The recording business looks robust of The chainsmokers

Music Connection’s annual Recording Studio Survey collects data regarding trends and activities at commercial recording studios in the United States. We survey studio owners and managers across the country, including those from major music towns. This year, almost 90 studios responded to our survey, with most reporting great news for 2017. In fact, the recording business looks robust. Indeed, the tumultuous years many studios endured appear to be over.

After years of struggle, the recording studio business began picking up a few years ago and now, in 2017, it is thriving. Indeed, 66% of all the studios that responded reported an increase in business. That is the biggest increase we’ve seen since Music Connection started doing this survey.
Although recording budgets don’t match the heady days of the ‘80s and ‘90s, they are picking up and getting close to what they used to be. In fact, for the second year in a row our survey respondents noted that recording budgets are increasing! That’s a godsend for studios, especially those that rely on label work. Additionally, major labels are booking more time, while independent projects have increased, surpassing indie label work.
Due to the tremendous amount of competition in the marketplace, the need for professional and polished productions continues to be at an all-time high. Artists and producers have learned that high-quality productions get the deals, and the only way to get the quality you need to compete is in a professional setting.
Our survey shows how the turnaround that began a few years ago is gaining momentum. In fact, only a few (.04%) small studios reported a downturn in business. Overall, this year’s survey indicates that the studio business is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.