How to start a recording studio. Tips and advice on launching your studio. How to get a recording studio started.
This is a thought experiment designed for engineers to give beginners hindsight advice from their experiences.
You are a 21 year old kid fresh out of the music recording program at Full Sail college. Two months ago you received your B.A. in Recording Arts. Your primary instrument is guitar. Your vocal skills are competent, but not exceptional. You have moved back to your home town and completed your semester internship. Unfortunately it was a radio station (because it was all you could find) and you learned very little about recording.
You are in a middle class rural area with ample potential for music clientele, but you’re ridiculously strapped for cash and have yet to begin building a client base. You’re working a near minimum wage 40 hr pr week job at Best Buy and living in an apartment with a room mate which gives you barely enough cash cover your rent, cell phone, internet service, and transportation expenses. You want to quickly get to the point where you can establish a supplemental income from recording.
Your current gear:
You have an old macbook, but it is sufficient to run a DAW. You have an academic version of Pro Tools which you’ve pre paid through 1 full year. You have a Rode NT1 and a set of HS5’s which your parents gave you as a graduation present. You have a Focusrite Scarlet 18i8 interface that you borrowed from a church which went out of business before asking you to return it. You have a low end martin acoustic guitar. You have all the other necessities such as your ilok, cables (which you acquired at a yard sale while in college), and a hand-me-down case for your laptop
You lived at home for your first 4 semesters and attended a community college where you earned credits you transferred to Full Sail. This dropped the Full Sail, school tuition from $80 to $40k. After pell grants, scholarships, your parents contributions, and your fathers military veteran award scholarships you owe $24k in student loans at a consolidated 2.5% interest rate. You are 2 months through the 6 months grace period that was given. Your interest was deferred while you maintained your status as a student and your first payment of $180/month is due in 4 months. Note that your loans were used to purchase your laptop and DAW licenses as they’re a necessary part of Full Sail’s recording arts curriculum.
So…career wise you have little going for you except for a bit of training and a lot of passion. Your ultimate goal is to record bands and mix music! But where do you start? What is the first career goal you would set for yourself, and what is the path you’ll take toward that career milestone? What are some of the best and worst moves a person in this position can make in both the long and short term?