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July 26, 2011



Very good post (especially when read alongside your "benefits of the recording studio" post).

However, I find # 4 to be a two-edged sword. Sure, it's very useful to learn how to find your way round a studio. But getting good at it takes a lot of time - that you'd of course rather spend on making the music itself.

I've found that the greatest lesson you learn by recording at home is: where do you need to hire a professional. You figure out what parts you can do yourself - and where you're actually willing to pay for someone with specialist knowledge and years of experience.

In my old band we did almost everything ourselves, but were perfectly willing to pay for a) a skilled producer (mainly to interfere with our arrangements) and b) a mastering engineer - for the final touch-ups on our DIY masters.


I personally believe much of your argument is fundamentally flawed.

1) "Save some cash" - If you really do the math on the financial investment, it often doesn't work out being cheaper. Everything will take you ten times longer, and likely not turn out as well. Your time is worth money too. $2,000 for a decent computer + $1000 for decent interface + $200 to $5000 for mics + a few reasonable mic pres + acoustic treatment + misc cables, stands, etc... All of which I see people often invest only to make one crappy recording.

2) "Do it on your own time" - This can be a big problem for many people. If you need to "tinker away at your own leisure" then chances are the music is flawed, or you're overproducing something into a turd.

3) "Make Your Own Money" - What are you? A musician? Get out on the road and do something real with your career instead of recording copious amounts of sub-par garbage and unleashing it on the world. Instead of spending time on learning recording, the energy seems much more efficiently spent on learning to be a better songwriter.

4) "Build your recording chops" - Or you can just find someone you trust who already has great recording chops, and you can focus instead on writing good songs and playing an instrument. That makes much more sense to me.

5) "Produce Your Own Sound" - What? Really? I hope you're getting paid by the word or doing this for SEO purposes...


I love the second benefit that you have mentioned - Do it on Your Own Time. This is the very reason why I am now working for employers while staying home. I get to do things on my own time while I do household chores and take care of my kids. Cool thing!

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