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Can You Afford to Record Your Own Album?

Posted on February 3, 2012 with 3 comments

I like many studio owners have really suffered from the downward pressure on the prices of our services.  To a great extent, this is because people want to do their own production work.  It's estimated that 80% of the studios even in Manhattan have closed their doors.  And these are studios of all sizes - even Clinton closed their doors last year!  So let's take a look at the cost of recording and mastering your own album - Derek Jones posted this list in the Independent Recording Artist Community Forum on Linked In: 


Derek Quotes

"Yet, here we are, all us home enthusiasts with no budgets yet alone connections to the A-list world, getting pounded in both ears by software manufacturer's convincing us that yes, you CAN do it at home."

Most people feel this way...but the funny thing is, EVERYONE has a budget. Case in point...

Ozone - $199
Waves Mecury Bundle - $3749
Soundtoys bundle - $495
Komplete 8 ultimate - $999
Miroslav - $199
Steven Slate Drums - $299
Oceanway Drums Gold - $559
Softube Amp Room Bundle - $499
Softube Studio Collection - $999
Lexicon PCM native bundle - $1500
Fab Four - $395
Ministry of Rock - $395
Ministry of Rock II - $395
Omnisphere - $479
Trillian - $279
Stylus RMX - $379
Ivory II - $319

Total = $12,138 in plugins alone.

Add to it a computer that costs anywhere from $1000~$4000. An audio interface that costs around $400~1000 and daw software that costs around $250~$500... then at least one mic that costs $100~$500. Speakers that cost $200~$1500... that costs $14,100 to $19,500. no acoustic treatment added in yet!!!

So... a person's budget ends up being between $15,000 to $20,000 dollars when all is said and done. For $20,000 to $30,000 you can do a great album in a good studio that is moderately priced." 



William McCullough

February 6, 2012

Music and literature are like non-identical twins ... they share many traits. Sure, anyone can make an album in their bedroom because nobody is going to hear it anyway, not in today's 'open market' paradigm. But, just like literature, you get what you pay for and the best spent money is in publicity and marketing and, because we have gravitated to online MP3s as a major distribution method for music, we seem to accept lower quality in the production stage. Gee, I miss the old days.


February 5, 2012

I agree whole heartedly. A lot of these recording studios charge way, way too mmuch money. Although I'm a DJ and not a musician, I'm getting into the recording aspect of the business because I'm getting into production. If and when I get my own resording gear and I get into mastering, I think I'm going to be a little more reasonable price wise.

Joel Glaser

February 4, 2012

Yeah, but why do you need any of those $12,000 worth of plug ins? Buy most any DAW today and you're going to have all the plugs you need. I'd say most home recordist who are recording themselves have maybe %5000 invested.
Thant's WAY less than $30,000!
Just my 2 cents.
Joel, Studio 52