This article is going to talk about all of the specifics that go into locating the perfect recording studio. Many times, musicians need to have options to record music while traveling, or when they are in different cities. Here we discuss how to best go about vetting an selecting a recording studio no matter where you are.
How to know which recording studios near you are available
More often than not, online information is not up to date when it comes to directories or even recording studio websites. You need to double check everything with the owners before you start planning to use a space. While it’s not the most efficient way, calling these different studios is usually one of your best options.
When you do get somebody on the phone, it’s always a good idea to ask if they have open availability that they are trying to fill. Sometimes you may be able to get on a waitlist where they will call you, and you can come in and record if they get a last minute cancelation for a reduced rate.
Photo by Gavin Whitner
What to look for in a recording studio.
There are a whole host of factors to take into consideration when selecting a recording studio. It’s common for recording studios to specialize in specific genres, so take that into consideration before you start searching for a space to record. Beyond that, there are some other factors that you should be aware of.
The Physical Space
When it comes to recording studios, it’s important not to judge a book by its cover. Some of the best recording studios in the country look less than appealing from the outside, but it’s the inside that really counts.
A really good indicating factor to look for in a good space is cleanliness. If the space is taken care of, that usually means that the equipment will be as well. You want a space that inspires you, not one that makes you feel uncomfortable. Many times you can find pictures of a studio’s interior online, but you might end up having to check it out in person.
The next thing you need to look for is the type of equipment that the particular recording studio has. If the equipment isn’t high quality then it doesn't make much sense to spend a lot of money recording there. This scenario will be the exception though, not the rule. The vast majority of the time you’ll find that the equipment is in the tens of thousands of dollars.
The next biggest factor that you need to consider when you’re trying to rent a recording studio is the staff themselves. The skill of the audio engineers at the recording studio could mean the difference between making a good track and a great one. Always be sure to check credentials and talk to the people who will be working on your music before signing anything.
Professional staff makes the whole recording process so much faster and enjoyable that it really is worth taking the time to make sure that you can work well with them. No matter what, you’re going to be spending quite a lot of time with these people, so it’s worth it to make sure you get along with them.
How to find home studios
Besides professional studios, there are many personal private studios that may be available to rent, but you might find it difficult to locate them. If an online search isn’t yielding results, your next best bet is to go to local music shops and ask around. Places like these will usually have more than a few leads on people that might have a more affordable setup for you to use.
Another way you could potentially look for spaces would be through using a site like Madstudios which lists availability and pricing in one place. Unlike something like Craigslist, the Madstudios app guarantees that the person you are talking to about a studio is really that person.
At the end of the day, finding a recording studio doesn’t have to be that much work with the right technology. Today you can find recording studios in just about every single place that you go, and the internet makes determining when they are available and if they are worth your time easier than ever.
Join the #MADCREAIVE community
Subscribe now and join us to for industry resources, newsworthy updates, and upcoming events..