Only another artist could understand how much work really goes into creating a quality piece of music; the time that’s spent learning the craft and the creative energy that goes into actually coming up with a new and unique piece of music that’s worth recording. If there are other artists involved in a collaborative effort it multiplies everything, there is a whole lot of dedication and commitment involved. So when the time comes to record the goal is to find the best recording studio for the money.
What is it that you should look for when you begin scouting for a facility to do your recording in? One attribute that should be a priority when looking for the right recording studio is if they have a qualified on-site recording engineer and an established reputation for producing quality products. One with a good reputation for having an even temperament and being easy to work with because the last thing you need is to get involved with any temperamental prim donna. Having someone that is involved in the process but is not willing to make the effort to get along with others will only lead to problems. You may end up feeling rushed to finish your project just to get out of there and this in turn can only serve to have a negative effect on the quality of your final product.
The perfect recording studio will also have a separate well insulated control room; a control room that’s equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and features that allow for maximum options and flexibility.
Another thing to look for is overall quality design and an eye towards comfort. A place you can relax in can only help to expedite the creative process.
Acoustics is also incredibly important, so look around and ask them what they’ve done to optimize the acoustics.
A nice and roomy full-size recording room is also a big plus to look for. One with at least a few isolation booths where you can set up instruments like drums, so you can better control the type and volume of sound that’s coming out. Soundproofing is also just as important as acoustics in the recording room, so before you make your final decision you need to check that out as well to make sure that’s up to your standards.
Then if you don’t have the means for transporting your equipment to and from the studio ask them if they have access to a van or truck, and if so perhaps they can be of any assistance in helping you moving your equipment.
Lastly there’s the issue of pricing that has to be taken into consideration and recording time in a top-rated studio is definitely not cheap. It all comes down to how much money you have to spend on your recording project and keep in mind that, similar to so many other things in life that you’re going to buy or rent, you get what you pay for. So do any comparison-shopping to become familiar with the general price structure for recording time in a professional grade studio before you make your final decision.