
  • Professional Boom Stand

Pros:

  • Everything you need for a home studio
  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-bit/96 kHz recording quality
  • Comes with studio monitors

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Some users complain of driver issues
  • Gain needs to be fairly high for microphone
  • Not as portable

This is the first package on the list to actually include studio monitors.

While this is a much larger upfront investment, a bundle like this sets you up for the future.

We’ve seen the AudioBox 96 a few times, so you know what you’re getting into with it.

The Eris Monitors seem to be decently reviewed and a reasonable quality for the price tag.

You could get much worse speakers.

If you’re planning on setting up a desk in a spare bedroom or basement this would be a great package for you.

9. Mackie Studio Bundle

This package includes:

  • Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller
  • CR3-X 3″ Multimedia Monitors
  • MC-100 Professional Headphones
  • EM-91C Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • EM-89D Dynamic Vocal Microphone
  • ProTools First DAW software
  • 1/4″ TS Cables
  • XLR and USB cables
  • Shockmount and microphone clip
  • Zipper pouch
  • Desk microphone stand
  • Power and additional cables

Pros:

  • Powerful interface/monitoring tool
  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-bit/192 kHz recording quality
  • 1/8″ smartphone input
  • Dual headphone outs
  • Built-in talkback mic
  • Powerful studio monitors

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not beginner friendly
  • Not portable
  • Requires dedicated workspace

This is essentially everything you need to have a home studio.

The Mackie Big Knob Studio is a highly rated interface with incredible functionality and a highly durable build.

The buttons add a lot of tactile fun to working with the interface.

Even if you want to upgrade your audio interface later, you won’t need to get another monitor controller.

The monitors are excellent and this bundle equips you with both a dynamic and condenser microphone.

This bundle is great for anyone looking to set up their own home studio space.

You could be recording music for yourself or others with this package in no time.

10. PreSonus AudioBox 96 Full Studio Bundle 2

This package includes:

  • AudioBox 96 Audio Interface
  • Eris 3.5 Pair Monitors
  • ATOM MIDI/Production Pad Controller
  • M7 Studio Condenser Microphone
  • HD7 studio monitoring headphones
  • Studio One Artist DAW software
  • ¼” Male to ¼” Male Instrument TS Balance Cable
  • Kit Stereo Cables
  • Professional Boom Stand
  • Pop Filter
  • XLR and USB cables

Pros:

  • The full home studio set up
  • 2 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 24-bit/96 kHz recording quality

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not portable
  • MIDI Pad set up is a little tricky
  • Gain needs to be fairly high for microphone
  • Requires a dedicated workspace

This last entry is the full studio package.

The only difference between this PreSonus Full Studio Bundle is that this one comes with a MIDI controller.

The MIDI pad seems to take a bit of work to map from what I’ve found.

It also draws power from USB so if you leave it plugged in it will stay lit up, even if you’re computer is turned off.

The addition of the controller makes this the ultimate bundle for music production and writing.

You will require a dedicated workspace with this bundle, but if you’re looking to jump into music writing and production, this could be the purchase for you!

Which one is the best?

In order to decide which is these home recording studio packages is best for you, we need to consider what you want to do with music.

If you’re looking to get started recording music or live streaming and need portability, then my suggestion would be the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Solo Studio package.

The quality of the product that you get for the price is hard to beat.

It’s missing a few things like a mic stand and pop filter, but these are reasonably affordable items you can purchase seperate.

If you’re looking to set up your own home studio space and have a bit more money to spend, my vote goes to the Mackie Studio Bundle.

This package will give you everything you need and leave you with lots of space to grow your studio over time.

Plus the quality of the Big Knob Interface alone is worth the price.

My Pick

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Solo Studio

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Solo Studio is my pick for the best home recording studio package.

Final thoughts

The best thing for you to do is choose one of these home recording studio packages that fits into your price range and works for what you want to do.

There’s no rush to get the best equipment while you’re learning to record music.

Any of the options on this list will be good for you starting out.

I also suggest you check out all the options for free DAWs instead of just using whatever comes with the package you choose.

I’m looking at you ProTools First.

The most important thing is for you to start making music.

You’ll figure out the rest along the way.

Have fun!

Anndy Negative

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