espresso machine making cup of coffee

How An Espresso Machine Will Transform Your Recording Studio

espresso machine making cup of coffee

 

Working at a recording studio is pretty cool, as you can probably imagine. I get to listen to the songs that in the future will be popular before anyone else can do it. I advise musicians and I also have a really good time with them. And although I enjoy my job, it can be demanding and exhausting sometimes for all the crew.

As in any other job, we need to make “coffee breaks” which did not necessarily mean drinking coffee but mainly. It also meant a lot of time in the hanging chair. At least personally, nothing motivates me to continue working hard like a good cup of coffee. After feeling stressed and sometimes hopeless, a sip of coffee feels like a deep breath and it gives me a fresh start. For me, coffee breaks are also an opportunity to socialize outside work. I think I never really thought about the importance of coffee breaks until recently. But they are not perfect, I also noticed some disadvantages.

Every time we took these breaks meant spending money, and not only on coffee but also on pastries or something to accompany the coffee with. One day I was talking with my friends about an article that one of them read. It was about why people cannot save money and as incredible as it sounded, these “coffee breaks” have such a big impact in our pocket. I couldn’t believe it, I mean, those innocent coffee breaks could really cost that much?

I was determined to find that out. So, I kept track of my coffee break expenses for one week and it was actually more than I expected. When I calculated my monthly expenses, I was shocked! I seriously had no idea that I was spending that much only on coffee and crap. It also made me think about how much sugar I was eating during those coffee breaks. The DJs and singers were especially bad. For some reason, it seems singing and DJing both require a lot of coffee. I guess it makes sense for the DJs, since most of them have to stay up all night DJing music in a club on their turntables. The singers don’t, but most of the ones who come here do go to a lot of late night karaoke sessions.

I wondered what I could buy with that money if I decided to invest it better. Giving up coffee wasn’t an option, not for me, nor for the rest of the crew. I knew that we would not work well without it. Besides, I never thought it was something bad, on the contrary, coffee breaks almost allowed the creativity to keep flowing. That was when I started to consider buying an actual espresso machine, not a coffee machine, we had one but the quality of coffee didn’t convince us. I wanted something that could give us the same coffee quality that we were already used to.

It was a tough decision but, in the end, I think I made the correct choice. I bought the Ascaso Dream Up V3 espresso machine for our studio. In the beginning, it seemed like I was spending my money on something uncertain. I had to keep reminding myself that it was going to be an investment and it was totally worth it! This espresso machine has changed our recording studio so much. We don’t spend time going out to grab a coffee, we save much more money and we eat less crap. Needless to say that our productivity has increased as well.

a home recording studio can be relaxing

A Hanging Chair Is Exactly What Our Recording Studio Was Missing

a home recording studio can be relaxingWhat is something that every recording studio seems to have in common?

They all have places to relax.

That’s right, every recording studio I’ve ever seen, and I’m sure the same goes for you, has a place where people can chill out and relax. Usually these take the form of comfortable sofas, but there are many other relaxation devices as well.

Why you think this is?

Recording studios are quite stressful. Artists and performers and producers and everyone else are all under extreme time pressure to finish their work quickly and to do it well. They work long hours with few breaks. This is a very stressful situation. You need to do something to relieve that stress.

That’s why you also often see things like ping-pong tables or foosball tables or other recreation methods. That is on top of the couches and the beanbag chairs and things like that where people can relax. But you know what I haven’t seen very often? Hammocks.

That’s right, we got some hammocks in our recording studio. And the results have been fantastic. A quick 20 minute nap in a hammock and people feel very refreshed quickly. But there’s something that was even more groundbreaking than adding hammocks. And that was adding a hanging chair.

Specifically, we added a double hanging pod from Cacoon. These things hang from the ceiling and are like a hammock, but they’re shaped like a teardrop. They don’t sag as much as a hammock. You don’t lie in it like you would a hammock, but you sit in your cocoon hanging chair kind of like you would a chair. There’s no support for your back, though.

a hanging chair with a relaxing womanSo you sit in it or you lie in it, but differently to a regular hammock. Some of them are quite large so you have plenty of room to lie there too. Basically it’s a cool little relaxing space. The one we have is enclosed, which kind of shuts you out from the outside world and is perfect for the environment of a music studio. There are others, though, that are more open to the world. For example the Cacoon Lullio. It only has a small wall and the rest of the top is open so you can view the world. This would be great for relaxing outside in nature. Unless it rains, of course.

Ever since we added the Cacoon double hanging pod and the various hammocks, along with the new Ascaso espresso machine, productivity in our recording studio has improved. Singers and other musicians are getting more done and they are leaving feeling refreshed. That wasn’t always the case before, but coffee and relaxation has changed that. Specifically, delicious espresso coffee.

This hanging pod is not like a hammock where you spend 20 minutes and then get back to work. You can sit around in it all day while you sing or play your instrument. That makes a big difference. It’s like sitting around on the couch and singing, I guess, but the novelty of it makes it feel different and special. I guess it is the novelty, in the end, that makes a big difference and has really led to a huge improvement in our recording studio and will hopefully also lead to a seminal album being recorded.