If you’re a singer that is new to the recording studio, or if you’ve been recording for years, make sure you get the most out of your sessions. The tips below are just a few things you can do when recording in a studio in order to reach your full potential!
(1) Always make sure you warm up before any recording session. This is advised so you don’t strain your voice when recording and also because studio time is expensive, especially if you’re on a budget. Do you warm ups before you get in there so you have more time to record your material.
Practice your vocals beforehand so you get an idea of how you will be singing each section of your song, you may want to experiment with your vocal range to see what sounds better. Going into a studio knowing how you’re going to perform your song from start to finish isn’t for every artist, but having a sense of what you will do always helps.
(2) When you’re in the studio make sure you record everything you do, even if you’re trying different vocal scales. If you record everything you do you have it saved and can go back to it, unlike it you weren’t recording and have to try to recapture what you just did before you forget it.
(3) When you’re in the studio try and get in to a different frame of mind and experience different emotions. It can be hard to feel a range of emotions when you’re in the studio because you aren’t in front of a crowd and there isn’t much of an atmosphere.
Thinking about the lyrics behind your song can help you get into the right frame of mind and mood of how you want to perform your song. Your mood has an effect when you’re performing and people will feel what you’re feeling when you’re performing, try and tap into your emotions to relate with what you’re singing about.
(4) If you’re an experienced singer it is likely that you’ll have good mic control, knowing when to move your mic in terms of your vocals. For example if you’re getting louder during a section of your song you’ll move further from your mic and get closer when you’re getting softer. More experienced singers will know how to move their head, and the mic, in order to find new sounds and different volumes.
Performing in a studio is different to performing on stage. You’re more likely to have more distance between yourself and the mic in a recording because they are more sensitive to sound, whereas you’re likely to hold your mic closer to you when performing live.
(5) Most of all it’s important to have fun when recording in the studio. It’s the chance for you to record the material you’ve spent so much time working on and own it! Yes, recording can be stressful at times and not to mention frustrating if things don’t go to plan but it’s important to stay focused and don’t push yourself. Take time to compose yourself and clear your head, then go back and try recording again to get the outcome you want.
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