With the availability of cost effective home recording equipment, building a home studio is becoming more attractive to bands and soloists out there who can’t afford to spend time in a professional studio. There are benefits to recording at home instead of in a studio, mainly involving time and money—your two most precious resources.
1. Save Some Cash
Professional recording studios can cost upwards of $100 to $300 an hour, making the recording of even a demo pricey. While you’ll need to invest initial time and money to build your own studio you’ll save money in the long run, especially if you’re doing a lot of recordings.
Consider buying recording equipment like mics and mixers online on Craigslist or Ebay. Just make sure they have the owner’s manual still attached (or you can download a copy from the company website) as you’ll need it to learn the components and proper setup. This can help you save a lot of money in the beginning, and you can always upgrade once you’ve earned some more cash back.
2. Do it on Your Own Time
Because every hour of recording costs you at a professional studio, home studios are desirable for letting you work at your own pace. You can start, stop and record any time you want and as long as you have good time management and motivational skills you’ll be more comfortable recording at home. Plus you’ll be able to do as many takes as you need to get the sound you’re looking for. You can also tinker away at your leisure to get the song right where you need it.
3. Make Your Own Money
Once you get comfortable with all the equipment and recording process, getting friends’ bands or bands looking to get an economical start can help you make the money back you spent on the studio. Invite them in to do demos and charge what you think is a reasonable price, as long as it is below a professional studio rate.
4. Build Your Recording Chops
Learning how to work your own recording studio is empowering. As long as you have a basic knowledge of the equipment going into it you’ll be able to pick it up and build your own process. Consider mentoring with someone at a professional studio if you feel you need to know more about all the equipment involved. Many technical schools also offer recording certificates, though this would be a hefty added cost.
5. Produce Your Own Sound
If you have a good home recording studio with a proper tracking room and isolation booth you’ll be able to create excellent sound that will make for a more appealing demo, or album. You can spend as much time as you need to try different sounds, dubs, instruments, and effects. This is more appealing if you’re trying to explore something like a concept album or a distinct, unique style or sound. You can build your signature, so to speak.
While nothing beats working in a professional studio, a home studio is great if you are looking for something more affordable or if you’re interested in building your own sound from the bottom up. By investing in quality equipment, and building a proper studio you’ll not only save money in the long run, but may even have the opportunity of making some cash back from other artists.