The Unlikely Advantages of Recording in Your Control Room

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Most home studio engineers yearn for a second room to record in.

Close your eyes, and make a wish:

I wish, I wish, I wish I had a live room!

Open your eyes.

Nope? Still stuck with your single bedroom studio where you not only record, but mix and master everything you produce.

Joe Gilder even went so far as to drill a hole in his closet to create a second live room in his house. Not something many of us are capable of.

But since we’re stuck with our single room, why not cherish is for the comfortable work space it really is?

Everything Within Easy Reach

If you have all of your gear in the same room, everything is within easy reach. There is no need to stand up and go into the next room to set up. Everything you need to record is right there in the corner, or by your side, or anywhere you decide to put it.

By having everything set up and right there, you reduce the amount of time you spend getting everything ready. Everything is close by and ready to go.

Create a Comfortable Work Space

If you mostly produce music by yourself, creating a comfortable work space around your DAW is much more productive than having a second tracking room.

Stimulate creativity in your music production by placing everything you need around your desk.

Put your MIDI controller/keyboard on one side and a microphone ready to record vocals on the other. And if you need to lay down some guitar tracks, just plug directly into your interface and use an amp simulator to produce convincing guitar tones.

Now you don’t even need to stand up to record. You don’t even need to move your chair, since everything is right there by your side.

A Closer Relationship with your Client

Recording others in the control room also has its advantages. Even if you don’t produce music yourself, recording an artist in the same room as you can create a more intimate relationship if you are trying to get a good performance from them.

I’m not saying you should breathe down the singer’s neck, but being in the same room creates easier communication. It’s simpler to just stop and discuss a take or a performance when you are both in the same room. You won’t have to set up a talk-back system, or god forbid, constantly keep running into the other room to make a comment.


Recording in one room certainly has its advantages. Much of it has to do with ergonomics and easy work flow.

By having a dedicated, easy-to-get-to recording space in your room, you can have everything set up and ready to go for your next client. Similarly, keeping your gear close at hand by your computer is perfect if you produce your own music.

Finally, easy communication between artist and engineer/producer is vital to get a good performance. Recording a client in the same room minimizes set-up and creates a more casual recording environment for the artist.

Handling the needs of musicians is something that’s just as important as getting a good sound. In fact, making a musician comfortable is one of the best ways to getting a good performance and therefore a good sound.

Especially with vocals. I dive into all that and more in Recording Strategies, and then show you how to get a great vocal sound with an in-depth guide to vocal EQ in Mixing Strategies.

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