Recording at a studio can be a cumbersome and highly challenging process. To see that things do not spill out of control, you must stay thoroughly prepared for an upcoming recording session. Though your unique situation might demand some typical measures from your side, here are the common steps to preparing your band for a session at a studio.


Be clear of your objectives

This stage is often overlooked by most indie musicians. However, if ignored, it can have devastating implications for your business. A recording is a lengthy and expensive process. Hence before embarking on a recording mission, you must ask if you really need it and what you hope to achieve from it. You must have a clear picture of the end product you are likely to achieve. Depending on the resources available and the motivation behind the recording, the answers to these questions might vary. Jump into recording only when you can expect the best returns for your investment and hard work.

Locate the best studio

The versatile recording industry is today rich with producers who specialize in exclusive genres. Therefore it is necessary to choose the right one. A number of today’s frontline studios have a rich historical legacy. They have housed world-class productions and have links with entire communities. Therefore they are potential avenues to connect with like-minded artists. An opportunity to use these facilities also brings you a rare chance to network with people who can be of immense use in your music career.

Work with your budget and limitations

Once you have figured out the objective behind your recording mission and identified the best studio you will contract, you must now move with other finer details like tracking the schedules, listing out the equipment and budgeting. Budgeting is something crucial that will help define the scope of the entire project. After you have negotiated the price with the recording studio, your budget can help decide what kind of sessions you can afford, what equipment you will have to buy or rent, and the hours your engineer can devote for the project.

Practice well

Any recording process can get streamlined only when each of the stakeholders knows their roles thoroughly. To be able to perform well as a group, every member of the team must have practiced together. If you are planning to hire a live drummer, ensure they are confident and skilled enough. Only such accompanying artists can make the audio engineers feel comfortable. This will help the engineer save some painful beat corrections and also avoid your wasteful expenses on hourly pays.

Gather and check your gears

Some studios are well equipped with vintage drum kits, boutique pedals, tube amplifiers and other handy tools you might require. If you have to carry a portfolio of your own equipment, ensure they are all in good condition. Faulty equipment or those that do not suit the said purpose can impact the recording time and lead to wastage of money and time. if you have already checked them thoroughly and ascertained their suitability to your intended purpose, you can make the best use of them at the studio.

By Patrick Hill on October 16, 2018.