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How did you go about setting up your first studio?
Old 19th December 2018
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How did you go about setting up your first studio?

I've spent most of my time doing the modern thing of having a mixing room in my house. It's treated and I have top notch gear but it doesn't help me when it comes to recording bands.

Few quick questions:
  • So how on earth did you guys with studios get yourself in a position where you could fund and maintain a studio?
  • How did you first go about getting started?
  • What sort of overhead costs do you have each month?

I have bands wanting to work with me doing recording, but have no studio. So I'm constantly renting studios to do the work. At the end, there's not a huge amount left. It's my sole income so I'm in a chicken/egg situation where if I had a studio I could make more money, but ultimately I don't lol.

Don't have any saving right now as I quit my job 4 years ago to do this full time and I've invested in treatment and a solid setup.
  • What were your stories in how you branched out or set up a studio?

I'm based in the UK.

Last edited by theillusionist; 19th December 2018 at 01:52 PM.. Reason: trimmed down an essay into a question
Old 19th December 2018
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i’m in the exact same position, in LA. constantly on craiglist trying to find studio space for rent, but no progress. i have no idea how people funded building a modest sized work space. someone who can lend their knowledge please chime in!
Old 19th December 2018
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Old 19th December 2018
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i’m in the exact same position, in LA. constantly on craiglist trying to find studio space for rent, but no progress. i have no idea how people funded building a modest sized work space. someone who can lend their knowledge please chime in!
It seems such a leap. And finding the right place is hard, especially at a reasonable price. Places I contact don't want anything to do with a business that makes noise lol.

My current plan is moving out into a studio that has rehearsal rooms. They don't have bands in during the day so I plan on renting a room for 12 months there. It's just an empty room so it needs treating etc but at least it's a starting point and it means I don't have to track people in my house which I just think comes across unprofessional and it's an intrusion on my family's privacy. I'll have to rent other studios for drums but at least it'll mean I don't have to rent a studio for the entire process.
Old 20th December 2018
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worked for over 25 years in family biz ...then put a mix and o/d booth in my home..deductions keeps my rate under 100 hr ... when i need to cut drums ..string sections or horn sections i rent a studio at their rate plus 20 and split the subsequent rate 50/50 bascally i eat the tracking for the overdub...mix master time
Old 20th December 2018
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... bascally i eat the tracking for the overdub...mix master time
So you get a commitment from the client up from to do the whole project? People here are so effing sly in that regard. You can hire a band for basics and every player on the session will hit up the client behind your back -- or even in front of your front -- to cut o/d's and mix at their home studios.
Old 20th December 2018
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So you get a commitment from the client up from to do the whole project? People here are so effing sly in that regard. You can hire a band for basics and every player on the session will hit up the client behind your back -- or even in front of your front -- to cut o/d's and mix at their home studios.
.nah with the sigma name people in Philly know not to go there..most of the time it's a full band to begin with .but if it's an artist and I'm producing I got a well of a few dozen great players in multi genres who I trust with the keys to my home.. remember..I'll be 62 in exactly a month
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