When you think of recording studios, you probably think of music equipment, musical artists, padded walls, and groupies. The truth is, there is a lot more that goes into a recording studio; it has to be carefully engineered and designed for successful results.
The most important thing a studio would need aside from providing comfortable seating for devoted groupies, would probably be isolation so that the neighbors wouldn't get disturbed. The need for proper isolation is commonly underestimated. Many artists work long nights and it would be foolish to "turn it down" after 10 pm because music needs to be played loud enough for the right properties of a certain instrument to be heard. Hence, having good isolation is key.
Proper isolation is not only important for preventing noise from leaving the studio but also for outside noise not to enter the studio, which could interrupt recordings and disrupt the creative flow of a project.
A studio must also be able to host a good number of people at a time. It has to have a good flow and enough space for people to move around comfortably. If it gets too crowded that could slow down or stop the creativity motion in the room. Other things that need to be considered are studio temperature and humidity levels, the proportion of the equipment to the size of the space, adequate ceiling height, studio location, and more.
Lastly, the interior of a studio must be inspiring and esthetically pleasing. A recording studio is a place mostly used to record emotional lyrics, personal feelings in songs, and possibly historical music. So, when you walk into a studio, it is critical that it gives you a feeling of comfort and confidence that what you are going to record here is going to sounds fantastic!
Check out some of the hottest music recording studios out there:
Record Plant, Los Angeles hosted artists like Michael Buble, Beyonce, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, Mos Def, Celine Dion, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Evanessence, and more
Dr. Dre at Paramount Recording Studios
Columbus Recording Studio, Columbus Ga
Craig Bauer's Hinge Recording Studio, recorded artists like Kanye West, P Diddy, John Legend, RZA of Wu Tang Clan, and Li'l Kim.
Quad Studio A, New York
Philip Richard Newell's Book "Recording Studio Design".