The benefits of a professional recording studio

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The benefits associated with by using a professional recording studio
Many musicians and songwriters have their own house studios nowadays. However, it is a rarity to hear these home demos on the radio or on a record. This is because there are so many benefits to recording in a specialist studio; from standard of equipment and professional knowledge, to acoustic treatment and post production, an expert recording session can save hours of laborious mixing, and help get your music to peoples’ ears in the way you always dreamt of.

The Demo
Even those who have their own set up at home often choose to demo their material in a specialist studio before making an official record. This is also a viable route for those who are seeking to further their career within the music industry without having to spend a lot of money. For those who only have the ability to present their songs on an individual instrument and voice for instance, demoing songs is usually an invaluable way to put flesh on the bones of a basic song idea. Many engineers are performers themselves, and if they’re not, will can access such musicians.

Milestone Studios is Cape Town’s premier recording studio complex. Whether you’re a musician looking to produce your next album, an agency wanting to record a world-class voice-over, or a film company searching for a soundproof location, you’ve come to the right place. We are SAG-AFTRA-approved for COVID safety and are set up to connect to studios worldwide via Source Connect for voice work and ADR. We are also fully operational during loadshedding. We use Pro Tools Ultimate HDX to provide you with crystal-clear audio. Our equipment includes a Raindirk Symphony console, Yamaha grand piano, Fender Rhodes, as well as a range of amplifiers from Fender, VOX, Mesa Boogie and Orange. We have hundreds of microphones and decades of experience.

In the digital age, many virtual instruments imply that an engineer can offer a full orchestra behind your music, without having to hire the musicians. For line-ups beyond the singer-songwriter or solo artist, a professional Music Recording Studio in Cape Town will be equipped to handle the requirements of a full band. There will be a dedicated space for the drummer, singer, guitarist, keys player, even the string quartet or horn section in a few grander cases. There is not only the space, but also the acoustics to receive the right sound. Dedicated drum rooms and vocal booths give separation and clarity to recordings. Ever hear traffic noise behind a specialist recording? Most studios are created specifically to block out sound, or are located from background noise that your home set up may not have the ability to avoid. This is of particular benefit to non-music based recording projects, as background noise on the spoken-word recording is far harder to mask when compared to a full electric band.

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The Record
Once an artist or band has honed its sound, then a professional studio is a very important part of the process to getting a finished product. Dependent on budget, a recording session from a few days to several months is much easier to undertake in a professional environment. Firstly, the day-to-day distractions are not there, because a good professional recording studio will have a relaxed but creatively focused atmosphere. Even though you arrive at the studio each morning, and leave each evening, you are safe in the knowledge that when you return, the microphones it’s still set up, the amps will still be working, and there is at least one pair of ears in the room which are listening for almost any undesirable sounds and also someone focused on making sure that everything runs smoothly. Many studios are also able to help you with the post production considerations of your finished article, from the evident considerations of mixing and mastering, to CD duplication, artwork layout, and perhaps, where to send the record to next!

The Equipment
Professional studios have spent thousands, not only on creating a great sounding space, but also getting the right studio recording equipment. You may would like to bring your own amplifier or drum kit for your own unique sound, but this is not essential as most professional studios will have good backline.

The Expertise
The final and possibly most important element which makes by using a professional studio so important is the staff who work in it. They have a greater understanding of the studio’s capabilities, and will also be in a position to work fast and efficiently, without compromising the caliber of the recording. They can be an ‘extra member’ of your project, lending suggestions but not inconsiderable experience. Don’t be afraid to ask their opinion, or pay attention to it – remember, they have done this many times already.

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For more details

Milestone Recording Studio
21 Bloem Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
+27 21 424 6000

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