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When it comes to recording your songs in the studio, how can you be sure to choose the right one? The one that fits your music and you will feel comfortable in. A bad choice of a recording studio can be costly, both financially and artistically.

Questions you should ask yourself:

On the practical side:

What is my budget? If you are a group, is the studio big enough? Do I need multiple isolation rooms? Where is it located? If the studio is not in your city, are there hotels, restaurants, and entertainment nearby? What equipment is available? How much time should you allow for yourself?

In terms of inspiration:

Do you like the atmosphere in the studio? Do you like the acoustics of the rooms? Will you be comfortable playing there? Is there a space to relax?

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Here are the types to guide you when it comes to the decision-making process:

1. The location of the studio

Nowadays there are a lot of recording studios, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one near you. However, depending on the city you are in, a bit of a commute may be necessary if you are looking for a specific sound/acoustic. You may also want to get away from home to get away from everyday distractions. Recording somewhere away from home can allow you to focus solely on the project for a time

So the location of the recording studio is something to define from the beginning, how far you are able to go. This will help you narrow down your search so that you only have to look for studios within a well-defined area.

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2. The Studio Budget

Your budget is one of the first factors to consider when you want to record in a studio. Keep in mind that the cheapest rates don’t always mean the worst quality, nor do the highest rates guarantee the best results. The key is to know what to expect and to make sure you are comfortable with it. It’s important to define your budget in advance. Plan for the unexpected by including an extra 10-15%in your budget. You may need more time, extra equipment, a breakdown, etc. Some recording studios lower their rates during off-peak hours, so don’t hesitate to ask if your budget is tight.

Ask yourself the right questions: Will you need to hire session musicians? Will you need a personal sound engineer? Do you plan to rent instruments/amps?

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Make sure that all these elements are factored into your budget, as you will often need more than just a studio with good acoustics for a good recording.

3. The reputation of the recording studio

The best recording studios have a history and are often well-known for having a “signature sound”. Unfortunately, these music studios are not easily accessible to independent musicians, but if your budget allows for it, don’t hesitate to at least try. There are also potential marketing benefits. Having the name of a famous studio on your EP/Album can enhance its credibility with music industry professionals. Otherwise, there are many other famous and less-famous studios that are open to everyone and also offer a particular sound, so you are spoilt for choice

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    4. Research

Now that you know your budget, you’ve defined the location and you’ve determined the equipment, musicians, and technicians you’ll need, it’s time to go visit the few recording studios that meet your criteria. Call them and set up an appointment. You can also ask for references – bands, artists, producers, and engineers who have recorded there.

 5. The Sound Engineer

Now that you know your budget, you’ve defined the location and you’ve determined the equipment, musicians, and technicians you’ll need, it’s time to go visit the few recording studios that meet your criteria. Call them and set up an appointment. You can also ask for references – bands, artists, producers, and engineers who have recorded there.

6. The time to record in the studio

Too often, musicians enter a music studio for the first time thinking they can show up at the studio early in the morning and walk out with a 12-track album recorded, mixed, and mastered by the end of the day. It’s unrealistic; even trying to achieve that would end in a very disappointing session. While each project is unique and does not require the same amount of time, don’t be afraid to ask the sound engineer for a time estimate to get organized. Having your equipment, being well organized, and most importantly, having rehearsed well beforehand will go a long way in minimizing the time spent in the recording studio – the idea is not to waste a single minute while you’re there. At Shamz Media we have a team of professionals who will walk you through achieving your goals in the music industry.

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