So along with my DIY Musician Convention experience in Chicago, I got to use a recording studio for the first time! A friend of mine goes to an arts school, and said if I was ever in the area, I could use the recording studio. So of course I took her up on the offer because hey a free professional studio to use? I’m all over dat! So after the setup of the studio, we were ready to go!
First thing that I was like whoaaa this is so cool to was the fact that you had monitoring headphones on, and could hear the engineer from the other end. I know that’s probably a given for people who have used a studio before, and I was expecting it, but actually using the process to record was really interesting! There was 0 latency when listening to myself, and hearing my tracks – and although that took a while to get used to also, it didn’t take long to get in the swing of hearing my tracks and recording along to them.
I was using 2 mics to record at the same time, too – which was so cool! It’s definitely something I want to replicate in my home studio. I was planning to upgrade my preamp and get another mic anyways, but seeing how nice it was to not have to record a toooon of tracks to get said ton of tracks – record twice, and get four tracks worth of layers to play with – I could just see how streamlined my workflow could get with a 2 channel preamp and another mic. And dang, that mic quality! I got to sing on a 5000 dollar mic, routed into a 7500 dollar preamp, and hoo boy I wish I could afford both because I loved the resulting sound. I am so excited to hear the final mix of what I did there!
Using a pro studio for the first time was one of those eye-opening experiences. Like, one of those “Is this something I’d want to do for the rest of my life?” type of moments, and my answer was yes. I love to sing, and hearing myself on pro audio equipment was an experience I won’t soon forget. So happy I got the opportunity, and can’t wait to use a studio again!