Take a look at this studio. It is someone's own, personal home studio. Wow! It has all the good stuff, doesn't it?
It has an SSL SL4048G+ Special Edition mixing console, one of only ten similar models made, one of which is owned by Bob Clearmountain.
The studio acoustics were designed by Andy Munro, who designed the prestigious Air Studio (famed haunt of Beatles' producer George Martin). Munro designed the studio to be sufficiently soundproof to monitor on the huge Dynaudio M3A main monitor speakers a full twenty-four hours a day.
The studio comes with a house in a fashionable area of London, with all the usual features and facilities, plus a fitness room. The studio has never been rented out and has at all times been non-smoking.
The price for all this... £995,000 UK pounds, equivalent to around $1.8m US dollars. Sounds like a bargain.
Now I have to say that I don't know who the current owner is so my next comments may not be relevant in this case. However the evolutionary history of popular music has shown this cycle many, many times...
As we can see, investing in an expensive home studio was not a good idea. Let's suppose the musician is you and go back to square one (you should be so lucky!). This is what you should do...
This really does make sense - if you have a hit record, then you already have what it takes to have a hit record. You have just proven it. So to stand the best chance of having another hit you need to do pretty much the same things in pretty much the same way. Taking a totally different track and buying a state-of-the-art studio, and putting in the energy it needs to set it up properly, just has to be the wrong thing to do.
I'm hoping that a few people reading this might recognize themselves from earlier years and share their story. If you have blown the fruits of your earlier musical success, please tell us about it. We all would like to know -
Details on this studio for sale are available at MJQ (of course bear in mind that by the time you read this article, the property may have been sold).
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