Becoming famous has been relatively easier today compared with the past. Musicians then had to play endlessly in bars or clubs in the hopes that a producer might discover them and make it possible for them to record their songs in a studio.
Today, anyone can record at home using no more than a computer, then post it online, wait for it to go viral, and voila, you’re famous! But, if you want to rise above the din, nothing beats the capabilities of true-blue recording studios. Production studios in New York, for example, are famous for delivering the best natural acoustics in the world.
For the rest of us mere mortals, we don’t care how musicians produce songs as long as they sound good. But this is unfair to the men and women in the recording studio who spend countless hours perfecting the music, whether they be the artists themselves or the production people.
In case you are now starting to wonder what goes on in the recording of a song in a studio, here are its four basic steps:
In the past, artists recorded the entire performance of a song in a single take, but nowadays, studios use the multitrack recording. This means they record each instrument and the vocal track separately and mix them later. The process allows engineers to “edit” the sound of each instrument.
Once everything is up to standard, a professional combines all parts to form the whole song.
This means putting the finishing touches on the song by maximizing loudness, balancing frequencies, or stereo widening.
When everything’s done, the studio converts the audio to the right sample rate or bit depth. Sounds simple, right? However, it’s a lot of work. That’s what separates us amateurs from professional music producers.