Upcoming musicians often encounter major difficulties while attempting to record their music. This is largely due to the fact that the costs associated with the recording of music can be rather exorbitant. Yet the musicians have to record their music, if at all they are to make names for themselves in the music industry. This state of affairs naturally leads us to the question as to what individual musicians can do, to minimize the costs incurred while attempting to record music.
In my experience, one (rather obvious) strategy to use, while attempting to minimize music recording costs, is that of opting for the cheaper studios. Many musicians have this misconception that the costlier studios are always better in terms of quality. But this is not always true. There are some studios that don’t charge a lot of money, but whose recordings are nonetheless of very high quality.
Another strategy to use, while attempting to minimize music recording costs, is that of reducing reliance on studio artists. The (often less expensive) alternative is that of the musician in question opting to use his/her own band members for recording purposes. Studio artists typically demand huge payments, yet their work often leaves a great deal to be desired. Nowadays, there is also the option of using software (like, for instance, Fruity Loops) to get the computer-generated beats, rather than relying on live artists. Through such software, you can get to save a rather huge sum of money. This is money that you’d otherwise have spent paying studio artists to play instruments for you and to carry out other tasks related to the recording of music.
Yet another strategy to employ, while attempting to minimize music recording costs, is that of using as little studio time as possible. To achieve this, you can practice thoroughly with your band members beforehand, and only go to the studio when you are (absolutely) ready for the actual recording. Otherwise the people in charge of the studio may charge you for the time you spent practicing in their facility – which would have the effect of pushing your recording costs upwards by a significant margin.