How To Prepare For Your Recording
Survey is a time-intensive experience, and problems that arise often look bigger. Nobody wants to wait for an hour while the guitar player goes to Kitaar Center for new strings. To keep things so smooth and effective, there are some things you need to prepare:
- Practice! You have to be surprised how many bands in the studio are, of course unprepared. If you can not play the song without making mistakes, you are not ready to register. Take the time to practice the songs you want to track. This does not mean that you can be creative in the studio, but it’s much cheaper to be creative at your own time.
- Make sure your songs are finished. Going to the studio in the hope of completing text or parts on the spot is a recipe for dissatisfaction. You may be inspired by the pressure, but you will hear it inevitably later and think you could have sung it better, or you do not especially like this line or phrase.
- Draw yourself up. It is very convenient to record your exercise by using a simple tuner. The finished product sounds very good, but you’ll be able to tell if you’re time or off the key. It also lets you drag some sections of your song, or other parts may be expanded or expanded.
- Get your gear in shape. Do not show up for a session you pay with non-working equipment, cables that are cut out, dead batteries, or blown speakers. If you are afraid your equipment is less than perfect, make a few calls. Your engineer can show you to some people in town who rent day-to-day equipment or other musicians who may be ready for a day or two to hire a cabinet or cabinet. It makes a difference!
- Vote for your instrument. Drummers should bring new heads about 1 week before the session. The string head must be replaced immediately before the session, and if you do more than one or two songs, consider adding additional headlines. Nothing sounds as good as a fresh snare head on tape. Guitar players have to put a few sets of strings in a few days before the session. Bring extra strings, as you probably break one or two. Bass players can replace their strings, although new bass strings can be a bit too metallic. I recommend changing a week or two before the bass strings session.
- Let people know you are busy! You do not want to be called to work halfway through your session. Everyone involved must clear their schedules. Nothing creates more tension in a session than someone who blows up early so that they can party. Also, when you take home, make sure your family knows about it. Take phones off the hook, recording requires some silence. If you work on your workout, make sure your neighbors know that you should be calm, if there are other ties to your facility, ask them for their schedules and work a time when they are not in the next room.
- Has a plan. It’s always better to complete fewer songs, and know exactly what songs you’re trying to do. Often, when a session starts rolling, it’s easy to just continue and track some of the other songs you have. While it’s not terrible, these tracks are usually discarded in my experience, as they are not well practiced and may not even be completed.
- Develop a vision. I like to see a tire before I register, just to get a feel for their sound and to develop my vision for the session. If you see your record sound like the latest MTV hit, you can be frustrated and disappointed. Your band is unique, and my goal as an engineer is to find the best of your tire and accentuate it. Your record may not sound like anything that came before, and try to make it in an existing understanding of a “good recording”, does not make it right. The Pixies do not sound like anything that came before them, or not Modest Mouse, or the Beatles.
- Relax! Recording is fun, and there is really no pressure. Just be prepared, and you will have a good, nice session with a good product at the end!