I'm curious how many of you out there are operating your own commercial space. By that I mean, not a "home studio" (even if your "home studio" is build better than some pro facilities!). I also don't mean folks that are working as "chief engineer" etc. at a commercial space. I'm talking about folks that are personally responsible for the rent/mortgage/overhead and booking of a commercial space.
For those of you that fit the criteria, how's business? What size space do you have? Do you track there or just overdub/mix? What type of clients make up the bulk of your business (demos, indies, major label projects)?
I'm considering creating a place outside of my house to work and am really interested in what those of you doing this think. Any other thoughts are more than welcome. Thanks guys!
I used to run a home studio out of my home. I got an offer to move to a location in town and am currently leasing a 1700 sq. ft studio in town. I currently have 2 suites. My A room is a 5 room tracking facility, the B room is just a OD/mix suite. We track, mix and master here. We have a back room where we also duplicate small runs of Cds to help off set overhead cost.
The majority of my clients consist of songwriters as well as gospel, country, R & B artist.
To know what I think, There's defentantly pros and cons.
The pros: It will entice a more professional clientele. There is a sense of leaving work at work. In my case you're where you can order carry out to the dealership. Again in my case I dress nicer and take on a more professional impression.
The cons: A much more expensive overhead, ie: two light bills, two phone bills, added lease payment. Now the additional cost of eating out as oposed to having something at home....
I hope this helps. You'll have to decide whether its of your benefit to more your studio outside the home. It was a good decision for me for the most part. When business is off its a double whammy of expense durring those times.