1. LOADING IN:
Plan on arriving at the studio at least 30 minutes in advance. if scheduling permits try to deliver the drums and acoustic instruments the night before. This allows all instruments to aclimate to a more consistent humidity and temperature level, reducing tuning problems.
Be sure to bring a tuner to your session. Never tune to another instrument if at all possible. this may not only be a poor method of tunning but also can be a problem when re-tracking at a later date. Rules to remember with tunning:
A) Everybody should always tune up with the SAME tuner (this reduces the risk of one tuner being off from another)
. B) Never tune to another instrument unless it is necessary.
C) Always try and tune before each take, taking a minute to tune can save hours of wasted material.
Although modern multitracking techniques can open up doors as far as layering and adding tracks. Approach tracking with a minimalistic attitude. Try not to over do it! Remember “Less Is More!”.
If you’ve done your homework you will have copies of your LYRIC SHEETS for the engineers and producers. Not only does this help the engineer in becoming familiar with your songs, but it will also increase the ease of communication between the artist and production staff.
Recording in the studio can be very exciting, most people love to share that excitement with friends and family but a crowded session not only will lead to confusion, it will also reduce the amount of concentration and productivity the engineer has during your session. Follow these suggestions:
A) The only people in the studio should be the people DIRECTLY related to the session. ie (band members, producers & engineers). Try not to invite friends and spectators.
B) While in session try not to carry on with unrelated conversations in the control room. This disturbs the engineer who is working hard to concentrate on YOUR music!
Your physical and mental health is very important during your session. From the foods you eat, water you drink can help you get the most out of your recordings. Here are some suggestions:
A) Drink plenty of water and fluids
B) Stay away from junk foods, they will bring you up and down affecting mood and performance.
C) If you are singing, do not over eat! Drink room temperature water or herbal tea (NO SUGAR!)
D) Pace yourself, try and relax and rest while awaiting your turn. We hope these tips will help you get the most out of your recording experience. Remember to come in with a plan, try to stick with it and be patient and flexible. Happy recording!