Advances in technology and recording equipment have enabled indie artists to become more diy than ever before. Home recording equipment abounds, but studio recording remains steady. So what are the pros and cons of home vs. studio recording?
Five points to consider:
- Cost: While home recording may seem like the obvious cost effective route, working with a professional engineer or producer may be more productive. Consider the amount of time and effort it will take when recording at home. If it’s going to take months, consider the commitment. Time is money.
- People: When recording at home or looking for a studio, it’s not about the where, and it’s not about the glitz of the studio or the amenities or the food service. It’s about the who. Whether in a studio or at home, surround yourself with people who are passionate about your sound. They will spend more time working with you and that will yield better results.
- Rooms: Whether you’re recording in your bathroom for the great acoustics or at a Fifth Avenue recording studio, finding the right space to record in is key.
- Equipment: There is a learning curve for new equipment. If you’re going the diy route, consider the time it will take you to learn the ins and outs of new equipment. Do you have the time and patience or is that better left to the professionals?
- Time: Whether recording in a studio or at home, beware of time. If it turns into a big a project, you may have to fork over big bucks at the studio. Or consider your personality; will you loose steam recording at home if the project drags on?
When deciding to go the home recording or studio recording route, it’s important to consider these factors. As an indie musician, you want to create the best possible end product and weigh all of your options before making a decision.
Tell us what you think! Have you recorded at home? Or did you go to a studio? Do you have any pros and cons to share?
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