You Make Your Own?
are a few important points to remember about setting up your own
Buy your hard
drive with a very fast processor and a lot of memory.
Buy most of your products from a store that gives solid, free
Be prepared to spend money in order to save costs in the future.
Don’t buy too much.
Try to get somebody to give you lots of money for future software
Try to get somebody to buy you a building for your future recording
studio. If they resist, tell them you’ll be their friend
if they buy it for you.
from the last two points, the above is fairly standard advice. With
respect to point number one, remember that stored midi sounds can
take up a tremendous amount of memory, while the running of a complex
recording program requires a fast computer.
for point number two: you will probably run into technical problems
when hooking up all of the connections (hard drives, monitors, external
mixer… believe me, it can be quite overwhelming). I would
also recommend buying from a store that will install all of your
software and sounds into your hard drive(s). There are stores that
do this, and it saves us humble composers a lot of time and aggravation.
point number three is a valid one. The reason most composers get
recording software is so they can ultimately make and record their
own music without having to step foot into an expensive recording
studio. Ultimately, a busy professional musician will make back
the cost of their computer system and then some.
Finally, don’t buy too much. If you have
good credit, it’s too easy to say, “Oh yes, I guess
I could also use this and that…” In a blink of an eye,
you could end up spending a lot more than you originally budgeted
for. Remember the basics: a hard drive, mixer, decent recording
software, an appropriate sound card and some decent sounds. There
are other details including patch chords, microphones… Part
of buying necessary equipment rather than frivolous items depends
on how much research you’ve done and the honesty of the retail
store. Shop where you trust!
professional or home sound studio, like a website, is a work in
progress. Build slowly and with practicality, and you’ll never
home studio has great possibilities, but also some occasional limitations.
Some of the possibilities include:
Easy and fast demos that can be produced for potential film director
Less overhead, with less pressure at not having to work with expensive
hourly rates provided by first rate professional recording studios.
Expenses due to sound-proofing costs.
Lack of technical support in emergency situations.
Lack of space to accommodate a large ensemble of live musicians.
are, of course, many more pluses and minuses. Practically speaking,
a job is often started in a home studio and finished in
a professional recording studio. In this way, you have
the best of both worlds such as:
You save on initial recording costs.
The director is quickly supplied with a much needed demo of what
the final movie soundtrack will be like.
You have a larger professional studio available for a large ensemble
of live performers and fine tune editing of the final product.