The recording studio is where all the magic happens. But if you are not prepared before going, it can quickly turn into an expensive and tiring place if you do not prepared before going.
You might have been recording in your house all this while, but the same rules just don’t apply to the recording studio where you are paying by the minutes. Effective and focused preparation is required.
Set a goal
How many tracks are you recording? Is it going to be an album or extended playlist (EP)? What is the end goal of this session.
Finish your draft
Do you write your music yourself? Then make sure it’s all set before you go into the studio. Remember, you’re paying for how long you spend there. You don’t want to use half of your recording time writing.
Make an appointment with the producer
After you know what the end goal is and you have your music written down and plan, then you can go ahead and make an appointment with a producer/ sound engineer.
Keep within your budget
Try not to “do more than yourself”, discuss with your produce, Know how many sessions you’ll need or of can record it all in one night.
Take your food & drinks along
Do not assume you’ll get somewhere to eat there. When you work hard, you need to replenish your energy.
Understand the stages of recording.
There are four stages:
Mixing and mastering.
Hire the right people for the job
Music is a team effort. You cannot do it on your own. Ensure to hire the right people for the job.
Don’t let your session get too crowded.
Do not make the mistake of going into the studio with a crowd. It’s okay to have people to support but remember music takes focus and effort. If the studio is too crowded, it can affect both you and your producer.
Go with the flow.
Making a record is not a natural process. There are times when what you feel is a mistake can turn out to be the hit that would take your career to the next level. Try not to be rigid and enjoy the process.
Mix another day
Aim not to mix on the same day you record if you can afford to. Your ear would be too tired to have a clear perspective of what you’ve recorded.
And in all you do, aim for EXCELLENCE.