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There comes a point in most musician’s life where they’ll want to jump into a studio and begin recording their music. Having a studio when recording can help you in a multitude of ways due to having access to better technology and or having more space to work. It’s important to make sure you think about a few things before you decide to book some time in the studio though, otherwise, you could be setting yourself up for failure both creatively and financially. 

Am I Ready?

One of the first things you should be asking yourself if thinking about booking studio time is if you’re ready. Being “ready” can mean a plethora of things depending on the person, but it’s important to think about if your songs are ready and if you’re ready to perform these songs as they’re meant to be performed. Unfortunately, there’s only so much an audio engineer will be able to do to help you in those situations and if you aren’t properly prepared you could end up wasting time and money. Some musicians are able to just go into the studio, jam and walk out with something great, but it’s important to be realistic because it doesn’t mean that will happen with you. 

Is This The Right Studio For Me?

An important factor of going into the recording studio is making sure that the studio fits you and your tastes among other things. It’s never a good idea to choose a studio just because they’re located near you. Do research to see if they fit with your style. Most studios allow you to check the space out and even meet the engineer beforehand, which is a great benefit to have as you can see if the space is big enough, if it has the equipment you need, and if the engineer is right for you. It’s a good idea to check out the engineer’s portfolio if possible, as it can give you an idea if they have similar taste to you or if they’ve ever recorded anything similar to what you would like to create.

What Am I Trying To Achieve and Do I Have The Resources?

When you first enter the studio, your engineer will likely ask you what your goals are in booking the studio. They may want to know if you’re looking to record a single song, or if it’s going to be a full-length album. If you don’t have an answer, it’s likely a sign you shouldn’t be in the studio just yet. It’s also important to think about if you have the resources needed to accomplish what you’re trying to do. You may be going in thinking you’re going to be recording an album, only to find out you can’t afford to pay for the time needed in the studio to do that. This can leave you with unfinished songs, and without a way to finish them. Luckily, studios and audio engineers are usually willing to work with you and if you’re honest with them about your budget you can probably figure something out that will allow you to accomplish your goals.

Booking your first recording studio is a large step for any musician, and it can be stressful. It’s a good idea to think about the things I’ve mentioned above as well as a lot more if you want to make sure it’s actually the proper time to be taking that step. Do your research and take your time. The studio will still be there when you are ready.