The Dominance of the Home Recording Scene | What Does it Mean for Professional Music Studios?

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The music industry is becoming a narrow window, and a lot of it has to do with the massive home recording craze. Recording studios are being rented out in closets, and everyone is building recording rigs in every crevice of their homes. Everybody wants to be a producer. It’s not a bad thing, but history has shown that trends kill. What was once nearly untouchable has gradually become affordable and it’s changing the music industry.

The traditional music producer is far off from the “bedroom producers” of today. However, the idea of a producer, is beginning to become universal. The rapid growth of home recording is inspiring everyone to tackle it and pursue the lifestyle associated with industry-level professionals. Home recording is a trend that has grown considerably since the late 80s.

Fast-forward to today and now anyone can produce a record.

Out with the Old? | Where Are the Professional Studios Going?

So, now there is all of this exciting growth in this vein of the music industry that ceased to exist. Unfortunately, cutting-edge consumer recording equipment is shrinking the professional recording industry one bedroom studio at a time. The professional studio staff is becoming obsolete, and pro studios aren’t being rented out anymore. Producers and engineers don’t need to be hired. Session time doesn’t need to be booked.  If you want to record, anyone can do it anywhere at any time.

There are new engineers and producers springing up faster than the sunrise, and the term “producer” is now a one size fits all tag.

With all of the incredible access to technology, the limit of modern recording and production lacks a ceiling. The bar isn’t even visible anymore; however, to make good music we need so much more. A million-dollar mic doesn’t make a million-dollar record.

Today, home recording products are being sold like designer hotcakes from the biggest companies in the game. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some gear. It’s crucially important not to get carried away with the price tags and lust of owning great equipment. There is a massive home-recording community subtly preaching what you should own and how to use it effectively to make music sound good. That’s not what music is supposed to be.

Better tools don’t yield a better result. A shiny new drum machine won’t make your beats sound better. That’s what they want you to think.

Creativity and hard work are the only real tools in the business, and they’re not sold in stores.