Audio recording is simply the process of capturing sound in a format which can be played back digitally. The format can be whatever you need it to be, but is typically either a WAV, MP3 or AIF.
The types of recordings that you might do in a studio can be quite varied (some are listed below) however the approach to capturing sounds is basically the same. This process is commonly divided into 3 sections.
- Pre-Production: This is where we plan the recordings, work out which songs to play, instrumentation, arrangements and session times.
- Production: This is when the actual recording sessions happen, including overdubs and any extra parts.
- Post-Production: This is for editing and mixing of tracks ready for mastering and sharing with the world.
These 3 stages may last several weeks (this is typical with a commercial CD) or it may all happen in a few hours.
The most common types of audio recordings carried out here are:
- Commercial Recording: CD’s, Music for Film, Music for Advertising, Web Media and Talking Books
- Demo Recording: Artist demos, Agent demos, casual recording for family and friends or just to have a recording for yourself