3 Tips for Preparing for the Recording Studio
So you are ready to record your next song, or a full album. If you've never been in the studio here are a few things to remember as you get ready for your first experience.
1. Come with your music prepared.
When you step into the studio, your time starts. Every minute and second count. Now there's a lot of stuff you can't control. How long it takes to setup mics, auditioning microphones, getting sound checks, little issues that come up mid recording. But there is a ton of things you can control.
Come well rehearsed. Most recording engineers will want to get three good solid takes and work from there. Having 20 takes of a song, and trying to cobble together a cohesive performance through editing is no one's idea of a good time. And it costs you more money.
2. Make sure your equipment is working.
If you have a rattle in your bass, or a buzz in your guitar, you're not going to have a great time. And in fact your engineer might walk into the live room with his own guitar for you to play! In the excitement of the moment, even those simple things can be overlooked by you and your engineer. Then they have to be dealt with in the mixing process.
Taking your instrument to a guitar tech, making sure there are no shorts in your cables, new strings on your ax, and drumsticks (don't forget your drumsticks, especially if you're using the studio set). These are some of the preparations you should be doing.
3. Be on time, and bring only who needs to be there.
Earlier I stated that when you setup the studio, your time starts. Actually it's when you scheduled your time. If you're late, your engineer will start charging you for your time. So being late is not a great idea.
Band members, producers, managers, etc. are great to bring to the studio. Friends, girlfriends, babies, you know what I'm saying... Not the greatest idea. Now I've actually never had a "stereotypical" girlfriend in the studio. The one who's complaining, trying to take over the band, etc. But there's not a lot of room here. One extra person means one more person taking up some space. Ask your engineer if they have space or if extra people would be a distraction.
I'm sure I'll have more tips in the future, but this is good for now. Have fun in the studio!