I overheard a conversation the other day, it was a heated debate between two people about the best way to record their music. One was adamant that you should do it all DIY with your own equipment and the other was saying it wouldn’t be anywhere as good as if you paid to use a recording studio. What are your thoughts on this?
I say it depends on what you are recording and why you are recording it. If you are recording a demo then it is a bit silly to pay out for a studio but if you are recording your debut EP or album then hiring somewhere like www.recordingstudiolondon.co.uk is probably the best option for you. A place that can make your music sound polished is much better than an obvious bedroom recording. But once again I go back to what it is you are recording your music for… as a singer songwriter, a home recorded EP/album works well with the style and fans will embrace that.
Then there is the argument that most ‘listeners’ will not be able to tell the difference between programmed drums and live drums and studio recorded music versus a track you recorded in your house. With all the equipment and software that is available to us musicians it is absolutely possible and cost effective to record music yourself… and if you get signed you will get heaps of studio time in order to re-record anyway!
I want to know about your experiences and your opinions on recording your music…
“A lot of our tracks have sounded a lot better than I thought they would because of recording, mixing, and because I probably didn’t hear it that way. I’m not a songwriter.”
“But some great records are are being made with today’s technology and there are still great artists among us. Likewise there are artists today who are so reliant on modern technology, they wouldn’t have emerged when recording was more organic.”