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How Much Do Good Music Studios Cost?

How Much Do Good Music Studios Cost?

Is music your life? Do you live for your Next Gig?

Playing live is the ultimate thrill and most musicians live for it. However a good recording may be what you need to take your music to the next level. So just how much do music studios cost?

Music studios vary greatly in quality and affordability. Booking time in a good professional studio can cost anywhere from $50 to $500 dollars an hour. Keep in mind you usually get what you pay for when it comes to recording studios.

Most studios do include an audio engineer as part of their hourly rate. Still, even recording a 3-song demo can take 2 or 3 days and even $40 or $50 an hour can add up quickly.

How much do music studios really cost?


If you and your band are going into a professional studio to record you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. Have your parts down pat and have a good idea as to how it should sound. Unless you’ve got money to burn, using the studio to experiment is a luxury you may find very costly.

So just how much do music studios cost? Well if one were to spend three eight-hour days in one at $50 an hour it would cost $1200. Not much for some people, but a rather large sum for most struggling musicians.

Thankfully the digital age has ushered in a new era in music production. With programs such as Protools or Ableton Live which are designed to emulate studio hardware, it’s literally possible to record an entire album on a laptop with a microphone and a little bit of hardware.

One could spend two grand on studio time and work under the gun trying to beat the clock, resulting in a rushed amateurish sounding demo. Conversely one could invest half that money into the basic hardware and software one needs to record on a computer.

However while it is possible to create professional, studio sounding music on a computer it is much easier to produce songs that sound amateurish and underdone. And going to music or recording school to learn studio production is not an attractive option for many people.

Mentoring programs, such as those available from Recording Connection, give participants the chance to learn music production on their own time. One can learn the basics of recording music while working in a real recording studio with a real recording industry professional as one’s teachers.

What do professional recording studios cost?


So how much do music studios cost? If you invest the time to learn the basics and the money on necessary tools, you can have unlimited studio time to record your music at your own pace–which allows you to take charge of your own career. You can’t put a price on that.



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