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How to Start Your Own Recording Studio: Crack into the Business

Updated on March 11, 2010

Starting your own recording studio business is not as expensive or difficult as you might think. But before you start thinking about gear and making money you need to master the skills.

The skills needed to run a recording studio (Crack into the Business) can be broken into 3 categories: Audio Engineering, Business Management, and Client Relationships.

Audio Engineering Skills

You will need to know how to do anything your clients may ask for.  In addition, you will need to be able to do them all as fast and accurate as possible.  This is not possible without memorizing all the shortcuts for the audio recording software you choose to work with.  If you have already mastered the techniques used in recording you need to also master these shortcuts.

Do not use equipment or software that makes you look unprofessional, no matter how good you are with FL Studio, it is not a professional software.  With your new recording studio, you will need to create value for your customers.  I am not saying you need to go out and buy $20,000 worth of equipment, but you can not just got to your local Best Buy and get what you need in a studio.  The basics will be a moderately priced large diaphragm condenser microphone, a quality recording interface with decent preamp, a computer that will not crash in the middle of your recordings and an acoustically suitable room for recording.

Business Management Skills

Owning and managing a website to attract clients is a must. You cant just have a myspace account, you need an actual website. Learn how to build and manage one or save up to have someone do it for you.

Promote yourself with business cards and demo CDs of your work at local shows and advertise on craigslist. Once you get your name out there with quality work you will not have to advertise anymore, the word of mouth and internet website will sustain you.

Client Relationship Skills

Answer all your business calls and never break appointments. Under-promise and over-deliver, by this I mean set realistic goals with your clients and exceed those goals so you look like the hero.

Don't rip on other studios, just prove that you are the best by skills, not smack talk. 

Give something for nothing.  If you client goes over 10 minutes, just tell your client that you'll throw those 10 minutes in for free.  Something small like that goes a long way.

Growing Your Studio

Scout out the other small studios in the area for prices.  More than likely it will be about $20/hr for the cheapest.  Start here with your prices.  With the money you make continue to upgrade your equipment.  Once you have plenty of business raise your price by $10.  Continue this process till you get to about $50.  After this price point you will need to really have some quality demos, equipment and studio space.  I have not passed this barrier with my studio but I will update it on my findings when I do.  This is still a good price point even if you stop here.  $50/hr for 40hrs/wk is $100,000/yr.  Not too shabby for a home recording studio business.


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    • Ronnie Pistons profile image

      Ronnie Pistons 

      5 years ago from SC

      I would advise to never attempt this a business at this point. Just my opinion.

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      jeffery mont 

      6 years ago

      great advise and very helpful now all i need to do is get it started thanks a lot mate it will help me be a succesive music maker its my life!!!!

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      6 years ago

      Great advise ,i am hoping to start using my skills to record other people,i have had a lot of experience and probably should have used those skills a long time ago, i have set up a good room with good monitoring and good mics ,i have also been using logic pro and having lessons, i aim to start by giving people recording sessions for free ,just to get back into it,, iwant to see what their response is towards what i do,then i will go from there,thanks, Rob.

    • AlanSwenson profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      @isaac Follow what I have said in this article and you can do it.

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      isaac ramaele 

      8 years ago

      i want own recording studio company

    • AlanSwenson profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV


      I have a philosophy regarding that. If you are the best at what you are doing there only needs to be 1 job available. So for people that are not great at recording don't try this business but if you have fully invested yourself in your skills each person you record will tell 2 other people to record with you and no economy can stop you.

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      8 years ago

      Just a quick question. How is the industry doing now in this economy?

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! Greatly helped in setting up my own recording business!

    • dauntlessdnb profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Nicely well thought out article!

      Keep them coming!


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      9 years ago

      Thanks for your advise,that give me more than confident of setting up my owne recordind studio.

    • Dame Scribe profile image

      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Great tips and advice for the musician or those considering the music industry. :)


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