Recording Studio Terms Defined
A recording studio is essentially operated to record and mix sound, including voices. A studio may rent out sessions or may be privately owned by a music label, for example. Learn the terms commonly associated with music production in relation to a recording studio.
Acoustic Properties- Describes how sound travels through a building and it’s relevance to hearing. Properties include density, acoustic impedance and sound velocity.
Multi-track Recording- Method used to record multiple sound sources on one piece of equipment. These multi-trackers can produce up to 24 separate audios at one time. Multi-track recorders are available for digital or manual use. Manual multi-trackers will be less expensive but also less sophisticated.
Home Studio- Production studio setup in the home with
various software to mix and master vocal, voice or note music. Home studios can have simple setup like a microphone and small speakers or it can be dedicated to one whole area in the home with top-of-line digital equipment.
Mix-down- Process or art of creating a blend of recorded tracks or music. This process converts a multi-track recording to a two-track stereo tape.
Sample- A portion or part of a piece of music produced. For example, a major record label may offer a sample for new artist. This method is designed to give prospective buyers a taste of what they will hear if they purchase the recording in whole. A sample also refers to when a modern artist samples or takes a portion or piece of music from a previous artist who has already created it.