Before you step foot in a recording studio, define your goal!

It is said ďThose who fail to plan, plan to fail!Ē

Itís important to define the reason for recording. Is it to have a demo to get gigs, attract artist management or shop a song? Or is it to have a finished release to sell after gigs and on the web with hopes of attracting a label? Recording requirements will differ vastly.

Everyone wantsí the best recording possible, but like most things, you get what you pay for. If all you need is a demo, maybe you donít need an ďAĒ rated studio that charges top level prices. In fact, maybe a home recording rig is all thatís needed for tracking. Go to a friendís hobby-project studio (FHPS). Rather, if youíre looking for a radio ready release, the ďAĒ rated studio may be necessary, with price being a secondary issue. Would you pick a surgeon by their price?

If shopping a demo, no one is expecting commercial quality. Not the club owner, agent, or fellow artists. They are only interested in content and energy. If itís a finished CD youíre after, youíll be held to the same standard as a nationally released commercial CD. Fans, dj s, or labels donít care how you got it done, just that it sounds right! If your FHPScould get it there, why would labels pay the ďAĒ rated studios their ďAĒ rates? They are in business to make money, not spend it so there is obviously a difference.

There are of course mid level studios capable of ďAĒ level results, this largely depends on the engineerís skill level. Hereís an industry secret! Their skill level largely depends on how many projects they messed up to get to the point where they can get it right!

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