Five Tips to Finding a Studio


Music studios are everywhere now - literally.  Thanks to the musical digital revolution - anyone can produce music in this day and age.  The issue is, not everyone knows what they are doing.  As a matter of fact, very few know how to produce a full song – and have it sound good – whether they have unlimited gear or limited gear. 

You can have a situation where someone has a huge studio, tons of mixers, top notch speaker monitors, expensive microphones (high quality mics are very important in the recording process), the coolest instruments, the best software, and an awesome space with glassed-in sound booths, but if they don’t know technical steps on how to make your song sound good, it’s all useless.  I’ve also heard about how some of the best recordings come out of someone’s bedroom, a musician/producer with one midi controller or keyboard hooked up to their laptop using computer speakers.  It’s because that person – that musician/producer knows what they’re doing and have “a good set of ears”.  Meaning they are a professional in the music industry and work with sound every day.  That’s what it comes down to--a good set of ears, knowing music and the dynamics of sound, and knowledge of equipment to create the best sounding piece.

There are several things to consider in how to select where you get your demo created. 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the person/s a musician or are they not?  They should be.

  • How many years of experience does the musician/producer/sound engineer have at recording music and vocals?

  • After listening to the music the studio has produced, does should sound like something you hear on the radio?  It should have that type of quality to your ears.

  • How much does it cost? This one varies and you can read about in our blog, How Much Does a Demo Cost

  • How many songs do you want to create for the demo?  You’ll most likely need to budget your money if it’s more than one song. Especially if you need someone to write the music.

 So, as you can see, there are many considerations when choosing a music studio to get your songs sounding the way you want them to sound. 

 I think the most important advice I’d give is to talk to someone who knows about the music industry and the music production side of things.  You wouldn’t really want to trust the teenage kid down the road who jams out on his electric guitar at midnight on volume 11.  It’s art, creative, fun, emotional, and much more, but it’s still business.  You will be paying for the service.  You can Google some websites and get together a list of music production companies.  Listen to the music they are presenting on their own site and that should give you a pretty good idea of who you want to use.  Develop a process of elimination for yourself if you cannot find a producer to talk about it with you.  I’ll tell you right here and right now, you can email me at any time with any advice or questions about the process.

 Get that demo done!  Life is short!  It’s a great experience!

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David Hawkins