What is a mixing studio? How does one go about finding a mixing studio? How can you construct your own mixing studio?  Read on and we will answer those questions, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, from one of the leading audio mixing professionals in Nashville, Kip Allen, Drum Workshop Artist. Call Kip for all of your mixing and producing needs.

What is a mixing studio?

Traditionally recording studios, also known as mixing studios, have been thought of as a soundproofed complex with a live room (where instruments and vocals are performed), a vocal room (for lead vocal singing) and a control room (for recording, editing, mixing and mastering the sounds produced in the live and vocal rooms.) This view of a recording studio reached its heyday in the late 60s.

Slowly that traditional approach has morphed.  Computers ushered in a new era in the 90’s and gear became smaller and computer programs negated the need for large recording rooms.  Now, anyone with a room with good acoustics, and the computer programs and equipment necessary for quality mixing, can set up what is known as a bedroom recording studio in their own home, leading to the remote studio and the remote session musicians as a viable alternative to large, studio recordings which are very expensive.

Cost and convenience make these remote recordings very attractive.  Individual musicians and singers can record at home, and then all separate recordings can be sent to a producer for the final mixing and mastering.  This process is convenient for all of the players, and it can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost of renting a large recording studio.

Where can you find a reputable mixing studio?

Word of mouth is still the best way to find a good mixing studio.  Ask around the music scene in your city.  You will not only find the name and location of a large recording studio, but you will also gather the names of local musicians and producers who have in-home studios.

How can you construct your own mixing studio?

Interested in constructing your own mixing studio?  All you need is the proper computer program, mixing hardware for that computer, an acoustic room, headphones, microphones, and a willingness to put in the time and learn how to do the job properly.

Literally anyone can set up a mixing studio, but not just anyone can do the mixing job properly.  Good music producers are not born. They are created after years of hard work and dues paid.  Experience counts in mixing and mastering, and simply because anyone can set up a mixing studio does not mean anyone should.  Quality recordings do not happen by accident. They are the result of years of experience.

A word or two about Kip Allen

Since 2008, Kip Allen has been a trusted name in the Nashville music scene, not only as a session drummer, but also as a songwriter and music producer.  He has worked with some of the top recording artists in the Nashville area, both as a drummer/percussionist and as a producer.  Call Kip Allen if what you seek is the very best.