So you’re a musician but you want to take it farther than performing? Well, I don’t blame you, me too. Thankfully, this is quite doable no matter what your budget, and should definitely be done if interested.
Studio recording is a great experience. It’s fun, if not a bit nerve-wracking, and feels amazing. From the moment you step inside and look around at all the gear, to the time you step into the soundproof booth and put on the headphones, you will be in awe. I’ve gone into the studio at least half a dozen times, and I’m always blown away by my surroundings.
Perhaps more amazing is what happens afterwards. In my experience, they let you sit with them while they mix and master. Now that the hard part is over, it’s quite something to sit and watch as your halfway decent performance transforms with subtle effects and minor changes. It’s surprising how much they can alter things, too. Studios make people take more than one take or recording of a song for a reason, and that reason is so that they can splice things together if need be. Once done, the final product never ceases to blow me away, and that’s saying something seeing as how I really don’t like listening to my own voice.
If you don’t want to go somewhere to record, it isn’t impossible to create a studio at home either. The best part is that it doesn’t really even have to be soundproof. With the right software and hardware you can do surprisingly well in a quiet room. While I don’t recommend it for every person and every situation, it’s something to take a look at, at the very least. Personally, I go into the studio when I have the time and money, and they can fit me into the schedule. When I can’t, I make do with my own setup and that usually does just fine, minus the fact that it takes me much longer to do the mastering than it would for a studio worker.