Recording: Home Quality vs. Studio Quality
If you are an up and coming artist or a veteran to the music scene then you understand the complexities linked to recording and mixing a high quality, professional song or album. When deciding whether home recording or studio time is your best route you need to as yourself, “What’s my ultimate goal?”
Sound engineering is a highly skilled profession in which producers where many hats. It’s not enough to understand and operate engineering software. Successful producers have, at the very least, some experience playing a musical instrument such as the drums, guitar or keyboard. It’s not essential to be an accomplished musician to be a successful producer but a good understanding of those instruments technicalities is a must. In addition, producers must know the latest in digital recording equipment, trends, music software, copyrights, marketing, branding and of course what fans gravitate to in all the various music genres. Kind of a mouthful huh? It’s important to take the level of skill into consideration when you are trying to record a song or album because the time and money involved in creating a home studio may exceed the cost of booking studio time.
First find out what equipment and renovations are needed to build a quality sound studio. Do you have an acoustically treated room? Do you want to record live or use a multi-track method? Do you want the studio to be used for personal use or do you want to rent it out to other artists and producers? If so, is your equipment compatible with other systems so your clients can mix their projects elsewhere? All these questions and more are important to answer before spending thousands on a home recording studio when you can spend less than a couple hundred at a professional studio with highly trained producers, high quality sound equipment and mixing capabilities all under one roof for one flat fee. If producing is not your forte but you have a desire to release songs that make it to the top of the billboard charts, then linking with recording studios will give you more time to write songs and improve your sound while you let the professionals handle the production end.
However, home recording does come in handy if you want to send out a demo. The beginning stages of being a recording artist can be brutal both financially and time wise. If you’re like most artists you are trying to juggle a nine to five, a music career and maybe even a family. Record labels are not extremely picky about sound quality because they understand money is a factor. However, they do pay close attention to the beats, lyrics and of course the artist talent. If you have little to no experience with instruments and digital audio workstations, but have a great voice and well written songs, then be sure to do your research and look at all your options when it comes to recording your demo. Keep in mind, your demo is your ticket to becoming the recording artist you have always dreamt of becoming. So do your homework to ensure you are sending out the best representation of you as an artist.