Should you record your project at home or in a professional studio?
Well, as long as it has the correct tools and engineer the studio is the best choice. But, only if you have a seriously plan of attack. First of all you MUST have all your parts written before entering a studio because why pay top dollar to spend time working out parts that could have been figured out for free at home or during rehearsal. This is what I believe to be the biggest problem and cause of sub par studio recordings. Studios charge by the hour. This alone can become a stress in the studio. Who wants to be stressed or rushed during the creative process? Not me! If you havent quite figured out what you are gonna do for that solo or how your going to end the song but still feel the need to record the songs, DO IT AT HOME. I am only trying to save you the headache of paying for something you are only going to want to change later.
Studios also offer something home studios do not, a professional engineer. The engineer is your lifeline in the studio. He or she will not only offer their professional opinion but make the recording experience as comfortable for you as possible. Pay attention to the things these people do because it will only help you in your home studio.
Home recordings are great for the writing process. This allows you to try anything and everything you had ever imagined for that song. You will be able to eliminate parts, perfect solos, design endings, WRITE HARMONIES, try different tempos and PREPARE YOURSELF for the studio.
If you still plan on recording your album at home please, listen to your recordings over and over again on as many different audio devices as possible. This will help you achieve the best overall mix. And also allow room for your tracks to breathe. To some it up in two words; Have dynamics. No one wants to listen to your song that has every track turned up to eleven. Music is supposed to paint a picture, create a mood, tell a story and move people. Most of which is done by the overall song structure and THE MIX.
Take the time to Master your recordings so that you don't become your own worst critic. I always look at my recordings and songs as something I wouldn't want anyone else to be able to do better... Meaning, my songs at their full potential. If you don't feel that way than there's a reason. Put that piano part in even if you don't have a piano player, if you hear it! Its worth it. I promise.
I hope I helped those of you who have asked yourself this question.
p.s. This is my first Blog EVER so i was trying to keep it short.