Now a-days it seems like everyone is either in a band or starting their own recording studio, where do you begin to decide what’s good? What’s quality? What is worth your time and effort?!
Well there are many Pro’s and Con’s for both but ultimately it comes down to your own wants and needs. Choosing to record shouldn’t be a quick and easy decision, you have to do your research, as with buying a car, the more money you spend (for the most part) the better quality of product you will get and you will have to live with it for a long time.
So how do you decide whether to go with a expensive professional or a home studio?
You may save money going for the home studio, but chances are your engineer won’t be quite as experienced as a professional studio engineer may be, so you could spent a little extra time figuring things out. But at the same time, one thing I’m quite proud of in my studio, which is a little more professional than just a home studio but not quite as high tech as some of the studios out there, is the atmosphere. A big professional studio can be intimidating with a professional engineer watching you, making you do parts over and over until it’s perfect. However, I don’t always believe that perfect is really perfect. When you are thinking about how you’re spending $75 an hour and this engineer is pushing you to get it perfect you may lose out on being creative. At a home studio things tend to be more relaxed. You tend to pay more of a flat rate or cheaper hourly rate so you don’t feel as rushed or stressed.
Newer engineers may also be more incline to experiment with different things where professional engineers have been doing things the same way, efficiently and effectively for years.
If you want to make a recording that you plan to make you famous and get played on all the major radio stations, go to a professional studio, you’ll get high quality, polished studio recordings.
If you want creative, more live sounding recordings that can very much be good quality and more of a representation of your live band, you’d be just fine to go to a home studio.
It all comes down to what you want. Check out a few studios, talk to the engineer and see if he/she first off likes your kind of music and understands the vision you have for how you want the songs to sound. If you don’t see eye to eye with your engineer it’ll sound like how he/she wants it to sound and not how you want it to sound. If you get along with your engineer regardless of what kind of studio you’re at you’ll have fun and end up with a product you can be happy with. As much as you maybe passionate and serious about your music, if you aren’t having fun with it you are defeating the purpose of being a musician.