Recording The CD- Where The Heck Do I Start?
You’ve written the music, it’s been rehearsed and you’ve actually been playing it out at gigs. People seem to really like it and they’re asking where to get it, so you really need to get it recorded. If you have your own recording gear and you know how to use it, you’re already set but if you don’t there are still options.
If you have to go into the studio on your own dime, it can get pretty expensive because they usually charge an hourly rate. Sometimes you can find special prices from local recording studios for a block of time or even a reduced day-rate. These prices are for studio time only (unless specified otherwise) and don’t normally include the engineer to work the board. They may be able to provide one for you for an extra fee that might be cheaper than hiring someone on your own. Always ask and make sure you know what it’s going to cost, what’s included in that cost and what’s not. If you’re ready to get down to business and aren’t planning to do a bunch of overdubs you can get a lot of recording done in a day. Don’t forget the barter system, either. You may be able to trade recording time for some pro bono work of your own. Here are some studios that you might want to check out:
If you’re working with no budget (meaning: you just ain’t got no money) and you live in the New Orleans area you should check out Threadhead Records and their charitable arm Threadhead Foundation. The Threadheads are a group of Jazz Fest fans who decided to make a unique record company to help more NOLA artists and bands get their music made. The record company provides short-term loans and the foundation provides grants. Check out their website to learn more and see if you qualify.
Even if you don’t live in NOLA, you probably live near a college or university. Check your local colleges and universities to see if they have music and/or film departments. You may be able to find some students who are willing to record and edit audio or film (or better yet, both) for you that they can use for class credit. In this case you’re helping each other…it’s a win/win situation. The final project in many audio recording classes is to find a group, record them and mix it down. This can be in the studio or live during a show, it depends on the class. So, your options will vary from school to school or class to class.
There are many options for the budding recording artist to get their stuff recorded and ready for distribution while staying on budget. If you don’t find a solution right away, try not to get discouraged. There is a way, just keep on truckin’ and you’ll find the way that’s right for you.
Happy recording y’all!