Have you been thinking about creating a drum studio, but didn’t know exactly how to do it? Or, for that matter, any other type of music production studio? Do you know what needs to be in a drum studio, or how much it will cost to build one?
If so, and you have asked these questions, you have stumbled across the right article, information provided by Kip Allen, session drummer, studio drummer, music producer, and all around go-to Nashville musician/songwriter, who has worked with the best in the music industry since 2008. Call Kip Allen when the gig you have planned needs the best musicians available.
What is a drum studio?
A drum studio, or a music studio in general, is a place designated for the sole purpose of producing music. This can be a professional studio built solely for this purpose, or it can be a room in a home, soundproofed for the ultimate sound recordings.
Components of a great drum studio
The key component of a drum studio, or any type of recording studio, is the soundproofing aspect. We won’t discuss how to achieve this soundproofing in this article; there are a number of great articles and videos which will spell out how to achieve this soundproofing. But it is worth noting, first and foremost, that sound must be suppressed, and the drums really “pound” home this point.
Once a room is soundproofed, you will need a variety of instruments as well as microphones, amplifiers, and the recording/engineering room where the mixing and mastering will take place.
Cost to produce a music studio
This is a tough one to nail down. Like most things in life, there are things which are of the highest quality, and there are various grades below highest quality. One would expect to pay more for the best, and that is certainly true with any recording facility.
So, how much does a home recording studio cost? It can be anywhere from $500 to $20,000, depending on how technologically sound your studio currently is. You can use a new laptop with a few microphones as your recording studio, or you can go all out and buy soundboards and synthesizers.
Estimates put the current price of building a drum studio at about $100 per square foot but again, that is an average figure, and does not reflect top quality. Our suggestion: have a heart-to-heart talk with yourself regarding the purpose of the drum studio. Are you aiming for a professional career? Simply an amateur undertaking? Just for fun, or the sky is the limit? These things, plus your current financial status, will determine how much you spend on a music studio.
A final word about Kip Allen
Every year, hundreds of musical wannabes arrive in Nashville, with dreams of becoming the next great musical star. Most of them do not last a year. Kip Allen arrived in Nashville in 2008, large dreams floating through his head. He is still there, thriving, highly-respected as a pros pro in the most competitive music city in the world.
Give Kip a call, but only if you are looking for the best Nashville has to offer.