How To Prepare For The Studio

So… you’ve booked a studio session and you’re unsure what the best procedures are to prepare yourself for the session. There are definitely some elements you should prepare before the studio session to ensure you get the most out of your session.
Understand Your Role

Never underestimate why you are actually in the recording session.  You will have invested into a studio session for a reason… mainly to create a great track that translates so please do not be that person to block the creative flow of the session. 

If your job is to drum, sing, play guitar, make the teas then stick to your job… YES there is nothing wrong with constructive comments but understand that you are paying professionals to complete the project and you have to trust they know what they’re talking about.  We agree that not everyone does but that is simply down the the studio/team/producer/engineer you choose to work with.  You should be able to trust them with your sound or to complete the job at hand.  If you don’t then you shouldn’t be paying for the service.

Practice Your Part

There is no worse feeling than walking into a recording session not knowing you have your part nailed at home. Period.

Unless the aim of the recording session is to be creative and produce new and exciting parts then you should practice your part enough that you feel confident.  We do work alongside plenty of artists & bands that walk into a recording session with little knowledge of what they are going to do BUT they all have at least structures, lyrics or melodies in place that they can work from.

Don’t waste time by practicing your part within the session itself… unless that’s what you want.

Prepare Your Instrument (or Voice)

If you want to get the best sound from your recording session then you need to prepare that instrument or voice prior to coming to the session.  Make sure that your voice is well rested, treated with various remedies to give you the best chance of a great recording.  This can include practices to ensure you reach difficult notes.

Guitarists!  Intonation.  Even if your guitar has fairly new strings and seems to be in tune watch what happens when you move further up the frets… does it go out of tune?  We see PLENTY of bass guitars with poor intonation which results in a near impossible situation to produce an in-tune take.  Yes it does matter, take it seriously.

Get an Early Night

As silly as this may seem getting an early night is key for a positive mentality for the day ahead.  There is no point booking a professional recording session to then go on a binge the night before… you will be wasting your money , time and you will not be happy with the result.

Make sure you get the right amount of sleep for you to get the most out of the day ahead.  You will feel much better and hopefully that will give you more leverage to enable your best performance in the studio.

Don’t Worry

You may be worried about your recording session, not sure what to expect or just nervous about the recording process itself.  Do not worry, as it usually boils down to you feeling nervous rather than worried.

If you are worried then you may need to speak with someone as you should have full faith and trust the process you are using.  

Ask yourself… are you worried or are you nervous?  

Nerves are completely normal and actually are slightly positive in the grand scheme of things.  The part you have to develop is how to control them to enable you to perform at your best.