Recording Studio Basics:
The first thing is to minimise distractions so it is best to leave friends, family, and fans at home!
Think of it in terms of an athlete training in preparation for a major competition!
Be well-rehearsed, well-rehearsed and well-rehearsed! There is no substitute for knowing the
material thoroughly. If you do not rehearse, there may be many repeat takes leading to
frustration and loss in confidence.
Working in the studio should be fun and creative.
But on the most basic level, finances must rule the entire occasion. In the studio, time literally
is money. Before you enter the studio, calculate your recording budget. Since you will be
charged by the hour, planning how much time you need is the most important part of
budgeting. Always bring enough cash for at least one extra hour. You might need it.
All recordings are made to a hard disk as a sound clip in Pro Tools. A picture of the wave form
of the recording is immediately available. Should the vocalist make a mistake, the unwanted
portion of the recording can be deleted, and the singer can be punched in at the appropriate
time. The singer usually sings and is recorded before the punch-in point, and the engineer
then edits the clips later to create a seamless track.
Rehearse more songs than you plan to record. You never know which songs will sound
strong on the final CD. (If you plan to have a four-song EP, prepare six songs just in case.)
Take care of your body before and during your recording sessions. Eat well, get enough sleep,
and keep your ears rested and clear.
Make the studio a comfortable and relaxed place. If it’s not, it will show in your finished product.
Make sure you and the engineer have the same “vision” — go over your songs with him/her
before recording. .
Find out the hours of the local music store just in case...
Don’t use new gear or different equipment that you haven’t used before, even if it’s “better than
what you have.” Surprises can cause problems.
Remember, it’s emotion and feeling that make the best song, not necessarily the best
Always keep in mind the focus of your music. If it’s the vocals, plan to spend the most time on
them. Don’t waste time on things that don’t highlight the focal point.
Get the sound you want while recording. (Never assume that you can fix it in the mix.)
If you feel that something does not sound right, speak to your engineer about it. Don't be afraid
to voice your opinions. Together you will achieve the perfect sound you are looking for.
Don’t necessarily double track everything. Doubling a lead vocal can hide all the subtleties that
make a song personal and likable (although it can work well for a chorus).
Singers should always bring water, but don’t use ice! Ice constricts your vocal chords.
Hot tea with lemon and honey works just as well.
Whenever a vocalist sings, he/she wears headphones and sings into a single microphone,
possibly shielded by the pop screen (which filters out harsh consonants from closely-placed
mics). The recording room must be quiet, so that the only noise that is picked up by the
microphone is the singer's voice. The vocalist is given a private mixer, so that he/she can mix
the monitor level, the microphone return level, and the microphone reverb level to his/her liking,
independent of the recording levels. Although the vocalist may hear luscious reverb as he/she
sings, the recording of the voice will be completely dry. The adding of reverb in the production
process is postponed, since tracks of dry sounds are more easily manipulated.
Remember to relax...
Make sure you are happy with your song before you leave any recording studio...
The Basics about Recording Studios
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