Mark Begelman discusses the things to consider when choosing a recording studio.
If you love music and you dream of becoming a rock star, you have to think about the recording process. This process often proves to be difficult for most aspiring musicians as they try to choose the best option for their career. The availability of home recording equipment has added to the confusion, as many musicians are not sure about the best move for their career. The fact is that, attempting to record music on your own can be a difficult task and getting a recording studio can be the best move you can make.
Planning the process
Leaving the recording process to a qualified sound engineer is more productive than doing the job yourself. It is important to start planning early so that you can get the best services. While this may be an expensive option, it will yield better results. Trying to write, edit, mix, arrange and perform the music all by yourself can be difficult and you risk losing focus along the way. When you choose the best studio for your music, you can avoid becoming over-involved, which can affect the results.
Establish your budget
Your budget will determine the studio that you can choose, making it the major factor when it comes to shopping around. The budget is often a limiting factor for most artists who are starting out and it is a fact that the expensive studios often offer the best when you want professional results. It is important to do some research so that you can find out how to get the most from your recording budget. Remember that there are always places where you can get the results that you need within your means.
The recording facilities
The studios or rooms that are available for the recording will determine the results that you get. A good studio will have rooms that are ideal for different kinds of music. The treatment used on the walls can affect the quality of the sound and you have to think about this factor when recording with drums and other loud instruments. A good room should enhance the quality of the sound without adding unwanted frequencies. It is a good idea to talk to people who have used the studio to get some feedback.
The equipment available
Think about the equipment that is available at the music studio. Good quality equipment will result in good quality sound. A good recording studio should have equipment that will ensure that your music has the desired depth and focus. You can avoid the harshness and poor quality that is associated with cheap equipment. Good sound recordings should not have the lack of depth that is often attributed to digital sound. You want the music to sound as “live” as possible.
Mixing can be a stressful and delicate process and it will determine the overall sound of the band. Capturing the right tone is essential and it helps to have a competent sound engineer who will ensure that you get the best production results. Avoid rushing the process but remember that the more time that you spend in the studio, the more expensive it will be.