Whether you’re recording in your home studio or you’ve rented a plush state of the art studio for a day, there’s a few tips you should consider before attempting to record those future hits.
Prepare Your Songs: To get the most out of your recording session, plan ahead so you know what you’ll be doing when you start. Create a list of the songs you’re planning to record before you get in the studio, start with the ones you know are finished and ready to be recorded. Focus on any songs you favour over others, or just consider better and may be a bigger success. If you’re a band, communicate about the songs you all agree to focus on first then list the others after.
Once you’ve got your list together, focus on each song individually and make sure you have all the relevant material together in other to record it, for example lyrics, the chord patterns and melody. Regularly practice these before you’re in the studio so you have had time to master each part of the song. This is likely to give you more time on each song and you can focus on your individual performance.
Prepare Your Equipment: Yes the songs are probably the most important part to focus on, but your music equipment is close behind. Make sure all the tools and instruments you need to record are set up and ready to go. Tune bass guitars and other guitars to save time when you’re in the studio and double check they sound good once you’re in there. If you’re heading to a rented studio check to see what equipment they supply as you may need to take your own to record.
Make sure you have enough of things such as sticks for the drummer and guitar picks for the guitarists. If you’re a singer it is also important for you to tune your vocals and make sure they’re warmed up before you start recording, you don’t want to strain your voice in the process.
Be Prepared: It is also important to prepare yourself. If you’re an independent artists/band and haven’t recorded in a studio before you may find it stressful and difficult, with the stress of recording, especially within a time limit. It’s important to remember to stay calm and focus on your end goal, don’t get overwhelmed by any demands or added pressure.
The Unexpected: Things can always go wrong when you’re recording, no matter how prepared you are. You could have a power cut, broken instrument or be one man/lady down. Think about what could go wrong and have a back up option, like extra instruments or a stand in backing singer. Don’t fall apart if something goes wrong, look at what has happened and see if you can solve it or look for alternative things you can do.
The tips above are a few ways you can be prepared when it comes to recording you material in the studio. Once you’ve implemented tips like these they will come naturally when you need to recorded and may find alternative ways that work best for you and your band when it comes to recording.
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