pros and cons

Technology has given vocalists, musicians and rappers the freedom to record at home with often nothing more than a microphone, computer and a set of headphones. Although it is possible to bring your music to life from the comfort of your bedroom there is usually something lacking in most home recordings. Here are some pros and cons to recording at home vs recording in a commercial studio.  For those of you who have tried,  I am sure you can agree that even just recording vocals at a pro quality level in a home studio can be a daunting task. (even simple dialog editing for voiceover work can be a handful)
 Too much volume? Not enough reverb? Is the compressor set right?
But lets look at some of  the benefits of recording at home.
Obviously the cost factor is of greatest importance to most.  After an initial investment of say $2500.00 you could have a fairly good mic, acceptable preamp  and a computer with decent software. (keep in mind that most studio mics, compressors, and preamps cost at least that much each!)  Secondly the convenience of being able to record anytime you are feeling creative is a big plus.
Unfortunately this is where most of the benefits stop because even if you have some great sounding gear in your home recording setup, unless you can invest some serious time in learning how to become proficient at using it , your results will be average at best.
When you go into a pro studio, in addition to having great gear at your disposal, you’ll have a pro engineer and/or a producer there with you, sharing their expertise, helping you to get the best sound and performance out of your recording,  suggesting  improvements and keeping track of good takes that you might otherwise overlook. They’ll help ensure that you deliver your very best, and they’ll then worry about getting your material sounding as good as it possibly can through mixing, editing and adding the right compression, equalization and effects. It’s a collective pooling of talents, with everyone bringing their strengths to the table. What many pro artists do, in fact, is to lay down demos or even guide tracks at home, getting  everything as ready as it can be, and then go  into the studio to produce  it. Often times the artist may bring along some reference material  (like a song by a top artist) and consult with the studio as to how to get that kind of sound. This seems like a good way to do things. You’ve got all the time in the world at home to perfect your music, get the parts all written and ironed out, and then you go in and use the studio with all of its great gear and talent to get the best sounding results possible. Some bands go to the studio just to lay  down live drums, guitars or other instruments that are a challenge to record properly at home. Others may find that mixing or editing might be the things that they need a helping hand with. Remember pro recording engineers use software like  Pro Tools HD, Logic Pro X, Autotune and other recording software on a  daily bassis and are trained to help you get professional results quickly.  Whatever your situation Pyramid is here to help you at any stage of your career.