It can seem tempting for home bodies, or those who are just starting out recording to gear up at home and just do it yourself. While it’s becoming easier to get every basic thing you need to record at home, there are many reasons why using a professional studio is a better idea.
1. Studios have Trained Professionals
Unless you have some very knowledgeable friends it’s hard to pass up the chance to record with highly skilled recording professionals. These people, from engineers to producers, know how to get the sound you want, and are familiar with all the studio equipment, helping to cut down time in terms of searching out that perfect sound.
If you’re going to a professional studio search be sure to check their credits, or who they’ve worked with and what they’ve produced before. This will give you a good idea of their abilities and genres of expertise.
You’ll find at a professional studio you’ll save a lot of time by having skilled pros at hand who know what they’re doing and how to do it. It saves the frustration of you and your band sitting around tinkering with piece after piece, track after track and still being unable to come across the sound you’re hearing inside your head.
2. Objective Recording
This is another reason you’ll want professionals around. If you’re recording at home you might hear what you want to hear. Having someone else critique your work can be the difference between an okay track and a polished hit. These people have experience in making hit records and they know what works and doesn’t work. Be ready for a little constructive criticism.
3. Top of the Line Equipment
Check out the equipment in a professional recording studio and you’ll understand that, unless you have the bucks to put behind tens of thousands of dollars of different instruments and hardware, a home studio in no way compares. Professional studios will usually have over $25,000 just in different mics to help you achieve perfect sound. Not only that but you’ll find different percussion, keys—you name it, it’s all at your fingertips, so if you get the sudden whim that a song needs a keyboard dubbed in it’s there for you.
The production equipment is also what makes pro studios superior. While there are some great home studios out there, you can’t beat having top of the line computers, mixers, compressors and amps right there in one studio.
Unless you’re prepared to fork up some cash to sound treat a room specifically for recording, you’ll find you won’t be as happy with the sound, especially in regards to percussion.
Professional studios are built to acoustic standards so that everything sounds clean and pristine, and not like you recorded in your dad’s garage. You’ll get fuller sound, and the percussion will be tighter when you use a good studio room.
5. Don’t Take Your Work Home with You
While this is hard or impossible for many musicians, it feels good to be out of the house recording somewhere entirely dedicated to making music. Not only is this atmosphere more inspiring but will actually energize you to get the job done and avoid the distractions you’d find at home. It feels more like you’re getting something accomplished, and with so much equipment at your beck and call you’ll find recording much easier.
If you’ve been humming and hawing about whether to splurge for the gear and do it all yourself or to record in a professional studio, hopefully this has given you something to think about. Skills, plus experience, plus top of the line equipment and recording space prove invaluable to a great record.
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