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Recording at Home: Pros and Cons

Recording your own music is always an amazing and exciting experience, yet when you’re doing it for the first time some moments and choices might be confusing for you. Most people start with the decision: home vs. studio? And there are positive as well as negative sides to recording at home, and that, in particular, is what makes this choice so hard. Let’s analyze the benefits and losses!

Advantages of Recording at Home

Most of those usually take place in the garage or some isolated rooms, and to begin with, many well-known artists started with home recording studios, especially singers. Now the trend of recording at home is returning again, and many famous performers are doing it, but their home studios are pretty much the same or even more efficient that some studios.

  • Be the boss.
    Recording in your garage makes you the boss of the whole process. No-one tells you what to do, and how the process should go. It also means you’ll have to ensure motivation all the time and don’t let yourself go down.
  • Do it whenever.
    You don’t have any specific time arrangements if you are comfortable waking up early and recording – why not? Or maybe you want to record on some days only or do it late in the evening. It’s totally up to you to fit recording into your schedule.
  • No social pressure.
    At home you have the atmosphere you got used to and pretty much it doesn’t require you to step out of your comfort zone. However, you might have some problems of that kind in a studio, with unknown people nearby, that can make you feel cautious.
  • Time aspect.
    There are many features to master and many things to understand before you will get intuitively how to record and what’s needed for the special moment in your track. In home studio, you’ll have all the time in the world to master some sounds, make it sound great for no price at all.
  • Decorate in a way that makes you feel comfortable
    I feel at home in my home and that is important. It is decorated in a way that makes me feel at ease. For example, I have a little herb garden that grows underneath an LED plant light. Looking at my little plants always relaxes me and centers me. Even the glow from the grow light is relaxing to me.

Downsides of a Home Studio

  • No help.
    If you don’t know how to do something, there is the internet, of course, but sometimes you need someone to pinpoint your mistakes and show you what’s lacking and what’s too much.

  • Lacking equipment.
    Technically, there are only some pieces of equipment you need to record at home, yet other things make it easier and make the sound good in the end. Plus the equipment also does vary and the cheap microphone will never sound like a good and expensive one. So if you’re planning to get yourself one, remember that quality does still play its role. And how many people have a high quality espresso machine at home?
  • Usually no good coffee machine
    I know I just mentioned this, but it is vital. Recording takes coffee. Good coffee. Without high quality coffee, no record would get made, so you absolutely need access to a high quality espresso machine. Most people do not have a good coffee maker at home, because they are expensive.
  • Less professional.
    So, in the end, it sounds much less professional and “clear” than a studio version. Again, there are many ways to improve it and you might be able to improve the quality gradually, with investing in your home studio, equipment, etc.

What many artists are doing is they practice at home a lot and record at home first before going to a studio and taking a final version. This allows you to experiment with the sound options and different settings and you don’t spend as much money as you would have if you tried to do all of it in a studio. The main disadvantage of the professional studio is its price, which might be high even for an hour recording session, and you might need more than that.


In the end, it comes down to the budget issue and your personal preferences. Maybe you should try both to make a decision, but trying to record at home is also a valuable experience, and it will teach you a lot about the process itself, so when you come to a studio you are not lost and have no idea where to start and what to do. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different things, because, in the end, all you want is to improve your quality and your performance. Try both, understand what is more suitable, just never stop improving yourself.

6 Techniques to Get High-Quality Audio

No matter what they say, good quality audio is crucial if you are recording your own music, making a film or an e-learning course. Way too many things depend on a decent sound to ignore it. How to get this decent quality and make your record as professional as possible? There are indeed some tips for that one, proved by many people with an experience in the field.

How to Get Good Audio Quality

  1. Get a good microphone.

A good microphone can do magic! If you’ve ever tried to work with a cheap one and then with a high-quality one, you should have noticed the difference it makes. Of course, even with a cheap mic, you can try to improve the sound in the end, yet it’s the time and effort issue. Before buying the mic read the reviews carefully and know what you’re going for. Also, its position can make much of a difference, so experiment with that one.

  1. Get rid of the ambient noise.

People get used to the sounds quickly and it doesn’t really bother them since no one really hears them all the time. Even when you’re sitting in the house in silence, equipment makes a lot of noise you are not aware of, however, your mic will most likely pick up the sound. This is why, when you listen to home recordings it seems so stuffed with some cracking and hissing. Try to eliminate all the white sounds, turn off the equipment.

  1. Put beats first.
    Tracks are rhythmic and that’s what makes them perfect and makes it easier for us to relax with that music. But some good beat down first to put the listener into the right feeling, shape the track.
  2. Understand the place you record in.
    You should be aware of the room, how it sounds, what about the acoustic, etc. Walk around, clap your hands and listen to how the room sounds on its own. Many rooms are stuffed with noise, that’s why some people like to record in bedrooms, where the furniture softens it.
  3. Try 24-bit.
    It would weight more than 16-bit but will broaden your horizons and perspectives. The extra dynamic range can be crucial for you.
  4. Think cubicle or booth.
    There are pretty cheap versions of portable sound booths that dampen the sounds and help you a lot with your recordings. You could improvise and build something like this yourself, actually.

There are many ways to improve your sound quality and some of them are quite simple. The list above won’t take much time or money, but if you start doing it, you’ll notice the difference soon enough. And remember, trial and error method is your best friend here. You could achieve great quality if you have the skill needed.