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The Perfect Recording Studio Setup: Audio, Lighting, Video

Achieve Studio Quality Speech and Video Recordings at Home. Improve Your Video Audio or Voice Recording With A Budget.

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Oct 2020

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What you will learn

In this Video Lighting / Video Production Course,you'll learn how to have a 10 out of 10 recording setup without breaking your bank.

In this Video Lighting / Video Production Course,you'll learn how to have the perfect lighting for professional videos.

After you go through this Video Lighting / Video Production Course,you'll be able to have a universally professional background for under $50.


If you've ever thought about recording yourself or others on video (especially webcam), but just don't know where to begin OR are looking to perfect the process - THIS IS YOUR COURSE!

Even the most advanced video designers will learn a thing or two about creating a smoother look to their videos. Whether it's a universally professional background that costs less than $50, the recording equipment that make you sound like the 'perfect you', to the software it takes to bring it all together... I cover it all.

This course is meant to be a hand-holding experience, taking you step-by-step through setup of your screen/video recorder OBS, the positioning of your lighting, to the settings of your webcam, allowing you to get crystal-clear video without lagging.

Get ready to be able to create amazing videos, even if you've never done it before!

BEST PART? You can record your personal expertise on video, teaching people whatever you know (no matter how small) and sell the course. Most courses will take between 2-3 hours to make, and supplies a lifetime of earnings. Cool, huh?

PS: If you don't know how to create products like a guru, get my Udemy course: The A-to-Z Product Creation Hack: Blueprint to Guru Launches


About the Topic


Building a home recording studio is a HUGE project…isn’t it?

It takes months of planning, research, and preparation…doesn’t it?

Well most people think so, but the truth is…

Getting started is far easier than you might imagine.

Because REALLY… all you need is a few basic essentials.

Why Simple is Best

The fact is, not only is it possible to start off with just a simple studio…it’s actually preferable.

Because just like with any hobby, by attempting too much too soon:

  • you get overwhelmed,

  • you get discouraged, and…

  • you eventually quit.

And all the time and money you invest is wasted.

So to avoid this fate, just keep it simple. But you might be wondering…

How cheap is too cheap?

Since home recording can be expensive…musicians often search for the cheapest possible solutions to recording their music.

And that’s fine, except…there is such a thing as “too cheap“.

While it is technically possible to build a working studio for as little as $400-$500…

There are low limits to what can be accomplished in such a studio…and I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone truly serious about recording their music.

Instead…here’s what I do recommend:

The Perfect Studio:

  • A Computer- When starting a studio from scratch, the computer is the biggest expenditure by far.

    Because as common wisdom states:

    Ideally, you want the fastest one you can afford.

    But these days, virtually everyone already has a computer of some sort. And virtually all computers are fast enough to at least get you started.

    So in the beginning, regardless of your budget, I recommend using what you have for now.

  • The Software- There are loads of options for recording software depending on how complex your requirements are. Thankfully recording software is getting cheaper these days although you can still easily spend hundreds of pounds on it. Music software is called your “Digital Audio Workstation” or “DAW” by those in the know. So, my DAW is Logic X. Again I’ve used this for years and so have gotten to know it through it’s many incarnations. It’s a complicated piece of software that will enable you to do lots more than just recording so unless you’re writing scores or recording albums you could use something more straight forward like Garage Band. Other popular DAW software packages are “Sonar”and “Pro Tools”.

  • Speakers- I use my recording setup for writing music as well as basic recording so I have a decent (but not too expensive) pair of monitor speakers. You can spend as much or as little as you want on speakers and there is an endless array of choices. Mine are Yamaha HS-50M studio monitors that I like for their small size and great sound. The cheapest option for monitor speakers is to use hifi gear. For me, it’s important that the monitors give me as accurate a sound as possible. Professional monitor speakers have a very “flat” sound compared to hifi speakers for that reason. They don’t colour the sound (extra bass etc) like some hifi speakers do. There are plenty of monitor speaker options available second hand on ebay if you want to dip your toe in.

  • Audio Interface- Now, this is an important piece of kit. The audio interface takes the signal from the microphone and turns it into a digital signal that your computer can understand. Like everything else, you can spend a little or a lot on one of these fellas. What’s the difference? Well, it all comes down to the quality of the signal conversion. This is important because you only get one chance to do that conversion and if your lovely playing gets squashed up in the conversion process when it goes into your computer, you will be stuck with a squashed sound. That being said, there are some decent lower end audio interfaces available. The one I’m using is an “Apogee One” which isn’t super cheap but sounds great.

    Actually there are two main considerations when looking at audio interfaces. The first, as I’ve mentioned, is the quality of the conversion or the Analog to Digital (A/D) converter). The second is the number of microphones or instruments you can record from at once. If you are planning on recording a full band then you will need many audio inputs to work at the same time. That way you can record the singer, guitarist, sax player, keyboardist, bass player etc at the same time.

    For most home recording setups though, you will mostly only ever record one or possibly two things at the same time. My “Apogee One”, as the name suggests, records just one thing at a time. Which is perfect for me.

    Now remember I was saying how important the A/D converter is? For each instrument an audio interface can record, it will need a separate A/D converter. So an audio interface that can record 8 channels or instruments will need 8 converters. My Apogee One has just – one! So by my Aussie thinking, that means more of my money was spent on a single, great quality A/D converter than 8 or 10 or 12 cheaper ones.

    Make sense?

    So to sum up, work out what you really need and get the best quality interface for that job that you can afford.

  • The Mixer- You may not need a mixer depending on what you plan to do with your recording setup. For me, the mixer is kind of like the “Central Station” for all the sound in my studio. The output from my audio interface goes through the mixer to my speakers so I can use the mixer to control the volume of the speakers. I have some other gear in my studio like keyboards and and EWI (midi sax). I connect the audio output from these to my mixer also to control the volume of the playback through my speakers.

    For a simpler setup, you may be able to connect the output from your audio interface directly to your speakers and control the volume using your computer. Like just having computer speakers but with them plugged into your audio interface, not the actual computer.

    If you are considering getting a mixer though, plan out what your actual requirements will be and get the smallest mixer that will do that. I used to have a 16 channel mixer – meaning I could plug 16 different things into my mixer and send all their sound to the one set of speakers. 12 of those channels were never used! I now have a 4 channel mixer that fits much nicer on my desk and works great.

  • Mini Keyboard- If you are just recording your playing you won’t need one of these. I use it for quickly writing music and scores – it’s great. Basically this is a “controller keyboard” or a keyboard that doesn’t make any sounds itself. I like the way it fits on my desk and is nice and compact – like the rest of my setup. I have a bigger keyboard for playing.

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The Perfect Recording Studio Setup: Audio, Lighting, Video
The Perfect Recording Studio Setup: Audio, Lighting, Video
The Perfect Recording Studio Setup: Audio, Lighting, Video
The Perfect Recording Studio Setup: Audio, Lighting, Video



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Before We Begin

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Setup

Creating a Professional Background for $50

The Perfect Lighting Hack

The Perfect Webcam Settings

Product Creation On The Fly (Screencasting)

Voice Inflection Tips & Tricks

Editing Your Video with Free Softwares

Editing Your Videos with Paid Softwares


Bonus Section

Sales Funnel Secrets


Alex16 March 2021

Short course - worth £12 certainly - key sections on video, lighting and sound could have been much deeper and would have made a big impact.

Larry20 September 2020

Covers all the basics in a tight short course. Beneficial for those interested in the behind-the-scenes setup for getting setup quickly. This course does not cover applications (video editing, audio editing) or in-depth concepts (like mic pick-up patterns, sound frequency ranges, etc.). The course covers things like Audio hardware, video hardware, getting better sound, lighting, and recording audio/video to your computer. A great course for beginners starting their journey in audio/visual productions.

John29 June 2019

The course was good as far as it goes, but it should have been titled: "how to do quality webcasts on a budget." Feels hastily put together, the author's passion is clearly in sales.

Bjoern13 August 2018

pretty good list of tools,would like to have a mic option for not so silent recording situations,my place is very noisy :(

Aman2 April 2018

I wanted to set up studio for my business and the after spending hours in reading blogs and watching videos. Now I know how to do it. I feel like an expert now. Thank you very much Zach. Loved the course ^_^ .

Fares14 January 2018

it was awesome, and soon I'll set up my own studio perfectly as I got a lot of keys from the course. thanks a lot.

Tasha20 November 2017

Great for beginners! I am a total newbie when it comes to recording videos and I find this to be very helpful.

Rudyard7 November 2017

Awesome course and direct to the point explanation,best course in explaining how to get started fast and cheaply. I love this course for its simple and practical approach. Do this with speed,you will earn fast. The course is presented in very engaging and fun way so you will get to enjoy and finish the course. Creating such simple and fun course will guide lots of beginner and professionals to maximize their profits and build more traffic using this methods by setting up early and properly you will get your audience to engage more and learn from you more. The course instructor also provided a bonus a material in the end to double and triple your sales based on his 7 figure business over the past decade which gives a tons of value in your business. Take this course now and start building your perfect studio setup now. Thank you so much :D

Wendy26 October 2017

Crisp, clear, and detailed descriptions about the products were given by the speaker. Zach was very knowledgeable about the camera and even offered to keep us up to date with the most efficient equipment he’s using. I highly recommend checking out this course. Having the best equipment to record with is a MUST!

Ashok4 October 2017

Zach is such a influencer. The way he puts the things are JUST Fab! No matter what zach's course of setting up the recording studio is to the ulitmate point where you can set up the things discussed without professional help.. MUST HAVE.. I totally recommend it.


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