Recording studios bring to mind very expensive high tech gadgets that only professional technicians know how to use to produce music. Most people think of these studios as being out in the countryside where it’s very peaceful and quiet, allowing for the artist’s natural talents to flow.
There is in fact a much more diversified range of recording studios than you might expect, all with unique designs to cater for specific types of recording projects.
For example, a speech and drama studio will focus their design on the best acoustics achievable, as for dramatic recording projects this is the most important consideration.
These types of room are usually designed and built totally around the acoustic values needed to achieve the studio’s recording needs. Those requirements will be calculated first, and then the building will be fitted out or built accordingly.
Because studio design is very important, and there are so many different things to be taken into account, it is wise to consult a professional specialist design company if you’re considering building a recording studio.
The building’s architecture, interior design, sound proofing, acoustics, and even the type of furniture the studio is equipped with are all things that need to be taken into consideration.
Sound quality can be broken into two separate aspects; acoustics, and sound-proofing.
These days, is possible to get professional sounding recordings from relatively inexpensive computer-based recording equipment that most people would find difficult to distinguish from a recording made at a higher priced studio. Great results can even be achieved in a home studio.
Generally, smaller recording rooms are normally used for voiceovers, lead vocals, drama and interviews. Larger rooms are used for music recording, choirs, string sections, and ensembles.
Because technology has moved so far, nowadays it is possible to carry out many different types of production needs in one place, whereas a few decades ago recording sessions would have taken place at different studios and brought together to achieve the finished product.
Recording studios can be adapted to fit into most buildings, depending on the expected use. Those based in cities will normally be used regularly by local artists, and are often smaller.
The larger recording studio complexes tend to be outside the city center, and are generally privately owned. A large studio complex can afford recording artist privacy, and such studios are for the most part hired out to artists exclusively for the duration of their project.
Commercial studio complexes are built along the lines of multi screen cinemas, offering a diverse number of recording facilities all under one roof.
Bands and solo artists no longer have to arrange and pay for space at several different locations to create their required finished product any more.
The larger commercial studios can even offer film facilities such as back-drop facilities so it can look as though things were shot on location.
Smaller studios are often restricted by town planning restrictions, noise levels, building access, and objections by local residents as to what they can offer.
This is why major artists tend to book recording studios located outside of residential areas.
If you are contemplating having a recording studio built, don’t neglect to find out about any restrictions that may apply from your local Government or building authority before you start building.