Nowadays, music is created in a variety of different environments, ranging from advanced and expensive high-end recording studios to small bedroom studios.
Choosing the ideal recording space is not always simple, as a number of indirectly related and unpredictable factors can affect the quality of the sessions. Recording artists must be able to evaluate and selectively choose their creative spaces wisely, ensuring that projects can be completed successfully within their given circumstances.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common places to record audio…
Traditional Recording Studios
A traditional recording studio consists of ‘live rooms’ and ‘control rooms’, based around medium or large-format mixing consoles and offering all the other common elements of audio signal chains, e.g. cabling, microphones, signal processing devices, recorders, etc. The number of these traditional type studios has declined significantly ever since the introduction of affordable digital audio workstations and the rapid reproduction of home studios. However many producers and artists are still convinced there’s nothing really comparable to the polished sounds produced by professional recording studios.
Here are some Pros to recording in a Traditional Studio:
- Reputability -Musicians commonly gain confidence when working in environments where other successful albums were made; it feels pretty darn cool to be in the creative space of some of the greats.
- Equipment – Most studios are equipped with expensive state of the art technology, software, and instruments available for artists use. Not to mentioned the highly skilled staff and sound engineers that are extensively trained in producing the highest quality sound for your project.
- Acoustics / Environment – There is something to be said for working in an environment entirely dedicated to the making of music. The acoustics of high-end studios are the result of careful planning and significant investment. Every bit of a recording studio is designed for producing optimal sound; from the walls, size of the room, amount of glass, and even the floor type.
- Focus – High-end recording studio time is commonly expensive, which may lead producers, engineers and artists to focus and work with greater intensity.
Temporary / Home Recording Spaces
Home recording spaces come in all different shapes and sizes depending on the artist’s preference. Some share the characteristics of large commercial studios, while others may be a lot more modest and simplistic. Home studios have grown significantly in number since the introduction of affordable equipment and today a great number of musicians own and are able to operate simple, computer-based, recording set-ups. One of the main advantages of recording in live-in settings is that it the creative flow it produces. A home studio is somewhat easier to create a collaborative bond between musicians at a home environment than it would be at a professional studio because of the isolation offered in a private setting.
Here are some Pros to recording in a Home environment
- Artists are able to work whenever they feel inspired as there is no time regulation or time slots to abide by.
- Artists may feel less pressured to produce results since they are in the comfort of their own home and not around strangers at public studio.
- And then there’s money, which is a pivotal factor for many struggling musicians. At a home studio, artists are able to save money that would otherwise be used for studio rental. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the quality and condition of equipment, the overall acoustic characteristics of the recording, and monitoring environments may not be as professional-sounding as a professional studio.
Planning a recording session is vital to its success, so if you’re thinking about recording be sure to choose carefully and thoughtfully.