The Importance of Preparation Before Going into The Studio
Posted: Apr 06, 2019
If it's your first time going into a studio or you’re a recording artist with years of experience, there will always be things you need to remember and prepare for before heading into the studio.
Preparation is key to making sure you get the best value for money and the most out of your session. So here at Select Recording Studios, we decided to share our expertise with you on how to really get the best out of your sessions, be it for your bands next single or your audiobook or the complete album.
Some of these may seem obvious but you would be surprised at just how many people overlook the basics when faced with so many things to think about when they are recording.
- Make sure to check out your chosen recording studio on Google and through recommendations. Read reviews. Some studio's focus on specialised styles of music or audio such as hip hop or jazz or rock and so while they may be great studios you need to make sure they are great studios for your style. Listen to their samples. Check out their YouTube channels. Really do your research.
- Prep your instruments!! You’re paying for your time in the studio. You don’t want to spend that time having to restring or having to go looking for more drumsticks because you forgot to pack yours. You know your instruments better than any producer. You know what sounds best and you need to make sure you have access to these all throughout the session so that you can have a consistently excellent sound.
- Of course, your instruments are not limited to guitars and keyboards – you also must think of the most important one, your voice! A sore throat or a strained voice box isn’t going to sound too great on record and no one wants to have to rely heavily on autotune for their next recording masterpiece. So, make sure you are well rested before you go into the studio. Don’t be booking the session immediately after finishing a two-week stint on tour as you’re not going to be at your best and burn out is one of the biggest factors in musicians not being able to continue in their field. Keep hydrated. Make sure your vocal cords are well warmed up. Get plenty of sleep!
- Bring snacks and drinks. Seems obvious right? You’d be surprised. Imagine really getting into the flow during a session and then realising that you’ve not eaten since yesterday and the only option is to go looking for somewhere to eat. If you’ve got good nutritious snacks and drinks you aren’t going to be flagging halfway through and you’re going to get the optimum sound you are looking for.
- The final tip is the most obvious but most important. BE WELL REHEARSED. Make sure you know your songs. The studio isn’t the place to be finishing your melodies or writing out new lyrics. You should have the final product ready to record. When you have everything together the producer can really provide the best sound and production for you.
If you follow these tips you should find that your studio time is economical as well as exciting and fun. Remember the finished article is the best representation of your talents. Make sure you’re doing yourself justice.
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