Save Your Money! Know The Difference Between Studios.

Hey everyone,

I hope you’re feeling awesome! I’m back to discuss another topic which is a bit related to my last blog post.  Here’s the question for today.

“Is there a difference how studios function?”

I learnt that people blindly go to any of the nearest studios to record their songs. They have no idea what they are paying for and what type of audio they’ll get when finished. They just want the same thing as everyone else. Get recorded so they can listen to their songs and finally share it with their friends.

I don’t blame them. I used to be the same when I was like 17 in a band. Wish I had someone telling me what I’m about to tell you now and what I explained in my last post.

I’m going to try to keep it short and I won’t go into details. I just picked the two most common ways studios function. To understand the differences I’ll simply name them “the everyday studios” and the “production studios”.

So what’s the difference between “the everyday studios” and the “production studios”?

1)  The everyday studios:

Their main function is focused to only record. Usually metronome is not used, band members are always recorded at the same time and you’ll be given an audio the same or the next day. They will say this is the way to be efficient and quick. It’s also a quite common thing from them to say that mixing is free as they mix as they go / record, so they are actually saving you money. (LOL) Sounds like a deal? 

Audio results and explanation:

The result is a quick live demo which is great to give away at gigs for free as a promotion.

That audio in reality is a rapid mix that’s quickly levelled not to distort.(peak). “Mixing is free” is a common trick to get anyone in. (Nothing is free as they say.) Mixing is not free, it’s simply not done. 😀 Not the same lol. The point is that the whole process of these studios stop right after you’re recorded.

The everyday studio will also tell you that they provide high quality audio. In reality you’re not doing a pro audio, you’re just recorded with high quality gear. That’s not the same. No metronome and recorded at the same time = only a quick live recording in a studio. (Which you could easily do at home as well to be honest…)

Why “everyday studios” don’t use metronomes and record everyone at the same time?

Simply because it’s cost and time effective. Something that’s good for the studio, but not good for most musicians. Not using the metronome and recording band members at the same time speeds up the recording process. Quicker means more free time for the studio = more booked days. Recording everything at the same time is also widely used by studios as it may seem appealing for bands because of splitting up the hourly or daily cost.

List of services you get:

  • Recording

  • Rough quick mix to prevent peak

List of services you don’t get or cost extra:

  • Editing

  • Track enhancement

  • Real mixing

  • Mastering

2) Production studios:

three of us

The word production includes a wide range of services from recording to mastering to provide the best sound possible. Because of that it’s a 100% guarantee if you want to sound huge. 

List of services you get:

  • Recording

  • Editing

  • Track enhancement

  • Mixing

  • Mastering

  • Suggestions by the producer to make your songs better

List of services you don’t get or cost extra:

  • N/A ?

Audio results:

mastering

Any platform or commercial ready pro audio. You’re recorded with high quality gear and received a wide range of services to get the best treatment for your tracks. With that you’ll also get years of experience, knowledge and care put into your audio. Your songs will sound huge, rich and louder compared to quick recordings. This already makes your song stand out when it’s played in the radio for example. 

Hope I helped you to understand a bit more how some studios may function.

Take care and have an awesome day!

Andris

bro fist HRSP style

Today’s quick tip to save your money and get the best deal:

me editWhen you contact a studio don’t focus on their price per hour or price per day. Ask for a quote instead which includes the list of services they provide for that price. This way you’ll know what you’re paying for, what audio you’ll get and what type of studio you’re dealing with. 

Price for recording + services and care your tracks get = audio quality / your deal’s real value.

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