Studio recording is a common word but actually it is not something very simple. It fabricates the sound by recording and mixing in the form of soundtracks, voice, effects, charts, animation and graphs etc. It has a proper order of implementation and execution with all the aspects of theory and practical; it is learnt like any other technical knowledge with the help of machines, technical instruments, gadgets and/or computer software.
‘Studio recording’ is in fact a very technical term and process that records sound; where a sound, melody or music is broken down to its individual form at the minutest detail and is compiled, arranged, ordered and processed to its optimum level for the best obtained quality output. It is synthesized and delivered for the best result from technology.
Studio recording consists of all or whatever form of sound, music and tunes either in human voice or instruments and beats; also recorded live in the 21st century with flawless capabilities. Technology has made it possible to change the rules for obtaining and producing quality sound.
A song or instrumental compromises of various ‘Tunes’ and ‘Sounds’ produced by several ‘Vocalists’ and ‘Instruments’; hence ‘Studio Recording’ records each of these sounds at an individual level known as ‘Tracks’ and adjusts these with ‘Effects’, ‘Synthesizers’ and ‘Stabilizers’ through ‘Control’, ‘Leveling’ them by reducing/omitting extra ‘Noise’ and disturbances through ‘Filter’ and finally placing all the available ‘Tracks’ after ‘Balancing’ and ‘Mixing’ into one single track i.e. the ‘Sound track’ or ‘Music track’.
‘Studio’; is where a sound recording technical expert person is recording and controlling the sounds with the help of the order of ‘Composition’. All sounds are recorded at their individual levels either by means of ‘Direct input; i.e. connecting the instrument to the ‘Recording Panel’ electronically or by recording in the ‘Recording Booth’, where the sounds and beats are recorded in a quiet sound proof room for better and clear quality.
In studio recording nowadays ‘Digital Audio Workstation’ software replaces most of the real old fashioned recording and mixing technical machines or ‘Hard ware’ and plays an important part either by functioning solely or by supplementing them in recording and replaces the mixing of consoles, recorders, synthesizers etc. Commercial and home studios mostly use PC-based multi-track audio software.
Various small hardware technical machines are available for structuring a small personal individual unit system at home known as a ‘Home Studio’, where a sound track could be recorded professionally mostly combined with ‘Digital Software’. These cater to individual level and used for non commercial purpose.
Mostly some instruments like ‘Flute’ and ‘Drums’ are difficult to record when played live in a ‘Recording booth’ and nowadays ‘Pre-recorded’ ‘Audio Files’ or ‘Digital Sound Waves’ replace the actual real sound produced by these instruments and the difficult procedure of recording such. These ‘Audio Wave Files’ have the same sounds and create almost the real. Many digital sound recording instruments are now available that do not record external sounds and only focuses on the internal sounds of the system that are played.
Once recorded; the music or soundtrack can later be changed through cutting, mixing or editing and there is always more room for improvement, ‘Re-mixing’ and experiments.
The soft ware is a much easier and affordable option as it has the complete range of ‘Digitalized Techs’ behaving identical to the real machines.
On the other hand from the professional hardware recording machines point of view, the main equipment are of several types available by famous branded companies. A general research of the performance, durability, review, feedback, range and models for your requirement leads you to make a wise purchase; to choose the best featured equipment at the most affordable economical prices. The need and emphasis mainly should be focused on the requirement and completion and that your sound recording equipment should be able to record and further mix and edit the sounds.
The history of studio recording traces back to the 18th century when the phonograph was invented. It was invented to record and play back the sound. This was mainly derived from the improvement in telephone sound by Thomas Elva Edison. He made a machine that used foil cylinders. A few years later Emile Berliner made sound recording disks. This became popular and sound recording company established in 1889 in New York used thick wax disk for recording. Similarly with the passage of time, new modifications were made with the change and improvement in technology. These modifications turned the ‘Recording instrument’ into ‘Digital instrument’.
Once where the musical instruments were operated and played by its experts, players or musicians, it is much easier nowadays to record sounds, as many sounds can be played through digital instrument and do not require a sound booth; an easier method and procedure compared to long time consuming difficult recording instead. Although sound recording is still very technical and require specific expertise but if we compare it to the older recording methods in history, it is much easier now. Many new sound additions have been made. Computerized instruments work with upgraded software that introduce and upgrade countless various digital sound representing real sounds. Sound recording is the main key of any music
Industry. It matters a lot how well the soundtracks, dubbing and mixing are executed and presented through sound recording.
To make a song more attractive to the listeners, singers need to add sounds of musical instruments or the ones that are produced by a computer and after that they have to amplify it. This job can be best carried out at a recording studio because it has all the necessary equipment, professional staff and experts that do this job conveniently. A recording studio is not only used by singers that are making albums and songs but also by radio jockeys, musicians and advertising artists etc.
A basic recording studio consists of two rooms, one is for the musicians and singers to sing and the other room is for the sound engineers that enhance those sounds. However, nowadays with so many technologies inventing latest modification, professionals can create music through different individual level, conducting other jobs related to studio recording.
Brief History of the studio recording:
The studio for recording music came into existence in the late 1800s. It needed to be a quiet but large place where the musicians with their instruments can gather together and play them with full concentration. In front of them would be kept a phonographic horn, invented by the great Thomas Alva Edison. The music would be channeled through the horn, which would change this noise into a medium that becomes saved on a large magnetic disc.
During the 1920s and 1930s, mechanical and digital sound systems replaced the phonographic horn, hence mixing sound with the use of microphones and sound amplification with the help of electricity became frequent.
Creating your very own studio recording:
Today creating your own recording studio has become easier, thanks to the different kinds of digital instruments and computer software programs. It is not necessary to buy the equipment or rent a studio to record and produce songs or sounds; it could even start work from your home through your Personal computer or Laptop. Most ‘Music producers’ turn their basements into recording studios because that is the quietest place in the house, where the sounds do not echo too loudly when played from the instruments or speakers. In fact any room in the house could be turned soundproof by using special paint, foam padding or special glass doors and windows.
The equipment needed inside the recording studio includes an upgraded computer with a huge memory, condenser microphones and connecting wires, stabilizers, adapters, MIDI keyboard, studio recording software and amplifying speakers.
How to start studio recording business?
Once you have got all the equipment at your small recording studio, you should practice producing small music gigs or tracks every now and then. Through these gigs create your own profile to attract clients. In the beginning, instead of working on a very large project, you should focus on producing and selling small gigs. Slowly, you will gain recognition and enough money to upgrade your studio which would enable you to work on larger projects.
Studio recording business can be quite fun if you are creative and love experimenting in the field of music. In order to make your gigs famous, you should understand the musical psyche of your targeted market and then create sounds accordingly.