With the advent of digital music, recording studios are sometimes thought of as being industry dinosaurs. The entry-level home recording studio has become far less expensive than it was just a decade ago. As the cost of computers came down, the number of solid digital audio workstations on the market went up, making it much easier to get your music recorded. Music producers now have the ability to create great-sounding music from the comfort of their home, on the road, or at the recording studio.
How Much Does it Cost to Build a Recording Studio?
So, how much does it cost to build a Recording Studio? It can be anywhere from $500 to $20,000, depending on how technologically sound your recording studio currently is. You can use a new laptop with a few microphones as your recording studio, or you can go all out and buy soundboards and synthesizers.
How to Build a Recording Studio?
Here are the 3 steps you want to consider when building a recording studio:
- Figure out your Recording Studio space
- Get the music studio equipment you need
- Additional consideration (instruments, re-design, more)
1. Figure Out your Recording Studio Space
The first step towards building your own home music studio is examining the room and deciding what can be done with it. If you’re setting up the recording studio in your room or in your basement, it’s important to remember, the room you use must be acoustically sound. Some rooms are a death trap for vocals and sound.
The environment you record in makes a huge difference on the final track or record. Acoustic foam is available. You can stick it on the walls to achieve proper acoustics. Acoustic treatment foam can cost anywhere between $70 and $100 for a crate and depending on the size of the room, you may need about seven crates.
2. Music Studio Equipment
Technological equipment is what most people worry about when they ask “how much does a music studio cost?” When it comes to buying recording gear i.e., technological equipment, you will need a powerful computer, music recording and processing software, an interface, and a good microphone system set up with a stand or microphone cable. A soundboard is optional.
The microphone technology or “mic” alone will cost around $500 for a decent one. The digital software you need to edit music on your computer might also cost anywhere from $100-$900, although most of the major brands now offer either trials of their full DAWs or slimmed-down versions that are free! Optionally, you can get a MIDI keyboard to help produce beats and melodies, which can cost from $100-$200.
3. Other Considerations When Building a Studio for Recording Music
Will you be giving the room a makeover before moving equipment in there? If this is your own personal studio, doing so might not be necessary. But if you will be renting out your music studio, re-designing it can help bring in clientele, who will be looking to check if the studio looks professional or not.
You can also keep instruments handy for yourself or your clients to use. You may skip out on this particular section but sometimes musicians will forget their instruments and have to borrow them from the studio. There are also times when artists may want to tinker around on an acoustic guitar or something during the recording process.
No matter how much a music studio costs, it is easy to make a profit off of the studio. As long as you have the right technology and skills you need to make artists sound the way they want to sound, they will keep coming around. The amount of money you charge per recording studio session will also help with some of these costs, but you can’t count on that until you have clients.
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