What is production? Part 2: Arrangement
Your actions don't require reasons, just try stuff out and see.
Can curtains provide good soundproofing?
Which came first - Pirates of the Caribbean, or Gladiator?
A-Designs Audio Inc. Introduces EM-EQ2 Stereo Equalizer at NAMM 2011
Mixing: Where to start? - Set all of your tracks to the same level?
Q: How can I insulate my room against heavy traffic noise?
Parallel compression: Finding excitement in the lower levels
Mixing: Where to start? - Just throw the faders up at random!?
Microphones - will we always hook them up to a preamplifier?
There are three immediate answers to this question...
But there is one answer that is much closer to the real truth than most home recordists would dare to admit...
We love the equipment!
The number of home recordists for whom the equipment is merely a means to an end is vanishingly small. And if you don't believe me, then just look at the vast range of products on offer at a site like zZounds. Someone is buying all this stuff. Is it someone else, or is it you?!
Personally I am neither for nor against in the home versus professional studio argument. I think it would be a shame if there were no pro studios around any more, but otherwise I don't see why people should not choose as they wish.
Having said that, pro studios do have certain advantages...
Despite the above, one of the prime reasons people state for wanting to record at home is that they have had bad experiences in studios where they didn't feel in control. The engineer did things they didn't like and the result wasn't what they wanted.
Well, learning how to run a session is an art in itself. It's like hiring an interior designer to style your home. The first time you do it, the result will be what they want. The next time, you will resolve to have more input.
There is however one very important advantage of working at home...
Being innovative and creative in a pro recording studio is an expensive way to spend time. Creativity isn't something the runs according to the clock. At home, you can stay up all night if you need and all it costs extra is electricity for the light.
Probably the best approach is to have the best of both worlds. Work at home on the things that are easily accomplished at home, and use a pro studio to add acoustic and electric instruments, perhaps also to mix.