If you’re looking to check off multiple boxes on your studio gear list in one fell swoop, home recording studio equipment packages are a great investment to make. Whether you’re a beginner looking to jump-start your journey or you’re a professional looking for an update, these bundles will give you everything you need.
The best part is: this is a great way to save a few bucks as well!
There are numerous variations of these packages out there, and each of them have their own pieces of equipment. Some come bundled with an audio interface, others don’t. Maybe one will have a pair of studio headphones and another won’t.
In this list I will include as many different options so you can decide on the studio equipment package that suits you and your needs best.
Before we get into the reviews I want to break down some of the things you can expect to find in these studio bundles and what part they have to play in your setup.
What’s Typically Included in a Home Recording Studio Package
The best home recording studio packages you can get usually include everything you need to effectively record vocals and properly mix and master those recordings. Some even go the extra mile and give you the gear you need to record instruments like drums and guitars.
Now, making this decision is solely up to you and where you think your future endeavors will take you. Let’s take a look at the most common pieces of equipment you can find in these studio bundles.
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This is probably the piece of equipment you’ll see the most on this list among these bundles. It’s pretty easy to figure out why. If you’re looking to start recording vocals of any kind, you need a studio mic.
Fact of the matter is, you’re also going to see most of these bundles exclusively have a condenser microphone as the main choice. This is all well and good, but if you want a dynamic microphone for any reason, you’ll be hard pressed to find a studio bundle with one included.
If you don’t already know, I’ll briefly break down the difference between these microphone variants.
These types of mics are easily the most popular options for recording vocals, especially in a music studio environment. They’re usually more expensive than other mic types. The reason is because they’re more sensitive to subtle frequencies. This in turn makes them more accurate which is ideal for picking up certain nuances in a vocal signal.
On top of that, most condenser microphone options require phantom power in order to properly use them. The great thing about these studio bundles is that they’ll already have an audio interface with phantom power included so you don’t have to worry about searching every corner of the internet for one.
Again, there’s only a handful of these recording studio packages out there that will have this type of mic included. The reason for this is because dynamic microphones are better suited for live performances.
Dynamic mics are more rugged, they don’t require phantom power, and they aren’t designed to pick up quieter frequencies as well. They have their own place in the industry, but that doesn’t mean that all dynamic mics don’t belong in a studio.
Classic dynamic mics like the Shure SM7B or the SM58 are beloved by recording engineers across the globe due to their sound quality. As you’ll see, some home studio packages on this list will have these mics included seeing as they’re a great fit in a podcast studio.
Diaphragm Types & Polar Patterns
The last thing I want to talk about in terms of studio mics is the diaphragm types and polar patterns. Almost every recording studio package on this list will have a large diaphragm cardioid mic included. So what does that even mean? Well…
The diaphragm of a mic is the thin membrane on the top part of the device that looks like a metal screen. This is the only part of the mic that sound is allowed to travel through. There are a lot of different sizes you can find out there, and each of them have a specific job in terms of recording.
In a studio environment, large diaphragm mics are a must because they do the best job of picking up everything a vocal signal has to offer. Smaller diaphragms are better for picking up pinched, sharp sound waves from instruments.
Cardioid refers to the polar pickup pattern of a given studio mic. Polar pattern is the term we use to describe what part of the condenser microphone captures sound and what part doesn’t.
Basically, a cardioid studio microphone will only pick up sound sources directly from the front of the diaphragm, but the back of the diaphragm is closed off from any signal getting through.
A cardioid polar pattern is most ideal for vocals in the studio because it’s designed to block out any surrounding noises so it can capture that vocal signal as clearly as possible. There are a number of different polar patterns in studio microphones though. Omnidirectional, shotgun, supercardioid, and figure-8 are a few examples.
Depending on what you plan on recording, these studio bundles have made sure to include a mic to suit that need as best as possible.
Another thing that’s great about these recording packages is that they usually have XLR and TRS lead cables perfectly suited for the bundled condenser microphone. Believe me, this is a big deal. It can be a pain trying to find high quality XLR and TRS leads that work well with your studio mic.
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The best home recording studio packages usually have a pop filter included alongside the condenser microphone. A pop filter is a screen, usually mesh, that helps to prevent harsh vocal signals from getting through to the mic. More specifically, a pop filter does a great job of filtering out unwanted “p” pronunciations and disruptive breathing sounds.
I will say that in most cases the included filter options aren’t as great as you’d expect them to be. Fortunately, they’re not crazy expensive if you want to get one of higher quality elsewhere.
The next most common piece of equipment you’ll see in these recording bundles is an audio interface. An audio interface is a piece of studio equipment that allows you to connect multiple instruments so they can be recorded. That recording is then transmitted to your DAW through the audio interface for further processing and programming.
Interfaces are an essential piece of equipment in any recording studio. Now, you’re going to be somewhat confined in the options you’ll find among these packages. Typically speaking, the input and output count (I/O count) on an audio interface on this list will top out 4×4, but the average is 2×2 or 2×4.
If you think you’re going to need a higher I/O count than this, you should look at a home studio bundle that doesn’t include an audio interface. These packages are tailored to those looking to jump start their modest studios.
Professional engineers will already know what they need, and chances are they already have a fancy rackmount audio interface in their studio.
All that being said, the interfaces in these packages are wonderful little devices. Presonus and Focusrite make high quality interfaces, and they’re well respected brands in the studio industry. Having a 2×2, 2×4, or 4×4 audio interface should give you everything you need in terms of I/O for a while.
Also, assuming that you’re just starting your home recording studio journey, you might be tight on space. The interfaces in these recording studio packages have an ideal form factor for any scenario. They’re compact, powerful little devices that you can cram anywhere you want.
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You’ll see plenty of studio headphones included in these packages for good reason. A high quality pair of studio ‘phones are essential for monitoring your tracks and recordings. Some headphones are better than others at this job, but rest assured that most of these headphones on this list will do just fine.
Now, a studio bundle that has a pair of studio headphones won’t leave you in the dark. Certain cans have higher impedance levels that might require a headphone amp. Thankfully, the studio headphone options in these packages aren’t in that category.
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What is important to note though is the frequency response of a particular pair of studio headphones. Frequency response refers to the range of frequencies that a device or component can reproduce. This is measured in decibels (dB).
Now, the frequency range that the human ear can hear is between 20Hz and 20kHz. The wider the frequency range on a pair of studio headphones, the better. The more fine-tuned the frequency response on those headphones, also the better.
You want a pair of studio headphones to reproduce a signal with minimal to no changes at all. The ability to have an honest reference point for your recordings is vastly important. If your condenser microphone picks up an accurate signal, then the audio interface processes that recording with no disruptions, you need your cans to reproduce that signal as clearly as possible.
Every single piece of equipment in your studio works in conjunction with the other. If they all can work in perfect harmony, you’re sitting pretty.
Studio headphones are one of the last pieces of the puzzle in a recording. You’ll spend a lot of time putting the final touches on a track by EQing, adding effects, and mastering volume levels through them.
Again, the headphone options in these packages on this list should be pretty reliable at this important job by having a more flat frequency response. You can’t solely rely on a pair of studio headphones for all of your monitoring needs though. It’s always wise to have multiple reference points in your recording studio. That leads me to the next piece of equipment you’ll find in these bundles.
This isn’t quite as common a piece of equipment to find in these recording bundles. This is most likely due to the fact that a package with studio monitors included dramatically increases the overall price. A studio bundle with studio monitors is freaking awesome to have though.
Similar to studio headphones, studio monitors serve as a critical reference point for your recordings and they’ll have a more flat frequency response as well. You’ll likely be alternating between both of them quite often. There are a couple crucial things to consider when looking at a set of monitors that we’ll dive into real quick…
Studio monitors might look very similar to regular speakers at first glance, but they differ in a number of distinct ways. Studio monitors disperse sound waves via two pairs of 2-way speakers that are divided into low frequencies and high frequencies.
The high frequencies travel through the tweeters which are 1” round 99% of the time.
The low frequencies are transferred through the woofers which vary in size, most common among them being 5”, 7”, and 8”. As you can imagine, the size speakers you need are entirely dependent on the size of your studio.
If your studio lives in a smaller room, 5” is plenty big enough. Any bigger than that and you’ll have some noticeable discoloration and a drop in sound quality. Alternatively, if you’re in a garage studio or something like that, you might consider 7” or 8” options.
How to Position Your Studio Monitors
This is a topic that can easily exist in a completely different article in itself. For now, I’ll leave it up to this video to cover everything. Also, some studio monitors will explain this in the user manual or they have a video of their own that explains the process pretty thoroughly.
Make sure the set of studio monitors you’re looking at are compatible with the rest of your setup. Obviously the monitors included in these recording packages have all the right cables for all pieces of equipment that come with it.
Just in case you’re not looking at a bundle that includes monitors and you’re planning on buying them separately, you should double check this.
Now, some monitors have XLR inputs instead of ¼” inputs. Some have RCA and others will not. Take a look at your audio interface and make sure everything will work with each other before you make the final decision.
Final thoughts on Studio Monitors
Presonus and Mackie round out a couple of brands that have included studio monitors on this list of best home recording studio packages. I don’t really need to explain that these are all well-known and very respected companies in this industry.
My point is, you don’t need to worry about investing in a questionable or cheaply made set of monitors here. That’s another reason why these bundles are just awesome.
Digital Audio Workstations
Alright, this is the last, and rarest thing you’ll find in these studio packages. A Digital Audio Workstation is where all the magic happens in your home recording studio. As I stated before, this software is where all your recordings will exist via the audio interface.
You can edit, process, and even create sounds through this software. They really are modern wonders, and an incredibly important piece of any music studio.
I understand that it’s pretty exciting to see a home recording studio package on this list with an included DAW, but they’re usually a more rudimentary version of themselves.
For example, with most MIDI keyboards a version of Ableton Live called Ableton Live “Lite” which is self-explanatory. The same is true for these studio packages. When you see Pro Tools, it doesn’t mean a full version of Pro Tools. These price tags would be significantly higher if that was the case.
That’s not to say that some DAWs on this list aren’t perfectly adequate for many studio uses though. The version of Studio One in the Presonus Bundle is pretty much full-use for instance.
Best Home Recording Studio Equipment Packages List
Okay, now that we’ve tackled the big stuff it’s time to dive into the list. The packages on this list will include at least most of the items we’ve discussed. Some bundles will have things we didn’t go over.
Either way, once you figure out what exactly you need for your home recording studio then I think one of these options should give you everything you need to get things going.
- Presonus AudioBox 96 USB Audio Interface
- Studio One Artist recording and production software (DAW)
- Studio Magic Plug-in Suite
- Eris E3.5 active 2-way studio monitors
- HD7 studio monitoring headphones
- M7 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Desktop tripod mic stand
- Mic-stand adapter
- Cloth carry bag
- Two 6-ft TRS cables included for connection between AudioBox96 and Eris E3.5 monitors
- USB 2.0 cable
- 10-ft XLR microphone cable
- TRS 1/8” to 2 RCA cable
- TRS 1/8” to TRS 1/8” cable
Topping out the list as the best home recording studio package is this loaded option from Presonus. This particular iteration is called the AudioBox Ultimate Complete Recording bundle with Studio One. It’s probably the most packed option on this list, and we’re all better off for it.
Presonus is mainly known for their interfaces, but their headphones and microphones are notable as well. The included audio interface in this home recording studio bundle is one of their more middle of the road devices. That being said, for Presonus even middle of the road is above average.
Why it’s my favorite
The reason this Presonus AudioBox 96 home recording studio bundle is at the top of my list is because the only thing missing is a pop filter. If it had that, this would literally be all you could ever need to have a high functioning home recording studio.
Another thing that’s wonderful about this bundle is that it comes with Studio One Artist. Out of all the options on this list that include a DAW, Studio One Artist is pretty much a full use DAW. This is a massive money saving inclusion, and you can happily use Studio One full time for as long as you desire.
All in all, I simply love the Presonus AudioBox home recording studio package. It’s an amazing value for all the gear you get with it. You really can’t ask for much more than what’s in this home recording studio bundle.
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen audio interface.
- 1 x Scarlett CM25 MkIII Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone & Mic Stand attachment
- 1 x Scarlett HP60 MkIII Headphones
- 1 x 3 m XLR cable
- 1 x USB cable (Type C-A)
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription with new Splice accounts
- Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite
- A choice of 1 of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
- Softube Time & Tone Bundle
- Access to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective
This is one of the newest iterations in the popular line of Scarlett interfaces by Focusrite. The 2i2 audio interface is the lowest I/O count option in the line, and this home recording studio package is built around it.
The main difference between the 2nd generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio and 3rd is the sample rate, which is 24 bit/192 kHz. This gives you an added level of versatility in your studio that’s hard to find in other interfaces at this price point.
What sets this home recording studio package apart is it’s modest price tag as well as the fact that you get two DAWs with it. Again, these aren’t full-use DAWs, but having Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools First will be a huge addition to your studio.
On top of the awesome Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 studio USB audio interface, you get a decent pair of studio cans and a condenser microphone of the same degree. These two components aren’t necessarily the best devices out there, but they’ll be sufficient for a time.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a studio package that has a lot to offer without breaking the bank, then this is Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 studio bundle a wonderful option.
- Big Knob Studio 3×2 USB Audio Interface
- CR3-X Multimedia Monitors
- EM-91C Large diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Shockmount & Desktop Stand
- EM-89D Dynamic Live Vocal Microphone with Clip & Carry Pouch
- MC-100 Professional Headphones
- 1/4″ Headphone Adapter
- USB Cable
- RCA Cable
- 1/8″ Cable
- 1/4″ TRS Cable
- (2) XLR Cable
- Pro Tools First and Waveform OEM Software Bundle
The Mackie home recording studio package is a great all-in-one option for those looking for flexibility. The interface’s Onyx preamps have solid sound quality, and the audio interface doubles as the studio monitor controller. Pretty cool!
My favorite thing about this studio package is the inclusion of both a Large Diaphragm Condenser microphone and a Dynamic microphone. None of the other bundles on this list give you both of the most popular types of studio microphones. Having both styles at your disposal allows you to pick and choose which mic you need for any scenario.
That being said, if you’re a newbie with your studio you might not even use everything included in this package. If you just want to have them in your arsenal for later though, I wouldn’t discourage that.
This Mackie home recording studio bundle has everything you need to start the best home recording studio and then some. You get virtually every cable option necessary as well as Pro Tools First. This particular package is truly as “plug-and-play” as it gets.
- Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface
- 1 x Scarlett CM25 MkIII Condenser Microphone & Mic Stand attachment
- 1 x Scarlett HP60 MkIII Closed Back Headphones
- 1 x 3 m XLR cable
- 1 x USB cable (Type C-A)
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm with 5/8-27 Threading
- Basic Microphone Shock Mount
- Pop Filter
Next up is a home recording studio package that might look a little familiar. Well that’s because this package is essentially the same as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 home recording studio bundle option up above. There are a couple of notable differences though.
The Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio 3rd gen audio interface recording studio bundle is the perfect ensemble for those of you who have a small, single person studio. I’m obviously talking about all you podcasters or singer-songwriters who don’t need a whole mess of equipment in order to do what you do.
The reason I say that is because the included Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB audio interface in this recording bundle is a single count input/output device with a sample rate of 24 bit/194 kHz. The Focusrite Scarlett Solo just as powerful as the 2i2 from earlier, but with less I/O.
The cool thing about this Focusrite Scarlett Solo studio package is the microphone boom scissor arm and filter that comes with it.
On top of that you still are getting the same software package as the other Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 studio recording bundle with Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, and a slew of other useful stuff.
I decided to throw this Focusrite Scarlett Solo home recording studio package in this list for those who have a more modest studio setup. Not all of us are full-blown studio heads, and if all you need is a condenser microphone and an audio interface, then this is a worthy choice.
- RODE AI-1 USB Audio Interface – 48V phantom power
- RODE NT1 – 1″ large diaphragm condenser microphone
- Shock mount
- RODE XLR cable
- USB-C/A cables
- Neutrik combo jack – 3-pole XLR mic input & 1/4” instrument jack
This studio package comes from a big-wig company in the microphone game. Rode has been doing their thing for quite some time now, and their NT1 1″ large diaphragm condenser microphone is a testament to just how good their mics and equipment are.
The NT1 has long been one of the most popular studio mics on the market. It’s durable, the sound quality is great, and it has a unidirectional polar pattern. I know, usually cardioid is the way to go for recording vocals, but this studio condenser microphone will surprise you.
That’s not it though. This recording package comes with a reliable little USB audio interface as well. It’s a humble little device that sports 48V phantom power to give that NT1 the juice it needs. Now, the sample rate is 24 bit, but the max resolution is a mere 96kHz. Yes, that isn’t anything to write home about, but it gets the job done.
This is one of the best home recording studio packages from a trusted brand in the studio industry. The included shock mount and filter are of better quality than you’d typically expect. That being said, the NT1 studio microphone is what really shines in this package. That alone makes this home recording studio bundle a worthy addition to any studio.
- XM8500 dynamic microphone
- XENYX 502 mixer
- UCA222 USB audio interface
- pair of HPM1000 closed back headphones
- pop filter
- table mic stand, XLR mic cable
- 2 RCA cables
Here we have a humble little recording studio package from Behringer. Earlier we went over the Scarlett Solo recording bundle from Focusrite that’s suitable for podcasters and solo musicians. This package leans a little more towards podcasters than anything else.
The Behringer Podcastudio 2 equipment package gives you everything required to start a home podcast studio. On top of that you get everything at a less-than-scary price point.
The included USB audio interface is a simple little 2×2 plug-and-record piece of equipment. The closed back headphones are sufficient enough for most uses. The dynamic microphone is nothing special, but it’ll capture a recording well enough.
What’s really cool about this recording bundle is that it includes a piece of equipment not seen in any of the other options on this list: a mixer. It’s a straightforward little studio mixer with a decent mic preamp, 2-band EQ, and 5 inputs. At this price, you’re getting a hefty chunk of recording gear without putting a hole in your pocket.
I will say though, this home studio package is a bit of an example of that old saying “you get what you pay for.” The closed back headphones and mixer feel like they’re built fairly well, but the audio interface and the mic don’t quite feel the same.
The Behringer Podcastudio home recording studio package is a great option for beginner podcasters who just want to get things going. It’s nothing super fancy, but there are some quality components here that are sure to satisfy your studio needs for a period of time.
- M-Audio’s NOVA Black large diaphragm condenser microphone
- M-Track C-Series 2X2 USB Audio Interface
- HDH40 Closed Back Headphones
- Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition
- Ableton Live Lite
- Eleven Lite
- Avid Effects Collection
- AIR Music Tech Creative FX Collection
- AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
- AIR Music Tech Mini Grand
- AIR Music Tech Vacuum
- AIR Music Tech BOOM
- 2GB of Touch Loops Content
Our second to last home studio package comes from M-Audio. The AIR 192 recording bundle includes a few great components for anyone looking to start recording vocals and instruments.
This recording studio package centers around the M-Track C-series 2×2 USB/USB C audio interface. This is a useful little device with a great sampling rate of 24 bit/192 kHz. What’s great about this piece of equipment is that it has an XLR for vocals of course, but it also has a ¼” instrument input. Don’t worry, this studio audio interface can handle instrument recordings without missing a beat.
Now, onto the studio mic and studio headphones. The Nova Black condenser microphone has a solid sound quality, well-built device that has some much deserved praise outside of this recording package. Also, the HDH40 closed-back ‘phones are a great piece of reference gear suitable for any studio on their own.
You get a plethora of software in this studio package including M-Audio’s line of AIR recording effects. On top of that you get Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, and Eleven Lite. I’m telling you, this is going to be a huge addition to your studio.
Overall, this M-Audio AIR home recording studio package is a great option. The condenser microphone and closed back headphones are worth it on their own. With the USB audio interface and loaded software on top of that, you’re set for any recording project.
- 1 x PGA52 Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone
- 3 x PGA56 Cardioid Dynamic Snare/Tom Microphones
- 1 x PGA57 Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphones
- 2 x PGA81 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphones
- 3 x A25D Break-resistant Microphone Clip
- 3 x AP56DM Break-resistant Drum Rim Mounts
- 7 x XLR-XLR cables 4.6m
- Zippered carrying case
Rounding out this list of studio equipment packages is a great set of instrument microphones. No software of any sort, no USB audio interface, and no studio headphones. Just drum mics plus a few flexible instrument mics.
This particular recording bundle comes from Shure. All in all, you get seven cardioid mics, five dynamics and two condenser mics. One dynamic mic is for a kick, three are for snares and toms, one extra mic for whatever recording you need it for, and the two condensers are flexible. You get a matching XLR cable for each studio mic in the set, which is awesome!
On top of all that, you get three microphone clips, three drum rim mounts, and a durable carrying case. You can see why I decided to include this studio package. I wanted to make sure all areas of recording needs were covered, and this recording bundle certainly handles the instrument side quite well.
So, if you invest in one of the packages from earlier on in the list and you find yourself needing instrument mics, then this is definitely the way to go. This recording bundle is full of goodies that will help you ensure that you’re covering all of your recording bases.
So there you have it. This list of best home recording studio packages is meant for those of you looking to start a studio, or those of you looking for a few extra bells and whistles.
In my opinion, the best option out there is the Presonus AudioBox Ultimate Complete Recording Bundle. It just feels like the most complete package to me. Also, the components you get with it are of high quality. I mean, you get a full-use DAW in Studio One, a great audio interface, a great studio mic… you get the idea. It’s a great deal.
I tried my best to curate a list that can suit anybody’s studio. All of this depends on your needs and your upcoming recording projects.
I hope this list has at least provided you some useful information for finding the best home recording studio package that suits your needs. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.