Of course we hope you will choose to do your project with us,
but no matter what there are a few things we hope everyone will
consider when looking for a studio.
lower hourly rate does not always mean you will spend less.
The competence and efficiency of the engineer is vital. Mistakes
or simple slowness due to inexperience can eat up a lot of
time. Same goes for the facility.
space and gear should be adequate for your needs.
If, for example, if there's not enough space, mics,
or tracks for your band to track more or less together, you
could spend a lot of extra time overdubbing. That said, a
roomful of expensive gear you won't really use isn't always
worth paying more for.
should feel confident from the start that you will be happy
with the quality of your project when you are through.
Having to redo parts, songs or whole projects because something
just didn't come out right is expensive, not to mention frustrating.
The key is talking to people. Go to the studio and meet with
the engineer you would work with. Discuss the details of your
project, your timetable, and your budget. Have him or her
play you samples of music they have engineered, particularly
samples from the same general category as yours. Ask how he
or she would approach the setup and process of tracking for
you or your band. If you like, bring samples of records you
like the sound of to give the engineer an idea of where you
are at. Make sure he or she is knowledgable and professional,
and make sure you feel this is someone you can work with.
It's a very close working relationship you are entering into
when you start recording.
references or just ask around. Musicians will usually give
very candid answers about their recording experience.