On a large scale, Jacksonville is not exactly known for being a music city, but it does seem to be the breeding ground for at least some musical talent. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bryan Kelly of Florida-Georgia Line, Molly Hatchet, Limp Bizkit, Shinedown, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Allman Brothers, Yellowcard and even Ray Charles have called the Jacksonville area home.
There is no shortage of bands on the First Coast, but what about bands that want to make the transition into recording?
Well, it is certainly possible, but with recording studio rates to track songs reaching hundreds to thousands of dollars just for one song, there’s quite a barrier for young bands to record their music. I don’t know about you, but most musicians I know don’t have that kind of money laying around.
While this may seem like too daunting of a barrier, we’ve got good news! There is a new way to create a studio sound without paying studio prices — take your music to a home studio. Technology has advanced to the point where you can physically put a studio in your home. I know what you’re thinking, “Some guy that lives in his mom’s basement making music,” but in fact, home studios make up a lot of what you hear on albums today. Just like the Rock ‘N’ Roll of old times, some of the best sounding albums are made in someone’s garage, only now they are recorded there too!
The reason home studios are successful is because the only overhead these small business require is time and equipment. Battlesound Studios in Orange Park is owned by producer and engineer, Kyle Hynes, who recently moved from a 2,500 square foot building into the comforts of his home.
“I like the house because I don’t have an overhead and that means I can save my clients’ money,” Hynes said. “With the right knowledge and understanding of sound and acoustics, we can create the same sound as a big recording studio.”
How to pick the right home studio to record at:
1. Similar to choosing a full recording studio, find a home studio that fits all of your needs. Everything from tracking, to mixing and mastering can be done at a home studio, but make sure you do your homework on the studio first. Odds are a friend that you trust told you about the studio, so the guess work has been done.
2. The next step to picking a home studio is finding out if your sound fits the studio’s sound. Believe it or not, every area of space creates a different sound, most of the time moving the microphone even a few feet will change the sound drastically, so listen to sample work from the studio. You will know what sound fits your ear and which one doesn’t.
3. Build a relationship with the engineer, these people are welcoming you into their homes on a professional level, so get to know them! Pretty soon the engineer’s dogs and kids will be listening to your songs when you’re recording there late at night. If the engineer becomes your friend, then they are more than a “button pusher” and your engineer will have a better grasp of what you want the songs to feel like.
4. Make sure the place is legit. I know it’s something we shouldn’t have to say, but a lot of times people will buy a $99 interface and a $50 condenser microphone and call themselves a home studio. That is the equivalent of buying a 50” TV, getting Netflix and calling yourself a movie theater. If you want to see what a home studio should look like, check out the above picture from Battlesound Studios.
5. Find a studio that is in your budget. There are a ton of places that charge by the hour, and that leaves a lot of pressure on the musicians and the engineering team. Find a studio that charges by the project and not by the hour, that way you can focus on the music and not on the clock.
To all of the D.I.Y. musicians out there, congratulations on stepping into the world of recording!
For more information on home studios visit: http://audio.thedelimagazine.com/choosing-a-recording-studio/
For more information on Battlesound Studios, visit: Battlesoundstudios.com