Audio Engineering

Seven Things to Bring More Income to a Small Studio

Comments (26)
  1. styxer08 says:

    Great insight!

  2. 3rdstone says:

    Nice writeup Joe, really enjoyed (and related) to it!

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      @plap-disqus-58a2fc6ed39fd083f55d4182bf88826d:disqus I’m glad you found it insightful and relate-able I was hoping I wasn’t the only guy out there audio hustling this way !!!!Have an awesome day!!

  3. Mancave says:

    A very good read. A lot of great ideas there to keep in consideration. I’m sorta heading into the right direction.

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Thank you very much @plap-disqus-d1f255a373a3cef72e03aa9d980c7eca:disqus Just keep pluging away at this audio life and it will pay off it just takes time!!!! Have a great day!

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Thank you @robertandshannamcclellan:disqus

      Have an Awesome day!!!

  4. Warren Huart says:

    Thanks Joe! You Rock! This is exactly the kind of real world information I love!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Thank you for everything Warren I really think I have enjoyed PLAP more than anyone!!!!

  5. L Scott Knight says:

    Number 8: Don’t have family move into your studio space. Just spend the cash and get them an apartment. 🙂 (I’m probably the only one that will think that’s funny… sadly.)
    I diversified in my day job and it got tough at times to do so… but it was a lot less boring. Just one thing, don’t let you diversification draw you away from your first love. It can be easy for something meant to supplement you income to become what takes all your time because that’s where the demand is. I’m not say to stress over it but just don’t forget your goals as an artist. I have a saying, “I work to live, not live to work.” It could follow that it could be applied to diversifying.
    Today I was talking to a guy who teaches at the SAE Institute. He said, “Yeah, I get to make my music all day… in front of kids. Well, some are adults.” Warren is teaching too and I know for a fact he’s having a great time. If there is one consistent thing artist love to do it’s talk about their art. Which, as it happens, is a primary requirement for teaching!

    1. styxer08 says:

      Little Late for Number 8 lol I’m out of rooms…… all loaded with noisy Bipeds. and rednecks for neighbors (dirtbikes & Harleys, 4-wheelers, Side by sides, chainsaws, shooting range). Troubling times. HAHAHAHA! I have come to the conclusion I will be a mobile recording specialist soon.

      1. L Scott Knight says:

        OMG I’m not alone! 🙂

        1. Joe Salyers says:

          LOL I know the feeling @plap-disqus-a4a042cf4fd6bfb47701cbc8a1653ada:disqus I live and work in a very rural area and it’s not uncommon for a kid to blaze by the studio wide open on his dirt bike in the middle of a take but it’s part of the world we live in lol. But investing in sound proffing the live room can bring these problems down to a minimum. ! extra layer of wall a 2 by 4 thick filled with sand worked for me I got the idea when the local movie theater was torn down the walls had an extra wall layer with just regular old sand in them so we tried it and it has been amazing you can’t hear any outside noise. Later on I found out legends studio in Nashville was built the same way to block out the traffic and neighborhood noise. You can for the job for abut the price of a couple nice 1176 compressors and be free of the outside influence on your tracking sessions!! Have a great day!!!!

          1. L Scott Knight says:

            Wow, I’ve never heard of that before but that makes a LOT of sense. The sand is heavy but not solid so it is free to move a bit inside the wall thus absorbing the energy instead of transferring through. Non-toxic and environmentally healthy too.
            Not a solution for everywhere but brilliant nonetheless.
            In South Africa there is a studio resort complex with these huge buildings that are entirely built on rubber support foundations. The video tour guy say you can go on tracking through an earthquake!

          2. Jeppe says:

            That´s a very good way of soundproofing you’re recording space! Do you know if it has to be sand in the floor and the roof too? or is it only in the walls?

          3. styxer08 says:

            great idea! just need to add another room to the house. lol a guy I record, no joke had a friend that had a recording studio in NH. apparently it was a large doomsday bunker converted to a studio….. quiet Zombie free zone.

    2. Joe Salyers says:

      @l_scott_knight:disqus Nope I really have been there I had a family member stay in my studio space for a while and he was an all day sleeper it wasn’t easy but I look at the bright side I learned that my mixes were better when my monitoring was low so at least something good came from it!!!!! Have a great day!

  6. TomasFullvuxen says:

    I for a fact, can’t record without a 1176! 😉

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      @plap-disqus-758874998f5bd0c393da094e1967a72b:disqus I know what you mean my 1178 is always in arms reach if I need it lol Have a great day!!!

      1. TomasFullvuxen says:

        Haha jup! Sorry didn’t catch your reply. I hop you have a great day yourself, keep going for that 1178 and I guess that will work out haha 😉

  7. Great suggestions! Thanks a lot ?

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Your Welcome @plap-disqus-b2eeb7362ef83deff5c7813a67e14f0a:disqus

      Have a great day!!

  8. Jeppe says:

    Thank´s for sharing you’re experiences from real life as a hard working music lover! 😉 It´s a lot of wisdom and hands on tips for making a living as a musician. It also points out the “when” and “where” you actually can get payed for you’re skills. Maybe we all in this forum should make a long list of when and were we actually made money out of this. Looking forward to read about you’re insights from hard work in you´re next post!;-) Cheers!:-))

  9. Randy L says:

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing. I especially like the idea of offering the goodies for merchandise table! I’m just getting started in all this. Been studying for a couple years, learning my software and techniques. Also been doing live sound for our local Community Concert Association for four years now and getting a reputation as someone who understands sound and the performers needs.
    Just got my first gig recording some local friends who are long time experienced musicians. Doing it for free to get the experience built up. First two sessions were a cluster-f, with lots of equipment/software glitches. Fortunately we were all cool and understanding. So everyone is happy with the relaxed, no pressure atmosphere. Results are coming out well too. Figure it will take a couple more years before I can start to make some money with this. It’s a hobby for now, and retirement is coming soon. I’m hoping to transition smoothly from normal working guy to my own business. One of the things I really like best about this ‘profession’ is how so many are open to sharing, teaching and helping us newbies.

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Thank you @disqus_XynVJIrIuH:disqus
      It takes time but keeping your eye on the prize is always the main focus of any engineer and making a few extra dollars in the process is always a plus. Have a great day!

  10. Talisker says:

    I can’t quite agree with the live sound thing. I’ve been a live sound engineer all my life and I can only say, that this is an entirely different world and not something you can do as a little side job along with your studio. Well you can try but you won’t be very successful and maybe even ruin your reputation as a sound engineer in general. Also I can hardly imagine, what kind of P.A. is paying for itself in 6 months ???? Its either a really cheap P.A. or you charge tons of money for it .;-))

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