Record Studios - How to be Excellent!

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As I sit here drinking a cup of coffee after a short (but intense) recording studio session in my home town of London, I have a question ringing through my head. The question was given to me by a client who came to our recording studios based in London, she asked, "what makes a recording studio good?"

Simple enough question right. My initial response was to talk about the quality of the audio hardware, understanding correct application of software and so on. But it occurred to me that gear doesn't make a studio good, that makes it 'able'. Having a great producer doesn't make the studio good either, that just makes the producer good. You could put a great producer in a bedroom and he'd sound great.

So, I looked at the question differently. I looked at it from the clients point of view. I asked myself, "what makes the recording studio 'experience' good?"

Asking the question like this forces me to think of our record studios in London and how we might improve our service to clients. A good recording studio experience starts from the initial contact through to the follow up customer care. The actual recording part is of course the most important piece of the puzzle, but here's is what I think are the essential pillars of a good .. or rather 'great' recording studio experience.

Easy communication

We have a problem at our London recording studio and that is that we can't always hear the phone ringing!

Being a small recording studio in London we can't employ people to man the phones because we are all in action, on the front lines producing, mixing, mastering and generally getting on with things.

So, on our website we have a form that asks for the interested clients phone number so that we can call back as soon as we take a break from recording. This has worked great for our recording studios in London and allowed us to concentrate on our work whilst giving our customers a quick and simple way to communicate with us.


We know that many musicians have little or no experience in the studio, so explaining how thing will work is very important. Not only does it help the client prepare, but it reduces any stress or nerves that they otherwise may have.


Some studios (not all) will never prepare for a client. They figure the client is only paying whilst at the studio and why should they 'get ready' on their own time.

I feel that a recording studio should complete the basics of recording preparation. That would involve making sure they understand and have digested the clients project and needs. Making sure the project is set up and basic reverbs and plugins are installed. Also, they should insert into the project any audio that will definitely be needed.

Finally, a studio producer should make sure all personal jobs are done so that he can concentrate on the client and their recording studio session fully.


The last point deserves it's own paragraph. Making sure all personal jobs are done so that the producer can concentrate may sound obvious, but so many producers will be thinking of other things whilst working with a client that their work may be compromised.

It is human nature to let your mind wonder but there is something about doing a creative art that requires real focus and commitment to do well!


The producer must have complete command of his gear so as to do the best possible job for the client. Having a level of skill suitable for the job is an absolute must for any commercial recording studio producer.


A client needs to be supported in the recording studio. For a studio experience to be great, the producer must make the client feel at ease and give of positive, or supportive energy throughout the session.


A great studio producer will direct the project. Even though the client is the boss, the producer should focus and move the project to a successful completion. The producers aim should be to get the absolute best results within the clients budget, and not to allow things to roll on in order to stretch out the recording time (and therefore cost).


Recordings should be of a high enough quality that any song could be released commercially. This is not difficult with today technology, so commercial recording studios should never send a client away with a completed project that has poor audio quality, unless it's a 'sketch' of a idea.

After care

The client should feel supported even after they have left the studio. They should be able to access files and data easily and with minimum cost. A great studio recognises that musicians will need to follow up their project and may need extra advice and support along the way.

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Apple Beam record studios in London is a recording studio with professional audio facilities including a live room, mixing, mastering and studio recording.

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This article was published on 2011/03/24