This is a question many independent artists and bands face when they're ready to begin recording their music. It's a reasonable question if you or someone you know is at least remotely technically inclined. Which choice is right for you–to record yourself, or go to a professional studio–is dependent on a myriad of factors, ranging from ambition (what do you want to accomplish with your recording?) to audience (who will be listening to your recording?) to acoustics (how do you want your recording to sound?). There really is no “best” way to record music. It all comes down to your goals, and what's best for your songs. This article is not intended to persuade you one way or the other, despite that its author is a full time studio owner, producer, and audio engineer. It is intended to lay out the pros and cons of each method in an effort to help you decide what's best for your music.