The fancy microphones. The sound-proof room. The mixing boards and the recording equipment. Once you start putting together your home recording studio equipment list, it might become pretty clear pretty fast that it can be quite expensive to actually pull off that recording at home.
So what to do? Instead of going the DIY route, it might be worth checking out established recording studios that will get the job done for you. Sure, it will cost you some money — but perhaps not as much as you might think, once you start adding up the costs of outfitting yourself with everything you might need when you’re starting from scratch at home.
So if you’re a musician who’s planning on moving to Arizona, below are ideas on how to find a recording studio.
Check Out Reviews
One way to find a recording studio: Go where everyone’s talking about them. Try searching “Arizona recording studio” on a site such as Yelp, and not only will you find plenty of search results, but you’ll also get to read what other people are saying about their experiences at the various places around the state. While reviews are not always everything, they can give you a good starting point for knowledge about what other people wanted to see in their offerings. Use that information to ask pointed questions when you visit the recording studio in person.
Put a Bid Out There
Another Internet-friendly way to find out what’s out there: Use a bidding site such as Freelancer.com or Thumbtack. On these sites, you offer a description of what you’re looking for, and then people who have what you might need will weigh in and offer a bid for your job. This could be a good way to find those who are renting out their home recording studios, but do not have the money, power or notoriety to get found any other way. You could also do the same thing on Craigslist; put out an ad about what you need and see what offers come your way.
There’s Always Word of Mouth
If you’re a musician or recording artist in Arizona, then chances are you are not doing what you do completely on your own. When in doubt about which way to turn, ask the musicians around you about their experiences. This is a good way to get to ask direct questions from people who may already know you and your music, and as a result, may have a better idea about the type of recording studio that would work well for you and any other musicians with whom you work.
However you begin, always be sure to ask important questions about the studio’s rates, what types of equipment you’ll have access to, and whether you’ll get any production support during the recording sessions. And of course, it also doesn’t hurt to get a feel for whether that particular studio would be able to help you with other networking opportunities following the recording session, so that you’ll have a chance to maximize your experience and get the most from it.