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Every recording software supports recording, editing and playback. You should decide if you need more emphasis on audio recording features.

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Selecting the right recording software can be a difficult task but you can simplify it by knowing what exactly you need and how you will use the software in your studio.

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Recording Studio Design - Things to Consider Before You Start Building It

A recording studio is a room equipped with apparatus specially made for the making and chronicling of audio performances so that they may be kept for replications and reproductions at a later time. There are different kinds of studios in which recordings can be made. Some of which are home studios which are of course built in a person's house and professional studios which have different specialties like pre-production, sampling and mixing down. Before making a recording studio design, it is important to know what sort of facilities you would want it to have. Finding the right location also plays a vital role in this endeavor. Moreover, whether the studio is to be commercial or personal should also be understood because the two have very differing consequences related to them. Find out what those are in this article.

A home studio, as the name clearly states, is located in somebody's house. These types of studios could be classified in to two even smaller groups which are the "semi-pro" and the "pro". When speaking of a semi-pro studio, the resources available in the latter include equipment that are good enough for making demos and experimental materials while staying on a cost efficient budget. A home studio classified as "pro", on the other hand, means that the place is actually a professional studio, but is just privately owned. This would also conclude that the studio has apparatus found in commercial pro studios and that recordings made in the latter are good enough for market consumption.


When you start looking for some recording studio software you are usually focused on nice screen shots, fancy descriptions and price tag. However, most people never check the most important factors when selecting recording software. You should first ask yourself why do you need the software, what features are the most important for you, do you already have a computer or you would buy a new one, do you need compatibility with other studios, will this software work with your audio hardware or do you need to purchase also a new, dedicated sound card, etc. Selecting right recording software is not a simple task.

When you start looking for some recording studio software you are usually focused on nice screen shots, fancy descriptions and price tag. However, most people never check the most important factors when selecting recording software. You should first ask yourself why do you need the software, what features are the most important for you, do you already have a computer or you would buy a new one, do you need compatibility with other studios, will this software work with your audio hardware or do you need to purchase also a new, dedicated sound card, etc. Selecting right recording software is not a simple task.

Choosing The Right Recording Studio

Why do you need recording software? Because every home or professional recording studio uses computers for audio production. Audio computers and software are indispensable tools in every recording studio. You can use computers with appropriate software not just for recording but also for editing, adding effects, sound synthesis, filtering, mastering, archiving, transfer, etc. It is also possible to build a cheap home recording studio with ordinary PC and some popular audio recording software. Computers and audio recording software have become an essential part of every recording studio.


What features do you need? Well, this depends on the individual requirements and studio type. Every recording software supports recording, editing and playback. You should decide if you need more emphasis on audio recording features (level matching, spectrum analysis, audio compression, conversion tools, mastering, etc.) or you need more emphasis on MIDI devices, instruments and sampling (sequencers, wave table synthesis, drum machines, musical notation, etc.). Many recording software solutions have good support for both, audio operations and musical instruments.

Do you already have a sound card or you don't but can afford to buy a new one? Most music recording software works with standard sound cards that are supported by the operating system, while some of them work only with proprietary audio hardware. One such example is Pro Tools which works only with special Digidesgn or M-Audio hardware. The basic rule is that you first select your audio hardware according to the needs of your studio. The next step is to find a suitable audio recording software. However, in some cases these steps can be reversed. If you know exactly what software you need or would like to have then you need to find a sound card that is supported and has the connections compatible with your recording studio equipment.



 


If you don't have a computer yet, then you might have a dilemma. Mac or PC? The answer is not simple. Both kinds work well and are found in recording studios. Most recording studio software solutions work on both platforms but not all. If you already have a computer that you intend to use then this question is redundant. Otherwise it is a good idea to check availability of chosen audio recording software on Mac and PC.

Do you need to transfer your music projects to another studio? If the answer is yes, then your software needs to be compatible with software in studios you intend to work with. A typical example of standard recording studio software which excels in compatibility is Pro Tools. All versions of Pro Tools support the "Pro Tools file" so you can easily transfer projects between studios that use Pro Tools. Of course, every audio software supports standard audio file formats like wav and mp3 for reading and for writing. The compatibility between different recording software is declared on the level of project files. This means that you save your unfinished project in one studio and open it in another one where it can be finished.

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Finding the right recording studio, be it a home studio or a large professional studio, is not often an easy decision. There are a lot of things to take into consideration like budget, acoustics, equipment and engineer experience. This article is written to give you some clarity on what you should consider when choosing a recording studio. So let's get started!

Why Choose us?

With good equipment more accessible, there has been a surge of home studios and of people who are choosing to record in someone's basement over a pro recording studio.