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Recording studio
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Recording studio

A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. Recording studios generally consist of at least two rooms: the studio itself, where the sound for the recording is created, and the control room, where the sound from the studio is recorded and manipulated.

Early recording studios often lacked isolation booths, baffles, and permanent monitors. Built as they were for live recording, they attempted rather to group musicians and singers than to separate them. With the introduction of multi-track recording, it became possible to record instruments and singers separately and at different times. Therefore, the emphasis shifted to isolation and sound-proofing. In the 1960's, most recording was 8-track. By the 1970's, recording was 16- or 32-track (referring to the number of separate channels that could be recorded simultaneously). Contemporary recording studios use DAT, and the channels possible are limited to the digital technology of the mixing console, rather than the physical limitations of the tape.

Computers are assuming a larger role in the recording process, being able to replace one or more of the mixing console, recorders, synthezisers, samplers and sound effects. Such a computer is commonly called a DAW, Digital Audio Workstation. Popular software packages for recording studios include ProTools, Cubase, and Logic Audio.

Recording studios are carefully designed so that they have good acoustics and that there is good sound insulation between the two rooms.

Equipment found in a recording studio includes:

Famous recording studios include: