Let’s get familiar with what really is sound recording, when is it needed and what kind of price it costs.
What is sound recording?
Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. The two main classes of sound recording technology are analog recording and digital recording. Acoustic analog recording is achieved by a small microphone diaphragm that can detect changes in atmospheric pressure (acoustic sound waves) and record them as a graphic representation of the sound waves on a medium such as a phonograph (in which a stylus senses grooves on a record). In magnetic tape recording, the sound waves vibrate the microphone diaphragm and are converted into a varying electric current, which is then converted to a varying magnetic field by an electromagnet, which makes a representation of the sound as magnetized areas on a plastic tape with a magnetic coating on it. Analog sound reproduction is the reverse process, with a bigger loudspeaker diaphragm causing changes to atmospheric pressure to form acoustic sound waves. Electronically generated sound waves may also be recorded directly from devices such as an electric guitar pickup or a synthesizer, without the use of acoustics in the recording process other than the need for musicians to hear how well they are playing during recording sessions.
When sound recording is needed?
The first thing people notice when they hear your music is the quality of the recording. They may not be conscious of it. They may think they can’t tell. But a badly tracked, mixed and mastered recording will inevitably get in the way of a listener’s enjoyment. Many people don’t realise it, but they subconsciously expect certain technical benchmarks to be met
Those with a little more knowledge will consciously recognise a poor quality recording and perhaps take the music less seriously as a result. A good recording is the hallmark of an artist/band on their way up or already there. Poor quality (unless deliberately lo-fi) is the telltale sign of an artist just starting out, or one that doesn’t take their music seriously enough to spend money on making a good sounding record.
By making sure that your recordings are up to scratch (along with everything else) you really will be judged on the same level as major label artists, purely on the quality of your music without any technical issues clouding people’s perception of you.
I wholeheartedly support anyone learning more about music technology, and learning how to produce your own music can be one of the greatest joys a person can have. However, if music is more than a hobby to you, it pays to recognise just how far along the road you are, and how capable the equipment you have is. A cracked copy of Cubase and some free plug-ins can produce mindblowing results in the right hands, but more often than not it takes a lot more to produce something that’s really up to scratch
Recording session price?
We have the most affordable range of prices you can’t get anywhere else and we still promise to give you the best service for your money. . Below are the lists of our prices:
- Recording studio session £15 per hour
- Recording studio session all day – 10 hours – £200
- Online mixing or mastering £50 per track / attended session £60