Recording music or audio is crucial for artists to further their careers, so choosing a suitable recording studio is one of the most critical decisions you can make. We’ve put together a list of five factors to consider before using a recording studio to help you find the best place to record.
If this is your first time using a recording studio, you’ll want to see it in person before committing to any booking. Take a tour and ask to listen to some sound samples from the studio.
Do the acoustics sound right for your sound? Is there enough space to fit everyone who needs to be there? You don’t want any surprises the day you and everyone else show up at the studio to record.
Before you use a recording studio, you should be familiar with the available equipment they offer and what equipment you’ll need to supply. What instruments will you require in your studio time? Are you or someone else bringing it, or are you renting it from the studio?
Of course, you also want to make sure that the studio’s equipment works properly and sounds great. Have a concrete understanding of the equipment you’ll require and where you’ll be getting it before going to the studio.
They say that time is money, and that’s the case for booking recording studios. Some are more expensive than others, but a more affordable studio may mean you can book it for longer. Weigh the pros and cons of each studio within your desired budget before choosing one.
Ideally, you should book more studio time than you think you need because you never know what could happen once you start recording. Are you going to need to hire session musicians or rent equipment? Have a firm accounting of your budget before booking a studio.
It’s not uncommon for a group to get into the recording studio only to suddenly realize nobody knows who is doing what. Do you have to hire a sound engineer from the studio, or are you hiring someone yourself? Who will be producing and writing songs?
Make sure everyone’s clear on their roles and the credit they’ll receive for the recording before stepping into the studio.
Last but certainly not least, you must thoughtfully consider your material. Studio time isn’t free, so you don’t want to be wasting time and money experimenting and brainstorming new songs or recordings.
Also, discuss with the studio to determine if it is a suitable space and location for your material. Some places are ideal for a recording studios, while others are better for large orchestras. Do your research and even speak with other similar artists to see which studio worked best for them.
There are many factors to consider before using a recording studio. The most significant thing to remember is to do your research and come prepared before setting foot in any studio.