There are a number of things you can do as a recording artist or as a band to ensure your recording time in the studio is efficient and productive, and your budget is not wasted. Good music doesn’t happen overnight but, at the same time you want to get the most of your studio time. Effective and focused working reigns supreme when it comes to working in a recording studio! Today, we will identify the top five things all recording artists should do before they show up for their first session.
Your Studio Checklist
- Set yourself realistic targets. With limited recording time, don’t feel a need to over stretch yourself. Beforehand, ask yourself how many tracks you’ll be recording today and the purpose of them- setting realistic targets will help alleviate stress to hit certain goals.
- Know your music. Be thoroughly comfortable with the material you are about to record. Know the structure of the song inside and out. If you are singing on top of an existing instrumental track, know when to begin your verses and choruses. In addition, make sure you have all your necessary sheet music and lyrics organized prior to the session.
- Reliable equipment. Bring plenty of spare drum sticks, drum heads, strings, picks, batteries, etc. If you’re a singer, bring plenty of room-temperature water. If you’re singing for a longer vocal session, consider bringing green tea or honey.
- Stay energized. Nothing fuels the body better than food! For long sessions stock up on healthy snacks and plenty of fluids.
- The right mic. Everyone’s voice is unique and so is each microphone. Match the personality of the mic to your voice. If possible, test the vocal mics prior to booking the studio. If they don’t have one you’re happy with, go elsewhere or bring your own mic.
It’s important to be well rested before hitting the studio. It’s pointless, and a waste of your time to try to do an extensive recording session if you are tired or sick. The high quality microphones, instruments, and studio equipment found in professional recording studios can pick up every wrong chord or broken vocalization. During the session, take breaks often, more so for singers, so you don’t over exert yourself. Although you may think 3 or 4 breaks might be a waste of your studio time, it’s smarter than fatiguing your vocal chords by doing multiple takes of the same challenging song
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