RECORDING AT HOME VS. THE STUDIO WITH GREG ARCADE
Prolific Canadian Musician & Producer Greg Arcade Shares His Thoughts On Which Method You Should Choose When It Comes To Making Music...
JAN 26, 2023 WRITTEN BY GREG ARCADE
We live in unprecedented times when it comes to making music and releasing it to your audience. One of the biggest questions I always receive is, “Should I record at home, or should I record in a pro studio?” I always tell people to record at home, but ultimately it is up to you and what you want to accomplish.
In the two-decades I’ve been playing music, I have recorded in bedrooms, garages, small studios, lofts, massive multi-million dollar studios, and at home. I have worked with producers and I have worked with people who think they are producers, but they pretty much just know how to hit record and screw up a few hours of work… Recording on my own I have learned many lessons. I have blown up connections, fuses, and entire computers with power signals in the early days because I had no idea what I was doing, and I have recorded music that has made it on to national and international broadcast through radio, television, and movies. I have received cheques in the mail from unknown organizations paying me for something I didn’t even know they used, and I have sold guitars to make rent. I’ve recorded albums for myself, I’ve recorded albums for other people as a ghost writer, I’ve helped fill-out people’s recordings with the 15+ instruments I know how to play proficiently. I’ve received grant (singular) and used it with one of my earliest bands. I was approved for grants which I turned down on multiple occasions. I refuse to use public money now because I need to do this on my own. I’ve had people in suits approach me after concerts and offer me faustian deals. Ultimately I’ve built everything I have from the ground up through many trials and tribulations. I’ve been slandered. I’ve been libeled. I have also been praised for the selfless actions and endevours I have undertook. I’ve performed with massive bands to thousands of people, and I’ve performed to empty roadhouses; dark dank shi*tty punk clubs with people trying to fight me. I’ve had essentially every experience someone could have as a musician. In this article I will discuss what I believe is the best way to pursue recording music in several scenarios; the reasoning and rationale behind those beliefs.
First of all I’ll start with this: record at home.