Choosing a Recording Studio (Part 1.)
Choosing the right studio to record your music in can be a difficult task. There are a lot of great studios in Sydney, which doesn't make it any easier. Here are a few points to keep in mind when searching for the right place to record.
Size & configuration
Does the studio size and configuration suit your preferred recording method. For example, if your band is a four-piece and you'd like to record all the instruments at the same time then this should be a consideration when choosing the studio. There's no point in considering smaller studios that are not able to accommodate a full band as this may have the effect of compromising the performance and hence the final product.
At Everland, we can record drums, bass, two guitars, keyboards and a scratch vocal at the same time. There are good sight lines between performers to maintain the vibe of your music.
It's a fact of life for most indie bands in this day and age that budget is a factor when choosing a recording studio. The costs of producing an EP or album don't end with recording either; a band has to leave some money aside for mastering, CD/vinyl production, and marketing costs.
At Everland we've tried to find a balance between having some of the best sounding gear/rooms in Sydney while keeping our prices affordable to indie/unsigned bands.
By which I mean the personality of the engineer/producer you will be working with. Remember, you'll be spending a fair bit of time with this person so it pays to make sure that you'll get along and that the engineer shares a vision for the sound of your music.
At Everland, we're always happy to meet prospective clients before they make a booking. It's a great way for you to see the studio and meet the engineer you'd be working with. If you have any demos or rehearsal recordings of the songs you would like to record, bring them along, we'd love to hear them.
I hesitate to put this one in here because in some ways it is (or should be) the least important factor in choosing a studio. The fact is that it's not necessary to have a list as long as your arm of boutique and vintage microphones to make a quality record. Bon Iver famously recorded his debut album in a cabin with nothing more than a Shure SM57.
With that said, there is a difference between using quality preamps and AD convertors and the cheap pre's and convertors you will find in some low budget studios. Everland has a quality microphones, preamps and analogue to digital conversion to capture the best sound possible on your recording.
These are a few of the factors to take into consideration when choosing a recording studio. Give us a call on 0400 742 218 to come in and have a chat.