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How to Choose a Quality Audio Recording Studio 
by Wayne Cowan

The music industry is not only an artistic and exciting industry, but it also requires that the artist has access to the best creative and professional support services available. Whether you are a band or a single musical performer, you need a quality audio recording studio that will help you create a high quality and award-winning music project. When choosing a multifaceted, quality audio recording studio in Toronto, it can help ensure your project turns out to be everything you dreamed.

The following is a list of important features to look for when choosing a quality recording studio:

1. Control Room: The control room should be both functional and flexible to be able to effectively handle a wide variety of projects. It should have the most current and state of the art equipment such as high-end microphone pre-amps and high-end reverb processors so that you can create the perfect sound. The control room should also be designed to with attention to acoustics so that you get the most accurate monitoring of your recordings. The atmosphere should promote creativity and be comfortable with adequate lighting to make long recording sessions enjoyable.

2. Live Recording Room: The live recording room should be large enough to take full advantage of the acoustic environment. It should include several isolation booths with one large enough to contain a drum kit. The booths should have the best acoustic treatment and soundproofing for vocals, speakers, and guitar amps. It should be able to accommodate such services as narration, voice-over, and post-production.

3. Piano Room: The piano room should be completely soundproof, including the windows, and designed to optimize the acoustics. The piano itself should be from one of the best piano companies - for example, a Bechstein Grand piano - so as to optimize sound for recordings and performance.

4. Multifaceted Production: One of the most time-consuming and expensive parts of a music project is when you have to travel to different locations to complete all of the essential production steps. A quality audio recording studio will house different departments so that you can complete the project in one location. Such departments can include: graphic design, DVD authoring and CD authoring, DVD duplication and CD duplication, graphic and web design and development, and video editing. Graphic design services can include creating and editing CD and DVD face prints, adjusting insert layouts, and running compatibility diagnostics. A multifaceted audio recording studio will be able to serve a diverse range of clients for such projects as music production, radio commercials, narration, pod casting, post-production, and educational productions.

A quality audio recording studio will not only have the essential services, equipment, and environment to meet your project needs, but the studio should offer a tour of the facility and provide a free quote estimate. Project-based pricing should also be available. When searching for the best audio recording studio to meet all of your project needs, booking a studio that offers a wide range of services as well as the best equipment and studio design will go a long way in ensuring that your project is a success.

Wayne Cowan appears courtesy of Number9 Studio. A premiere recording studio in Toronto. For more information on all services offered by Number9 studio, please visit Number9.ca

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