Do you need a professional studio to make awesome recordings? The short answer is no…the long answer is yes. Wearing a snappy looking cap and walking next to a stewardess doesn’t make you a pilot, just like owning a pro tools rig doesn’t make you an engineer/producer. A whole new generation is embracing the high end headphone market and what once seemed like a lost art is coming back…the ability to tell the difference between shit recordings and amazing ones.
If you are an EDM artist dealing solely with bleeps and bloops and pre designed synthesis…your ability to engineer is largely enhanced by the pre designed sounds you are creating with. If, on the other hand you are a live band…look out because there is an art form to miking drums and guitars, horns and vocals. There are phase relationships, EQ issues, rattles and hums that all are dealt with by a great engineer/producer. There is a wealth of high end gear that can and does make a huge difference sonically.
You spend all your energy crafting songs that come from an emotional place deep inside. You spend days, weeks and months fine tuning every last bit of the writing. Work extra shifts to afford that awesome amp or drum set. Then you call your mate Steve whose father was kind enough to take him to Sam Ash and buy him a Pro Tools LE system…and you put your newborn creation and all your hopes and dreams into the hands of an absolute hack.
So yes you can do it yourself and there are a few very talented people who have made brilliant recordings all on their own. That being said…if this really is your passion, your one shot…find a great facility with all the bells and whistles and more importantly a brilliant staff…you will never regret it and your fans will notice the difference. They are now listening on $300 headphones…not $5 ear buds.
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