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The new music revolution - home recording
In 2020 the music industry contributed £5.8 billion to the UK economy, an 11% increase in comparison to the previous year 2019. The home studio segment is currently attracting more than half of the toal studio revenue and numbers keep increasing.
But, first things first...
It wasn’t until the 19th century that technology allowed the emergence of recorded music. Since then studios and modern engineering became a major influence on the way music was created. And as this technology keeps improving relentlessly has led to a decline of the traditional recording studios in favour of home recording.
Why is this happening?
A survey showed that people are buying more and more equipment. Also, 54% of musicians have affirmed to have used their home studio equipment more during the last year. And one of the major reasons for this increase was found to be the more affordable hardware and software.
The key takeaway is that home recording is now more accessible than ever thanks to the variety of equipment available in the market in terms of cost and ease of use..
Back in the day, the most basic equipment was so expensive that only a select few of engineers and producers could afford and be able to use it. Nowadays, there is no need for a PHD in acoustics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closing of all non-essential businesses for the most part of the year, recording studios among them. This fact has further accelerated this trend that had already been initiated.
Who is using these home recording studios? There exist five general user types: Podcasters, bloggers, gamers, musicians and producers.
What equipment is necessary for home recording?
- A Computer
- DAW/Audio Interface Combo
- Studio Monitors
- One or Two Microphones
- A Few Cables
What are the basic steps to take?
STEP 1: Ask yourself what you want to record
STEP 2: Buy home recording gear
STEP 3: Set up your recording environment
STEP 4: Start recording
STEP 5: Edit and mix your audio
STEP 6: Get your music out there
What are the pros of a professional recording studio?
Recording in a professional studio includes people who know all the ins and outs of the production business, therefore the end results are better. Not to mention that the equipment available is impressive in terms of quantity and quality.
What are the cons of a professional recording studio?
Some of the best studios can charge as much as £100 per hour. Considering that a complete album could require 50 to 300 hours making overall rates exorbitant and unaffordable for young musicians.
What are the pros of a home recording studio?
A home recording can solve the budget constraint since there are some recording programs downloadable for free. Also, nowadays there are a vast range of equipment with different prices that even if they are not as impressive as the professional ones they do the trick.
As a consequence of not paying the studio fees, musicians can spend as much time as needed to try out different ideas, tones…
What are the cons of a home recording studio?
The lack of knowledge and experience can be perceived in the end result of the track. Even if basic tricks can be learned quickly, mastering recording techniques is not achieved overnight.
Also, cheaper equipment might be enough for amateurs looking for a hobby but might not be enough to provide the sound quality needed.
This ease of home recording has opened the door to thousands of artists who would not even have considered creating or recording music in the past, combined with platforms such as YouTube, means anyone can become a performer, the revolution is here and it has a backing track made in a home studio.