You may be reading this title and think, “Isn’t he giving away the store by telling people to record at home?” The answer is, no. In fact, there are many reasons why I recommend that artists have a home recording studio:
- Ain’t no thang. Unless you’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on your home studio, the average indie artist is unable to design and build a studio, and afford the gear needed to capture sounds at a comparable level of quality. I’m not worried about being replaced. But I do have ulterior motives…
- Better Songs. For a relatively small investment on funds, a home studio set-up will help you turn your “voice notes” recordings into larger, more developed ideas. By improving your demo recordings, you will see your song-writing itself improve. I can vouch for this, personally. The microphone is a microscope, giving you a very up-close view of each of your songs. You will know what needs to be improved or removed from your songs long before you hit the studio.
- Better Prepared. Unless your mom was a session player in the 80s, the recording studio can be a very foreign, intimidating environment to any musician. Sure you play gigs all time. Sure you jam as a band in the garage all the time. But how often do you rock out with headphones on, with a metronome clicking in your ear, surrounded by microphones that literally pick up the sound of your rapidly pulsing heart? Never. On top of that, you have the pressure of the ticking clock – reminding you that you’re spending a pizza every time you have to “run the song again” because you messed up your part! Well, the only way to get good at recording is you – you guessed it, practice recording at home. After a month of recording vocals or guitar in your bedroom, I guaranty that pesky metronome will become as normal as your resting heart rate and that super sensitive mic will no longer scare you away from taking performance risks.
- Recording is more fun. If you’re better prepared before you come to the studio – you’ll actually get to take advantage of all the tools available in a professional studio. When you work more efficiently, you will have you more time (and money) to explore creative ideas in the studio. Instead of running out of time, you may just run out of ideas – which is the better choice every time.
Now that I’ve convinced you WHY you need a home recording studio, stay tuned for my next article when I outline WHAT you will need for a home studio.