Are Major Recording Studios Still Big Business?

Man using a Sound Mixing Desk

(DGIwire) — A number of music industry stars—from rockers to country artists—boast about their elaborate home recording studios. Advances in technology, particularly the availability of relevant computer software, has made it easier for professionals and amateurs alike to record music at home. Also, as record labels trim staffs and slash budgets, the demand has grown for cheaper recording options. Has this trend hurt the majors? Not all, asserts one expert on the front lines:  Manhattan Center Productions‘ Chief Audio Engineer Darren Moore.

“Nationally, about 5,000 businesses identify themselves as audio production studios,” says Moore, citing an IBIS World Industry report. “However, a significant number of those are not high-tech, fully tricked-out studios, but rather a small basement studio or garage setup.”

But if home recording studios are not seriously challenging the majors, as Moore maintains, where do the recording artists go today? “They go to major studios across the country; and many of them come to us,” reports Moore. In fact, looking at the list of artists recording there, one has to agree. The luminaries who have recorded at Manhattan Center include Missy Elliott, Alliyah, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Sting, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake and Pherrel from the Neptunes.

Fully reinvented for today’s world, Manhattan Center Productions on West 34th Street offers superb acoustics, top professionals and the highest level of technical services. Manhattan Center Productions encompasses facilities for audio recordings, and two TV studios with two state-of-the-art control rooms—all capable of servicing every type of programming, including live performances. The connection of the studios to Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom and Grand Ballroom makes these venues perfect for related broadcasts and webcasts and has made the complex a mecca for the best of music.

Getting back to the central question of home versus professional recording studios, Moore offers a final comment: “Paraphrasing Mark Twain’s response to a premature obituary,” he smiles, “reports of the death of the major recording studios have been greatly exaggerated. I think we can serve as a prime example of why today’s recording artists, production companies, and others who want top-of-the-line recording results come here. Cutting-edge technology with the right in-house personnel attracts top-tier musical talent from across the planet.”

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