The music industry depends on the hit song, hit record, or hit album.
A hit excites and connects with many people. Most music fans like hit
records, though all define 'hit' differently. In my experience, I've found there
are definitive components that go into a hit recording. I can help provide
all of these for you. The biggest secret that I've discovered in all of my musical
experiences is that a solid grasp of fundamentals is critical.
First, what a listener hears in a recording is directly the result
of the recording's signal chain. If something isn't in the signal chain,
no one can hear it. This signal chain is typically:
Acoustical space --->
Microphone preamp ---cable--->
or digital converter ---cable--->
Effects processing ---cable--->
CD burner --->
The biggest costs for most studios are the cost of a big console,
and the cost of creating the space and isolation needed to record
live drums. This cost is passed on to the musicians. Most of this
expense is wasted in most sessions because, typically, only one instrument
is recorded at a time in an isolation booth. I believe it's silly to
rent a studio for $125/hr to use one channel of a recording console
and an isolation booth. Many big studios with multiple facilities understand
this and have a 'Pro Tools/voice over/overdub' room. These typically
have the equipment necessary to obtain a first rate signal chain, but
have no live room or big console.
Conversely, the equipment strategy of most local demo or budget studios
is to acquire the equipment and space necessary to record a live band
all at one time. However, they commonly have to make major compromises
in the signal chain quality to save money. This is a quantity over quality
philosophy, and it often has disappointing results.
My engineering philosophy is not to focus on how many tracks I can record at
one time, but to obtain the finest signal chain while recording one
instrument. I researched the gear used in 'Pro Tools/voice over/overdub'
rooms in the most successful studios in the world. These studios are
where many of my favorite (and probably also your favorite) records were recorded.