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Good Recording Studios Do This One Thing Well! – Intern Corner

Good recording studios do this one thing well!

Good recording studios offer comfort during recording sessions.

As a recording engineer, you contribute to studios being good recording studios and you never know how an artist is going to feel when they come in to the studio. The artist could be frustrated, sad, lost, or upset. The point is, you never know what type of situation will be coming through the door, so it’s your job as the recording engineer to make the artist feel as comfortable as possible when they come to the studio.

As a recording engineer myself, I have run multiple recording sessions with different artists. Throughout these sessions and experiences, I have gathered the three most important things you can do as a recording engineer to make an artist feel comfortable in the studio.

First of all, be accepting. You don’t know what the artist has come from prior to the session. They see the studio as a place to escape from all outside problems. At the studio, they can be one with themselves, and their music. This unification and acceptance makes the environment more comfortable for the artist to work and be creative as the session goes by.

Secondly, be patient. Greatness should never be rushed. I’ve been with artists that lay down verses in one take, and others that need 30 minutes to record a verse. It all depends on how the artist feels about their take. As the engineer, you need to be patient with them and realize that taking more time to record one line is vital to the song, or even the artists’ recording process.

Finally, be honest. When an artist asks for your opinion, they’re looking to see if their art can be improved, not if it’s simply “good” or “bad”. The artist asks this because they trust you with their work. Before I started running my own sessions, I went to other engineers’ recording sessions to learn from them. The rapper one of the engineers was recording was in the booth laying down a verse. When he came out of the studio, he asked everyone what they thought of his delivery. Everyone, including the recording engineer, said it was “good”. I was honest with him and said that his delivery could have been better, so he went back in and re-recorded the verse. That take ended up making the final project and that same artist and I work together on all of his music now. Because of my honesty, he trusts me, and I make him feel comfortable when we’re working in the studio.  This separates recording studios from good recording studios.

Being able to accept an artist and their work, have the patience to accompany them on their artistic ventures, and being honest with them will make any artist feel comfortable when they come to record at the studio.

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Key to Good Recording Studios shared by our intern, Pat!

Keys To Good Recording Studios

A Comfortable Studio Environment is Key to Good Recording Studios!


So far my time at the Jungle AE studio as an intern I have learned a lot from their talented engineers and the key to good recording studios.  One big focus of their studio is having their clientele be as comfortable as possible.  How they do this is in several ways, however there are a few key components I wanted to highlight.  One of which is their cozy ‘home-like’ environment.  Everyone is welcome and the engineers are always friendly.  They are fast and efficient which allows the clients to focus on the artistic aspect of the project and keep the flow moving.   Comfortable recording environments allow the artist to be their true selves and let out the best possible performance.  The studio environment at Jungle AE allows for exactly that to happen.  From the moment I walked in and even when I was looking online their studio environment was perfect for a comfortable recording session when an artist wanted the “home-studio’ vibe with the Professional studio sound and quality.  I have visited several ‘Big-Time’ while in Florida and in Chicago and none of them gave such a natural, at peace feeling in their recording environments as the Jungle has.  I remember once I was ending one session with Cruz (the lead engineer) and this group of rappers came up asking for the next availability.  Where a lot of larger studios may send them off to the front office and schedule or not even give time of day, Cruz welcomed them in and squeezed them in a one-hour gap.  His ability to take them in and not only go with their flow but control it to a point to keep them happy and the session moving quickly shows the professional quality and results he makes.  While the comfortable recording environment made them feel at home enough to stay relaxed and made work feel fun.  I truly believe that this is a big reason the clients keep coming back for more sessions.  The engineers put no pressure on the artist when they work together, nor does it feel like an uptight $200 hr. room either.  This comfortable environment is the key to good recording studios.  Yet when the product is revealed it sounds the same!  Working at the Jungle AE so far has been loads of fun there is a great team working there that works hard and gives great results all while keeping a light comfortable studio environment to mix, master, and record in.  If I was to put myself in the shoes of a producer and my artist really needed to feel at home, due to a long tour or whatever may be the reason, the Jungle AE would be where I book their session.

 

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