Recording in the 21st Century

This weeked the GARAGE is proud to host a few new hip hop artists to our stage!  MDR Booking Presents Astronautalis with Bomba de Luiz on Friday November 16th at the GARAGE.  This show initially began as a one room event but has now sprawled to cover both stages for the entire night!  Event Page:  Ticket Link:

On Saturday night the GARAGE is hosting a rare EDM (Electronic Dance Music) show featuring DJ VeLvo , ElectrokinetiK!  Come listen to this hard hitting dance music on our amazing sound system where the bass drops will be hitting hard!  Event Page

Last week we touched on being able to host your music for little to no expense on the various outlets available to young artists.  This week we talk about the next revolutionary step in the music industry during the 21st Century….recording.

Thanks the advances in computer technology, and the scale to which recording equipment can be mass produced, home studios have become the standard for any artist looking to put down their own recordings.  Just one decade ago an artists only option to record was to pay for studio time or be discovered by a major label.  Now the tables have turned since basically anyone with a computer can run their own private enterprise.

Programs like Garage Band, standard software on any Mac Computer, has become the easiest and most approachable tools to start on this endeavor.  Without much training or equipment users can lay down tracks for a song simply using the microphone provided with the computer.  It is literally so easy a child can do it, and many do, but of course with programs like these you can start to find your limitations quickly.  This is when artists and studio heads start to look elsewhere to meet all of their recording needs.


Cubase and Protools are the next level of recording software that require a bit more knowledge of the tools available but are nontheless still useable with practice.  These programs can handle much more information and are typically used for capturing an entire band or large ensemble.  Many people attend school to learn these programs specifically as they have become the digital standard in the recording industry.

Cubase & Protools 

With the changes made to home recordings you may ask yourself where have the professional studios gone?  Well, many of them are alive and well but operating on a much different system than before.  Many studios are self run by the graduates of these music schools and operate on their own schedules doing literally what they want.  At the smaller level a studio may have two owners: one partner to run the business and schedule artists, and the other studio head to sit in the control room.

These studios usually run at very fair rates, there is a lot of competition, and tend to work really hard.  You tend to catch guys in these positions who are working to build their career and a client base.  By coming to them you are giving them experience, money, and a reputation for good work, so generally they treat you well.

Lately there has been a resurgence in the use of vintage gear and equipment.  Professional studios usually own much of the equipment, and they know how to use them, so they become the  authority on how to make it work.  This puts them at an advantage because these are things the typical home studio owner would not have at their disposal.  We are actually seeing everything come full circle from the old ways to the new ways and back to the old ways again.

As you begin your recording process be sure to explore all of your options and understand what your limits are.  Ask other artists about their experience using one recording process or another and do your research.  Remember you have to live with the recording for the rest of your life so be sure about what you want to do!

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