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What to look out for in a recording studio


record-studioRecording studios are an essential service for those bands and artists looking to take their career in a new direction and become professional musicians.

To really get noticed by a record label your music has to be in recorded in the highest possible fidelity possible, such is the nature of the  equipment that these studios do charge a premium for their services due to the fact that it is a very expensive investment to create and maintain a professional level recording studio.

This makes it all the more important that you find the right studio to avoid wasting inordinate amounts of money on sessions I n the wrong kind of studio, so let’s look at a few pointers you should abide by.

The staff

Your sound engineer is a vital component of any recording process and getting them on-side and working with you is key. However like any other profession they vary between different studio’s and great care needs to be taken regarding the engineers experience and technical ability as this will greatly affect the outcome of your recording.

Be sure to talk to your engineer before and ask him about his ability’s, some examples of tracks he has mastered before both before and after, be sure to listen to all samples over the studio headphones. If your engineer seems confident in his answers and about his abilities then you don’t really have much to go on other than that unfortunately.

The Facilities

The other thing you need to consider is what kind of facilities are the studio offering, obviously there are different levels of studio and the price per hour will generally reflect just how high of a quality the equipment they use is.

Bear in mind that its no use saving $30 per hour is not much good if the recording quality is half that of  a slightly more expensive a service. At the end of the day if you can’t afford that extra $30 then maybe you should postpone the recording sessions until such a time as you can.

What you get for your money


Is mastering and post production included in the price or is it an extra cost that needs to be factored in? Will they be supplying instruments or do you have to arrange transportation for your drum kit yourself? Again if there is an additional hidden charge then the good deal that you thought you were getting could become even more expensive as the day goes on.

Some less reputable studios use this tactic a lot where they will advertise one price to attract you in and not make you fully aware of the additional charges that will come with that.


Thank you for taking the time to read this article, if you are requiring a little more information on this topic for more information on recording studios in Perth.

Paul Alana

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