I’m going to let you in on a little secret. And this is a big one!
All those buttons… All the knobs…
The faders… The tape machines… The GEAR!
It’s All For Show!
Thats right. Recording studios from LA to NYC and everywhere in between want you to think that your music is going to sound better because of all of the gear filling the room.
Truth is? It’s not.
And don’t worry, I fell for it too! I was in my first band in high school when I first went to a real recording studio in NYC. Suddenly I no longer wanted to be in a band. I wanted to be the guy on the other side of the glass recording the band.
And I did it, too! I went to a fancy school where the classrooms were actual recording studios. I learned how to use all of the gear that I believed was the key to making great records. I interned at some of the fanciest recording studios in NYC and worked my way up to Head Engineer.
I became an insider, and I want to share with you what took me many years to learn.
How We Make Music: Then vs Now
The truth is, flashy gear is a thing of the past. It sits there collecting dust while the engineers are recording, mixing, editing, and mastering your music on very old computers.
In fact, computer technology has grown so much that I’m willing to bet your laptop can run more tracks than the computers at most major recording studios!
Is your mind blown yet? Don’t worry!
The good news is, now you can pick a recording studio for the right reasons. Im sure by now you’re starting to understand that great sound is not in the gear.It’s in the ears! Recording Engineers, Producers, Mixing Engineers, & Mastering Engineers are the people who bring your music to life! And I guarantee if you find one you like, he or she could help you create amazing music whether they sat in front of a laptop or at the controls of a multi million dollar recording studio.
So What Does This Mean For You?
Now that you know the truth about fancy recording studios, you can pick the one thats right for your next project by following these steps:
Use Your Ears, Not Your Eyes
Mixing consoles might look cool,
but they mean nothing if the person running it
doesn’t know what he or she is doing!
Listen To Their Work!
Most recording studios will have somewhere
on their website where you can listen to their work.
Find a studio with great sounding music and plenty
of experience in your genre!
Know Who You Want To Work With!
After you’ve listened to the studios portfolio
you have to make sure that you get the chance
to work with the engineer or producer who worked
on the song that you liked!
You got this! I believe in you. Now go out there, do some research, and make an informed decision.
If you’d like to find out more about what I do, listen to some examples of my work, or book a session, you can check out my brand new, music production & recording studio, Long Island Sound Studios in Long Island City / Astoria NY.