Music Industry Advice: Professional Sound on a Moderate Budget

Investing your dollars strategically will yield maximum results from your project studio. The initial investment may be expensive, but it will save money and increase profits over time. Prioritize the input chain because it will eliminate the need to rent gear or repeatedly book a facility that owns this equipment, resulting in costly tracking invoices.

Starting with the input chain provides the option of only booking a facility to mix your songs, cutting the production bill in half. After profits begin to appear, further investment into the output chain of your studio can eventually lead to the ability to start and finish a record exclusively in your personal space.

There are additional aspects of project studio recording to address, such as A/D conversion, clocking, storage, data connections and bus speed that can push your workflow even further across the professional threshold. However, starting with an input chain, the proper approach to DAW operation and an output chain will provide a foundation on which to build upon as income increases. After the framework is complete, reinvest into your craft and the business of commercial music to maximize profits from your records.

DOUG FENSKE is a Grammy-nominated, Multiplatinum engineer, producer and mixer for artists such as Frank Ocean, LL Cool J and The Wanted. He also serves as Director of Education for Crē•8 Music Academy, which provides four expansive music production courses through a unique partnership with Westlake Recording Studios.

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