AES 2012 – Focal Press’ Schedule of Events and Giveaway!

   By Sloane   Categories: Conferences

 This year we have so much going on at AES! 

We are hosting a Focal Press Author Panel, demoing the new Audio Module Series that is a part of Filmskills, sponsoring the AES Student Recording Competition, best-selling author Mike Senior will be critiquing mixes at the booth and we are throwing THE party of the season with Gearslutz and Vintage King.  Whew!

And last, but not least –

the annual AES giveaway!  If you are not going to be at AES, you can still win!  See below!

Details for all events are below.  Come by and visit the Focal Press booth, #1208!  We would love to meet you!  


This year at AES, Focal Press will be hosting an author panel on the main Project Studio Expo stage where Focal authors will discuss: Can project studios really get pro results?

Join us on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00am.   We are the first ones up!

Consult your AES program for more information.

Panelists include:

MIKE SENIORMixing Secrets for the Small Studio

Mike Senior is a professional engineer who has worked with Wet Wet Wet, The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, and Nigel Kennedy. He has transformed dozens of amateur mixes for Sound on Sound magazine’s popular Mix Rescue column. As part of Cambridge Music Technology, he also provides in-depth training courses and workshops specializing in the documented techniques of the world’s top producers.


WILL PIRKLE – Designing Audio Effect Plugins in C++

Will Pirkle is an Assistant Professor of Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches C++ audio programming, signal processing, audio synthesis, recording studio workshops, and mobile app programming. In addition to his nine years of teaching, Mr. Pirkle has twenty years of experience in the audio industry, during which he worked and consulted for companies including Korg Research and Development, SiriusXM Radio, Diamond Multimedia, Gibson Musical Instruments, and National Semiconductor Corporation. An avid guitarist and studio owner, Mr. Pirkle continues to seek projects that combine all his skills.

JAY KADIS – The Science of Sound Recording

Jay Kadis is a Lecturer and Audio Engineer for the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University. He has written and performed with several bands, including Urban Renewal and Offbeats. He has built home studios, recorded and produced dozens of albums, and designed electronic devices for neurological research and sound recording.



WILLIAM MOYLAN – Understanding and Crafting the Mix, 2e

Dr. William Moylan is currently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A Leading educator in audio and an active recording engineer and producer for over 20 years, Moylan has worked with leading artists across the full spectrum of jazz, popular and classical genres. His recordings have been released by major and independent record labels and have resulted in wide recognition, including several GRAMMY™ Award nominations.


DAVID MILES HUBER – Modern Recording Techniques, 7e

David Miles Huber is widely acclaimed in the recording industry as a digital audio consultant, author and guest lecturer on the subject of digital audio and recording technology. As well as being a regular contributing writer for numerous magazines and websites, Dave has written such books as The MIDI Manual (Focal Press) and Modern Recording Techniques (Focal Press). He also manages the Educational Outreach Program for Syntrillium software (, makers of Cool Edit 2000 and Cool Edit Pro. In addition to all this, he’s a professional musician in the ambient dance/relaxational field, having written, produced and engineered CDs that have sold over the million mark. His latest stuff can be checked out at


Kyle P. Snyder is an educator, engineer, and consultant natively hailing from Northeast Ohio; he is proud to join the Ohio University faculty as a Visiting Professor. An alumnus of Indiana University and Ball State University, Snyder holds a Masters of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University and a Baccalaureate Degree with specific emphasis in both Digital Media and English from Ball State University.

His research interests include pedagogical approaches relevant to the field of audio engineering and specifically how best audio students learn. Snyder frequently contributes to various industry publications and is widely published.

Read a recent blog post by Kyle – Ensuring Proper Monitor Placement to Make the Best Use of Your Studio

Have some questions for the panelists?  Submit you questions here!



Sign-up for a one-on-one session with Mike Senior – get a critique of your mix and answers to your small studio questions!

Going to be at AES in San Francisco this year?  Having trouble with a mix?  Or just have some questions regarding your studio? 

Best-selling author of Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio and Sound on Sound’s Mix Rescue and Mix Review columnist Mike Senior will be available for ½ hour private sessions on Saturday, October 27th between 11:00am – 12:00pm and Sunday, October 28th between 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Focal Press booth, #1208 And it is FREE!

Bring a recording of your mix (Mike will have the necessary equipment to listen to it,) bring your questions, bring pictures of your small studio – this is your chance to get expert one-on-one advice!

If you are interested, contact Sloane Stinson to set up an appointment.









On Saturday, October 28th, celebrate with Focal Press, Gearslutz , Vintage King, Studio Trilogy, and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®

It is the hottest ticket at the conference – the annual Afterglow Party.  This year is even more special since we are celebrating’s 10th Anniversary and Vintage King’s opening of their new showroom in LA – VKLA!
It is being hosted at the beautiful Trilogy Studio.   Everyone is invited and prizes will be given away.

Click here to RSPV!!







Focal Press is a proud sponsor of the 2012 AES Student Recording Competition and AES Student Design Competition.  All finalists will receive a Focal Press book.   Everyone gets to go home with a prize!

We congratulate all of the finalists!

For more information and a list of the judges for the 2012 competition, visit the AES Student Blog!


 Enter-to-Win – Even if you are not attending AES!

In celebration of AES, we are giving away the choice of any Focal Press book to a group of lucky winners! If you are going to be in San Francisco, visit Focal Press at booth #1208 and enter for a chance to win.

Not going to San Francisco?  Do not despair!  You can enter below!  Simply submit a comment below and tell us – Can project studios really get pro results?  You will be automatically entered to win.

Submit your comment by October 31st. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on November 5th. A valid email address will be required for entry. We will only contact you if you won!





Tell us what you think!


  • J R said on Nov 01, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Absolutely!

  • Ivan Prevedello said on Oct 31, 2012 at 8:49 PM


  • Ivan Prevedello said on Oct 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Yes! But also, not quite.. given that “project studios” can be anything from a bedroom DAW setup to a properly tuned room with good equipment. I guess it mostly depends on who, where and what.. and on the deadline!

  • Peter said on Oct 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Yes, today the technical specifications of affordable tools for project studios differ only marginally from the most expensive ones. But the tools are not sufficient to get pro results, “A fool with a tool is still a fool”.

  • David Streit said on Oct 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I’m a pro, and I can get pro results in any studio.

  • Joel Stover said on Oct 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM


    *But only if you learn how to use the ‘tools’ in your project studio, read about how the pros practice their craft, and make sure you place a high-pass filter on every track but the bass and drums.

  • AL KAZ BORROMEO said on Oct 27, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    YES! A project studio can get professional results and I can attest to that.

    I own a home project studio and I have produced, recorded and mixed almost 40 record albums for 3 record labels that were released locally and internationally.

    I also have produced numerous commercial jingles for TV and Radio all done in my project studio.

    And I have been doing it for 6 years! :)

  • AL KAZ BORROMEO said on Oct 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    YES! A project studio can get professional results.

    I own a home project studio and I have produced almost 40 albums for record labels that were released locally.

    I also have have done numerous commercial jingles for TV and Radio using my home studio.

    And I have been doing it for 6 years! :)

  • Candy Adams said on Oct 27, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    California is a long way from southern Indiana, but it would have been nice to be there.

  • Pieter Snapper said on Oct 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I would say that certain parts of the production chain can be realized very professionally in a project studio, given the usual caveats (treated room, experienced engineer, carefully chosen gear, etc).

  • Peter said on Oct 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Project studios can absolutely get pro results. It is not the equipment it is the operator. I just mixed an album for a friend of mine (Terry Wollman) at his project studio on Digital Performer. We mastered with Bernie Grundman who also mastered his previous album ‘Mandela’ and Bernie had to do very little to make the master mix.

  • jen said on Oct 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM


  • jen said on Oct 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Yes, a person can make a pro-sounding studio on a budget.
    I usually do location recording but, with the aid of more Focal Press books, I could expand my audio-recording horizons. I’m always impresed with the variety and quality of Focal Press books!

  • Katherine said on Oct 25, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Absolutely yes we have seen this already!

  • Audiotechdrew said on Oct 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    With the right room treatment and a good engineer, project studios are capable of producing professional results.

  • Gilbert Mireles said on Oct 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Definitely, a project studio can get pro results. With the advance of plug-in software that can rival hardware, home engineers can now record in their own studios and produce music much like what is being published now. In actuality, there are many producers mixing music in their own private home studios for big name artists. Some decide to do most of their own mixing then taking it to a larger studio for finishing touches, but that doesn’t mean it all cannot be done from the smaller studio. Now home engineers can find a plethora of educational books and audio, not to mention video, on the entire process of making music. Times have changed.

  • brian doser said on Oct 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Of course project studios can get pro results!! It’s all in the ears!

  • aaron smith said on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    good luck

  • aaron smith said on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    good books

  • aaron smith said on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    good luck in future

  • aaron smith said on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Your books and multi-talented staff are an insperion

  • Jeff Wessman said on Oct 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    “Pro” results can vary greatly. Also depends on the style. I find a good mic, voice and guitar can get pro results. It’s a little more difficult when you bring in drums, bass, horns, etc.

    Also more in the box styles like electronica, can be produced ready for retail, broadcast, etc.


  • John Belch said on Oct 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    It depends on who is running the equipment

  • RON GREEN said on Oct 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Project studios can get pro results but you need to have a sound knowlege of recording techniques and practices. Also exercise restraint in the use of processes and effects, otherwise there is a real danger of swamping the recording and losing clarity. Too much compression can also make an otherwise good recording impossible to listen to.

  • John Lind said on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    It’s most definitely a real possibility. In other words, yes . . .

  • Paul Fronc said on Oct 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    OF COURSE ! It’s quite simply a matter of handling the original content/material in a refined workflow and environment including the equipment, the space, the personnel and the sources!

  • JuanDavid said on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Yes, project studios can get professional results. Just have good mics, class A preamps, a good AD DA. Plus Engineer Skills.

    I got pre nominated for best engineer in the Latin Grammys with a studio worth less than 30k.

    Use your ears, heart, and mind!

  • Francesco said on Oct 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I’ve read some of them and found very useful

  • Myron Thomas said on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Yes, you can get pro results from a project studio. As with anything, you just have to play with it.

  • Myron Thomas said on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Yes, you can get pro results from your project studio. As with anything, you just have to play with it.

  • John Andrew Kossey said on Oct 24, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Key to decent project studio results–unless one is entirely limited to electronic music–is the quality of the acoustics in the recording environment.

  • Sam said on Oct 24, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Project studios can definitely get pro results

  • i.m. neuroman said on Oct 24, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Man, I sure hope so . . . ’cause that’s how I have bet all my pesos!

    Mine is a long and dreary story, but here’s the “final chapter”: I’ve Rip-Van-Winkled (look it up!) myself into the digital audio age! Serious disabling chronic illness took me out and laid me low some 20-ish years ago . . . just when my wife and I (hey, no WAF battles!) were starting to purchase the beginning elements of a home/project studio, for composing more than anything else. (Therefore, we now own several pieces of “classic” music and audio gear!)

    But now! Now, with sufficiently professional gear (at prices one cannot really avoid–not if one is truly seeking to obtain sufficiently professional results)–such as Apogee converters, such as Neuman/AKG/Shure/Electro-Voice/Audio-Technica/Heil Sound/Mojave Audio/sE Electronics microphones, such as Avalon Design/Focusrite/Apogee/Allen & Heath mic preamps, such as Allen & Heath/Mackie/Audio-Technica mixing boards, such as JBL/Yamaha/Auratone monitors, such as AKG/Sony/Etymotic headphones (and such as the Focusrite VRM Box), such as Mogami cabling, such as 8-core Xeon Mac Pro/Dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 computers, such as Fender/Gibson/Danelectro/Silvertone electric and acoustic guitars and basses, such as Roland/Casio/M-Audio/Akai keyboards/synthesizers/digital pianos, such as Logic/Pro Tools DAWs, such as MainStage/Soundtrack Pro/Garage Band/Live Suite/Reason/Peak/SoundSoap Pro/Liquid Mix/Classik Studio Reverb/NI Komplete 8 Ultimate/Arturia V Collection 3.0 software suites/applications/libraries, such as Mackie/Frontier Design Group Tranzport DAW control surfaces, such as racks of assorted outboard gear by dbx/Aphex/BBE/Rane/LT Sound/Yamaha/Korg/etc., and etc., and even such as Otari/Revox/Audio-Technica/Nakamichi tape recorders, and, yes, such as a Herman-Miller Aeron Chair . . . then, yes, it is most certainly possible.

    If I can only make the room sound good enough!!

  • Rodger Reed said on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Absolutely project studios can get pro results. With increased processing power and pro-caliber gear aimed at the home studio market, pro results are increasingly within reach. With more hours spent learning the gear, all it takes is inspiration and hard work.

  • Paul Rose said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Of course they can! The sad fact is, you can have the best pro studio in the world and have some newbie trying to run it and getting nothing accomplished. At the same time, you can give a seasoned veteran a small project studio and watch him make magic with it that the first guy could never imagine. It’s truly the person with experience that makes the difference, especially now with all the advances – even cheaper facilities can produce professional sounds, if the person working them knows what he or she is doing.

  • Sergio Borrero said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM


  • Chuck Walpole said on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    I believe that project studios can get pro results, but limitations can depend on the type and quality of equipment being used vs. the style of music being produced.

  • Brian P said on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Sure. And pro studio can get lousy results. It all depends on the nut behind the wheel.

  • Norman Adams Lariviere said on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Of course you can get pro results in a project studio with decent mid-priced gear, acoustic treatment, and mad mixing skills.

  • SonicBlade said on Oct 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Project studios absolutely attain professional results. They always could. From Paul McCartney thru Boston, and many more, the “project studio” has always been more a mental limitation than an actual one. And now, even though the professional bar has been raised, it is still true.

    Granted, vocals and acoustic guitar love a high ceiling and a suitable treatment, but hey! some professional studios were crap then.

    The recent SOS preamp article (you have to read it and particpate) has blown the doors off the audiophiles’ drum banging (to mix a bunch of metaphors). I equate this question (can a project studio ….) and it’s obivous answer (yes) to an ancient debate; do I need a vintage guitar to get “that sound”. These days, any old epiphone can sound great. A nice close-miked amp with a 57 and a ribbon, an amplitude type thing and viola – you have a sound indistingishable from a ’58 Paul thru a Marshall thru a 414 into a Neve and onto tape.

    What’s missing is the mojo factor. But for kids that don’t know or care, even that is no longer a necessary thing. You think Mgmt or Foster the People needs that?

    I daresay, the requirements today are plugins. not the substitutes.

  • Kevin Vicalvi said on Oct 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Of course a small project studio can get pro results. Great music, great performances and intelligent engineering are all that’s needed. The first two are the hardest to attain, however. But our modern technology is staggering in its potential. Would anyone venture to say that ancient recordings like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”, made on primitive analog equipment, are not pro results?

  • Doug Miller said on Oct 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    With a decent project setup, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be competitive

  • Doug Miller said on Oct 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    With a decent project studio, I do not see why they can’t be competitive.

  • Scott M said on Oct 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    They definitely can get pro results, but you still need to operate them like a pro. If you have worked in a full studio and recreate the signal chain in the box, then you can arrive at a fairly equivalent sounds. You still need a couple good mic’s, pre’s and possibly an analog summing mixer to ensure the desired signal and tone.

  • DC Winkler said on Oct 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Absolutely!

  • Victor Fouquet said on Oct 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    A lot of great subjects covered in these books.

  • Bronson Cox said on Oct 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    It’s definitely possible! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Denny Gore said on Oct 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    It all begins with the music; some diligent rehearsals, an inspired performance with a clean delivery through quality microphones to the chosen recorder, and a good & well-rounded use of tools for the audio spectrum, by a competent audio engineer, to the chosen and final type of professional blank media for the use of creating multiple imprints.

  • Victor Fouquet said on Oct 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Project studios with today’s technology can sound as good as any studio!

  • Dan Helmintoller said on Oct 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Yes project studios can get pro results. Especially beginning with the Alesis Adat long about 1991 and the introduction of quality affordable gear since them. We ran a small 3 room facility for 15 years in ms, starting with Adats, then a Mackie d8b console and Macke HDR 24/96.Later moved on to a DAW.

  • Stephen Heil said on Oct 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Project studios certainly get pro results. The quality of gear avaible at project studio cost is amazing and project studios can offer convienience and available that many people cannot afford in pro studios.

  • Mitchell Ravitz said on Oct 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    What is involved in the Student Recording competition and Sound Design competition? (I am a teacher and offer many tech based courses though not audio.)


  • Erik Scott said on Oct 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Project Studios may certainly attain professional results but they are the consequence of judicious planning, laser-focused goals; and, are frequently context-dependent within the narrow parameters of a specific music genre.

  • John R said on Oct 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Talent, good recording equipment and planning certainly help, and given that at least one of these is readily available to pretty much anyone with a laptop these days and is no longer the exclusive realm of expensive studios, there’s really no reason professional results cannot be obtained from a correctly set up project studio!

  • Steve said on Oct 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Project studios can definitely get pro results if some basic issues are addressed….ie, monitor placement, absorption, and diffusion. Skills and careful listening play a major factor too. Listen to your mixes on other systems in other rooms and in your car to identify things you could be doing differently!

  • Pierce Brochetti said on Oct 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results?

  • Kristina Stykos said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    The first thing that makes something sound “pro” is the quality of the content. I always focus there first and work my technology choices around preserving the spirit of the music.

  • Peter Elsea said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    The only difference between pro and project is a business model. A talented engineer can get excellent results from practically anything or next to nothing. If the music is good the gear matters even less.

  • Bill Thompson said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    “Everything is relative”, and “it depends”!

    Put another way, you first have to define “professional results” and “project studio”. And I don’t pretend to have a definition for either that will satisfy anyone but me!

    I believe professional results implies two things – first, realizing the vision of the artist, and second, audio quality that a professional conduit would deem acceptable (sadly, this seems to be diminishing over time.)

    I believe a project studio is one that exists to realize the goals of a person or group of people, but is not available for rent as a studio space in and of itself.

    To get ‘pro results’ I think a project studio needs three things:
    1) a well designed monitoring system, which includes everything from the output of the master source to the engineers ears.
    2) at least one engineer that knows how to use the tools that are available in the project studio.
    3) great material.

    Take away any of the above and I think you’re back at the amateur level, and there really isn’t anything wrong with that, but you have to appreciate that it is what it is.

    I will offer that I think a project studio must, at a minimum, address certain technical issues, including, but not limited to: power and grounding, system interconnection, acoustic isolation, noise control, acoustical treatment of the critical listening space.

  • Brent Stewart said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Ithink you can great results from a project studio – It really depends a lot on mastering. So do you have great ears?

  • Pamela C said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results? That depends on the talent and experience of the individuals. But since I believe you can build a pro film studio set (visual) from your neighbors garbage, I would say it is possible!

  • Kevin Connor said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    You bet, for non-acoustic music at least. One example that comes to mind is ‘Your Woman’ by White Town (I think). That’s a nice effective bit of bedroom recording.

    Can’t beat a set of good, motivated artists in a good acoustic space, though! That’s never going to go away, thank goodness.

  • Charles Hubbard said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Yes, they can.

  • Senator Mike Michaels, CAS said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    of course, but it is really more about the archer than it is about the arrows!

  • Jon Kasprick said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    There is a gray area between “Pro” and “Project”. Depending on how “Pro” is defined at any moment, a “Project” studio CAN get “Pro” results with the right person and tools. I’m sure you’ve heard too-quality results from a project studio, and crap from a pro.

  • Tim C said on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I think project studios can create spectacular results today compared to the past. But the connections made by and for professional recording studios sometimes outweigh the recording. What good is it to have a spectacular recording if no one hears it? So, yes, you can get a nearly pro sound in many project studios with the right equipment and, ultimately the right person behind the board. But, without connection to get that recording to a larger market, it is an act of futility or self indulgence.

  • Mark Darrow said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Yes, you can get professional results!

  • Ethan Krupp said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Yes, you bet. Project studios can get pro results for sure!

  • Ethan Krupp said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Yes, you bet a project studio can get pro results!

  • Sean Kerns said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Absolutely. Although project studios really became hip in the 90’s, really they’ve been around as long as recording. It’s much more about the skill of the engineer than the size of the live room.

  • Walter Potter said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Yes

  • Michael Taft said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Project studios have been getting professional results and with the new tools available on the market, it is getting easier for these project studios to produce great sounding, professional quality music and video! The digital age is a wonderful thing!

  • John Lind said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I’m sure pro results are attainable with the proper equipment . . .

  • Bruce Mandel said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Most definitely. It is all in what you do with what you have. Pro results have been attained with far less than the home studio has access to these days.

  • EE MIller said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Yes the can.

  • john Songdahl said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I really believe Project Studios can get pro results – I have been doing it for years

  • T Lozaw said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    If a clunky two-track in a (slightly) remodeled garage (Sun) or basement(Motown) can yield signature recording standards, why not your laundry room or my urban closet?

  • Javier Pico said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Yes you can get pro results in a home studio, but you cannot get the same pro results as in a professional studio. Certainly technology has made it possible to create amazing recordings at home, but it still is not the same.

  • Dan said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Absolutely they can!

  • Josh Broccolo said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    “Pro” sound can be a range of different things, some albums (such as Grizzly Bear’s latest, “Shields”) have lots of processing but are done in such a way that the end goal sounds organic, raw, and frankly, messy. Maybe you can’t make the latest Taylor Swift single in your spare room, but you can certainly put something out that people will enjoy.

  • Michael L. Castle said on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Project studios can produce professional results.

  • Hugo de Vries said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Project studios can definitely get pro results. The range of hardware and software available today, and the the level of education is top notch.

  • T. Wilkens said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Sure we can get Pro results–we can do anything we set our minds and technology to do!

  • AVP said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Can project studios really get pro results? Using a project studio, myself, I sure hope so. Professional technique can overcome the restraint of limited professional gear.

  • Lorraine Clayton said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Nice array of books. WOuld love any of them.

  • James Lyon said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    You guys have some great titles! Keep it up.

  • Joe Bolin said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Yes they can!

  • Michael marchewka said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Of course

  • Michael marchewka said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Of course!

  • Alek said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    It’s necessary to have an experience, knowledge and good ears to achieve this, still I think this is possible

  • Timothy Gilsen said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Yes, a project studio can get pro results. They also have the ability to keep things real and grounded, where megastudios can become too slick and detached.

  • Ralph Sitton said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Project studios can definitely produce pro music results. Technology marches on and is continuously improving in quality. The biggest limitation would be type of music and the necessary studio configuration to produce it.

  • Amy Drees said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I certainly hope they can. My students have limited studio options but I push them to create professional portfolios!

  • Ben Fancher said on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I think this a great opportunity for filmmakers whether you’re experienced or not. So many brilliant minds have come together. I wish I could be there in person.

  • Rick Earl said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    In the right hands, most of today’s equipment can be used with great success. Although some commercial studios have bigger inventory and larger spaces which can be an advantage in some instances. The approach to quality recording is the same regardless of facility.
    I think gear sometimes becomes the bigger issue over a good song performed by good musicians.

  • Phil Valera said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I deliver professional recordings every week from my project studio. “Mixing in the box” (see Ethan Winer, The Audio Expert) is the best way to go for me!

  • Kevin Harbison said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Yes – project studios can get professional results. It’s the ears of everyone involved that make the difference, not the gear. Having said that, I do always recommend that artists have their projects mastered by a professional so that they can benefit from a fresh perspective on the sound as well as a chance to hear it in a finely-tuned listening environment.

  • Stephen Yeargan said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Of course you can get pro results in any size studio, in the old battle of production values vs. performance, technology stomps both in the small or big studio…and talent and education are the key to manipulating it…

  • Robert Mathews said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    If you have patience and the ear for it, you can get amazing results!!!

  • Ralph Schloter said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    PROject studios CAN get PRO results if a PRO engineer is working knowing what he/she can do with her/his equipment and what not.

  • David Derozier said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM


    Project studios (even thought they weren’t called that in the 1950’s) brought out some really great music and weren’t afraid to experiment with different ways of making music.

  • Yev Bronshteyn said on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    It’s not about the studio, it’s about the guy or girl in the chair. That said, the room has to be at least minimally supportive, in terms of acoustics, and the monitors have to be transparent.

  • Stephen Muir-Field said on Oct 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I think the MUSIC is the most important thing at the end of the day.
    The technology mu-sent get in the way of the music
    keep it simple Much modem music Is so bound up with the technology that the skill and art of the performance is missing and the skill and love of the music is getting lost in the technology.
    Music is a beautiful and natal expression of mood and feeling its getting lost.With the small project studio; music is more able to be in touche and more intermediate. You have the time to experiment and feel the music.
    YES you can get professional result’s with minimal equipment and not have the art stifled.
    Stephen C Muir-Field.

  • Norman Adams-Lariviere said on Oct 03, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Absolutely, you can get pro results in a project studio. Sometimes this requires careful planning around the room acoustics, mic placement, signal-to-noise considerations, plugins or hardware used, working around the skill of the band, and production considerations before ever recording.

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