Professional Studio vs. Home (Project) Studio

SAM_0213As an unsigned artist or band, you have many decisions to make about your music career. One of the dilemmas you’re faced with is whether to record your demo in a professional recording studio or a home studio. If budget is the determining factor for your decision, you may lean towards a home studio, but wonder if you’re sacrificing quality for affordability. Even if you could afford the higher cost of a professional studio, you don’t want to pay more than you have to either. So how do you make the right decision?

Let’s examine the pros and cons of each.

Professional Recording Studio

-Top quality equipment and acoustics
-Professional and qualified producers and sound engineers guaranteed
-Separation of areas (vocal booth, live band area, sound room)
-Great for live instruments and bands

-More expensive

Home (Project) Studio

-More affordable
-Great for vocal recording
-Will cater to your specific project

-Usually not geared for live instruments or bands
-Quality of equipment and acoustics vary
-Quality of producers and sound engineers vary

The bottom line is a professional recording studio guarantees top quality results for all types of recordings. While a home studio is more affordable, quality may vary and they’re best suited for vocal recording. It all comes down to your specific goals and expectations for your finished product. For example, if you’re only recording vocals over a beat you may want to consider a home studio. Just be sure to shop around and inquire about previous projects done to ensure quality. However, if you’re a live band with vocalists you may want to consider a professional studio. They are more geared towards your specific type of recording. That is not to say that there aren’t any home studios that can record live instruments or bands. They are just harder to find. At the end of the day, it is ultimately a decision that must provide your best interests. Consider all of your options and choose wisely.

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