In part one of “Running Your Band as a Business,” we covered how to sound great live. Our next guide, titled “An Honest Evaluation of Home Recording Methods: A Pro-Studio Owner’s Perspective,” serves two major purposes. First, to lay all my cards on the table: I own a recording studio, and I firmly believe that, for the vast majority of bands, a studio is the best way to record music. But I won’t expect you to believe me on face, since my vested interest is obvious. Instead I’ll give some principled reasons for my opinion and let you decide for yourself.
I realize, however, that many of you might be constrained to home recording methods, or will favor them regardless. So, the second purpose of this guide is to articulate how to create an ideal home recording environment – not in a technical sense, necessarily, but in a practical sense (there are plenty of other resources out there that get into the nitty gritty of setting up a home studio). There’s a lot that goes into this, so if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, this guide is for you. I’ll detail the bare minimum requirements (what gear you absolutely must have, etc.), and give you a sense of the price range for each requirement.
I’ll also cover the intangibles. For instance, to commit to creating a fabulous home recording studio is to commit to learning a great deal about mixing and recording. You’ll not only be learning the nature of music recording, but you’ll be doing so in a room likely not designed specifically for it. For the totally committed, this fact might provide a thrill. For everyone else, prepare to dedicate yourself to a major new project.
This guide can give you a head start, however, and minimize the amount of trial-and-error you might have to fight through if you decided to experiment on your own or to use a less thorough guide. After you’ve gotten the right gear, your chief challenge becomes how to layout the room. We work backwards from the Platonic Ideal Recording Space. In other words, we imagine what the perfect recording space would have to look like, then make adjustments afterwards. We discuss what a perfect “live” and “control” room would need to look like. After that, we notice what difficulties often intrude in the way of you meeting these perfect conditions. What common hindrances do people face? Our guide indicates what these problems are and how you can fix or avoid them.
Lest you lose all hope in striving for your perfect home recording studio, we make an effort to show that it is possible, and that in our mind, some of the greatest albums of all time have been recorded in such conditions. OK Computer, anyone? With a high level of perseverance (provided by you) and knowledge (provided, we hope, by this guide), you could be well on your way to making the next classic LP.
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Written By Samuel Waymire. Additional Contributions By Tyler Sullivan.
I wrote this post in parallel with working very hard to open the doors to our brand new recording facility here in Asheville, NC.
In addition to recording kick ass records, R1N is devoted to helping new bands and artists gain an advantage over their more experienced competition. If you want to learn more about what R1N is all about, I have written a manifesto that sums that up nicely.
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